As you know, the WordPress system is one of the most popular CMS in the world – with 60.4% of the market share. This means WordPress is used by at least 33.5% of all the websites online! WordPress is optimized for SEO and easy to manage even for people without experience in web development.
However, there are a few common mistakes that many beginners make when working with WordPress. These mistakes adversely affect the site. So, my TOP 7 most common WordPress mistakes to avoid:
1). Too many plugins.
A large number of plugins can reduce the speed of the site.
So think carefully before installing even one new plugin. Even one plugin can ruin the whole site. Install only proven and high-quality extensions for WordPress. Sometimes, two different plugins can conflict with each other for some technical reasons. This must be taken into account, if you want include new plugins on your project.
Important – avoid plugins that promise to improve the site speed – most likely they will not fix the site as whole, because if you already have problems in the site work (slowing down the site, etc.); you need to fix the existing problem first.
Treat the cause, not the symptom – and do not load the site more with additional software.
2). Changing WordPress permalinks.
It is better not to edit WordPress permalinks, otherwise the URLs of published posts will be changed. Therefore, search engines won’t be able to find your posts because if they indexed the old permalink. Visitors coming to your site through search results will be sent to a page with a 404 error message.
Important – If you are just starting to work with the site, it is better to immediately set the link format convenient for you (if need, you can change the default setting here: Dashboard -Settings – Permalink – Permalink Settings – Common Settings).
3). You do not update CMS and plugins.
In WordPress, with all its features, plugins and themes, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the updates that the site needs – especially if everything works smoothly on the site. But updates not only add new functionality. They also fix bugs and security issues.
At least always use new (but stable) WordPress versions.
It is rather addressed to small business owners.
Perfectionism when website developing – this is also a problem. Your clients don’t care what font you have on the site, what size logo you have, or what theme you use for WordPress – bought by ThemeForest or created by the best design agency especially for you.
The main thing for the user is to solve a practical own problem, find the right information about you, your services, goods, etc. The site should be user friendly. But, visitor does not come to admire your design, this is not a museum. Design should work as a functional tool – and not as art.
5). Unusual navigation.
This point often follows from the foregoing. Often in an attempt to surprise the user (or client), the designer draws atypical navigation, menu in unexpected places, unexpected effects, etc. If possible, avoid such decisions if you do not want the visitor to leave your site. There may be exceptions, but in most cases this will be superfluous.
6). Uncompressed / unoptimized images.
To speed up page loading, you need to compress images. There are also specialized plugins for image compression and optimization.
Important – do not use a lot of uncompressed images – this can greatly slow down your site.
7). No Backup.
Always make a backup of the site – even if you don’t see a reason for this and trust your hoster. Making backups should be your habit, seriously. One day it can help you avoid problems. Backing up your database and site files on a regular basis is essential to being able to recover site.
In fact, there can be much more mistakes, but this 7 are probably the most common. Make sure that you do not make at least these mistakes to improve your WordPress website usability, security, speed and SEO.
Thanks for reading!