Think of that retail shop. Things get cluttered. Unused supplies laying around and collecting dust. Or stuff that just doesn’t need to be there. It’s the same with your WooCommerce site. The question is, do you take your clients WooCommerce store as seriously as you would a physical store?
Time to Clean it Up
Have you even looked at all the stuff in their dashboard that just doesn’t need to be there. They may be causing the site to slow down. It may be a security risk, Of perhaps it just makes stuff harder to fine. Well, let’s take a look.
Lingering Product Shots
How often do you or your client upload an image that you decide not to use? Or maybe they are images you used as placeholders when you built the site or added product pages. In any case, often we just leave them lying around in our media library. And that takes up space. Each image is saved at several sizes. You don’t need them on your server or mucking up the library when searching it.
Think of it this way. If you had a brick and mortar shop, would you leave stuff you are not using languishing in your back stock room? No, I suspect you would keep that nice and clean. So when it comes to the media library, try to delete any image you decide not to use.
The key here is to mange your media with one of the various plugins that do just that.
Themes That Didn’t Do the Trick
I admit, I have a problem with hosting companies that add a slew of themes to your dashboard on install. It’s convenient at first because you can bop around and try them all. But if you leave a bunch of themes hanging around in your dashboard, what happens when they become outdated? They might not crash the site, but they are silent bombs just waiting to go off. You or your client might ignore the fact that they need to be updated, or maybe it was abandoned by the previous developer. In the long run this could cause a security issue with the site.
Delete any themes that aren’t being used. You can always upload them again if needed. I typically keep an extra as a backup if my current theme dies on me. And typically, that will be latest default theme that comes with WordPress.
Plugins & Extensions
Inactive plugins and extensions are no different from themes and I’d follow the same course of action. Even if you think you or your client may activate one in a month or so, still delete it. Because more often than not it will just sit. As I said before, you can always upload it again.
Those Admin Users who Are No Longer Needed
Now I’m not talking about all the subscribers to the blog here. Or the customers. I’m talking about you. If you are not needed anymore and you hand the site to the client, delete your account first. It saves everyone grief later on.
And you might make it even easier and use a plugin that gives temporary access and let the client know about it if they need to use it down the road.
So clean the garbage out. It’s something you , as a builder, should start making a habit of— from here on in.