Aug 14, 2013

Top 10 Inane Mistakes which WordPress Users Make

WordPress has touched our lives and how?! This uber simple blogging and content management platform is an apple of eye for anyone looking to mark an online presence. However, often we let ourselves go blind by the simplicity and SEO benefits of this platform, and do not consider various mistakes which we might actually by doing that are affecting the performance of the site. In this write up we aim to discuss 10 top inane mistakes which bloggers make, which may actually be lethal to the holistic health of their website or blog.

Please read ahead to discover these mistakes, and we hope you are not the one making them. But if you are, please try to nullify the same – either on your own, with our help being right in place or by consulting a professional.

Top 10 Inane Mistakes which WordPress Users Make

Still running the older version of WP?
We ask this with a tone of shocking incredibility. And if the answer is an affirmative, please tell us what exactly is wrong with you? Why do you hate your blog so much? There is an entire living, breathing, thriving community of WP developers who are working tirelessly to improve the CMS for you, so that you get to enjoy far superior and much improved features. Why would you decide against it? So please, just stop doing whatever you are doing and update your WP backend to the latest version. But wait, you might want to complete reading this post before you leave.

Painfully slow loading time
One of the biggest mistakes that every WordPress user is prone to committing is not paying due attention to the loading speed of the blog or site. Whether you are using too much of plugins, or you have just not optimized the page for better performance, please stop doing it and pay heed to the loading speed. This is more important now because Google has included the loading speed into its search engine algorithms, and you are more than certain to lose your Google rankings of you do not fix the loading speed NOW!

Please, no more “Just another WordPress blog”
Do yourself and all of us a favor and please use a theme which overrides the tagline that we have all grown so sick of. And if your blog does have this tagline, you should know you are just one amongst the ocean full of other users. You definitely would not want yourself or your blog to be remembered that way.

Bloating up deactivated plugins in the content folder of WP
You deactivat ed a plugin? Kick it out of your systems. As simple as that! Because not only do these plugins not serve any purpose to you, they also is bad for the performance of your blog or site. Hence, get over it already!


A messed up Wp-Admin Section
If the admin section of your blog isn’t fine tuned, with no deactivated plugins and an updated version of each and everything, you are obviously doing the job as an admin wrong. Take a moment off and cleanse it, would you?

Blog posts of the length of the entire home page
So the home page of your blog looks longer than the Eiffel Tower, simply because it contains your recent blog updates in entirety? You know how backward that sounds? Unless of course if you have a specific reason behind doing it. If not, then please use the inbuilt ‘Read More’ section of WordPress to span the posts on the homepage accordingly. Besides, certain themes have the excerpts section to assist you with the same.

The white screen of death
As WordPress users, we all have experienced the white screen of death. Whether you have messed up your wp-config.php or there is some other complication with it, please do fix the issue ASAP. Trust us, no user will be interested in staring at your URL and a blank screen.


Problems with database connections and gateways
Talking about what users are not so warmly going to react to, we come to another aspect, which surely does not rank high on the user’s popularity list anyway. It is getting a server down or installation error each time they visit your page. Thus, ensure that the database connections are right in place and there are no installation errors.

Indexing your site to private
It’s lethal! – One of the perks of WordPress is that it allows the users to own a site and blog simultaneously. And how users misuse this privilege is by indexing the site to private after owning a blog, thinking that blog will take care of all the SEO and site would rather enjoy an elite attention – or whatever the thought process is, we are not really discussing that. What we are pointing out at is that don’t! Don’t do this to your site and to your blog as by opting for this option, you would put the noindex tag on each of your web pages. You don’t really want the traffic to fall to a zero, do you?

Making your server information visible
You were wondering why your WP blog or website gets hacked ever so often? The hackers with their wonderful notorious minds obviously are going to target you, if you provide them with all the PHP information or the info about the current version of WP that you are running. To check the same, visit or Got the point, right? Instead opt for professional WordPress development services, and get a secured and well optimized WP blog or site.
This brings us to an end of this post. We hope that we were helpful in letting you fix some of the major performance and security blunders that may have previously existed in your blog. Also, please do consider opting for professional services, should you feel stuck up with the same at any moment.

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