Time For Your WP Checkup

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a WordPress tool that you could use to quickly scan a site for performance, SEO and security? Well, now there is – and you can try her out for free. Say hello to WP Checkup.

What we’ve done is bring all of our experience in speeding up your site (WP Smush, Hummingbird), keeping it secure (Defender) and improving your SEO (SmartCrawl) and rolled it into one service that will identify any issues you might have and give you hints and tips on how to fix them.

Head over to the WP Check page to scan your site for free.

Just enter your URL and WP Checkup will check on the health of your website.
Just enter your URL and WP Checkup will check on the health of your website.

And, of course, if you have any issues we’ve got an entire expert WordPress support team to help you out 24/7, too.

But first up, let’s take you through a scan so you can see how WP Checkup works.

Here are the results of a scan I ran on the website for a local football club I volunteer for – and it looks like I’ve got some things to improve!!!

MPFC scan results
Time to get to work improving my score!

Performance Scanning – That Tells You Exactly How to Fix Your Site

Let’s take a look through the results I got for my football’s club’s website.

The reason you do performance tweaking – besides the fact that having a speedy website is awesome! – is because it helps you rank better with Google. So the first section of results hooks straight into the Google PageSpeed Insights API to let you know what you’re doing well and what you could improve.

Uh oh, render blocking resources! Not to worry, though – WP Checkup knows how to fix them!
Uh oh, render blocking resources! Not to worry, though – WP Checkup knows how to fix them!

So it looks like Google is definitely not happy with my render blocking resources, of which there are very many!

In fact, I’m only getting a 57/100 here, which is pretty painful.

And my server response time is also not great (although that’s a 68/100).

So how to sort out blocking resources?

Well, I’m glad you asked :)

You can configure script deferring across your entire site using Hummingbird!
You can configure script deferring across your entire site using Hummingbird!

So for every problem there’s a solution, and in this case WP Checkup will point you to the minification tools offered by Hummingbird that’ll allow you to position these resources in the footer. It will even detect whether Hummingbird is installed and provide you with a direct link to the section… and of course help you through any issues.

SEO Scanning – That’s Straight Up Simple

So while we’re on the subject of Google, we’ve also created a scan that assesses your WordPress site for all the common technical SEO goodies.

And the scan I just ran on my football club’s website found a bunch of things I can do better!

WP Checklist has picked up a few SEO issues on my site, but they're all easily fixed!
WP Checklist has picked up a few SEO issues on my site, but they’re all easily fixed!

Now, while I’m delighted that the images all have alt text (something I’m really bad at remembering), there’s a serious H1 issue there and I’ve clearly somehow stuffed up the HTTPS setup, because it’s supposed to be sorted, but clearly isn’t.

Work to do!

Security Scanning – So You Can Harden Like A Hero

And last, but by no means least, we’ve also created a security scan for you. Oh yeh!

And while it appears I’ve done some things right… I’ve also got a pretty serious issue on my site.

WP Checkup also picks up any vulnerabilities with your WordPress website.
WP Checkup also picks up any vulnerabilities with your WordPress website.

So first up, I’ve removed the admin username, which is a great start in terms of frustrating all those automated hackers.

However! That right there is a potential serious Gravity Forms security vulnerability that needs fixing.

Although as the version number couldn’t be determined, it’s hopefully nothing too bad… Let’s go do a full Defender scan from within the site and take a look.

Scan running…

Aaaand... It's all good. Phew :)
Lots of green! That’s what I like to see :)

Aaaand… It’s all good. Phew :)

PDF Downloads, Email Reports and Mooooooooore…

And with every scan you get a nice PDF download and the facility to email yourself (or, say, your client) the report.

Useful, we hope!

So why not go try a WP Checkup for yourself today.

BUT we’re not done yet, not by a long shot.

We’re aiming to make this by far the most useful, accurate and insightful scanning tool available for any WordPress site, and we’re super, super keen to get your feedback, feature requests, and critiques.

So please let us know exactly how we can improve this for you in the comments.

James Farmer
Give WP Checkup a try and let us know what you think in the comments below!