The Most Common Beginner WordPress Mistakes

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems to use. This is because installation is relatively easy even for beginners. Most web hosting companies now include one-click installations.

A beginner can have a new WordPress installation in a matter of minutes. However, there are some common mistakes that beginners make that could compromise their website’s security.

Weak Login and Password Choices

The most common mistake is in choosing an admin user name and password. The worst admin login name to use is “admin.” Many hackers know that users will be lazy in selecting a login name and will use the word “admin” as a default.

You’ll be wise in creating a unique user name; particularly one with uppercase and lowercase letters, as well as numbers. The same goes for creating a secure password. Avoid passwords that are too easy to guess such as pet names, children’s names, etc. There are password generators which you can use online that will create strong passwords which are difficult to guess.

Choosing Low-Quality Themes

One of the cool features about WordPress is how easy it is to change the look-and-feel of your website. You can accomplish this through themes developed specifically for WordPress. There are tons of free themes available online. However, some of these free themes are low-quality, which means they are poorly coded. Poorly coded themes may compromise your website’s security. Sticking to WordPress recommended themes or buying a premium theme are usually the best choices. Premium themes often include free upgrades as developers make improvements.

Not Changing the Permalink Settings

A permalink is the link structure for your URL. For example, the default link structure for WordPress URL’s look like: http://yourwebsite.com/?p=123. These type of URL’s are not very SEO-friendly. Having text-based URL’s help with search engine ranking. You can easily change your permalink structures by going to your admin settings, choosing permalinks, and selecting “post name”.

Besides these most common WordPress mistakes, many users do not maintain their installations, nor perform regular back-ups of their database and files. It is important to make updates to out of date versions of WordPress, themes, and plug-ins. Without these regular updates, your website could become vulnerable to hackers. Outsourcing your WordPress support is a great way to protect your website from hacking, plug-in conflicts, and other errors which could occur.

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