14. Troubleshooting and Maintenance
I’ve been running WordPress blogs for a long time, and I haven’t run into many major issues over the years. This fact speaks to the hard work that faceless coding volunteers do to make WordPress as solid a product as it is. Still, you should know some things to check in the unlikely event that you run into an issue. You can also save yourself a heaping helping of grief by doing some small things to make sure that your copy of WordPress stays a lean, mean blogging machine.
Problems always crop up, but all isn’t lost when you encounter a problem. Don’t panic—in this section, I outline a few simple troubleshooting steps that should get you out of many common jams.