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5 common WordPress mistakes to avoid

Let’s face it, nobody’s perfect – we all make mistakes from time to time, but when it comes to WordPress it’s a lot more efficient to learn from the mistakes of others.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to compile a list of the most common mistakes WordPress site developers make – and what you can do instead.

Getting the platform wrong

There’s a world of difference between a self-hosted WordPress site and a free WordPress page. For someone creating a personal blog or site, a free WP account might suffice, but for commercial endeavours, you’ll want to self-host on your own domain to avoid looking unprofessional.

Neglecting to backup your WordPress database

Developers who make this mistake once never make it again. Just imagine making an error which totally screws with the design of your site, without any idea of how you did it – or, more crucially – how to fix it. There are a number of free and paid-for solutions to ensure your WordPress site is regularly backed up – so use them.

Ignoring vital updates

Sometimes, installing a customary update can seem like a bit of a pain – but neglecting to update to the latest version can leave your site with security vulnerabilities. Upgrading when requested is easier, too. The longer you wait to apply the updates, the more difficult it becomes in terms of ensuring your plugins and themes are properly coded to suit the latest version.

Ignoring favicons

A favicon is the small icon that appears in the browser window next to your page title. A lot of beginners ignore them completely and end up with a generic one from the company which provided the theme. Your favicon is your site’s identity card – using a simple version of your company logo is perhaps the best place to start.

Indexing

WordPress gives you the option to stop search engine bots from crawling your pages, which is great during the development stages of your site. Many beginners simply forget to uncheck the option post-development, which means the site doesn’t get indexed by the big search engines.

For further information on how common WordPress mistakes might be hindering the progress of your business, or to discuss a managed solution to implementing better site practices, why not get in touch with Pixel Internet? From hosting to site building, your online success is our priority.

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