Here I’ll tell you about 7 mistakes beginner WordPress users make in hopes to save you from making them yourself.
1. Installing WordPress in a subdirectory
Installing WordPress in a subdirectory called WordPress, the WordPress zip file places all core files in a folder entitled WordPress. Beginners tend to make the mistake of simply uploading this folder rather than uploading the files and folders contained within it. When you upload the parent folder your website gets directed to website comm slash wordpress rather than just website com. WordPress does allow you to install in any directory you want but it’s easier to just install WordPress in the default location which is usually the root of your domain under public HTML or in a subdirectory such as slash block.
Not using permalinks out-of-the-box. The default permalink structure for WordPress is slash question mark P equals one two three. Many beginners do not change this default permalink structure to a more user-friendly option using post name keeps link short and allows you to insert keywords into the URL. News blogs that publish dozens of articles per day tend to use the day and post name to avoid any problems with duplicates. To change permalinks through the WordPress admin area your htaccess file has to be writable which is default for most people if yours is not however WordPress recommends you change the file permissions in your HT Access file to 644.
3. Pages not complete
Publishing incomplete pages nothing screams out hey I’m a newbie more than a website that has incomplete pages. Beginners frequently launch their website before it’s ready so when a visitor comes and clicks on a navigation link instead of seeing your new shiny site they just see a coming soon page. As a rule you should never link to any page that is not complete doing so will alienate visitors and give them the impression that you’re not taking your website seriously. There may be an occasional reason to do this like a landing page for a new project where you collect emails but for the most part it’s a no-no my advice is wait until your website is complete before you launch it and while building your website you can use a maintenance mode plug-in to keep interested parties informed of your launch date.
4. Unnecessary Plugins
Plugins that are not being used should be deactivated and uninstalled. If you do not plan on using them again you should also just for the sake of your site speed keep the number of plugins to a minimum beginner WordPress users do not adhere to this mindset they install plugins and do not deactivate them it’s not uncommon for a new WordPress user to install dozens of plugins even if they’re only using a few all this does is make your website slower and introduce more possible headaches.
5. WordPress updates
Not keeping WordPress up to date. It’s important to keep WordPress and any themes and plugins you are using up to date keeping your site full of. Out-of-date plugins significantly increases your chance of a crash or maybe it won’t crash you’ll just get hacked or infected with malware. Depending on your situation you could even enable automatic updates or configure them so that you don’t keep terribly old plugins on your site.
6. Weak Password
Not using a strong password. Strong passwords protect you from brute-force attacks and other bad things people do to your site. Luckily WordPress gives you a built-in way to generate a strong password. Just go to the user profile you want to change scroll to the bottom and click generate password update the profile and you’re good to go. Just make sure you write that new password down.
7. No frequent backups
Not backing up often. New WordPress users and pretty much all website owners for that matter fill or recognize the importance of backing their website up often. Don’t be that guy that ignores backups and all of a sudden their websites hacked and they lose all their data and they’re not sure what to do. It’s a shame that most people need to experience data loss in order to learn the importance of backing up especially since backing up is so easy to do so if you’ve done any of these in the past that’s ok there’s a reason they’re listed as common mistakes. I’ve made them countless other folks will too and at the end of the day all you can do is learn from your mistakes.
Can you think of any other mistakes that WordPress newbies make if so let us know in the comments down below.