How to avoid the WordPress 20 most common mistakes
Nothing in life seems easier to make a mistake.Â This is particularly true when dealing with a content management system like WordPress.Â Of course, it’s okay if you want to make his mistakes themselves to acquire experience in dealing with WordPress.Â Better, however, is the so-called “Modeling of Excellence” in which you can very quickly learn from the mistakes of others and benefit from their experience?Â In this article you will learn the 20 most common mistakes in dealing with WordPress to avoid having more joy to your blog.
1 – Choose the right platform – WordPress.org or WordPress.com
For a beginner it can be quite confusing that WordPress offers on the one hand, a free online version (WordPress.com) and on the other side of variant (WordPress.org).Â Both versions are often confused times.Â For a small, simple blog without major ambitions and at no cost WordPress.com is certainly the right choice.Â However, if you have full control over his project wishes not to be limited in the choice of plug-in and themes or even wants to make money with their online presence for a WordPress is the right choice.
2 – Do not give more money than necessary
To get started with a self-hosted WordPress, you need a domain and a web hosting package.Â Such, for WordPress suitable non-free package including a domain must the world.Â But you can get good web hosting service at very little price.Â Personally, I can recommend the web host “Interserver.net“, where you get the “multi-language” package including a domain for justÂ 6$ per month. Interserver.net also offers an extremely fast and really good support, if something does not work out as it should.Â But you can try other well reputable web hosting companies as well.Â I suggest to you to inform yourself well before signing a contract.Â Related forums provide quick and meaningful assessments of current web hosting provider.
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3 – Do not forget: Insert regular backups
If you are using WordPress, it really is essential to create regular backups of your WordPress installation and database.Â The good news is that there are plug-in for this task.Â Once set up correctly, they perform their task reliably.Â Backup plug-in provide it to different solutions, where the website is to be saved.Â The most reliable and most charming, at least from my perspective, is the regular upload to a cloud provider, such as Drop box or Google Drive.Â The following plug-in can I recommend the following:
Should you actually get some trouble with your WordPress website, for example, because your site has been hacked, the damage is repaired in no time with a good backup.Â For completeness, let me say that there is also very good professional provider of backup solutions, such as Vault Press by the company Automatic, the company behind the WordPress project.
– Ignore any WordPress Updates
WordPress is now the most popular content management systems in the world, with a market share of about 66% at the time.Â It is logical that such a popular system is also popular among hackers.Â Just like Microsoft’s Windows operating system and should therefore be regularly supplied with security updates.
Just because WordPress updates are security updates in no small part, you should not miss to always upgrade to the latest version of WordPress.Â With every new WordPress update the vulnerabilities in the older version will be known.Â To be hacked, the risk increases accordingly to exorbitant.Â So I strongly recommend that you always update to the latest version.Â The “One-Click Updater” of WordPress, this is a no-brainer.
5 – Never files with the editor update without FTP access
Quick visit to theÂ functions.phpÂ of your theme or even single edit theme files appear to be easily and safely with the WordPress Theme- own or plug-in editor.
But it is precisely this feature is one of the most dangerous, if one has no (S) FTP access.Â Quick a terminating semicolon or the like is ever forgotten, and after saving the file can be seen instead of his usual website only a white page with an error message, so you cannot fix without (S) FTP access.Â I therefore advise not to use the functions of the editors, but any changes always have an (S) FTP to make access so you if the situation arises perform immediate corrections and the site can quickly provide the familiar appearance for the visitors.
6 – Use the correct permalink structure
Failure to use the correct Permalink structure is one of the most common mistakes in dealing with WordPress at all.Â In many cases the permalink structure is completely ignored and set to the default WordPress.Â An uncorrected Permalink looks like this: www.webuilddesign.com/p=34?
Such (called Messy) Permalink brings disadvantages for man and machine with it.Â A good Permalink should be short and informative and contain the most important keywords under which the item is to be later found on Google.Â But not only from the perspective of search engine optimization is important, and visitors to the website are pleased with meaningful links by which you already know what it is about in the article.Â A good Permalink should look like this: www.beispiel.de/Â error-wordpress-avoidÂ .Â In order to produce a decent permalink structure, just go into “Settings => Permalinks” and set the desired structure.
– Do not ignore the search engine optimization (SEO)
When you install WordPress, you have the option to lock your website for indexing by Google.Â This is often checked, because the website in question often is still under construction process and you do not want a semi-finished product is already find in Google’s index.Â However, if you do not cancel this setting after completion of all work, your website will always remain outside the Google index and cannot be found.Â So always check after completion of all work, whether the hook member is no longer set in “Settings => Read”.
Of course, it is also useful to install an SEO plug-in and optimize his articles on search engines. Recommended Plugging are here:
8 – An ill-domain change
Often does not like the domain that was selected when creating the website after some time.Â Then one is trying times just purchase a new domain and assigns the website, which for less experienced operators side is possible so quickly.Â Without preventive measures and much deliberation, however, you will have many visitors and thus lose money if the website is a source of income.Â How WordPress moves from one domain to another instructions, there are more than enough in the network. CheckÂ How to Properly Move WordPress to a New Domain Without Losing SEO.
