5. Are WordPress, Themes and Plugins on the latest version?

Posted in How to speed up WordPress: The Complete Guide


a.     WordPress Core
b.    Removing Unused themes
c.     Updating Themes
d.    Plugins


Make sure you are running current versions of all items.

Updating to current versions – This process is difficult and can be problematic. Make sure you have backups in place.

A.    WordPress Core

WordPress Core – Make sure that you have the latest version – http://wordpress.org/


B.    Removing Unused themes

Always delete any themes that you don’t use.


C.  Updating Themes

Make sure to always use the latest version of the theme. This is not always easy. Use this tool to help – http://www.wpthemedetector.com/


D.  Plugins

Make sure to always use the latest version of the plug-in – http://wordpress.org/plugins/

Note: This is important – if you don’t use it, delete it.


E. Files and Folders

Check to Ensure That There Are No Files and/or Folders That Look Out Of Place

After upgrading, look through FTP at your site and see if there are any files and/or folders that look out of place.

1) On FTP – Go to -> /Home public_html (WordPress)

2) Go to -> /wp-includes (WordPress)

3) Go to -> /wp-content (WordPress + All your images and plugins and themes)

Note: 99% of the time you will pick up junk in here. Best advice – download the files you’re planning to delete and then delete them one by one.

Make sure that your site is still working.

If you see that your site is not working then it is a matter of just uploading the files / folders from your back up. /wp-admin (WordPress)

2 Files That Make WordPress Work

1)    .htaccess Download a copy to your local PC

2)    wp-config.php Download a copy to your local PC


Here are some fast speed tricks you can do:

wp-config.php File:

1) Edit wp-config.php  – Make a backup first.

2) Add these lines near the bottom of the file

define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', 12);
define('WP_DEBUG', false);
define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '98M');
define('WP_MAX_MEMORY_LIMIT', '128M');
/* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

.htaccess File:

1) Edit .htaccess – Make a backup first.

2) Add this at the top of the file – http://pastebin.com/embed_iframe.php?i=UCvyR6xx

wp-content folder:

wp-content folder  – This is like the heart of WordPress.

Numerous plugins / themes will install items that should not be there.

So a good blueprint to use would be:

/wp-content/ plugins
/wp-content/ themes
/wp-content/ uploads
/wp-content/ upgrades

If you do see items in /wp-content/ that you do not think should be there, i.e. images, cache, etc, then do the following:

  1. Rename the folder i.e. Images to  Imagesold
  2. Pull up the site
  3. Click around the site
  4. Make sure it all works. If it is working then you can delete the folder.

TIP: Download the folder to your local computer and then delete it from the server. Pull up the site and, if the website doesn’t load, you can re-upload the folder.

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