WordPress was created with the purpose of making very facile the launch and the maintenance of a website for everyone, even for people that don’t have web design or coding skills. Fortunately, this desire was transformed into reality and nowadays everyone is able to create a website. This content management system (CMS) is “guilty” for the explosion of the websites number and it continues to represent a viable solution for everyone needing a website. Some of the key features of WordPress are: simplicity, intuitiveness and efficiency, which the users are extremely happy with, since they give them the possibility of maintaining and enhancing a website.
Nothing man-made is perfect and it’s crystal clear that the WordPress based website owners make mistakes, too. But, not even great geniuses of our world couldn’t stay away from making mistakes, however in their cases it was something good, because as you well know some scientists made fundamental discoveries by mistake. Anyway, don’t get me wrong I am not saying that this should be a reason for people to do things in a wrong way, but what I am actually trying to say is that mistakes are normal and inevitable. Altogether, some mistakes may have disastrous effects and it’s highly recommended to avoid making them. When managing a WordPress website it’s impossible not to make errors, what really matters is to correct them – if the effects are less important, the faults don’t matter that much either. Here we have collected the most dangerous mistakes and we definitely suggest you to carefully read this article. It will be great to know if this article was helpful for you, so please share your thoughts with us.
Use a random theme
The layout of a website is determined by the used theme. Many webmasters prefer not to invest money into a good theme and download free ones. We have previously debated the “conflict” between premium vs. free themes and the conclusion was that a theme is good/bad no matter if it is free or premium. In spite of that, the huge majority of the free ones may contain viruses or dangerous sequences of code that sooner or later will affect the website. The conclusion: if your website is important or it contains sensible data, then a reliable theme is a must, no matter how much money it costs.
Another frequent bad practice of WordPress users is to use themes that they appreciate. It’s not bad to use a theme that you like for your website, but it is way more important for a theme to be appreciated by users. Hence, when selecting the theme for the website, put yourself in the posture of a visitor! If you have the possibility of testing it, then it is way better!
Ignoring the strength of the passwords
If you consider that this advice is something stupid, you may be right. But, I have inserted it here, even on the second place, because of its importance. We all know that a good password is very useful and it has saved us from being hacked, on various occasions. Well, many people still use very simple passwords and the hackers take advantage of it. Long story short, changing your password for a more secure one, isn’t rocket science, but many WordPress users don’t do it. Why? I don’t have any explanation…could it be the excessive commodity?
Neglecting SEO measures
WordPress is a very friendly-engine platform, but it doesn’t mean that their users shouldn’t care about SEO. It’s needless to mention that if a website does not appear in the search engine in fact it doesn’t exist! Google is constantly updating the algorithm of indexing websites and it is applicable for WordPress based websites also. The developers already took into consideration this fact and released very efficient plugins to help improve the “relationship” with the search engines.
Neglecting WordPress updates
WordPress is a very reliable platform and it is an extremely good product, but it doesn’t mean that it’s perfect. This shouldn’t be considered an insult, but there are many aspects of WordPress that must be improved. It’s an open source entity and many developers brought their contribution, so periodically new versions are released. Of course, each new release has annoying bugs, but overall each new edition is a solid improvement! Security is one of the most important aspects to cover and undoubtedly, the situation improved considerably across time. Under these circumstances it’s quite logical to update your WordPress version to the latest one. Many WordPress website owners don’t update their versions, which obviously it’s not a smart idea. Especially when the update is very simple to realize…
The lack of a backup
One of the deadliest mistakes of a WordPress website owner is to neglect the storage of a backup. It may never be used, but you never know when some files may be corrupted. Imagine that you may lose some important data, wouldn’t be a wise decision to back up your website? The answer is definitely affirmative, and everyone should create something like this for unexpected and undesirable situations. The reason of cost can’t be invoked, because there are free possibilities of creating a backup, BackWPup being one of the best solutions.
An overcomplicated site structure
Anyone may customize his websites by adding new categories and tags. The easiness of adding categories shouldn’t be a reason to have tons of them as some people do. It’s more often amongst bloggers to have too many categories and overcomplicate the entire structure of a blog. In order to avoid these situations is recommended to have a long term strategy and obviously, to respect it.
Our list of deadliest “sins” is over, but you must be aware that a WordPress user may commit many other errors. Anyway, the above ones have the most negative effects! Others such as: using default favicons, using bad plugins, less readable fonts or poor designed themes are also important, but easier to resolve.
I hope that you won’t commit any of these mistakes and you won’t encounter any issue with your website, but keep in mind: only the one that doesn’t work, doesn’t make mistakes!