10 Most Common WordPress Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone makes mistakes but committing mistakes is not a crime. However, not learning from the mistake and trying to ignore it, is somehow a crime. Mistakes should be taken as experiences. When it comes to WordPress, not only the beginners but also the WordPress experts might sometimes make mistakes. And in this post, we are going to point out the 10 most common WordPress mistakes that everyone should know about and avoid in their WordPress journey.

Choosing the wrong platform

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People often get confused between self-hosted WordPress and free WordPress.com. It is a common WordPress mistake made by people while choosing the correct platform for them. Sometimes people just want to create a simple personal blog but are outraged by the recurring cost of self-hosted WordPress. And, those who are willing to grow their business through their website are compelled to stay within the limited features provided by WordPress.com.

Both of them has their own pros and cons which make it difficult to choose the correct one. So, to not get into this fuss, it is extremely crucial to know the difference between the two of them and the correct one for your WordPress blog. If you are a personal blogger who doesn’t care about making money from their sites, then go with WordPress.com. And, if you are a blogger trying to make blogging your career, then you should choose self-hosted WordPress.

Choosing free themes

Choosing Free WordPress Themes

Choosing free WordPress themes.

Beginners are likely to make this mistake more. As they would not know about the vulnerabilities that come with the free themes. Free themes are used by many websites on WordPress. Not knowing this fact, beginners install the free theme and later feel bad when they see the exact same theme on some other websites. Also, free themes don’t always come up with the customer support, so whenever any problem arises, you will have to find solutions on your own.

There are few things you need to ensure before switching your WordPress themes. This will help you choose a better theme for your WordPress website.

Failing to back up your site

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We cannot be sure that everything will work smoothly, especially in the world of technology. Crashes will happen. It is not your fault, but not being prepared for those crashes is your mistake. We all have made the mistake of not backing up our website. You only realize it when you fall in a hole and absolutely need the backup for rescue. Fortunately, WordPress offers several backup plugins which you can choose from. Once you’ve installed the plugin, you might want to test it to check its effectiveness. You can also back up your website manually.

Too many widgets

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WordPress provides all kinds of great widgets which can make your website more user-friendly. One of the WordPress mistakes people usually make is trying to make their website more user-friendly than needed. Filling your footer and sidebars with too many widgets is going to create more mess on your website. Jumbled pages will only end up confusing your visitors. So, when it comes to widgets, less is always better. To avoid this mistake, choose a few which are essential for your website.

Installing plugins

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WordPress Plugins. Image Source: CreativeMinds

Besides widgets, plugins are another crucial part of the website as well. WordPress offers various plugins to enhance your website. However, installing too many or unnecessary plugins are that one mistake people generally make. It will only create a mess on your website and make your website load slower. Also, installing poorly coded plugins might expose your site to security threats. To avoid this problem, install plugins that you actually intend to use and ignore the rest.

And, not to forget, installing effective plugins can lead to increasing your website traffic.

Not keeping track of comments

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Keep track of comments. Image Source: Slocum Themes

Comments left on your WordPress blog offer you a great opportunity to engage with your audience. That is why failing to keep track of comments on your website is one of the most common WordPress mistakes to make.

In order to avoid this mistake, you should install a plugin which will help you filter out the spam comments. And, once the plugin is installed, take some time to read and reply to the comments on your blog. This will also help you build a healthy relationship with your users.

Ignoring mobile device users

 

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Mobile-friendly WordPress. Image Source: The WordPress.com Blog

 

Now, this is the mistake that is very annoying to both users and developers. People nowadays are more into using their mini computers i.e. Smartphones to browse and purchase from the internet. And ignoring mobile device users means losing a bunch of audiences. Therefore, it is really important to make your website mobile-friendly if you don’t want to disappoint your users and lose them.

Using images without permission

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This type of mistake is very common among all the WordPressers. If you are a blogger, you might know the struggle of searching for the perfect image to post on your website. After all those hard time searching, finally you find a picture and post it. But, did you give credit to the source from where you downloaded it? Many of the WordPressers forget about it and that is where you made the mistake.

Don’t just download and use anything you find in Google. The image you just downloaded might be a copyrighted property belonging to an individual. Placing such images on your blog post without their permission might result in legal action being taken against you. So, before using any image on your website, find out if you are allowed to.

Not securing your blog

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Protect your website. Image Source: WordPress.com

Just like any other web application, WordPress is quite vulnerable to attack. Users don’t care about their website security until it gets hacked. This is also one of the reasons why backing up your website is important. There are many hackers out there looking for vulnerable websites to enter. And your one mistake can lead them to your website, making it easier for them to control and demolish it. This is why you should secure your blog using antivirus software and firewalls.

Ignoring WordPress updates

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WordPress constantly releases new updates. If a blog owner ignores these updates, the site will open up to security issues. There is a simple fix to this mistake: don’t ignore the WordPress updates. The newer versions are created for a genuine reason. So, keep your WordPress site updated and keep the bugs away from your website.

There you go, 10 most common WordPress mistakes to avoid. Avoiding these WordPress mistakes will also help you improve customer stability on your website. So, go ahead and mend your mistakes.

Have you ever made these kinds of WordPress mistakes on your website? Please let us know through the comments section below.

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