Why Should I Clean my Site Periodically?
This is extremely important when someone needs to access your site as the time to load and perform crucial functions depends on how much data needs to be processed. A bloated site will lead to slower loading times, which is very bad for your users’ experience. In addition, the stresses on the back end can also make your site management more difficult.
For this reason, it’s necessary to spend some time cleaning up your site. By clearing out data and content, optimizing images and files, and so on, you can improve your site performance effectively. At the same time, you can perform maintenance tasks like checking for broken links and making sure everything is up-to-date.
How often you clean will depend on your site and the systems you have in place. Larger sites that add new content frequently will naturally have more bloat that needs to be cleared away.
Remove Unneeded Themes and Plugins
For themes, you need to go through and remove any that you aren’t currently using. Remember to delete each one, instead of deactivate them. With plugins, you should go through and remove any that you don’t really need.
Make Sure Everything is Up-To-Date
The update process is very simple. All you need to do is go to Plugins and Themes sections of your WordPress dashboard, look for anything with a message about needing to be updated, and click on Update Now.
Clear Out Unused Images
If your server site space is limited, you can move the unwanted images to a folder in your hard drive WordPress folder and named them backupimage or anything similar and store them there.
Fix Broken Links
First, you can clean up your links manually. You need to go through content of every page, click on every link and make sure it leads to a valid page (and replacing the ones that don’t). A benefit of this way is that it gives you the chance to make sure all your links are correct but it takes longer time.
Additionally, you can install a plugin like Broken Link Checker. This tool will scan your site automatically and notify you when broken links are detected.