As I’ve said many times before, blogging takes up a lot of time and anything bloggers can do to help speed up the process is a good idea.
You can use many hacks to blog more efficiently and there are lots of tips to save time scheduling to social media, but how else can you save time blogging?
There are many amazing WordPress plugins out there and lots are specially designed to help make your blogging life easier. Other plugins will help you to carry out some of the more technical tasks that come with blogging.
Here are 10 things to automate on WordPress…
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One of the most important things to automate on WordPress is the security of your site. It’s essential to make sure your blog is secure and protected from attacks, spam, and malware. It might sound scary but the good news is that all you need to do is install a plugin and it will all be taken care of for you.
Jetpack provides automatic defense against hacks, malware, spam, data loss, and downtime. You will be alerted by email if your site experiences any unexpected downtime and also alerted again when your site is back up and running.
The plugin also runs in the background to guard your website against bots, hackers, and any security threats.
Search Engine Optimisation is vital in getting your blog to rank on Google but it can be difficult to know where to start.
There are many easy SEO tips and tricks to follow but it’s also a good idea to install a plugin to help with SEO.
Yoast SEO is the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress.
Yoast helps you to add meta titles and descriptions to your posts, add keywords, and it evens runs technical tasks in the background such as robots.txt and sitemaps.
3. Scheduling posts
Do you schedule your blog posts?
If not, you are creating a lot of extra work for yourself!
WordPress allows you to schedule posts for publishing at a later date – this is a built-in feature, no plugins are needed.
Once you have written a blog post, head to the Publish option within the post editor and click Edit. Here you can choose the date and time for your blog post to be published.
This way, you can write several posts in bulk and schedule them to automatically publish on your chosen dates.
WordPress releases updates regularly and it is important to make sure that your blog is running the latest version to ensure your site is secure and performing as well as it can.
You’ll get a notification in your blog’s dashboard when there is a new update but you can choose to automate WordPress updates so you don’t need to do anything.
The Easy Updates Manager plugin allows you to turn on automatic updates and manage all WordPress updates in one place including development updates, theme updates, and plugin updates.
Doing backups of your blog is essential and something you can just have running quietly in the background. How often you backup your website depends on how often you publish new posts – the more frequently you post, the shorter the time you will need between backups.
If you are on a managed hosting plan your host will have backup options available, it’s best to contact your host for more information.
If you don’t have a managed hosting plan there are various plugins available that will carry out backups of your site for you.
Updraft Plus is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to schedule regular backups to run automatically. You can choose to backup your files into the cloud and restore them when needed with a single click.
6. Social Media
There are many content schedulers that allow you to bulk schedule social media content in advance to save time.
There are also plugins that will update your social media accounts automatically without you having to spend time adding content to a third-party app.
One of these plugins is Revive Social which shares both old and new content to your social media accounts. You just need to set it up once and it will publish content in the background. You can also use it to share content from other websites on your social accounts.
7. Image Optimisation
One of the top things to automate on WordPress is image optimization.
It’s important that your website runs as quickly as possible and large images will slow down your blog considerably. You can avoid this by compressing images before you upload them to the media library in WordPress.
However, if this is too time-consuming or you’re unsure how to do it, there are plugins that will do it for you.
WP Smush will automatically compress all images that you upload without compromising on image quality. It can also compress all images uploaded previously to help your blog use less space and run faster.
WordPress caches pages on your website allowing your content to be served faster to your visitors. However, every so often you will need to clear the cache in order to see any changes you have made.
WP Super Cache is a plugin that allows you to choose what is cached and how often, as well as the option to clear the cache with one click of a button.
9. Manage Comments
Allowing people to comment on your blog posts is a great idea but it’s advisable to check all comments before publishing to avoid spam comments or unsuitable comments from appearing on your site.
Checking all comments is time-consuming but luckily there are plugins to do the bulk of the work for you.
Askimet will automatically filter out known spammers and IP addresses without you having to check these comments yourself – they will be removed before you even see them.
10. Broken Link Checker
Having dead links on your blog is bad for SEO and can also frustrate users looking for content on your site. If you have no idea how to find broken links, the Broken Link Checker plugin will do the job for you.
With this plugin, you can automate the link checking process and get notified if any dead links are found on your blog. You can then manually review these and update them as necessary.
What do you think of these suggestions for WordPress automation tools?
Are you using any of them already?
If not, I hope that some of these plugins have shown you some things to automate on WordPress to make your life easier.