9 – Do not select WordPress Theme from an unknown source
Provider of free WordPress themes, there are a dime a dozen.Â Unfortunately, all themes are not programmed according to the specifications of WordPress and sometimes really inferior.Â The chances are good that you caught a theme that attempts by malicious links to bring Trojans among the people (visitors to your website).Â If you want to play it safe, here are the rules for this: Only install themes from a known source for free themes are the WordPress.org and premium themes you use a well-known provider, such as themeforest.com for example.
10 – Install a statistical solution
11 – Do not write in Microsoft Word
Maybe you are like so many other people used to always write texts in MS Word, and then be tempted to simply copy the text written in Word in the write-editor of WordPress only fast and save.Â In this procedure, tons of really crazy characters with the text in the source code and in the visible items to be inserted.Â There they break the layout of the article.Â Although there is a special button for pasting from Word, but I strongly recommend posting messages, either in writing editor of WordPress or an editor, stores the plain text, such as Notepad, or any of the various Markdown editors about byword on Mac or Windows MarkDown Pad.Â The WordPress editor not only has an automatic caching, but also on revisions, so you can view changes and go back on an earlier version of the article if necessary.
12 – Another WordPress Blog
WordPress is free and assigns to each new WordPress site next to the arbitrary title of the webpage and a fixed description.Â “Another WordPress Blog” is then the source code (or even visible on the website).Â Since this is disadvantageous for indexing on Google and obvious manner not very meaningful, this description should be changed quickly.Â Choose a meaningful description that can represent well your site.Â This is done under “Settings => General” and then subtitles.
13 – Remember to delete the sample page
WordPress creates during installation not only a product, but also an example of a static page.Â Sorry, forgot a lot of users in the Creation of a new website, just to delete this page.Â This, however, does not provide any added value for the visitors to a website.Â Nevertheless, it is then picked up by Google in the index.Â A quick Googling brought Germany alone 163,000 results from websites to light that have this page cannot be deleted.
14 – Installed No comment spam plug-in
With the first plug-in that I install in each new WordPress installation is a plug-in against comment spam.Â If you do not, it’s just a matter of very short time until your website infested with masses of spam comments.Â Here I recommend the free plug-in “Anti-spam Bee” by Sergej MÃ¼ller, which provides its service excellent.
15 â The âWhite Screen of Deathâ Error
If you are using Microsoft Windows, you is certainly ever “Blue Screen of Death” noticed the famous, with the Windows says goodbye with a fatal error.Â This is exactly what can happen to you in dealing with WordPress, except that the screen remains white then.Â Very happy this error occurs when you re-install a theme or plug-in and simply means that is just trying to consume more PHP memory (“RAM” your website), as is available.Â Solutions here offer two, sometime deleting the offending plug-in or themes above the (S) FTP account or the request to the Hoster to increase the PHP memory limit fee.Â Maybe to get this error also increase the memory limit in theÂ wp-config.phpÂ in if the hoster side ascribed memory is not exhausted.
16 – The Archives widget for the sidebar of a theme
If one takes off fresh with a WordPress blog is the archive widget for the sidebar has a cool and clear thing because it so beautifully displays the months in which you have blogged.Â After about a year, but the whole thing is confusing and looks more and more out really ugly, because it makes the sidebar extremely long.Â Create in this case rather own archive page.Â This has clearly and professionally.
17 – Complete ignoring the safety
In many cases, make the proud owner of a WordPress website is only concerned about the safety of your baby when they were hacked.Â So that it does not come as far as here the most essential points to make your website a bit safer:
- Install or buy a backup solution (see above article)
- Install the plug-in “Limit Login Attempts“
- Use a 2-factor authentication such as Google Authenticator
- Check your website now and again with Sucuri.net
18 – Everything hard code in the theme
If users for the first time a trip into the design of your website with custom themes – that started with yourself or modified Themes – take, it seems pretty tempting to code things in your theme simply directly, instead of the correct, mostly unheard of, WordPress Tags to use.Â This is not necessarily wrong, but much more difficult to manage and not transferable to a new website.Â Therefore, I suggest you learn WordPress coding standards and also to use the correct tags, which can be found in the famous WordPress Codex.
19 – Do not pay for images to the correct size and do not store for the Web
Images are of importance for striking a good article, but to nothing else you can do much wrong. How often do you see that too large (the number of pixels) and obese (on file size) images are introduced into articles, and then slow down the page layout.Â This is not only for the visitors to a website a pain, but also from SEO perspective suboptimal, since the loading speed of a website is now a ranking factor.
It is therefore important to optimize all images before inserting it into an article for the Web.Â First, it should be brought to the correct width, if the content of your website is 640px wide images should be cut to a maximum of 640px.Â Following the images for the Web are stored, either with Photoshop or Gimp, free software.Â Also tools such as JPEG or mini TinyPNG are excellent.
You can also use this awesome WordPress Plugin Smush.it. This plugins automaticallyÂ reduce your image sizeÂ when you upload image without compromising quality.
20 – The biggest mistake: Do not want to continue to learn
One of the worst mistakes you can make is not to continue to learn about the platform you use. Appear almost daily new plug-in and Known or specific issues that make our site operators work and significantly improve things for the part.Â I advise you, then, to deal intensively with WordPress.Â Learn as much as possible.Â An easy way is for example the regular reading this site here.