Hey Bloggers! We are back with another very interesting topic about WordPress. If you don’t know about WordPress, then I recommend you to read about it >> here. We all make mistakes and it’s ok to commit a mistake, however, not learning a lesson from your mistake is a crime! Today, it’s going to be a detailed explanation about top 10 common WordPress mistakes you should avoid at any cost!
“When you make a mistake, there are only 3 things you should ever do about it: Admit it, learn from it and don’t repeat it.”
By Paul Bear Bryant.
Experience is indeed a great teacher. They say, it’s important to learn from your mistakes but it’s also very important to learn from other’s mistakes! Most of the bloggers opt for WordPress as a weblog platform mainly because it’s easy and one of the most popular Contents Management System (CMS). But sometimes, maybe because of lack of proper guidance or in haste, we tend to commit WordPress mistakes that might drag down your entire efforts!
The most common WordPress mistakes you should avoid
If you are a beginner, then there are high chances of you committing errors. So, we have listed 10 common WordPress mistakes and how to avoid them! Let’s get started!
1. Selecting a Wrong Platform
What if the foundation of your house or building is all wrong? This is what happens when you choose a wrong platform for your website. There are few things you need to make a note of before choosing a platform:
- Analyze the basic requirements of your website.
- Make a rough estimation of your website’s traffic.
- Ownership of your website.
There is a lot of confusion among people regarding WordPress.com vs WordPress.org! When we talk about WordPress.com, it is absolutely free but you don’t get an ownership or a complete control. They can delete your content whenever they want! Whereas WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform, you get a complete control over your website and you own the site! You can install the software for free but you need to have a domain registered and a web hosting platform for your site.
Often people confuse the two and end up choosing a wrong platform! So, analyze your website and avoid this kind of mistake!
2. Default Admin name
By default, WordPress set your username as “admin” with admin privileges. This makes your website vulnerable. If you haven’t changed your username, it is predictable to hackers. Using the “admin” username, hackers can easily perform a brute force attack and crack your login details! And you might lose your data and website!
WordPress allows you to change your default username so, make use of it. It doesn’t make any sense to stick to “admin” username! This is another very common WordPress mistake people tend to commit.
3. No backups
It’s a good thing to keep a backup. What if your website is hacked or you deleted a database? You need a backup! We all make this mistake because we overlook the possibility of losing a data. If your website is hacked and entire data is wiped out, you will have to start from the scratch! So, it’s better to keep a backup of your website. WordPress offers you many free backup plugins like UpDraftPlus which automatically create a backup of your database, images and your website!
4. Defective Themes
WordPress comes with dozens of free themes and plugins. A theme decides the future of your website. Your site’s theme should match the level of your contents and business. A responsive, user-friendly and an updated theme is a must! What if you are in trouble with your theme? You need 24/7 support! If you are looking for a free WordPress theme, then WordPress repository is the best place to find them.
There are paid themes as well, but make sure the theme goes well with your business and provides you 24/7 support. And choose themes that are frequently updated and are popular.
5. Default Favicon
It’s a little icon related to your site. Displayed in the browser’s address bar or next to your website name in the Bookmarks list. The Favicon is the identity card of your website.
In order to look more professional, you need to change your default favicon. By default, your site has favicon displayed by WordPress or given by the Theme or web hosting company. You can either create a new favicon by yourself or you can use free favicon generators available online. Once you are done, you can upload your new favicon in the image section of your site.
6. SEO Settings
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a process to increase your website visibility and help you gain some potential readers! It helps search engines to index your website on the Internet. Ignoring SEO settings is another big mistake.
When installing WordPress, there is an option to prevent search engine robots from indexing your website. Most of the people check this. And your site will never be indexed!
Another very common WordPress mistakes are: people think that installing an SEO plugin is enough! No, it’s not enough! You need to optimize your pages as well. Update metadata, add relevant keywords, build links, etc. You need to follow on-page and off-page SEO!
Read about On-Page and Off-page SEO.
7. Complicated Categories
The best way to attract users is to make navigation simple and clean. Do not overload your website with categories! WordPress enables you to categorize content with tags. And most of the people add too many categories and tags. They think that it will make it easy for users but it\s all wrong! Complicated and too many categories and tags will affect your website in a negative way! It will also influence users to leave your site. So, try to use limited and relevant categories and tags! This will help you in a long run.
8. Changing URL of your website
This is the worst mistake you can do! If you don’t like the domain name, then do not buy it! Sometimes, you don’t get the desired domain name for your site but that doesn’t mean you buy anything! Look for similar terms and re-arrange words and letters!
How many of you want to change your website URL because you don’t like the one you registered? If you are determined to change your site’s URL, then be ready to lose your traffic! Changing your site URL without a proper guidance can cause a significant drop in your traffic and income!
To all you bloggers, mind you guys, function.php is the last thing you should touch on your site! If anything goes wrong with this file, your website is gone! So, while updating or editing a function.php file, make sure you have FTP access!
Without FTP access, you should avoid touching function.php file! We have all faced the consequences of pasting a wrong code in the function.php file from our WordPress admin. But if you have a backup of the function.php file and a FTP access, you can upload the original file and delete the edited ones!
10. Cache plugin
Many people forget to install cache plugin and there are few who don’t know the importance of using cache plugins!
Website speed plays a vital role to improve your Page Ranking on search engines. A caching plug-in and Content Delivery Network (CDN) will help your website to drive more traffic without crashing!
Why caching is important?
- Caching is used to increase the efficiency of your website.
- Prevent downtime and increase the speed of your website.
- Decrease load time of your site, whenever it gets huge traffic.
So, these were 10 common WordPress mistakes you should avoid at any cost. As mentioned before, it’s important to learn from other’s mistakes, so, what are some WordPress mistakes that you have made in the past?
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