Below are 10 mistakes people make when setting up their WordPress website. Make sure you don’t on yours.
- Using the default ‘admin’ username for their WordPress log in. You should always set a unique username to make it more difficult for hackers.
- Not changing the default WordPress tagline. By default WordPress places the words ‘just another WordPress site’ as your websites tagline. Make sure you change this to something appropriate for your website. Change this in the settings section of your dashboard.
- Not adding a unique favicon. The favicon is what shows in the top left of your web browser when you are on a website. It’s an identity card for your website and it also shows up when people bookmark your website. Don’t just use the default WordPress or theme favicon, make your website more unique. Click here and see Step#7 for help on adding a favicon.
- Don’t change the default WordPress permalink structure. By default WordPress places /?p=123 for the URL for new posts and pages on your website. Under settings in your dashboard change the permalink structure to show the post title.
- Using their email address on contact pages instead of a contact form. If you make your email address freely available on your website you could open yourself up to large amounts of spam. Instead place a contact form on your website and this will prevent this from happening. There are free contact forms such as Contact Form 7, and excellent premium forms such as Gravity Forms.
- Not keeping website backups. While relatively secure, you are always at risk of losing everything if something major happens with your web host, or if your website gets hacked. Keeping regular backups means you can simply restore your website if something bad does happen.
- Ignoring WordPress updates. WordPress gets improvements and more importantly security updates relatively frequently, and you will get a prompt message in your dashboard when a new version is available. All you need to do is click update. If you don’t you could be open to security breaches.
- Not having a mobile friendly website. More and more people are surfing the web on mobile devices, whether it be phones or tablets. Some websites look awful on anything other than a big screen, so make sure yours is not one of them. If you choose a WordPress theme try and find one that is mobile responsive, such as those available from StudioPress.
- Not optimizing images. Image files sizes can be very large, and thus take a long time to load on websites. This impacts the user experience significantly, and people will just leave your website rather than wait for large images to load. This can have an impact on how Google ranks your website too. Make sure you reduce the file size of your images as much as possible before uploading on to your website.
- Not setting up Webmaster Tools accounts. Creating accounts with Google Webmaster Tools and also BING webmaster tools are two essential steps every website owner should do. Once you have a webmaster account you need to submit your websites sitmap. This will help search engines crawl and index your website. Read more about sitemaps and webmaster tools here.
Make sure you don’t make these 10 mistakes, and you will have a more user friendly website that is more secure to being hacked. Also, if something bad does happen you will always have a recent backup to go back too.
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