‘Website Maintenance’ Videos

  • Sean Conklin: Database cleanup, prune legacy plugin and theme cruft to free-up resources

    WordCamp Los Angeles 2020Speaker: Sean Conklin

    October 30, 2020 — This talk explains how to use free resources to examine and prune WordPress databases.

    How tidy is your WordPress database? While WordPress site content can be exported and imported into a newly installed environment, many larger or more active sites need surgical precision to clean the database. This is especially true for eCommerce stores or sites where user content (such as comments, accounts) are active, and migration or downtime must be avoided.

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  • Andrea Ferguson: WordPress Website Maintenance – Don’t Just Set It and Forget It

    WordCamp Raleigh 2017Speaker: Andrea Ferguson

    May 29, 2017 — Is your site suddenly spammy? Features stopped working the way they should? Once-speedy pages taking forever to load?

    To keep your WordPress website secure and working well, you must maintain it properly.

    The code should be updated regularly to increase security, fix bugs, and add features and functionality.
    Regular backups are crucial to restoring your site if necessary—things go wrong, even with the best of sites and servers.
    Security scanning makes sure that nothing hacky has happened.
    Optimizing for speed keeps site users engaged.
    In this session, Andi will teach you the basics of WordPress website maintenance. She’ll suggest automatic steps you can set up with your host as well as manual tasks you (or a professional) can complete to boost security and performance.

  • Sharon France: Honey – You’re Not Even Responsive

    WordCamp Sydney 2016Speaker: Sharon France

    February 9, 2017 — How I learned to stop worrying and love WordPress: a beginner’s tale

    Three years ago I decided to wrest back control of my website and what better way to do that than to build a WordPress site?

    So I did that, with a little help from a coding friend, and there it has sat, like a lump ever since: not updated, not doing anything, definitely not responsive (does it need a shot of adrenaline?) and definitely my own personal testament to fear of both web design and the internet’s unceasing affair with change (shudder).

    But today that changes. Today I commit to resuscitating my website and on the way I shall do my best to chronicle the journey: the good, the bad and the ugly… hopefully there is not so much ugly!

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  • Nemanja Aleksic: Getting Started With Website Maintenance

    WordCamp Athens 2016Speaker: Nemanja Aleksic

    January 22, 2017 — The question of WordPress website maintenance is a polarizing one: people either hate it, or consider it a magical money tree. We’ll discuss the truth that’s in between, and go through the basics you need to start a WordPress maintenance service.

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  • Carmen Krupar: Website Maintenance with WordPress

    WordCamp Cincinnati 2016Speaker: Carmen Krupar

    January 6, 2017 — This is a workshop that we offer on a regular basis for our customers. It has become very popular and many take the course multiple times. WordPress sites cannot be a set-it-and-forget-it website. Regular maintenance is required. When Google released its Search Quality Guidelines in Nov 2015, maintenance is now part of SEO. This talk will also combat some of the security concerns website owners have when moving to the WordPress platform. There has been a lot of press about WordPress being a hacker target and business owners are often talked out of using WordPress by developers using this as a rationale. We would explain how maintenance is your best defense for a secure site.

    I would include in this talk what needs to be, who is the best person to do it, how often maintenance should be performed. I would also include some routine content maintenance tasks that are good for SEO and talk about how these tasks are easy to perform in WordPress.

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