When thinking about starting your very own blog or deciding on creating a website for your business, many people would recommend WordPress over any website building platform, and as a website developer myself, I would agree. WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS) and has been known for its quality themes, plugins, tools and having a somewhat more user-friendly interface in comparison to most other CMS’s. However, this does not imply that it is an easy platform to build a website or blog for your business, it takes time and effort to learn and get used to. Therefore, to make your WordPress journey a little more easier we have complied a short list of tips & tricks or do’s and don’ts when using WordPress.
Sign up for web hosting
Newbies tend to make the mistake of creating a WordPress account before signing up for web hosting, which just complicates the process. By signing up for web hosting first you already make your WordPress journey a whole lot easier as web hosting companies tend to offer free domain names, SSL certificates and one-click WordPress installation features.
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Choose the right theme
At first thought it may seem like a simple task, but choosing a theme that just looks good may not be the best option. You have to consider the features and functionalities of the theme or else you will have to install tons of plugins to get close to what you want while sacrificing speed and performance of your website. So always, consider themes that are scalable and fits your criteria. If you don’t have a web developer consider buying a premium theme, as they tend to come with time to time updates and support, we can recommend one like Astra.
Setup a permalink structure
Permalink structure is an important part of the WordPress website in terms of SEO and ranking. It also provides benefits to visitors. Example below:
Good permalink structure
Bad permalink structure
Having a good permalink structure just makes it easier for users and search engines to understand.
Create internal links on your website
This is good practice for SEO and user experience (UX), as it helps users navigate easily through your website and helps tell search engines that your website is a good search result for your target keywords. Example below:
Limit the amount of plugins you use
Having too many plugins can easily slow down your website, and not to mention the amount of plugins you’ll need to frequently update or debug should you run into any problems. Only install plugins which are absolutely necessary. A good suggestion would be for you to read the description and reviews before installing.
- Number of installs is a good indicator for checking popularity of a plugin.
- Read the description to find out all the features of the plugin.
- Read the reviews for any concerning bugs or issue before installing a plugin.
Bonus tip: The ideal website layout is symmetrical, clean and tidy. More importantly, the top layouts make it clear what visitors expect when they land. You can do this with negative space and some important calls to action.
This concludes this short list of WordPress Tips & Tricks!