WordPress Tune-Up : Essential WordPress Maintenance Guide
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WordPress Tune-Up : Essential WordPress Maintenance Guide

Discover the steps you need to take to take to keep your WordPress site running safely, smoothly, and efficiently
4.6 (16 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,105 students enrolled
Created by Chris O'Connor
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • The ability to clean up your site, reducing bloat, and keep your site clean and optimised.
  • Be able to identify security problems on your site and know what to do to protect your site in the future.
  • Know how to have secure, reliable backups that you can count on in an emergency.
  • Make simple changes that will ensure that your site is always kept up to date
  • An understanding of how to check if your web hosting company is ripping you off or limiting your site
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to identify performance bottlenecks in your site, how to fix them, and boost the performance of your WordPress site.
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  • You will either need to have the administrator role for your WordPress site, or be in a position where you have someone who is looking after your site and has the administrator role.
  • You or your administrator should have basic familiarity with WordPress.
  • An internet connection and basic computer skills - if you were able to find this course then you already have all the technical ability you need to do this.
  • During the course, some paid WordPress plug-ins and services are mentioned, recommended, or demonstrated, and links to these paid plug-ins and services are in the resources for each section. You do NOT need to purchase any plugins or services to do this course. The free plugins I recommend are all that you need.

Learn how to get your WordPress site running smoothly, safely, and securely, and more importantly, keep it that way. Nobody wants to do things that are time consuming and repetitive, and that is why this course shows you how to easily automate things, so that once you've put them in place almost all the work is done for you, without you having to life a finger. Keeping your WordPress site safe, secure, up to date, and running smoothly.

This course covers exactly what you need to know to tune-up your WordPress site, get it cleaned up and optimised, and deal with the maintenance that every responsible WordPress website owner should be carrying out.

A badly maintained WordPress website can be a danger on the internet. A slow or broken website is going to lose you customers and lose you money. And a poorly maintained site is a security risk that is likely going to get hacked, ending in potential disaster for you, and your website visitors. It's simply not worth the risk.

Out of date plugins, themes, and even WordPress itself are one of the main ways hackers get access to your site, malware remotely installed, or your site enrolled in a malicious botnet. 

In this course you will learn what you need to do to keep your WordPress site up to date automatically, closing off these vulnerabilities and vastly reducing the chances of anyone breaking into it.  In addition, you will also be taken through what you need to do to ensure that your WordPress site is secure NOW, as well as how to ensure that it remains that way.

WordPress can become bloated and slow over time, and it's not your fault! In the course you'll be shown how to clean things up, get rid of that bloat, and make sure that it doesn't come back, making your site smaller, faster, and easier to manage in the process.  

In this course you will be taken, step-by-step, through exactly what you need to know and do in order to get your site tuned-up, and keep it that way. 


Q. What level of access to my WordPress site do I need to have?
A. You will be making changes to your site, such as adding and removing plugins etc. so in order to do this you need to be an administrator for the site, which you almost certainly are if you were the person that set up the site or installed WordPress.

Q. How technical do I need to be to do this course?
A. As the administrator of your WordPress site you have all the technical skills needed. In addition to making changes inside of WordPress, a tiny change is recommended to one file. This simple change can be easily carried out through the CPanel file manager, all of which is covered in the course, step-by-step. 

Q. Am I going to need to buy additional plugins, themes, or services to do this course?
A. No. The free plugins and services I recommend throughout the course will enable you to do everything you need to do in this course. No additional purchase of ANYTHING is necessary. In the resources section, along with the free options, I also recommend some paid plugins and services. These are mentioned because they are ones that I am currently using myself, or have used in the past, and I believe that the additional features are very useful and worth paying for. You are NOT required to buy ANY of these, and I get no compensation of any sort for recommending these. They are listed just to make you aware of them, and let you know what I am using.

Q. My site seems to running OK. Why do I need to buy this course?
A. Your site might SEEM to be running OK, but do you REALLY know what is going on behind the scenes? Do you have any idea if your site is harbouring malware (hint - you'd probably never know, until it's too late)? Are you at risk from hackers, and would you know how to stop them? If your site was lost beyond repair today, can you GUARANTEE that you can get everything back, quickly and easily? Would you even know if your hosting company was reducing your hosting resources or taking your site offline? And are you able to take your site as it currently is and reduce it's overhead and improve it's performance? This course does all of this and much more. So even if you THINK your site is doing OK, you NEED this course. It puts things in place that will get your site running well, and keep it that way.

The course comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, and I'll be on hand inside the course to answer your questions and help you every step of the way, should you need my help.

So be a responsible website owner, and take this course now.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is the owner of a WordPress website, or anyone who intends to create a WordPress site.
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
The Problem
3 Lectures 22:25

Links to the Free Website Analysis Tools
6 Lectures 21:36

Getting Your Backups Right - and the Mistakes to Avoid

Options for Backing Up Your WordPress Site

Managing Backups for More Than One WordPress Site

Recommended Resources for Backing up Your Site

What Have You Learnt About WordPress Backups?

Lets Test What You Remember About Backups
3 questions
Cleaning Things Up
5 Lectures 10:00

What You Need to Clean out and How to Do It

Resources for the Clean up Section

IMPORTANT - Before You Start Your Clean Up

What Have You Learnt About Cleaning Up Your Site?
Keeping Everything Up to Date
4 Lectures 11:06

How to Keep Everything Up to Date

Resources for the Updates Section

What Have You Learnt About Updates?
4 Lectures 17:09

How to Make Sure Your Site is Secure, and Stays Secure

Resources for the Security Section

What Have You Learnt About WordPress Security?
Hosting Environment
5 Lectures 07:03

Checking Your Web Hosting to Avoid Problems

Hosting Section Resources

Action Points : Hosting

What Have You Learnt About Hosting?
9 Lectures 29:12

How to Test Your Web Site Load Speed and Interpret the Results



Image Optimisation

Taking Image Optimisation Further

Resources for the Performance Section

What have You Learnt About Improving Your Sites Performance?

About the Instructor
Chris O'Connor
4.6 Average rating
402 Reviews
7,682 Students
9 Courses
WordPress Expert, Author, Raspberry Pi Enthusiast

I've been building web sites since the mid/late 90's, and am the author of the book WordPress For All : How To Create A Website For Business Or Personal Use, Quickly & Easily - Whatever Your Skill Level. It is available available on Amazon for the Kindle, with a paperback version due to follow in the near future.

I've been using WordPress since it was first released, and prior to that, B2 (the software WordPress was forked from). I've built numerous websites both for myself and for clients, using HTML, WordPress, and Joomla. From the very first commercial web site I built (in the days before Google existed) I have made a point of building my sites with search engine optimisation in mind, and have had top ranking for many of my sites for some of the toughest keywords out there.

I'm a big fan of Twitter, and if you follow me on Twitter then make sure you let me know that you found me on Udemy and I'll be sure to follow you back.