Managing a WordPress site means performing daily, weekly and monthly tasks to help your site run smoothly. Use this checklist to help you manage WordPress sites either for yourself or your web design clients.

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75 WordPress Site Management Tasks & Tips

The list below includes both one-time tasks for newer WordPress sites and repetitive tasks that will need to be performed on a regular basis.

WordPress Backup Tasks

  • 1. Install a WordPress backup plugin like BackupBuddy to start running automatic WordPress backups
  • 2. Confirm your automatic WordPress backups are running at scheduled intervals
  • 3. Confirm backups are delivering to a safe, off-site storage destination & set up redundant backups (two or more backup file storage locations)
  • 4. Confirm backup files include WordPress database and all files (media library, themes, plugins, etc.)
  • 5. Consider using Stash Live (real-time WordPress backups) if you manage a more active site
  • 6. Delete any old locally-stored backups (these are backups stored on your own server)
  • 7. Delete old backup files stored off-site in BackupBuddy Stash to reduce storage usage
  • 8. Keep a current version of the ImportBuddy script file on hand

WordPress Security Tasks

  • 9. Update WordPress core to latest version
  • 10. Use a WordPress security plugin like iThemes Security to help perform important WordPress security tasks
  • 11. Run the WordPress Security Check feature to activate recommended WordPress Security features
  • 12. Enable 404 Detection because of phishing and other attempts
  • 13. Enable the Banned Users setting to block specific IP addresses and user agents from accessing your site
  • 14. Review logs of Banned User IPs
  • 15. Enable WordPress brute force protection to protect your site against attackers that try to randomly guess login details to your site
  • 16. Enable Network Brute Force Protection to protect your site against known attackers before they reach your site
  • 17. Run a WordPress Malware Scan
  • 18. Enable User Logging to log user actions such as login, editing or saving content and other actions
  • 19. Disable the File Editor in WordPress Tweaks
  • 20. Harden WordPress by using the Away Mode setting to limit access to your WordPress login and admin area (for example, overnight or while you’re on vacation)
  • 21. Whitelist your own IP Address
  • 22. Review WordPress file permissions
  • 23. Remove the Admin user
  • 24. Change WordPress salts & secret keys
  • 25. Activate and set up WordPress two-factor authentication

WordPress Theme & Plugin Tasks

Note: be sure to run a backup before updating themes, plugins or WordPress core.
  • 26. Confirm premium theme and plugins have current licenses (this is usually how version updates are communicated to your WordPress site)
  • 27. Update current theme to latest version
  • 28. Update active plugins to latest version
  • 29. Delete and completely remove unused themes and plugins
  • 30. Review new plugin and theme features for implementation

Comments Tasks

  • 31. Approve & reply to pending comments
  • 32. Empty spam comments
  • 33. Make sure an anti-spam service like Akismet is activated to help reduce comment spam

Uptime Monitoring Tasks

  • 34. Monitor WordPress uptime to track hosting performance
  • 35. Review uptime/downtime stats for uptime percentage, total downtime and number of downtimes
  • 36. Enable email notifications for downtime

Blog Tasks

  • 37. Add new posts weekly to keep blog fresh
  • 38. Review top-performing posts for improvements
  • 39. Add & confirm email newsletter signup is working
  • 40. Confirm social sharing buttons are working
  • 41. Add featured images to posts
  • 42. Review Post drafts & delete unneeded posts
  • 43. Empty Posts stored in Trash

Image Tasks

  • 44. Optimize images for the web (reduce file sizes for images above 600KB)
  • 45. Delete unused images from the Media Library
  • 46. Review and add alt tags to images in posts and pages

Page Tasks

  • 47. Audit older pages for content updates
  • 48. Empty Pages in Trash
  • 49. Review Pages in Draft
  • 50. Fill unused Widget areas if possible

User Tasks

  • 51. Delete unused or unneeded user accounts
  • 52. Encourage Admin users to enable WordPress two-factor authentication & better WordPress password security
  • 53. Review user access levels and adjust roles as necessary
  • 54. Encourage Admins / Editors / Contributor Users to set up their Gravatar profile images (anyone that writes content or replies to comments)

Contact Page Tasks

  • 55. Confirm current contact information (Email, Social, Phone, etc.)
  • 56. Review Contact form confirmation email
  • 57. Review Contact form submission delivery
  • 58. Reply to contact form submissions
  • 59. Consider using conditional logic to deliver canned contact form responses
  • 60. Update FAQs to reflect common customer or client questions

Portfolio Tasks

  • 61. Update portfolio with images of latest projects
  • 62. Add new testimonials

SEO & Analytics Tasks

  • 63. Install a WordPress SEO plugin to help with basic SEO
  • 64. Connect Google Analytics and activate Google Search Console for your WordPress site
  • 65. Submit a sitemap for WordPress site
  • 66. Audit Pages and Posts for keyword-focus
  • 67. Add missing meta descriptions to Posts and Pages
  • 68. Review analytics data for total page views and unique visitors
  • 69. Review referral traffic and inbound links
  • 70. Review Google Console data (Search Traffic, Google Index, Crawl)
  • 71. Set up and review Goals in Google Analytics
  • 72. Review Behavior Flow
  • 73. Review Page load times
  • 74. Consider Page Speed suggestions
  • 75. Audit Site for Mobile-responsiveness and usage

Save Time & Manage WordPress Sites with iThemes Sync

Managing WordPress sites can get pretty time-consuming (and maybe overwhelming), especially if you have more than one site.

Using a WordPress maintenance tool like iThemes Sync can save you a lot of time.

With a tool like iThemes Sync, instead of having to log in to each WordPress site you manage, you can have one central dashboard to perform WordPress maintenance tasks.

With Sync, you can perform a lot of the tasks included in the list to manage WordPress sites, like:

  • Update themes, plugins and WordPress core to the latest versions
  • Install themes and plugins or deactivate/delete
  • Run WordPress backups
  • Add/Edit backup schedules
  • Manage remote backup files stored in BackupBuddy Stash
  • Set Away Mode and Whitelist your IP
  • Edit Users
  • Approve and reply to comments
  • Add new posts and pages
  • View Uptime stats
  • View a summary of Google Analytics data

How to Manage WordPress Sites with iThemes Sync

1. To get started with iThemes Sync, grab your 10 free site plan here.

2. Login to the Sync dashboard. You can start adding your WordPress sites right from the welcome screen or upload the Sync plugin directly to your WordPress site.


3. Once your WordPress sites have been securely authenticated by Sync, you’ll see a summary of available updates for all your sites and you can start performing other maintenance tasks.

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Send WordPress Maintenance Reports with iThemes Sync Pro

If you offer WordPress maintenance packages for your web design clients, Sync Pro allows you to send WordPress maintenance reports to summarize all the actions you took to keep their WordPress site running smoothly. Reports are delivered via email as interactive HTML and can be scheduled to automatically run each month (or day or week).

Here’s an example report (you can check out a live report demo here).

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