Guest Post

“Clean your room!”

Everybody from your parents to the Royal Marines hold these words as wisdom.

It has gotten to the status of an old proverb from which you can answer almost any of life’s hard questions. Some will try to find it in “the grass is always greener” or “the speck in your own eye” sayings, and Jordan Peterson has elevated it to mythical levels. Be it as it may, ironically or not, we can learn from these when we are talking about running a website.

What does it mean to keep your website clean? There are a lot of things that go into account.
It usually refers to being clean from malware, useless files and baggage or widgets, plugins, and programs that are not up to date.

If your website is lagging it might just be some useless files, oversized photos or videos embedded on the wrong page at the wrong time.

Keeping an eye on what kind of image files and sizes you are using can help your website to run incomparably smoother.

For conducting quick fixes regarding this issue, you can use ResizeMyImg.

image resizer

Anything from image converting, bulk image resizing to resizing social media avatars can be found there.

When Android took over the smartphone market and apps became popular, thousands of optimizer or optimization apps promised to keep an eye on all of the factors mentioned above.

I remember installing them myself and using their daily scans to optimize my phone, hoping it will help make it last longer.

But the truth is, when it comes to smartphones, they all have an expiration date. Well, except if you cash out and really buy quality, but no optimization app will save you from this.

Websites, luckily, work a little bit differently.

Optimization or performance plugins like JetPack really can help make your website run smoother, faster, and all-around better. However, nothing calms the soul like hitting the master reset. Fixing, optimization, and performance buffing can do a lot, but sometimes you need to take out the garbage.

WP Reset

If you are in need of an overhaul, or just cleaning a certain part of your website, the WP Reset plugin is your best choice.

WP Reset is a plugin designed by the WebFactory team and is known as the most advanced reset tool out there. Jumping on the reset boat isn’t the first thing you should do when you encounter a problem with your website. There are a few boxes to check before pulling out the “red button”.

First, try to retrace your steps as much as you can. Heck, doing this you might just learn something while fixing the problem.

Second, try to delete the plugin you last used.  If you were doing some customizations before your website started having problems, it’s possible that a faulty plugin is causing all of the ruckus. There are a lot of unchecked and un-updated plugins that can act like parasites and slowly suck away your website’s speed and performance.

This post goes into depth about what to do when your website is crashing, so you might want to check that out.

If that doesn’t help, then it’s WP Reset’s time to shine!

Firstly, installing this WordPress plug-in is a piece of cake. When you install and activate it, you can find it among other tools in the “Tools” menu.

You’ll soon discover that there are a few different options to set-up your reset:

  • You can choose to delete just certain parts of your development.
  • You can delete all themes, transients, and .htaccess files.
  • The “Clean Uploads Folder” function will delete everything in your /uploads/ folder.
  • You can also choose to delete only custom database tables and you can reset your theme options.

WP Reset also has a lot of different tools, and if you opt for the PRO version, you can unlock even more features that allow you to manipulate the process thoroughly and “aim” your reset even more precisely.

What makes WP Reset such an effective plugin is that you can save your pre-reset state with the Snapshots function, and by doing so, return to the previous environment if you deleted something you didn’t think of removing. The Snapshot feature allows all different kinds of experimentation that you can play around with, without the risk of disrupting your website.

If you are having trouble disabling a plugin (or multiple) the manual way, WP Reset has a trick up its sleeve to help you – you can use the emergency recovery script.

It works kind of like a screenshot in the sense that I can help you when your admin isn’t working.

Also, the collection feature lets you compile a list of plugins and themes which you can install using a single click.

You can get more insights about this topic in a piece that has covered every detail on how to bulk install plugins.

The most important thing to remember when using WP Reset is to keep a neat collection of snapshots.

If you have a good overview of your snapshots, and if they are strategically made, you have nothing to worry about. Then, resetting your website for “cleanliness” is an easy and productive move. A plugin like WP Reset which has such a basic role like delete can easily be used in different scenarios. That’s why the plugin branched out into so many different features and functions in the premium version.

Regardless of how you look at it, having a good overview of what you are importing on your website is definitely the starting point of website maintenance. This means that knowing what to delete and how to delete it is your first line of defence against any possible problems on your website.