This totally beats scrubbing the kitchen floors: We’ve named May as “Spring Cleaning” month at WebDesign.com to share a few tips for tidying up your WordPress sites.
What’s the plan? Each week we’ll be focusing on a different topic and outlining a checklist for tasks and tools to enhance your site’s functionality and efficiency — from important maintenance and organization tasks to content publishing and security tips:
- Week 1 – Clean up your WordPress install
- Week 2 – Organize existing site content
- Week 3 – Plan and optimize content creation
- Week 4 – Update your SEO
- Week 5 – Review your security and backup plans
Stay tuned to the blog each week for new “Spring Cleaning” posts from the team. We’ll be compiling the entire checklist on the webdesign.com/spring-cleaning page each week, so you’ll be able to see the whole month’s tips, tasks and resources there.
Week 1: Clean up your WordPress install (for both new and existing installs)
Spring Cleaning kicks off today with a free guide from iThemes:
Learning to install WordPress manually is an important skill to create the foundation for a secure and efficient WordPress installation.
As you’ll see in this guide, doing a manual install of WordPress (rather than using any of the quick-install applications provided by some hosting providers) is relatively straightforward. While a manual install does take a little bit longer, it helps to correct the security issues associated with a quick-install of WordPress and does not add any additional files to the server.
So what are some of the security and “bloat” issues involved with a WordPress quick-install?
- The installer creates your database for you, naming it wrdp1. If you create another, the database will be called wrdp2. This is common knowledge and makes your site easier to hack.
- Quick-install applications (like Fantastico) add additional files to your server in order to help it “keep track” of itself. This adds additional, unnecessary bulk or “bloat” to your site.
- Quick installs add a prefix of wp_ to your tables. Hackers know this and can use it to break your site.
- At the time of this post, quick-install programs like Fantastico are not installing the latest version of WordPress. It’s always important to install the latest version of WordPress whenever possible as WordPress updates often include important security updates.
Download your copy: