Monthly maintenance for Joomla (and other) sites.
The days of building static websites are long gone. Today’s websites need a lot more care and constant attention.
I build websites using Joomla, however the principle is the same regardless of the platform: WordPress, Drupal etc. Today’s platforms are applications that need to be updated for functionality but more importantly, for security. Hackers are constantly trying to find security holes that would allow them to take over a site. See my discussion on Pharma Hacks for details on the hacker mindset.
I strongly encourage my clients to allow for 1 to 2 hours a month to review the site. Assuming that the site has all necessary extensions already installed, the process is.
- Back up the site before beginning.
- Bring the Joomla core up to date
- Check Akeeba Admin Tools pro security exception logs (Or other tools such as Securitycheck Pro)
- Update any extensions.
- Google Analytics – Look for any unexplained changes in traffic
- Google Webmaster Tools – Look for malware, mobile compatibility, sitemap, crawl errors. Also look at incoming links (See my link to the Pharma Hack above). Look for evidence of 404 errors and address as needed.
- Bing Webmaster Tools – Check crawl rate and sitemaps.
- Pingdom.com site speed test – Check to make sure that the load times for the home page are consistent (and look for improvement possibilities such as caching)
- Google’s mobile readiness tool – Make sure that the site is mobile ready.
- Review the cpanel logs.
- Look for unused table prefixes in phpmyadmin (Be VERY careful about deleting tables)
- Use domain/dns tools to check the site’s domain name
- Check the expiration dates of the domain name registration.
- Delete any unused extensions (again, USE CAUTION)
- Test any forms or shopping carts on the site.
- Test with browsers and mobile devices.
- Randomly check pages for proper title, description and keyword metadata.
- Joomla 2.5 Update Notifications.
- CAUTION if updating from Joomla 2.5.x to 3.x when running SH404sef
- Bing is focusing on the ‘mobile readiness’ of sites.
- Pharma hacks explained – How to fix
- You might want to recheck your site’s mobile readiness with Google for differences in Blogger, Google Analytics and Adsense page views even if you passed previously.
- Google will look at the mobile friendliness of your site as a ranking factor starting April 2015
- Google Mobile Readiness tool showing “fail” for a joomla site – Redid the Robots.txt file and it showed ‘success’ = Quirky Tool
- Updating your WordPress plugins takes your site offline temporarily – Time things accordingly.