The site health check shows critical information about your WordPress configuration and items that require your attention!
When browsing your WordPress dashboard, you may have noticed a new tab under Tools called Site Health. This section has been available since WordPress 5.2. The Site Health allows you to review how the technical aspects of your website is performing and view any areas of improvement. These recommended improvements can be made to security issues, SEO, website speed and issues highlighted with specific plugins – which may have otherwise been overlooked.
Many of these issues are crucial to the performance and sustainability of your website. However some of the highlighted areas are more advisory. It’s still good to know what each component does, and the best course of action to fix it.
If you’re not familiar with the instructions outlined in our breakdown, then we would recommend that you get a web developer – or speak to your hosting provider for assistance. We are of course are happy to provide support if needed. Also, before proceeding, we would recommend that you take a full back-up of your website.
WordPress Site Health error message info
Within the error messages, you’ll find that each one has a tag(s) assigned to it. This is a useful indicator of what you’ll be improving by addressing the fix. Some of the error messages can be somewhat vague – so having these as an indicator is helpful. The standard tags are as follows:
- Security: Focuses on the protection of your website, as well as vulnerabilities or potential exploits
- Performance: This focuses on the speed/usability of your website
- SSL (Secure Sockets Layer): Addresses the encryption of your website, and safeguarding sensitive data
- Plugin specific: This error will focus on a plugin specific issue, such as Contact Form 7, SEO Yoast or Monster Insights etc
A pretty comprehensive list of error messages that you’re likely to see in the WordPress Site Health area is below (in no particular order):