WordPress is such a useful tool for professionals that many administrators find themselves managing multiple sites to keep up with user demand. Blog administrators are the most common type of professionals who rely heavily on WordPress, but the software is also popular among web design firms and small web hosting companies. As with any other heavily used resource, professionals must maintain a high level of organization to manage WordPress efficiently. Here we’ll examine some tips for keeping on top of your site responsibilities.
Prepare for unexpected traffic
There’s nothing riskier (or more pessimistic, for that matter) than only allowing the bare minimum bandwidth capacity for your WordPress site. A spike in popularity can happen virtually overnight, and a crash or defective operating system could lose faithful followers for good. Talk to your WordPress host to be sure that your websites can handle unexpectedly heavy traffic. Remember to continually monitor your site traffic as well, so you can quickly make adjustments as needed.
Have backups ready
Even when you go out of your way to prevent crashes, you should still make sure to have plenty of backups. For example, consider starting a blog with another host, and stay active on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
In the event that any one of these sites goes down, interested parties can still find you online in a few different locations. Make sure to continually backup your information in the cloud as well, so you can be sure it’s safe and always accessible.
New technology is always a work in progress, which is why consistent updating is crucial to keeping your sites not just functioning smoothly, but at optimum capacity. For example, WordPress recently created a new version called WordPress (3.5.2) that fixes tons of security bugs.
These fixes include blocking server-side-request forgery attacks, fixing cross-site scripting, avoiding disclosure of a full file path during a failed upload and prohibiting contributors from improperly publishing posts. Despite all the changes the new version will have, it won’t have an effect on the information you’ve already placed on your site.
It’s a bit easier said than done, especially when you’ve got a lot on your plate. However, you’ll want to periodically keep up with a few simple maintenance tasks to avoid feeling overwhelmed when an unexpected disaster strikes. One effective way to stay organized is to have your domain registration expiration date marked on your calendar. Always renew your domain in a timely fashion—ideally by setting up an automatic payment system with your WordPress hosting service.
Also, regularly check your site for issues and errors, and check the news for any problems other users might be experiencing. Keep in close contact with your website administrators to ensure optimum functionality and a consistent tone.
Look into multisite tools and services
When you can’t do it all yourself, call in the pros. Since many professionals struggle with managing multiple WordPress sites, a whole market exists out there for making this task easier. A few noteworthy examples include:
- ManageWP: Offering one-click access to monitoring, publishing, backup, deployment and security features, this management console simplifies the management process.
- InfiniteWP: This management console offers one-click updating for plugins and themes, as well as instant backup and restore. However, users have to pay for special features such as scheduled backups, client plugin branding and custom code snippets.
- WP Remote: A free tool available for an unlimited number of sites, WPRemote allows users to organize groups, search content and monitor plugins and themes.
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Despite how user-friendly WordPress can be, a few tech-cessories are always needed when juggling large volumes of content. Applying these tips and tools can maximize your productivity, without cutting in too much to your working hours.