Beneath the constant stream of cat videos and stupid memes, the internet is a war zone. It’s up to you to protect your domain on the web.
Now, a WordPress website is pretty sturdy by itself, but that’s no excuse to become complacent. Mistakes happen, and you might even end up making a dent in your WordPress security, performance, and user experience instead of beefing them up.
If you are a WordPress site owner who just started off their online venture, you are going to make few common WordPress mistakes.
Fortunately, WordPress offers some useful tips that can help you avoid these mistakes. These tips can help you run a successful website by following these effective tips.
This post lists 5 such small mistakes that can have huge consequences on WordPress.
Avoid 5 Most Crucial Mistakes Users Make on WordPress
“Hi. Are you the ‘admin’? Mind if I poke around on your website? It seems like a great place to show all these ads I have for (insert spam schemes here).”
Leaving your WordPress username ‘admin’ is a rookie mistake. People think they will harden security later and have no need to focus on a login name and password that they might forget.
Do yourself a favor. If you already have an admin account by the name of ‘admin’ (seriously, a bit too on the nose), create another and assign admin capabilities to those and delete the one named ‘admin’, pronto.
Don’t use administrator account to post all the content on your website either. Create another account with editor/author role for content. Manage user roles and capabilities diligently.
Change the $table_prefix
Your database is a gold mine of information every attacker will target. This is one of the reasons why PCI compliance wants online stores to never store card info of their customers. But credit card info isn’t the only data hackers want.
Your registered users’ email ids are lucrative, so is your entire domain and content. All of that is stored in databases.
The least you can do is throw attackers off the trail by changing the tables’ default ‘wp_’ prefix. It can be done manually (wp-config.php):
$table_prefix = ‘Al_04'; // Use letters, numbers, and underscores
Replace Secret Keys
Site cookies can provide a lot of information to a resourceful attacker. The cookies themselves are protected by encryption.
Use the online generator tool to create a new set of keys after and replace them in your wp-config.php.
define( 'AUTH_KEY', ‘put your unique phrase here’);
define( 'SECURE_AUTH_KEY', ‘put your unique phrase here’);
…and so on.
You may like everything organized, but assigning a unique category to every post you make will only create chaos.
WordPress categories and tags are there to ensure that search engines can get a read on your content topics and make sure they show up in search for relevant keywords. Categories actually categorize content for users and search bots.
For your users’ sake, keep categories manageable and tags relevant to the content.
This is why I advise bloggers to write what they love instead of trying to be relevant to everyone at the same time. Being focused makes your content and site structure better.
Here is why website accessibility (making sure your website can be opened and navigated through by people with physical or learning disabilities) is an absolute Must:
- W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has been campaigning for an accessible web for years. This is the authority that sets coding as well quality standards, and the entire web follows them.
- Non-compliance with Accessibility laws is a punishable offense in several different states in the USA.
- There are significant SEO benefits (ALT tags, video transcripts, etc. help search bots and screen reader users alike).
- The ‘Well done’ feeling you can get by making your content accessible to the disabled audience, along with the chance to expand your target audience to people who may or may not have different expectations from your products/services.
There are accessibility-ready themes available on WordPress and various other trustworthy sources.
There’s even a plugin (called WP Accessibility) which some developers came up with to at least attempt to do their part in making the web accessible.
Make sure your WordPress development company and developer team adhere strictly to WebAIM’s accessibility guidelines.
WordPress is undoubtedly the user-friendly platform, but for betterresults you need to avoid some common WordPress mistakes. If you want to do a serious business, try to avoid ignoring maintenance and security of a website.
Make sure that your performance optimization technique is going in the right direction or not as this could help you generate more conversion quickly and efficiently.
However, as long as you continue to upgrade consistently and put in decent effort into learning and working with the platform, you’ll be alright.
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