While many of us don’t think about maintenance until something breaks, maintaining your website should be a priority for all users.
Just like a car that needs regular services, your website should be monitored and looked after in the same way. With a staggering 74.6 million websites built on the WordPress platform, the largest CMS in the world has some very handy maintenance plugins that are sure to keep your website’s security and functionality up to date. Below are 5 free plugins for maintaining your WordPress website.
Wordfence is the most popular security suite WordPress websites. The plugin not only includes a firewall, but also offers daily security scans, and malicious login protection. Wordfence Security also offers other handy features, including alerts for when WordPress core, plugins and themes updates become available.
Google Pagespeed Insights for WordPress
Concerned about the performance of your website? Google Pagespeed Insights offers visual data that will help you increase performance and better your search engine rankings.
Whether your’re utilising a custom theme, or a premium purchased theme, Theme Check is a very handy utility. The plugin scans your theme files and checks that your theme is using the latest WordPress standards. The tests utilised in the plugin’s funcationality are the same as what WordPress.org runs when reviewing submitted themes.
Broken Link Checker
One of those necessary plugins for multiple page sites, Broken Link Checker scans your content for broken links and images. If any issues are found, you’ll receive a notification via the WordPress Dashboard.
UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin
With UpdraftPlus you can back up your entire WordPress site (files and database) manually or set your own schedule. The great thing about this plugin is that it works with 3rd party services like Google Drive, DropBox and Amazon S3 so that you can easily store backups in the cloud.