10 Essential Tips for WordPress Beginners

WordPress offers several built in features that could help you become a pro at what you’re doing. The following tips offered can help make your blogging smarter, more professional and a lot easier. The suggestions below will focus on your discovery of hidden options that you can start to use to make your WordPress life much easier every day.

 

1. Installation of WordPress

When you create a marvel in WordPress, don’t use the WP folder that appears in your URL. It will end up looking like “yourcompanyname.com/WordPress”. This is a beginner’s mistake. You can avoid this by installing WordPress in the main directory or use a sub-domain.

 

2. Too many Plug-ins

No doubt that plug-ins can enhance your website. There is no second thought that they can add functionality to your website such as color and font size to sharing multiple social media sites. However, you need to be careful not to abuse them. When you add too many plug-ins, it can slow down the loading of your site. If after installing new plug-ins you notice some issues, deactivate it and try to solve the problem.

 

3. Posts and Pages Are Different

Pages and posts are completely two different things. Page content is embedded in the HTML code, whereas post content is interactive because it is variable. Your page content should be stable and the names should be like About US, Terms, Policy, Home, etc. Your posts should be articles on a variety of topics.

 

4. Backup Your WordPress Site

It is inevitable to loose data over the web. Be safe and backup your WordPress site regularly. To help you with this there are plugins that can provide this function. Look through the plugin directory to find thousands of options.

 

5. Use Relevant Images

Make your website more interesting and increase the traffic by adding graphical images and pictures. Using relevant images is better than text. Be careful to respect copyright laws when selecting images and don’t forget to add an alt text with every image. Doing this will also get you a higher rank in search engine results.

 

6. Don’t Overlook the Footer

Whether it’s intentional or not, many WordPress managers overlook the footer. The footer is where you can add important information such as business information and your copyright, along with any other important links.

 

7. Choose Your Theme Carefully

If you don’t already know, the theme is the visual blueprint that makes the look of your website. Your layout and design are based on the theme you choose. So choose carefully. Select a theme that suggests the purpose of your site. Take the time to choose the best suited theme for your website.

 

8. Innovational Permalinks

Permalinks are the URLs you give on all your posts via WP. The default permalinks can be long and not very attractive. You can customize the permalink structure by going to Settings>Permalinks to make it more SEO friendly.

 

9. Sharing on Social Media

Regarding back links, functionalities and traffic, social media is very important for your website. You will find several plug-in options for sharing on social media that allow your visitors to share your content with just a click.

 

10. Update Plugins

Be sure to update any plugins you have on your website as they are continuously being improved. Keeping the updated versions will help stop hackers. With just one click on your admin dashboard you can update all of your plugins to the latest version.