You will no doubt have read scores of articles on helpful hints on how to use WordPress and all of it’s features. There are countless guides and tutorials explaining how to manage your blogs and content, which Widgets do what, statistics on how well used the various types of content are etc but what you don’t have as much information provided to you on is the biggest mistakes that people make when setting up WordPress sites. You can avoid making mistakes by visiting createablognow.com to get some advice on how best to use WordPress and make use of its features.
People don’t always like to share their mistakes with others, such is human nature but one of the best time savers is learning from other people’s mistakes. We like to work collaboratively, so we take great pleasure in sharing with you some of the all time biggest mistakes to avoid when using WordPress.
The great ‘Coming Soon’ failure
In the past, lots of website editors would mark part complete pages as ‘Coming Soon’ which can be a real turn off for users. Why launch a page that is incomplete when you can keep the page as draft and keep site visitors engaged with your new content. Coming Soon may work well to advertise films at the Movies but as a web page ‘placeholder’ this is a real no-no – avoid using it at all costs. It makes the site look unprofessional and unprepared.
Managing Plugins effectively
Plugins are great but they can soon become unnecessary or out of date. People can also get a bit carried away with installing plugins that aren’t relevant for their site or useful for the site’s visitors. Choose your plugins wisely and always deactivate them when they are no longer required. You can also take people’s attention away from the key information or products that you are trying to promote through your site if your page is overcrowded with unnecessary plugins. Visit WordPress.com for a full list of Plugins and how to use them so that you can select the ones that are relevant for your site.
Out of date versions
As WordPress is constantly evolving and improving, it is necessary for WordPress to release new versions on a regular basis. WordPress uses feedback or information gathered around issues with previous versions to build on the requirements for future versions. This is what keeps the WordPress fans around the world happy.
It is therefore critical that you keep your site up to date and install the latest available versions so that you don’t end up with a site that is susceptible to hackers. Using an out of date version also makes it very difficult to use newer products that WordPress introduce.
Back it up or lose it!
Failure to back up your website could lead to a catastrophic loss of data. You don’t have to pay for this service, you can use solutions such as the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin.
Always use a strong password
Hackers delight in being able to crack websites password and you need to ensure that the password you choose is a difficult one for people to work out. You can use a secure password generator if you are struggling to come up with something or want to know how to create a really strong password. To get some advice on creating secure passwords, see the Norton Identity Safe Password Generator.
Now you know some of the key mistakes to avoid you can get started on setting up your own website.