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WordPress Website Maintenance
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by Vishal Arora on Wednesday, 09 November 2011
WordPress Website Maintenance


A website can be as similar to dead if it is not properly maintained and frequently updated. In the Internet business, looks and first impressions are vital. It is important that you give due importance to properly maintain your website. WordPress is the most used content management system today with more than a million users using it every day. While most of the WordPress users are essentially bloggers, there are many who use the CMS for their business too. Whoever you are and for whatever purposes you use WordPress; you cannot shun away the important element of maintaining it. WordPress development has reached new heights today with many themes and plug-in that has diversified the usage of the usage. In such a scenario, the challenge of maintaining the site becomes even more. WordPress developers have come up with an easy method of updating and maintaining the site.

Steps for WordPress Website Maintenance

·         When you start the maintenance work of your WordPress site, the site goes on a maintenance mode which is what the browsers will see. The message “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute” is the mostly likely message you will see on the screen.

·         There are many options to see the maintenance mode page. WordPress developers have created an index.html file or an .htaccess file which shows the maintenance mode page. Remember that every time you want to get into the maintenance mode you have to have a FTP access. For those not comfortable with the coding process you can install a plug-in.

·         Maintaining the website through a plug-in is much simpler. The easiest way to upload a plug-in is to store it in the wordpress plug-ins folder and create a maintenance.html file. Upload it to the root directory. Then go to the Tools menu and click redirections. You will be in a page with source URL and target URL fields. In the source URL, enter something like: www.yourdomainname.com/maintenance.html. If this comes, then you have appropriately installed the plug-in.

·         With a plug-in, the advantage is that you have all the information with you and the fear of losing data is much lesser.

However, the entire process is for technical WordPress developers who have been dealing with WordPress development. A person who has very little or no knowledge of coding and programming will do more harm to his site if he starts the maintenance process himself. As an alternative, while you have outsourced you website development work to some IT company, you can ask them to continue with the maintenance of the site as and when required. Though it may be a little expensive, it is much more full-proof. You can also hire WordPress developers especially for maintenance. Evon Technologies, in India, develops and maintains WordPress sites and you can hire WordPress developers from their company for your purpose.



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Vishal Arora, a techie with Evon and an avid reader.He writes for Evon on various platforms.

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