Upgrade all plugins to their latest version to maintain stability
1 – Keep an eye on the plugins that are in use and keep all of the plugins (whichever possible) up-to-date by clicking the update button near the plugin IF it is showing there and if any update for the plugin is available. Refer to the screenshot below for example:
To do so:
Click on Plugins → Installed Plugins from menu on the left side
You should be seeing list of all plugins that are currently installed (Active + Inactive) on your WordPress website. Click on the update button of the plugins.
Note: Please beware that it is sometimes risky to manually update plugins without any professional Web Developer’s presence and if you don’t have an idea of what you are doing exactly. Because updates brings some improvements/changes to the existing feature/functionality/design to what the plugin was offering initially so there are chances that you might see your sight distorted or not loading correctly. If such issue persists, please reach out to any professional website developer and discuss the issue with him/her to resolve it properly.
Also, only the plugins which can be upgraded without having to buy their premium version will be updated, not all free versioned plugins provide automatic updates!
Keep your website safe and secured:
- Do not share the admin panel credentials of your website with people you don’t trust
- Make it a habit of changing the admin panel’s password once every week or in two weeks.
- There are lots of plugins available in the market for free to help you keep your site secured to some extent from virus attacks and malwares, namely: Wordfence, Astra, Securi, All in one scanner etc.
Install any one (Wordfence recommended) plugin from these and scan your site for viruses or malwares or any such potential issues at least twice a week
- Remove any unneeded website extensions
- Spam: Disable comments until and unless you want the people to be allowed to comment on your posts
You can disable comments sitewide by going into Settings » Discussion from the left sidebar of your WordPress admin panel. On this page, you need to uncheck the option that says “Allow people to post comments on new articles” and then click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.
Refer screenshot below:
- Remove any inactive website administrators
– You can do that by going into Users → All users from the left navigation menu in the admin panel
– Delete any user that you want to. Refer screenshot below
Backup the files using plugins such as BackUpBuddy or BackUpWPPro that make your website work!
Keep the latest stable version of the site’s backup in a safe, secured and reachable place like your google drive or dropbox so that whenever there is a need to restore the site back to its working state after a hack attack or virus issue or whenever site becomes unstable, it is easier to restore the site from those backup files
Test any important functionality (i.e. working contact/signup forms, newsletter subscribe forms, etc.) to make sure everything is secure and working properly