Posts by Greggor

Things to Keep in Mind when Choosing WordPress Plugins to Use

Before you pick a plugin to use on your website, you do have to make sure they’ll work well on your website. Here are a few recommendations to do just that.

1. AVERAGE RATINGS

Arguably the easiest way to check if a plugin will work on your website is to see its average rating – the more positive the ratings, the more reliable it is. We suggest choosing a plugin no fewer than an average 4 stars. Also check the reviews from there to see what users have to say.

2. NUMBER OF ACTIVE INSTALLATIONS

WordPress plugins show how many active installations it has – this can show you overall reliability of said plugin. Just stay with those that have at least 10,000 active installations so you know how reliable it really is.

3. COMPARE PLUGINS WITH OTHER ONES

WordPress has plenty of plugins with similar if not the same functionality, but one might work better than the other. Just try out multiple plugins to see which one works best for your website.

4. ANALYZE PLUGIN SCREENSHOTS (if any are available)

Plugin screenshots give you an idea of what it’s going to be like to activate it on your website, so you’ll want to go over those to see what works best to your preferences.

5. READ FAQ SECTIONS

Most plugins have a section for frequently asked questions, so you’ll want to read that to see if there’s been any trouble with the plugin in question.

6. TEST YOUR PLUGIN

Plugins could slow down your website or hamper its performance in one way, shape or form, so you have to make sure the plugin works with your site properly. Fortunately it’s not a difficult task: after activating your new plugin, simply see if your website acts up afterward.

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Make Better WordPress Content

Website success doesn’t depend on the look of your website but high-quality content. WordPress offers you an opportunity to do that by being free, highly customizable and SEO-friendly, with all sorts of plugins to help you along the way.

1. Insert Multimedia
You can add audio or video clips by just clicking on the “Add Media” button in the content editor

2. Optimize Content for SEO Purposes
There’s Yoast (as mentioned many times already), but there are other plugins to use as well for this. “PrePost SEO” checks for keyword density, duplicate content, meta tags, broken links, and suggests how to fix them.

3. Be (and Stay) Consistent
You might start repeating yourself rather than making unique content. “Search Everything” is one plugin that helps you check all your previous posts to help you make sure your content is and/or will be distinct.

4. Include Social Media Links
You’ll need multiple avenues to share your content with your target audience, so social media links (whether be to profiles or content sharing) will help on that. With “Add Link to Facebook”, for example, you’ll save a lot of time since you won’t need to post your articles on Facebook manually.

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WordPress Mistakes Everyone Makes

WordPress is the most obvious choice for both personal and professional websites and blogs. In fact, such corporate giants like Facebook, Disney, and Sony use it. There are so many themes, plugins, and features to choose from, and it’s fairly simple to use. But, a lot of users do make mistakes when using it.

1. PICKING THE WRONG PLATFORM

If you’re looking for a platform that can provide you with enough features to host your blog or personal website, then you would probably be satisfied with WordPress.com (which just is a blog you’d write in; its domain would be example.wordpress.com). However, if you prefer to have all your control over what happens with your website or blog, the self-hosted WordPress.org is the way to go.

2. TOO MANY PLUGINS USED

With over 55,000 plugins available, it can be easy to get caught up in them all and install a bunch you don’t need, which then end up slowing down your website. Just stick to the plugins you really need.

3. HAVING YET TO INSTALL A CACHING PLUGIN

Site speed is very important in SEO, so you will need to install a caching plugin. Not only will you decrease your website’s load time, but also prevent downtime and help it withstand huge traffic.

4. NOT HAVING A BACKUP

If your website’s hacked, or an error during update or maintenance occurs, it could take you weeks to get it back to the way it once was. Plugins make entire backups (manual and automatic) of WordPress’ files and database possible.

5. FAILING TO INSTALL UPDATES

Updates are only a click away, and yet they’re so important to keeping your site secure, so make sure to do it regularly.

6. IGNORING MOBILE USERS

With over 50% of all searches are done on mobile devices, and as people switch between their smartphones, tablets, TVs, and computers all the time, your WordPress site needs to look and function just as well for all of them. You could use a plugin called “WPTouch”, but the best solution is to select a theme that works on both platforms.

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WordPress Security Myths

Currently almost 33% of websites run WordPress, so it’s important to make sure it’s secure. However, there are a few myths around about its security etc., a handful of them shown below.

1. SAFETY IN NUMBERS

Some believe that, since their website is just one of many, it isn’t interesting enough to get hacked. But, there is no such thing as being not big enough for hackers to notice you.

In fact, if you website’s brand new, some hackers may believe your site to be susceptible to an attack.

2. WORDPRESS IS AN INSECURE CONTENT MANAGEMENT PLATFORM

Another major misconception is that WordPress has a weak protection system. In fact, plugins have advanced enough to protect a website against most attacks (most hacks are found to be due to user error [weak password, outdated security system, etc.] more than anything else).

3. SECURE USERNAME AND PASSWORD SUFFICE

This misconception has led to numerous breaches; this problem can be avoided using a plugin like “All-in-One WP Security” or “WordFence”.

4. SSL CERTIFICATE GUARANTEES SAFETY

SSL only protects the information passed from user to website and vice versa; it doesn’t do anything to protect the data stored on said site. As mentioned before, security plugins can considerably mitigate this problem.

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Recover WordPress SEO after a Hack

If you’ve already restored and secured your website and you’re now more concerned with making sure that the search engine optimization of your site hasn’t been affected, here are some other things to do after a hack.

DOWNLOAD LATEST WORDPRESS AGAIN

This’ll ensure that you’re running the latest version and that all of your files are clear of malicious code.

CHECK WEBSITE FOR MALWARE THROUGH THE THEME EDITOR

This’ll help you confirm that the malware has been removed.

SET UP REDIRECTS (IF NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE)

If the hackers created temporary pages on your website, setup 301 redirects. This’ll improve user experience and retain the value of any compromised pages indexed by search engines before you fixed them.

CHECK METADATA

A common hacking trick is changing website metadata. Just check your meta titles and meta descriptions.

CHECK WEBMASTER TOOLS

Google’s Webmaster Tools will help you see any malicious content on your site. You can even request a re-crawl of your site after cleanup.

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