WordPress is the web software which helps users to create a website or blog in few minutes. So lot of people choosing WordPress to start their business, making a information sharing site, etc. Since they are new to WordPress, they don’t know the basic settings and doing some mistakes which is commonly done by beginners of WordPress. Below I listed 10+ most common WordPress mistakes to avoid.
#1 Installing with default “WordPress” folder
For installing WordPress, we will download the WordPress package from WordPress.org. By default, all the files will be present in the folder called “WordPress”. So users may upload the entire WordPress folder into their hosting root. Then users have to access WordPress URL as
So before uploading the folder, rename the folder to “blog” or something related to it. If you want to install it in a main website instead of subfolder, then upload all the files present inside in the WordPress folder.
#2 Not updating the default title tag “Just Another Blog”
By default, your website title will be “website name – Just Another Blog” . This should be immediately changed after installing the WordPress because search engines will crawl your site and display with the default tag.
#3 Not Removing the Sample contents
After installing WordPress, we could find sample post, page, category and tags which helps as a demo for beginners. Millions of people still kept that initial contents without deleting it. This will make bad user experience and nothing will get impact by removing this sample contents.
Solution: Delete all the sample post, page, category and tags immediately after installing the WordPress.
#4 Not using custom Favicon
All your WordPress pages will be loaded with a WordPress favicon.
“Favicon is a icon file with dot[.]ico extension and has 10×10 dimension. It will be displayed in the browser’s tab as a icon which helps to find the corresponding website easily without navigating the browser tabs.”
Solution: How to add favicon to WordPress blog
#5 No backup planned
WordPress beginners might not aware of the importance of backup. There are lot of chances which might crash your blog. In the worst scenario, your backup file only the source which will helps to restore the blog. So take regular backup of your WordPress database. Even you can use plugins which will automatically backup your site in regular intervals.
#6 Using default and ugly permalinks
By default, WordPress will use ugly permalinks which looks like ,
Change this to SEO and user friendly permalink structure. Once you changes to friendly URL structure, then URL looks like,
#7 Not installing Updates
WordPress will often provide updates to the WordPress software which has lot of enhancements and fixes major security issues. Even plugins and themes will get updates for security fixes and enhancements. So whenever you saw the update notification in your admin bar, try to install the updates. Keep your blog up to date and keep it healthy.
#8 Using Nulled Themes and Plugins
Most of the paid themes and plugins are nulled and made it available for free. You thought its free? Actually the answer is No. Hackers will inject virus, malware, malicious code and unknown links into the nulled files and they will try to hack your site. So never go for nulled themes or plugins. If you have enough money, buy the product from reputed website or go for free plugins and themes available in wordpress.org.
#9 Installing Unwanted Plugin
There are more than 41K plugins available in wordpress.org and its not required to install all the available plugins. Installing lot of plugins will decrease the page loading speed. So install only plugin which you really need for your blog.
#10 Not enforcing Security
Security is the major concern for all. If you don’t prevent your website, then you are the victim of lot of hackers, malwares, virus and malicious code. Prevent your blog by installing the security plugins available in wordpress.org. Security plugins will enforce all the required security settings and safeguard your website in background.
See Also: Top 3 Best WordPress Security Plugins
#11 Not optimized for SEO
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) helps search engines to index and crawl your site. Proper SEO setting will increase your crawl rate and page rank. Optimize SEO by popular plugins like Yoast SEO or All in One SEO Pack. Install any one this plugin and configure the settings.
See Also: Yoast SEO vs All in One SEO
#12 Not caching the pages
By using cache, increase your page loading speed and reduce the server load. There are two options to use cache in WordPress, they are
1. Using cache plugin: W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache
2. Using CloudFlare: It caches all your pages and filters the traffic which helps in reduction of bandwidth usage.
Since both the options are not conflicting, I recommend using both the options in your blog.
#13 Allowing SPAM comments
Irrespective of your blog age, daily you will get huge number of spam comments. These comments will have external links which may point to illegal sites or malware sites. So avoid spam comments by moderating the comments.
Solution:Use Akismet plugin, a popular moderator plugin which automatically filters all the spam comments and send it to the spam folder.
#14 Ignoring Mobile Visitors
Not only from desktop, will even visitors access your site from mobile like devices. So make sure whether your site is responsive.
1. Use responsive theme.
2. Use WPtouch Mobile plugin, which makes your site mobile friendly.
Hope you have read and understood all the 10+ most common WordPress mistakes to avoid. Other than this, there are still lot of mistakes that can be done by beginners. I will constantly update this page with the common mistakes and solution, so please stick to it and keep your blog awesome.
You know any other WordPress mistakes ? Let us know in the comments below