Just like with everything else in the world, there’s some tiny little flaw in everything, reminding us that only Allah can obtain the true perfection. Having said that, we human being has one thing in common, and that is tendency to make mistake.
We do make mistakes as it’s the vital part of growth. Just like with everything else, we can’t simply stop it’s never going to happen again. But we can at least learn from them, or even better, learn from other people’s mistakes.
Top 15 Most Common WordPress Mistakes – Part One
WordPress users and developers, I’ve compiled 10 of the most frequently repeated mistakes that you must be aware of. If you’re doing these mistakes, being simply aware won’t get you anywhere, but you must prevent it from repeating again!
So let’s talk about the 10 most WordPress blunders web developers make.
1. Missing Out on the Best Plugins
While it won’t be readily apparent for you at the beginning to know all of those fancy WordPress Plugins to use on your website to make the most out of it, but through trial and error, you’ll definitely find those that suits you best.
But we’re being kind and generous as always and did a bit of research ourselves to make your life a bit easier.
You need to have, and I mean must have, these WordPress Plugins – All in One SEO Pack, Akismet, Contact Form 7, Google XML Sitemaps. That’s all for now folks … with the Plugins.
2. You’re not backing up your website?
Remember the boy-scout motto, ‘Be Prepared’? Well, this point would really ring a bell for you when I mention that your website will definitely crash, especially if you’re unprepared. The worst thing that could happen for you is that you might lose all those crucial data from your database and WordPress files.
Recovering those data isn’t impossible, but will sure going to take a couple of weeks on your side. Can you wait that long?
Well, if the answer was no, then here’s what I suggest you use to backup tools and keep you important files either on your local hard-drive, or even better on a USB device.
You can two ways to backup your site. Which one do you want? Do you want to go the hard way of the easy route?
If you’re not like me, the hard way would be to go Tools, and then click on ‘Export’ to backup your site manually. But if you’re like me, then you can use an automated backup plugin named WP-DB-Backup.
3. Using an Unfriendly Permalink Structure
By default, WordPress settings aren’t seo-friendly. So to get the most out of your WordPress and SEO efforts, you’ll require to make your permalink structure keyword rich, not with those confusing and vague numbers.
Here’s what you do.
- First, go to the ‘Options’ section inside the WordPress dashboard.
- Second, click on the Permalinks option.
- Finally, choose the ‘Custom’ option, and type “/%category%/%postname%/%post_id”
This’ll create a URL with the post tile at the end, extremely helpful for SEO purpose.
4. Using Only One Server
For those who aren’t using the WPWebHost read this.
If you’re using only a single Web server to serve web pages, then you’re not utilizing the value of Content Delivery Network, or CDN which can really be a miracle to improve your user’s experience on the website.
With that said, here’s what you need to do.
- In the internet, research for any CDN, like Clouldflare or MaxCDN to start with.
- Then, make a copy of your website content on any of these mirror servers.
What’s the use, I hear you scream.
Well, using mirror server to host your website will not only make it easier for your visitors browsing your page, wherever they might be from, but mirroring website also helps to decrease the web page load time as not every requests are sent to the same server.
5. Not Consulting Analytics Programs
If you aren’t willing to hunt a dear in a pitch-dark, then why should you have a blog without any analytic program? That’s a huge mistake if you’re not exploiting Google Analytics.
Google Analytics not only monitors your website traffic, but it also keeps the stats of each keyword that bring people into your web, or blog. Trying to write for audience without even bothering to use analytics is just like watching your hard-earned money drain down at the bottom of the canyon.
6. Not Integrating Webmaster Tools
With very little effort on your part, search engines can’t help but crawl a little bit deeper to your site. To make your every page indexed on search engines, I highly suggest you to use Google Webmaster tools and submit XML sitemaps to it.
Not only you’ll take all the benefits that comes bundled with this free webmaster tools, but you’ll also be at the receiving end of many useful statistics of your website.
7. Ignoring Google Authorship Markup
To establishing yourself as an authority figure in your niche, and as a result maximize your website’s exposure, we recommend you to learn to use Google Authorship Markup tool. Well, if you’ve not gone loco, then why aren’t you using it?
It extremely easy to use this tool, and as a result, you’ll have a nice photo next to meat description on the search result page of Google search engine. Awesome, isn’t it?
8. Being Shadowy
If you’re using WordPress, then you might have noticed that there’s a nice widget called ‘Author’s Widget’ that displays a brief introduction and an image next to it, at the sidebar.
But if you’re not using Gravatar, then the image becomes shadowy, not a useful thing to do if you want to establish credibility and attract attention of your visitors.
Well, Globally Recognized Avatar, or Gravatar is a free online tool that lets you create an image of you to appear on blog comments, online forums, and author’s bio section at the WordPress blog.
The process is easy. Just visit Gravatar official site, register one-time, and upload a good-looking photo of you, and then you’re done for a life time.
9. Not Using Custom Favicon
By default, your WordPress theme comes along with the theme’s Favicon. Favicon is an icon that appears on several section of your website, including browser’s address bar, next to page titles and tabs, and next to page name on a list of bookmarks, among others.
But most beginner WordPress users use the default Favicon that came along with their WordPress theme. But this really doesn’t make you look a professional, does it?
