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There are several things you can do to perform regular maintenance on the site.

Maintenance checklist

Optimizing WordPress

Optimizing the WordPress site is an essential part of maintaining the site’s health and functionality. Running an optimization cleans up database tables and removes trash from the site, helping the site run as optimally as possible.

Note: The WP-Optimize plugin automatically optimizes the site on a schedule, but if the site seems slow or hung up in some way, optimize the site to see if it fixes the problem.

The WP-Optimize plugin has several features:

  • Optimizing the database
  • Compressing images
  • Caching pages
  • Minifying CSS, JavaScript, and fonts

We use the WP-Optimize plugin only for:

  • Optimizing the database
  • Compressing images
  • Minifying CSS, JavaScript, and fonts

Warning: Don’t use WP-Optimize for page caching. The Enable page caching option (WP-Optimize > Cache) should remain disabled.

The settings for optimizing the database, compressing images, and minifying are all set and don’t need to be altered.

Optimize the database and remove the trash

WP-Optimize provides a quick, easy way to optimize the database and remove trash like post revisions, auto-draft posts, trashed posts, spam, trashed comments, and unapproved comments.

To optimize the database and remove trash:

Note: The optimizations you need to run should already be selected.

  1. On the Dashboard, select WP-Optimize, and then select Database.
  2. In the Optimizations table, select the optimizations you want to run.

Warning: Don’t select the following optimizations:

    1. Optimizations with the Warning icon .
    2. The Optimize InnoDB tables anyway under Optimize database tables.
  1. Once you have selected the optimizations you want to run, select Run all selected optimizations.

The optimization can take a few minutes to run. The duration is largely based on the number of database tables.

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