So excited!! This site now has an SSL certificate upgrade and php version 7! BlueHost just started offering both of these free upgrades to their current customers. New customers signing up for WordPress hosting automatically gain access to these improvements. I’ve been using BlueHost since my first post on October 26, 2011. An SSL certificate has been on my wish list for a while.
Why is an SSL Certificate Important? Because an SSL Certificate Provides Trust
Having an SSL certificate allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. It gives a site better privacy, security and data integrity. Making website visitors safer and search engines happier. Plus, anyone planning to sell on their own site must have an SSL certificate.
Php 7 Improves Website Performance
Php is a programming language WordPress is built on. For security and better speed moving a WordPress site to php 7 is a good move. I simply went to my Bluehost cpanel and followed their instructions to configure the site.
To change the PHP type used for your account:
- Log in to your Bluehost cPanel account.
- Under Programming click on the PHP Config icon.
- Select the type of php version you wish to use, click Save Changes
After making these changes I was motivated to tackle some site housekeeping. After a theme change, I deleted older posts and moved things round resulting in broken links and 404 error messages. Time to find and repair all those broken links with a link checker.
Where to start? I trust
Yoast at Yoast SEO for WordPress.
I searched their site for information and found
Scrolled downed to number 6 on the list Integrity.
Described as “…a quick check for broken links or status codes.” Bingo! Just what I needed.
Simply download and activate the free software. Enter your website url and click the blue Go button on the far right.
Integrity found many broken links. I wish I’d taken a screenshot before repairs were made for comparison purposes.
Use the status tab to get more information about the bad links.
The software doesn’t make the repairs. You’ll need to check each error message and relink or remove as appropriate.
Super easy and simple to use. 🙂
What are your preferred tools to keep WordPress running smoothly?