What is WordPress Site Health Tool and How to Use It?

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WordPress Site Health tool has been around for a while now, but rarely is it put to proper use by us. It’s a very underrated tool that was introduced back in early 2019 that was meant to simplify a lot of the hassles of managing a website. It’s a great tool for newer users as it helps familiarize them with the crux of WordPress websites, and to help them understand the basics of website creation. It’s also useful for advanced users with a lot of websites as it gives them a quick summary of the WordPress site health.

In this article, we will explain a lot about what the WordPress site health tool is, and how to use it.

What is WordPress Site Health Tool?

WordPress site health tool has been launched in WordPress 5.2. From outdated version checks, to inactive plugin checks, the site health tool made a lot of tedious maintenance tasks a lot easier. It also checks for some of the most common security and performance issues of your site and gives instructions on how to improve them.

In a nutshell, there are several tests that the WordPress site health tool automatically performs on your website and summarizes all passed and failed tests. It then detects and provides you with what measures you should take to address them. WordPress site health tool shows warnings, recommendations, and passed tests by explaining what they are doing to your site.

How to Check Website Health with WordPress Site Health Tool?

Checking your website’s health is now super easy from the wp admin panel. You just need to go to WP Admin > Tools > Site Health. You will see the overall site health status in a circle progress bar. The tool checks your website health and shows the result in the following categories.

  • Site Health Status
  • Site Health Info

You just have to switch between the tabs to see the status and get the information.

Site Health Status

The Site Health Status shows critical information about your WordPress configuration and items that require your attention. If there’s anything that requires improvements shown on the Site Health Status page, The Site Health tool checks the issues in 2 major categories.

  1. Performance: WordPress & PHP version, SQL server, required and recommended PHP modules are installed, UTF8MB4 support, scheduled events, HTTP requests, REST API, and loopback requests.
  2. Security: Active themes and plugins, HTTPs connection, secure communication, debug mode off, communication with WordPress.org, and background updates status.

The tool gives you site health status in 3 different layers.

  1. Critical Issues: Shows the number of critical issues found. Marks issues with categories namely security or performance then says what to do about them.
  2. Recommended improvements: Shows all the recommendations to improve site health and gives instructions on how to address them individually.
  3. Passed Tests: Displays the number of items with no issues and shows all items in detail.

Site Health Info

Site Health Info page can show you every detail about the configuration of your WordPress website. After going to Dashboard > Tools > Site Health, it is just the page next to Status.

WordPress site health tool shows the information on different issues. The list below is the display of the issues in their respective categories.

  1. WordPress: Version, site & user language, home URL, site URL, permalink structure, multisite check, and more
  2. Directories and Sizes: Directory location, size, upload location and size, theme location & size, plugin location & size, and more.
  3. Active Theme: Theme name, version, author, author website, parent theme, theme features, theme directory location.
  4. Active Plugins: Names of all active plugins, versions, and author names.
  5. Media Handling: Name of active editor, ImageMagick version number, string, resource limits, GD version, Ghostscript version.
  6. Server: Server architecture, web server , PHP version, time limit, memory limit, max input time, upload max filesize, post max size, Imagick library status, .htaccess rules, and more.
  7. Database: Extension, server version, client version, database user, host, name, and prefix.
  8. WordPress Constants: ABSPATH, WP_HOME, WP_SITEURL, WP_CONTENT_DIR, WP_PLUGIN_DIR, WP_MAX_MEMORY_LIMIT, WP_DEBUG, WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY, WP_DEBUG_LOG, SCRIPT_DEBUG, WP_CACHE, and more
  9. Filesystem Permissions: Shows whether WordPress is able to write to the directories it needs access to. main WordPress directory, wp-content directory, uploads directory, plugins directory, and themes directory.

If you want to export the list of all the information on this page, you can use the button (Copy site info to clipboard) to copy it to the clipboard then paste it in a text file and save it to your hard drive, or paste it in an email exchange with a support engineer or theme/plugin developer for example.

WordPress site health tool comes with 2 new pages to help you debug common configuration issues. It also adds space where developers can include debugging information for site maintainers. Scoring high on this tool means your site is on good health. The new Site Health Status information will educate users on the best security and performance practices.

Do you want to learn WordPress deeply? Go through our useful tutorials on various WordPress topics.

If you haven’t updated your website to the latest WordPress version (v5.2), do that ASAP and enjoy this new cool feature. Good luck.