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Below are my Website Development articles that will help you manage a website that is both functional and error-free for your visitors.

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Monitor Website Uptime

If your website is not visible when someone comes to visit, it makes for a bad first impression. That’s why uptime monitoring is essential. You need to know when your website is NOT working so you can take action quickly and reduce the amount of time it is ‘down.’ Uptime Robot is a free service that checks your website every...

Website Security and Malware Scanning

There are many places on WordPress for hackers to inject and hide nefarious things. Weekly scanning of your core files, themes, and plugins for malware is a proactive way of keeping your website doing what YOU want it to do. Wordfence is a free plugin that will do this for you. It scans for malware, code injections, and backdoors. It...

Backup a Website

Creating a backup of your website is one of the most important things you can do to protect the hard work and time invested. But they sometimes are forgotten until it is too late and you realize that you don’t have a recent version that you can use to rebuild. That’s a horrible feeling. Especially when you know it was...

Safely Update WordPress

Occasionally, WordPress will be changed and they will notify you that you need to install the updated version. Here is how I safely update WordPress. Step #1 Create a Backup of Your Website → Log in to your WordPress website as an Administrator. → Go to the All-in-One WP Migration plugin. If you don't have this installed yet, install it. This plugin has saved...

Safely Update Theme

Occasionally, you will need to update the theme you are using for your WordPress website. Here are 3 options to safely update a theme. Step #1 Create a Backup of Your Website → Log in to your WordPress website as an Administrator. → Go to the All-in-One WP Migration plugin. If you don't have this installed yet, install it. This plugin has saved me...

Safely Update Plugins

Plugins can be huge time savers but they may also seem like a pain in the butt when you have to constantly update them. But... The updates are usually warranted - there was a security vulnerability the authors are fixing or an upgrade of some kind that will make the plugin even better. So it's best to keep up with...

Delete a WordPress Theme

I recommend keeping only your active theme and an extra theme installed on your WordPress site at a time. This keeps the files to a minimum but gives you the flexibility to quickly switch themes if you need to test something. If you're not sure which 'extra' theme to keep around, I recommend Twenty Sixteen or any other simple theme made by...

Upload WordPress Plugin

If you purchase a plugin or a premium upgrade of a free plugin you will likely need to install it using a zip file instead of using the Plugin Directory. Have no fear! It's very easy. Upload WordPress Plugin ► Login to WordPress if you aren't already. ► Click on Plugins > Add New. This will take you to the Add...

Delete WordPress Plugins

When I have a fresh, new WordPress install, the first thing I go about doing is deleting auto-installed WordPress plugins like Akismet, JetPack and Mojo Marketplace. The majority of them are very bulky and not necessary for most websites. They tend to cause problems too since they make assumptions about what you need and how you want to show things on...

Website Loading Time

How fast your website loads on someone's smartphone, tablet or laptop often times will be the deciding factor in that person's impression of you and your website. If it takes 'forever' (meaning more than ONE second!*), it's very likely that the person will move on. If, however, they are blown away by how fast it loads, even with a weak...

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