All about the new WordPress feature

Since WordPress version 5.2, the popular content management system has offered a new feature: “Website Health”. In this article we explain exactly what this is all about and how you can use the tool sensibly for yourself.

Why is?

A website is in a way similar to a car or even your own body: If you don’t take care of it regularly, there is a risk of decay. So from time to time we visit a workshop or a doctor to get an idea of ​​the condition of our car or our health. But where are we going with our website?
This is where the new WordPress feature “Site Health” comes into play. It provides us with an overview of the technical status quo of our installation, points out weaknesses and gives suggestions for improvement. On the other hand, it also tells us which website elements are working perfectly. Let’s take a closer look at the function below.

Site Condition: Overall Rating

It can be found under the menu item “Tools” in the left navigation column of the WordPress backend. Directly below the heading at the top of the screen, the tool gives us an overall rating, in our case “Good” (see screenshot). That’s calming. Below this are the two menu items “Status” and “Report”, which contain valuable information.

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Site Health: Status

All recommended improvements are listed under the already selected menu item “Status”. By clicking on the buttons, they open up and we receive further information on the recommended actions. We also find out which areas the implementation of the suggestions would have a positive impact on, such as “safety” or “performance”.

Site Health: Status

Below the recommended improvements is a Passed Tests button. A click on it and we are shown all website elements for which no problems were detected, in the same style as with the recommendations for action. Examples: “Your version of WordPress (5.3) is up to date.”, “SQL Server is up to date.” etc.

Site Health: Passed tests

Site Health: Report

All details about the configuration of the WordPress installation are displayed under the menu item “Report”, again in the form of expandable buttons. In a clear presentation, we can see here, for example, which WordPress version is used in which language with how many users, which plug-ins are active, inactive and most frequently used, what the server architecture looks like and much more.
Practical: There is the possibility to export a list of all information. The “Copy report to clipboard” button is available for this in the upper area. After clicking on it, the list can be pasted into a text file or email to make it available to a support engineer or developer, for example. This allows him to quickly get a good picture of the current situation.

Site Health: Report


The “Website status” function is ideal for getting a basic overview of the various components and the technical framework behind your WordPress installation and for discovering potential for optimization. The information can be of great help to you or your contact person for WordPress issues in eliminating any weak points.
Good luck!

Tim Holger Kinkel

Tim-Holger Kinkel has been working as a freelance author at Elbnetz for several years.