4 Easy Steps To Clean Your WordPress Blog

ben francia | by Ben Francia | Last Updated: May 30, 2014

Spring is upon us, and what better way to kick it off with a little Spring-cleaning. Yes, that means cleaning your WordPress blog too! Just a little sprucing up to make sure your blog functions well all throughout the year.

Here are some easy steps to clean your WordPress blog:

  1. Unload your unused widgets – Don’t overstuff your sidebar or widget area, especially if you don’t really need those additional widgets. Look at your sidebar at the perspective of a first-time visitor and see which widgets are essential and which ones will you least likely click. Then remove widgets that don’t serve clear navigational or visual purpose.
  2. Declutter your social sharing buttons – Social sharing buttons are great to help readers spread your content across multiple social media sites. But displaying every single sharing button can also be visually distracting. Instead, think about your buttons’ lineup. And consider which ones you will really need and the social media platforms you want to take advantage of. If you’re a personal blogger, do you need to be that active in LinkedIn? Also, of you write long posts, will it suit well in Tumblr? Try to limit it to the top three or four places where your content is most likely to be shared.
  3. Finish off old drafts – Do you have a lot of unfinished drafts or notes? Well, it’s about time to make them public. Complete those unfinished drafts you’ve forgotten about, or even combine materials from several drafts into one post.
  4. Sort out your tags – In your dashboard, look at the tags column of all your posts and see if all your posts have tags. Meanwhile, if any posts have more than 15 tags, then remove some of the tags. Also, if you see posts that have similar topics but are tagged differently, then edit them to have consistency. This can help readers find related content quickly.

Now, all you have to do is enjoy your cleaner and clutter-free blog! Do have your own spring-cleaning process? Tell me about it and share it on the comments below!


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