OK, so it’s not really spring. But according to Punxsutawney Phil, it will come early this year.
Regardless, now is a great time to do some spring cleaning — on your website. If you’re using WordPress, when is the last time you actually paid attention to that yellow bar at the top telling you to update? It might not seem like a big deal, but having an older version can cause problems later.
Here are a few other ideas for spring cleaning your site:
Check the Links – If you link to various articles or other websites, make sure they still work. There are tools for this, including Yslow, that will examine all your links to make sure they are still good.
Why Slow? Speaking of Yslow, why not use it to check your site’s loading time? It will examine many aspects of your site and give you a grade. You can make changes and work your way up to an “A.”
Freshen Up Your Content – Hopefully, you’re posting fresh content fairly regularly in some form, such as news, links and a blog. But what about those static pages? When was the last time you looked at them, read the words? Is there anything you need to add or change? Has something in your business changed lately that makes some of that information irrelevant or obsolete? If you have a right rail with outgoing links or other information, can you add to it? Delete something?
Backup Your Files – If you haven’t done this in a long time … or, uh, ever, then there’s no time like the present. Many people don’t back up files or their websites because they don’t think about it. But better now than when something goes wrong. Take a moment to do this TODAY. WordPress has ridiculously easy backup plugins.
One other idea ….
It’s not for just your website, but now is also a great time to update and change your passwords. Whether you’re using the same old tired password or something really complicated, you need to change it every three to six months.