EXPOSED!! 5 Common WordPress Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them

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If you are just starting out on WordPress then there is a high chance you are making these mistakes. Mistakes are good because they teach us lessons but that doesn’t mean we should continue making them.

In this article, we’re going to be talking about some of the common WordPress mistakes and how you can avoid them.

1. Installing WordPress In A Subfolder

This almost like everyone’s favorite and it happens when you’re manually installing WordPress and you have to extract the content of the zip files but don’t worry, help is here!

If you have ever installed WordPress and you have your site opens up a white blank page and a link named WordPress, all you have to do is access the installation folder via cPanel or using an FTP client and copy the files from the ‘wordpress‘ folder back into the root directory of your website.

2. Using ‘admin’ or Your Website name as Username

Just like number 1 this one too is almost unavoidable because when installing WordPress the default value in the username field is ‘admin’ and the password is ‘password’.

While some hosting platforms will require you to change these values most of them will allow you to continue your installation like that and there is a security risk that comes with having ‘admin’ as a username on your WordPress site.

To fix this, all you have to do is create another user from the WP dashboard and make sure the password is secure and then you can go ahead and delete the one with ‘admin’.

3. Installing Too Many Plugins

This is one mistake beginners make a lot they start using WordPress. The happiness that your site has a lot of features triumphs over how slow the website is don’t worry it was like that for us too.

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Whatever you’re doing on your WordPress website, try as much as possible to avoid installing too many plugins, apart from slowing down your website, if you’re using shared hosting and your site is taking up so many resources…Your hosting provider might suspend your website and I know you wouldn’t want that so let’s keep those plugins on a low.

4. Not Using Permalinks Correctly

If you’re trying to have your site index properly by search engines, using the correct permalink is very important for your WordPress website.

The default permalink looks something like this: yourwebsite.com/?p=20

To change your permalink all you have to do is go to ‘Settings’ and scroll over to ‘Permalinks’.

The default permalink is ‘Plain’ and you have the option of choosing from Date and name, Month and name, Numeric, Post name or you can create yours using the ‘Custom Structure’ option.

Another thing you should avoid doing is frequently changing the permalink structure doing that will open your site to having a lot of 404 errors and 404 errors makes it hard for search engines to index your website.

5. Not Backing Up Your Website

Backing up your WordPress website is very important especially when it is in the development stage because you will be making a lot of changes at that time and there is a possibility of a plugin or something breaking the site and when this happens you would want to restore it back to a clean version of your site.

On default, your hosting should allow you to back up your WordPress website and if your host happens to not have an option for you to back up there are a couple of plugins out there than can do the trick, I personally recommend UpdraftPlus because of the options to also backup to cloud storage like GoogleDrive, OneDrive, DropBox, e.t.c.

Which of these WordPress mistakes have you made before? Let us know in the comment section.

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