How to Spring Clean Your Website

Spring cleaning your business website is definitely NOT the FUN part of what needs to get done in your business. However, it’s important.

Why it is important to keep your website clean (or updated):

  1. You don’t want to leave your website open to hackers and viruses
  2. Your audience depends on your content to help them in their business/life/etc.
  3. You could lose your website if you fail to keep your hosting contact details updated.
  4. You’re a professional and you see your website as an important extension of your business.

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How to Spring Clean Your Website

Here are a few ways to keep your website cleaned:

Update your website software. For example, if you are using the self-hosted CMS WordPress, be sure to only use the updated version of WordPress. The latest version as of this post was March 31, 2020.

Enable Firewall protection – It’s like an online shield for your website. Companies like Sucuri.net provides firewall protection for your website.

 

Change your passwords on a regular basis. – Stop using your birthday and anniversary for your password. You might as well leave your home door unlocked when you go to work.

*Password Tip: Start using a password manager like: Peguta or LastPass. They’re online and free.

Run a virus scan on your computer. – In many of cases, websites are compromised due to desktop malware that steals credentials.

Back up your website. If your website is compromised, you can always reinstall your website from an older (cleaned copy). You can use free backup plugins such as Updraft Plus or your hosting company make daily backups of your website.

And at the end of day, we all need a little peace of mind, right?

(Reference: Sucuri Blog)

Additional website and website hosting housekeeping

Every business needs to have a “digital platform management procedure” in place in order to keep their website running consistently.

1. Keep your website domain and hosting contact details updated.

Even if someone set it up for you, it’s always good to go in periodically and update any email and mailing addresses that might have changed. Your website hosting company will send you periodic emails about your account, when it’s due or expired. You can update your contact details in your host provider.

For example:  If you purchased your domain and hosting through Godaddy, they have a helpful guide on how and where to change your domain.

If you’re not sure where your host company is, you can check thru the WhoIS directory.

2. Be sure your information is updated in the WhoIS directory > https://whois.icann.org/en/using-whois>>>

What is the Whois Directory? The Whois database is an online repository of information associated with registered domain names. It stores and publicly displays domain name information, such creation and expiration dates, the registrar of record, and its various contacts (registrant, billing, administrative, and technical). This information is generally controlled where you purchased the domain. If you forgot where you purchased your domain, you can go to whois.icann.org to find out.

3. Keep your payment details updated with your website domain and website hosting provider.

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This ensures that your website hosting doesn’t get interrupted with your host provider. Sometimes host companies will charge a fee to re-install any deleted hosting information. However, some may not keep your website files after your hosting is discontinued.

4. Review your current hosting plan each year to see if you need to upgrade or downgrade.

As your business grows, so will your website hosting space needs. Think of your website like a house, as you add more stuff to it (posts, photos, videos, etc), you are taking up more digital space.

Also most hosting companies also come with email. The more emails you send and receive, the more digital space you will need. Of course you can clean up (or delete the emails or data that you don’t need).

5. Back up all your website information at least once a month or weekly (depending on how often you update your website)

WordPress users have options for website backup plugins. Choose the one that works best for you.

Check with your host company or webmaster to see what their policy is for auto backups of your website data.

In conclusion

Digital spring cleaning isn’t always fun, however, it must be done to ensure that the digital side of your business doesn’t fall apart.

If you don’t have the time or energy to work on it yourself, consider outsourcing it to a local tech person or someone you trust.

And you can do it all with ease and grace.