24. A little bit of maintenance now saves big problems later
No one likes doing maintenance. Maintenance itself doesn’t build your blog’s content, audience, or revenue. So what’s the point?
Well, while it might not do any of those things, maintenance prevents everything you built from crashing down around you…
I’m talking about things like:
- Updating your software and plugins
- Backing up your site (and actually testing to make sure those backups work)
- Optimizing your database
- Checking for broken links
It’s tedious but crucial. Just recently, hundreds of thousands of WordPress sites were hacked as a result of a vulnerability that was actually patched before it was discovered by hackers.
But because hundreds of thousands of site owners hadn’t updated their core open-source WordPress software – they got hacked nonetheless.
A little of routine maintenance now will prevent big problems from happening later.