Do me a favor. Get yourself a nice custom Favicon. The steps to do are rather simple, and highly effective to build your credibility on the web.
Here’s what you have to do.
- On the web, do a quick search to find a free Favicon generator
- Create a custom square sized image from Photoshop to use as Favicon
- Upload the image, and create the Favicon icon, which will be 16 by 16 pixels and has an ‘.ico’ as file extension
- With FTP client, navigate to the ‘images’ folder inside your current theme
- Replace the default with the custom Favicon, and you’re done!
10. Not Going Mobile!
To get more traffic, you’ll need to make your WordPress site responsive. Well, responsive web designs are displayed properly in wide array of display devices, including iPhones, iPads, smartphones, and tablets.
You can follow two methods to make your website mobile-friendly.
First, you can automatically turn your fixed website into responsive by using a free WordPress Plugin – WPtouch.
Second, you can use any of the responsive WordPress themes on the market to make your website or blog fit in hand-held devices.
Summary of Top 10 Most Common WordPress Mistakes
If you’re using WordPress, then you should be definitely checking out this article as you don’t want to make these 10 awful common WordPress mistakes and watch your website traffic slip away from you because your competitor is clever enough not to make any of them.
In this article, we listed 10 common frequently made mistakes on WordPress site. Avoid making this mistakes and you’ll be way ahead of your competitions.
In the first article, we discussed 10 common WordPress mistakes that many web developers, including beginners as well as pros make.
Why? Because they are not using the latest tool that’ll make their routine based take much easier. This way, the productivity of your web development decrease as a result, and you’ll be spending even more time, energy, and resources to fix them later.
Top 15 Most Common WordPress Mistakes – Part Two
Don’t be among them. Read these 5 more mistakes that many bloggers usually make.
11. Using cPanel for File Transfer instead of FTP Clients
If you want to upload files on to your server, there are two ways to go about it. The first is to use the cPanel address from the browser, something like www.yourdomain.com/cpanel/. Well, to be honest, this is not the usual method I use to upload and download my files to and fro from the web server. The slow interface usually gets my nerve and often times it crashes without any prior warning.
I go about using the next method, instead.
For file transfers, I usually use one of the FTP clients. FTP clients are software that are installed and run from your computer and with a username, password, and host information; you can easily navigate through files on the server as the interface is almost exactly like the windows explorer on your computer. In addition, you can also upload multiple files at the same time, which the former method doesn’t allow you to do.
There are several free FTP clients – FileZilla, CuteFTP, and FTP Pro to get you started.
Remember; use the FTP clients as it’s more user-friendly.
12. Overwhelming Visitors with Information
Okay, you’ve created a website with your reader in mind. But most likely, usually the beginners, to cram their website with lot of information just pull in some extra cash. But do you know something? Your visitors like simplicity. Not a cluttered with more than dozens of ads, widgets, and links. They’ll simply distract your visitors.
So I would suggest that you making your sidebar appearing as zoo. Instead, only include the most crucial pieces of information.
13. Not Using on Blog Authoring Tools
While posting blogs on the internet isn’t it cumbersome to always have to enter your dashboard, login with your username and password, and then, finally use the post form to write your articles?
Instead, I would recommend you to use blog authoring tool like Windows Live Writer to write blog posts offline. You also don’t always have to connect to the internet. Simply create your article, post it with the Windows Live Writer, and then, enhance those using simple formatting tools later.
14. Not Updating WordPress Regularly
WordPress often release their new version for a reason. Not only they come along with new features that’ll enhance your blogging experience, but they’ll also help you to protect your website with security vulnerabilities.
So you need to make sure that you update the blog once in a while, every few week possible.
15. Utilizing Cheap Hosting Company
If you’re trying to save little money, it’s okay to go for low price web hosting company. But if you’re not careful, you’ll find that these cheap web hosting services often come along with only few features and not so great customer support.
But there are equally costing web hosting services that offer unlimited services – bandwidth, web space, excellent round the clock customer support, and everything you can imagine.
If you’re having problem deciding which web hosting company you should use for your WordPress website, then please check out our guide on web hosting section.
When it comes to web development, you should always go for the best, not compromise quality hoping to save few bucks.
16. Choosing a Defective Theme
While choosing a web theme, you need to ponder upon three important things. First, how easy it is to use theme, especially for the beginners. Second, you’ll want to figure out the reputation of the theme firm. Third, you’ll also make sure the web theme is responsive across wide variety of devices – smartphone, iPads, iPhones, and tablets.
So if you’ve finally found a user-friendly, reputable company, and a responsive web theme, then the next thing you want to consider is the price of the theme itself. In other words, choosing a website theme based upon only its price would mean choosing a cloth that doesn’t fit to you.
Summary of Top 15 Most Common WordPress Mistakes – Part Two
Everyone, including you, makes mistakes. Because making mistakes means you’re growing, learning from your failures. You could, in a haste, might be not using good practice while creating a site, or forgot to use a new tool that could really take off a lot of work off your shoulder.
In this article, we discussed five more points that most developers make while developing WordPress site. If you’re among them, then you know what they are and avoid them doing the same thing in your next project.