Here is the checklist that I use to update my site:
- Modernize- Take a look around the web and notice the style you are seeing and compare your site. It’s important that your theme is being regularly supported according to the current Word Press version; many old ones are no longer supported. Look for one that has a nice clean design and all the features you need. It works best if you pay for a theme (rather than going with a freebie) so that you receive regular support and updates.
- Update Word Press whenever a new version one pops up. Often your website server company will do this, but if not you must do it yourself.
- Update Word Press when an update pops up. These occur regularly when security or other issues need adjustment.
- Update your Word Press theme. When Word Press does an update, there should be a theme update shortly thereafter.
- Update Plug-ins
- Check for broken links. Here’s a plug-in
- Check your images to ensure they are there and have alt. tags
- Check load speed. Visitors will lose patience and leave if your site is slow to upload. Try this load speed tester
- Check Social Media links by clicking on all of them
- Check for 404s (this means that Google tried to find something on your site and couldn’t) Google Console tools is the place to view 404s ()
- Look into each 404 and make corrections or do a 301 redirect
- Delete unused plug-ins
- Review all pages to ensure information is current and correct.
- Ensure the site is responsive. Check your site from your phone. You can check mobile here as well:
- Feed it content regularly if your site is using posts.
- Be sure to respond to comments left by viewers.
This Mindset Monday post is presented especially for solopreneurs
by LowellAnn Fuglsang, Business and Career Coach
In my workstyle-lifestyle coaching work I love helping solopreneurs find direction, stay motivated and build systems that both support and promote their business. One support that I like to emphasize for them is the Google experience. Two great places to begin are my Weekly Being Your Own CEO Success Circle and The Portable Business Coach (Now titled “Solopreneur Evaluation Tool” – a tool that will tell you where you need to put more time and energy)