Working on more than 500 WordPress blogs I have enough experience to tell whether a customer is a good WordPress user or a bad one. As no one knows about Development that much, especially if you’re new to creating a blog, but there are some things which you can still do to keep WordPress secure, managed and make it look like a professional person is actually handling it. If you focus on these little things on your blog, your blog will not have any issues.
1. Use Less Plugins
I personally prefer using Custom Code to do things instead of having a plugin. Especially if it is a small thing to do, you don’t need to have a plugin for it. The maximum number of plugin you should have installed on your site should be around 20 and not more than that. Believe me, I have clients who have like 50 plugins on their site and they have bugs on their website very often. Using a lot of plugins can make your site slow & increase the risk of your blog being hacked. Then they say WordPress is not safe enough.
Using third party Plugins can increase the risk of your WordPress website being hacked by 30%. Hackers can use non-authorized plugins installed on your site, to hack your WordPress site.
2. Don’t Use Cache Plugins To Optimize Page Speed
Probably one of the worst decisions you can make is to use Cache plugins to optimize your website. I personally recommend installing only one cache plugin if you want to use one, W3 Total Cache. To actually increase your website you should focus on image optimization, use service such as Cloudinary to load images faster on your site. To test your website’s speed you can use website such as Google Page Speed or GTMetrix.
3. Choose the right Theme, depending upon what your blog is about
I have worked with clients who choose a theme by becoming impressed by it’s looks and then turning that theme into a whole different thing then what the theme was actually made for. No, You cannot use a Newspaper theme and then add WooCommerce functionality to it if the theme is not even compatible or made for E-commerce purposes. Something wise, my brother (Who is also a WP Developer) said to me is;
“Don’t look at the front-end when choosing a theme, look at the backend.”
If you really want to build a theme with your own functionality which is something WordPress cannot handle, I recommend creating a custom website instead.
4. Avoid using Bad CSS
What is “BAD CSS” ?
Writing CSS which has responsiveness issues, affects the style of other elements, looks piled up and does a little thing, doesn’t contains the use of right properties and their values is considered as “Bad CSS” according to me.
When it comes to writing CSS, Designers should know what they are doing and not just set the goal to complete the task but to complete the task beautifully. Learning CSS is a recommended thing to do if you are passionate about becoming a good Web Designer and Design websites amazingly.
5. Don’t Let Too Many Freelancers Work On your site at the same time
If you hire so many people, to do so much stuff on your website, you doing it wrong because now you have so many people to deal with at the same time. One of the really bad decisions you can make as a website owner. Best suggestion could be to just spend some time finding freelancers and choose the right one to work on your website.
6. Don’t use Pirated / Nulled Themes
Using nulled themes and downloading nulled themes is pretty easy, you can find the most popular paid themes on Google for free. However, there are reasons you should buy a theme instead of using a nulled one, this includes:
- Free Support Provided by the Theme Company
- It is malicious free, nothing is coded in it to make it work like it has a fake license.
- Paying the theme developer for the work they did is actually a good thing.
7. Install and activate an SSL Certificate
Installing and activating SSL on your website can make all your URLs to be HTTPs (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) instead of HTTP. This is an important step to make your website more secure.
This year, starting in July, Google Chrome will mark all websites using HTTP as ‘not secure’.
8. Back-Up your website often – It helps in case of any loss
It’s a good habit to backup your website monthly / weekly, especially if you have content being posted on daily basis.
How can I backup My site?
The most easiest way to backup your website manually each time – either monthly or weekly, is to use the All-in-One WP Migration plugin.
You can setup an Automatic Daily, Weekly or Monthly backups using UpdraftPlus. Cloud usage can also be used with this plugin to store your Backups to Cloud Storage like Google Drive, DropBox etc.
Having a backup can make it safe that you have a backup to upload just incase something wrong goes with your site, hopefully won’t.
9. Using Too Many Scripts Can Make Your Site Slow
10. Once and finally, Choose a Good Hosting
Definitely not talking about 1&1 Hosting here. Choose good hosting such as Hostgator, Siteground or BlueHost. I personally consider these one of the best hosting companies. You will love their service, and so will your website.