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easy gearsAre you managing your own website? What about after the designer is done with it? Is he done with it?….

No matter, there is one huge rule to live by when you updating any content on your site. Always! Always backup your database on your server when doing revisions on your website. Are you using WordPress? Don’t, don’t don’t use a plugin for backing up your database! The connection, for one thing, is not always a secure one. Third parties that make the plugins are not always reputable. You don’t know who will gain access to your database. Always go into your database interface and back up on your host site. Do it often, do it the right way.

You never know when you upload something invalid or that has broken or conflicting php, script or html and it will totally break apart your site. Plugins that are out of date, have not been updated since the last WordPress update, are usually the culprits!

There are several plugins I highly recommend for you to use.

TAC is your Theme  Authenticity Checker. What does that mean? It means, if you surf the web for free themes that look really cool, instead of using the “drab” free themes on the WordPress.org site or a premium theme, you will more than likely end up with ‘a stolen’ trademark. This checks any hidden links that are masked in the php files. Sometimes, the freebie will have links not even close to relevant to the theme. These links can be blacklisted. If you just happen to have one of these links, you could be blacked out of search soon too.

Often times, when you find a website with the word “WordPress” in the url, it will be not so legit. And in the term “legit” I mean, using shady practices, grey hat, if you will. WordPress is a trademark and there are copywrite issues on that name. The software app is open source, however, it is not the same with the trademark.

Another really great plugin is one created and published by Godaddy.com. The P3 or Plugin Performance Profiler, runs in the background, but lightly. it only allerts you when you need to do another analysis on what plugins are slowing up your load time front end. Not only will it tell you how fast your site loads according to server load, not your browser, but also which ones are slowing the loadtime and by how much.

When you delete plugins, posts and pages, you can end up with what I call leftovers. Meaning, you end up with a database residue from deleted content and functions. To clean that up and optimize it, you have to do what is similar to cleaning your hard drive on a computer. When you have registry errors and fragmented files, your computer runs slower. The database is similar in that you have to clean house and get those left over tables and pull it all together.

Another great plugin that is lightweight and speeds up your load time dramatically is Quick Cache.  This plugin takes a real-time snapshot ( building a cache ) of every Page, Post, Category, Link, etc. These snapshots are then stored ( cached ) intuitively, so they can be referenced later

Happy Blogging. If you need help with your WordPress site, you know where to find me! We can walk through it together!