When first creating a WordPress site it’s important to remember these tips – they’ll save you future headaches. WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems roaming the internet. Why? It’s easy functionality and custom web design options. In other words, it allows you to fully customize the design and function in order to have a website that can do whatever you need.
We have been building custom WordPress sites for over a decade. We design and develop custom themes from scratch and avoid plugins, unless absolutely necessary.
Here is 5 common mistakes to avoid when creating a WordPress website.
1. WordPress.com or WordPress.org
This can be confusing when first starting to build your WordPress site. WordPress.com is more popular for bloggers and artists, who are looking for a place to host your website for free. WordPress.com is the least expensive, however you don’t receive a custom domain name and their themes are not customizable. WordPress.org comes with more responsibility as well as increased control. WordPress.org allows you to fully customize your website or blog, choose your own custom domain name and hosting providers.
2. Using WordPress’s default permalink structure
Out of the box, WordPress websites provide you with a permalink structure that looks like this: www.yoursite.com/?p=123. After installing WordPress, you can go into “Permalinks” and choose between 5 settings. Additionally, WordPress offers a custom permalink setting so that you can create your own. Proper permalink structures displays professionalism and are good for search engine optimization.
3. Forgetting to Update Your Website
WordPress updates are very common and important to ensure the security of your website. Hackers are always trying to get into WordPress because of its popularity and loop holes, failing to update your website causes your site to be more vulnerable.
4. Unchecking The SEO Index Setting
When developing a site, it may make sense to “discourage search engines from indexing site.” This is due to the fact that the website isn’t complete, and you don’t want the unfinished site ending up in the Google index. It’s important once the site is complete to uncheck the option in order to be visible in search results.
5. Failing to Optimize WordPress Images
When adding images to your WordPress website or blog it’s important to choose “save images for web and devices,” option. Saving images for web and devices will compress the size so it’s more suitable for your website. Compressed photos optimized for web will help encourage faster load times.
These are just a handful of common mistakes we have seen. However, these can severely impact your website’s SEO value and even compromise its security. As with other web-related activities, it’s best to hire a professional. This will ensure that you are getting the most from your web presence.