Three Totally Avoidable Common WordPress Mistakes
WordPress is the world’s leading Content Management System, and it’s easy to see why. The software is pretty intuitive when it comes to adding simple content like articles or images, so just about anyone can learn to navigate the basics.
However, there are some pretty common WordPress mistakes to be had when it comes to setting things up and keeping them running smoothly. Below is a list of 3 common mistakes that people make with WordPress and steps you can take to fix them.
Common WordPress Mistakes Number 1: Having ‘Admin‘ As Your Username
When you install WordPress in your Control Panel (usually done via the Quick Install option), you have the option to setup your own Username that you will use to log in to your WordPress Dashboard. When setting up their site, many do not enter a personalized username and by default, they‘re assigned the username of ‘admin‘. This may not seem like a big deal, but actually, it sort of is. Why?
Well, consider this. Your WordPress Login Area, is essentially the lock to the back door to your site and your login credentials are the key to unlocking it. By choosing a personalized username, you create a unique key to opening your site that no one else has. But, when you choose the default option of ‘admin‘, you are pretty much leaving your “backdoor” unlocked. It’s like a welcome mat for hackers…
Many don’t think that getting hacked will happen to them, but it happens all the time. One way to beef up security and help prevent this is by choosing a unique username when you install WordPress.
If you have already set up your site with the ‘admin‘ username and have had your site up for a bit, there is actually a way that you can go in and change it without the need to reset your entire site. If that seems like your best option, just follow this tutorial by WPBegginer:
- How To Change WordPress Username – LINK
Common WordPress Mistakes Number 2: Not Adding A Description For Categories
This is another point that may seem superfluous, but it’s really not. Why?
Because adding descriptions to your categories is actually a good SEO practice. By adding these, you are helping to define the keywords that you’re likely using for your categories and when you do that, you have a chance at better ranking. Some may argue that this isn’t needed, but it won’t hurt either.
To add a description to your categories, go to your Dashboard, scroll over Posts and then click on Categories in the pop out. Once you’re there, scroll over your Category, click edit and then, add your description.
It’s that simple!
Common WordPress Mistakes Number 3: Not Creating A Backup Of Your Site
This is one of the biggest mistakes I see people make with WordPress and I cringe when I do. If you’re going to take anything away from this article, please let it be this.
Create. A. Backup. Today.
I cannot emphasize the importance of this enough. Could you imagine if all your hard work, all that money you put into your site, all the money it makes you, was gone? There is a lot out there that can cause your site to go haywire, and even simple updates to WordPress or Themes can wipe your site clean! Backups are there for just that scenario.
There are both free and paid plugins that can help in creating a full file backup (this is the kind of backup I highly recommend). My absolute favorite for creating quick and scheduled backups is ManageWP and I can say it’s my favorite because I use it. Others prefer BackUp Buddy or go for a free plugin like WordPress To DropBox to do the job. No matter which option you pick, just be sure to pick one. One day, you’ll be so thankful you did. I promise you that.
That wraps my top 3 Common WordPress Mistakes. Do you guys have any suggestions that you think should be at the top of that list? If so, be sure to comment below. I would love to hear your input.