For all the wordpress site owners out there, including yourself, you must have been using WordPress CMS for some time now and must be very familiar with managing your WP driven website in and out. As per the official figures of WordPress there are roughly 60 million sites floating on the web that are powered by WordPress and still growing. There are some situations that many of the WP owners find themselves into repeatedly and every time it pinches them heavily. This article largely talks about these recurring mistakes, situations being created because of these silly mistakes and how these could be avoided.
These mistakes are so easy to make, doesn’t look a big deal but are a must to avoid. Our effort is to bring these situations in forefront to ensure that you can keep them at bay and your wordpress development effort pays you the complete dividend.
Admin Username as ‘admin’
This is the most common mistake of all and has been into practice since years. By default the WordPress administrator’s console has the username ‘admin’ and this is created automatically upon installation. Hackers looking for their prey do not take time in looking for this very predictable username and gives them an open invitation to conduct their act. If such a username is combined with a loosely written password then the hacker would thank you for making their tasks a cakewalk. Solution is again simple, ask your wordpress development company to change the default username to something that you want and have a strong
Data Loss/ Virus Attack
What can be more basic than taking a back up of your WordPress website but the fact of the matter is that a lot of WP owners forget doing even this. They might take lot of precautions of safety and implement plugins based secure system but in technology, you can never be too sure. As said, hope for the best but prepare for the worst, they manage to hope for the best by take precautionary steps but dont prepare for the worst in form of a backup. It takes quality effort and time to prepare site’s data which could be in form of product description or ever increasing blogs, a sudden loss could result in backdrop by several years, loss of business & reputation. The solution is very simple, take a periodic backup of your site either manually or automatically using available plugins at preset intervals.
Nothing comes for Free and not even WordPress Themes
Free themes are always attractive but someone has said it rightly, there are no free lunches in this world. These free themes bring alongside a range of problems and saving few dollars ($$) upfront might prove really costly later on. Such free downloaded theme are often unstable, sometimes contain malicious code, back links to the original hacker of the theme, no authentic support and are not updated.
We have discussed the situation and now let’s focus on the solution, which is again simple. It’s your business and your web identity, go on spend some money to buy a premium theme that can lay a strong foundation going forward. Also remember to purchase them from a reputed company like Template Monster, WooThemes etc which are into operation from years.
Poor SEO Results – XML sitemap missing
You made a beautiful wordress site, use best-in-class PSD to WordPress conversion companies and are putting decent effort to achieve good SEO results, but results somewhat poor than what as anticipated. Another silly mistake that is found to exist is a missing XML sitemap.
An XML sitemap can be visualized as a table of content in a book which guides the Google crawlers to all the pages that you want it to index, informs it about how often you want to re-index the page and let it know whenever a change is introduced. Even for WordPress sites not having an XML sitemap, Google crawlers still crawl them but in this event there are chances that some pages are missed. Solution is to ensure that an XML sitemap should also be implemented.
Poor Categorization and Tagging
Nothing can be sillier than a poor utilization of tags and categories. If used well, categories and tags usually come handy and play a role in increasing traffic and user engagement. Wise use of categorization and tagging of your posts will not only facilitate an easy navigation for your online visitors as they’ll be able to find what they want but will also do a lot of good to your onpage SEO. A simple way of implementing this is to avoid multiple tags and categories to your blog. Recommendation would be to link each post to a single category and only relevant tags to be added.
This is not an exhaustive list of common situations that arise due to silly mistakes but certainly some of the frequent and most observed mistakes found. Take care of them and enjoy your online experience.