We always ♥ WordPress here at Solamar. Some people, however, have a love-hate relationship with this wonderful content management system (CMS).
The reason is simple. A few haven’t become familiar with the ins and outs to keeping WordPress in tip-top shape. When they learn these easy tips, they find that their sites are running more smoothly, faster, more securely, and with fewer problems. And then they, too, ♥ WordPress.
That’s why we want to share 6 of our most valuable tips with you now.
- Keep WordPress and plugins updated
The most important thing you have to keep in mind about WordPress was covered in a recent post of ours. It’s just good common sense to remember that, “WordPress is one of those things you need to keep updated.”
- Use well-known, well-maintained and updated plugins
With over 40,000 plugins currently available in the WordPress repository, it can be difficult to know which are the great ones and which are the bad ones. A good benchmark to help you determine if a plugin is well-known and maintained is if there are over 100,000 downloads and it is current with the most recent version of WordPress. And of course, keep your plugins updated to maintain the security and functionality of your website or blog.
- Use clean and simple WordPress themes
In an attempt to get noticed and stand out from the competition, many WordPress sites use cumbersome, over-bloated page themes that are overloaded with too many…unnecessary bells and whistles. Beware! They often slow your site down and can even cause major issues down the road. On the other hand, Solamar’s custom themes for WordPress are simple and elegant and are optimized for search engines. We don’t try to overdo what doesn’t need to be overdone. Plus, we have the WordPress design and development experts on staff that know exactly how to get your site noticed.
- Always use a good security plugin
Two dependable security plugins are iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) and BulletProof Security. Both protect your site from hackers and are effective, reliable and easy to use. The #1 WordPress security plugin, iThemes Security, works to fix common holes, stop automated attacks and strengthen user credentials, with one-click activation for most features. BulletProof Security delivers firewall, database, and login security.
- Get rid of obsolete or idle plugins
Be sure to regularly get rid of outdated, disabled or inactive plugins (usually ones that haven’t been used in over a year). They are like ticking time bombs, waiting to blow up the security of your WordPress site or blog. Also remember to lock up your own computer, keep passwords safe, and change passwords often.
Keeping your WordPress site safe and secure will save you heartache, time and money and keep your business up-and-running. If you don’t think about every aspect of security, you can fall prey to hackers. Not only can this be time-consuming and expensive to resolve, you can also lose customers while this is happening. Whether it’s an overload of spam on your site or someone hijacking your blog or website, as the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
- Hire the experts
Make sure everyone you are working with is a WordPress pro, especially when you are not one yourself. That includes site designers, developers, hosting platforms, and administrators. Make sure you enlist only the best experts, and you can rest assured that the code and everything else behind your fantastic web portal is in good hands…safe and secure. When anyone who doesn’t know what they’re doing puts their hands on your WordPress site, it’s like stepping into the deep, dark underworld… where anything and everything can go wrong (and it will, at the worst possible time!).
Don’t let WordPress website design, content, development, and administration keep you up at night, pacing the floors worrying about a catastrophe. Here at Solamar we are experts who specialize in designing and developing WordPress sites that are secure, work like a charm and keep customers and clients coming back.
What are you waiting for? Give us a shout.