We get questions all the time about managing, maintaining, and creating new opportunities with the websites we help build. The truth is, creating a website that works takes time and attention. There is no magic "if you build it they will come" switch. However, with a little effort and some tips from our team, you may just find some bliss in your web endeavors this year.
Below you will find Six Feet Up's guide to 12 months of web bliss. We will add a link to a new post every month so be sure to check back often and bookmark this page for reference throughout the year!
Know who is using your site and what they are looking at. Hook Google Analytics to your site. Install Google Webmaster Tools. Sign up for tools like Moz.com (formerly SEO Moz) and StatCounter. Ready? Check out how to gather better data with January's web bliss tidbit!
Early spring cleaning
Get ready for more traffic
Improve your site performance by turning on caching, using a CDN and/or optimizing your page loads.
Focus on the user experience
Check your mobile stats: you may get more mobile traffic than you thought! Make your site responsive.
Improve your SEO ranking
Canonicalize your URLs. Set up redirects when retiring pages.
Drive visitors to your site(s)
Monitor and adjust
Maintain your system
Check your database is packed regularly. Ensure your logs are rotated. Review your RAM and CPU usage.
Check your resiliency
Try failing your site over regularly. Don't just take your tech team's word for it.
Sign up for the security mailing lists for the software applications you use. Make sure you are running the latest vulnerability patches.
Get ready for the holidays. Sign up for and read our digests to stay up to date on web trends and tools.