Website Tips: WordPress Hosting, Security, Management and More
Are you looking to take your WordPress site to the next level? Here are a few tips and tricks about WordPress hosting, security, management and more.
According to statistics, WordPress currently hosts 39.5% of websites online.
WordPress is a great platform, but there’s so much to learn, and it can be hard to keep up with the latest changes.
With WordPress, you can create a website that’s perfect for your business, but if you don’t stay up-to-date on the latest trends and tips, your site will quickly become outdated and ineffective.
But don’t worry. Keep reading because our guide offers 7 essential WordPress tricks that you need to know to make your WordPress site thrive in 2022. From WordPress hosting advice to security measures, we’ve got you covered.
1. Install an SEO Plugin
You should install an SEO plugin like “All in One SEO Pack” or “SEO Ultimate.” These will allow you to customize the metadata for your site. Examples of metadata can be seen below:
A meta description is a concise explanation (one or two sentences) of what your blog post is about, while meta keywords are tags that provide web crawlers additional info on your site’s content.
2. Use Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a tool that you can use to see how people are interacting with your WordPress website. It also shows you which page people are mostly visiting, what keyword searches led them to your site, and more.
The more information available about your site’s behaviour, the better you can improve it!
You’ll get weekly updates in an email letting you know how many new visitors have come across your blog so take advantage of this helpful tool!
3. Try Using a Caching Plugin
If you’ve installed WordPress, chances are high that you already know what a caching plugin is. If not, here’s your crash course!
A caching plugin stores your blog in its server instead of the database each time someone visits making it load faster for others to see it.
For example, if I have a friend visiting my blog right now, they’re seeing how it looks stored in cache on my server rather than having to hit the database every time, which saves me time and allows them to see my content quicker.
This can increase performance by 1000% depending on the size of the website so try one out!
4. Compress Images and Use Title Tags and Alt Text
You should always use images that are compressed. Doing this will make your site load faster, which means you’ll retain visitors.
Also, Google takes page speed into account when ranking sites on their search engine as well as social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter! So keep those images optimized to the best of your ability.
Also, Alt text allows you to describe an image so blind or low-vision users know what’s going on in an image before they interact with it.
Before publishing any new post, make sure you add a title tag and meta description to your blog post.
5. Keep Your Plugins up to Date
Keeping your plugins up to date will help you avoid having any security issues with your website. It also might add some cool new features!
Make sure not to update them on each post because it can mess up layout, etc. You’ll want to do these updates on an as-needed basis instead of all at once.
Some ideas of when you may need an update: When adding new functionality (e.g., Pinterest), after major WordPress or plugin versions (e.g., WordPress 3.5 is available), and when adding new plugins to your site.
However, you’ll want to limit the number of plugins you’re using on your site if possible. More plugins running on a single site may slow down performance and even cause security risks. You can read about how many is too many by clicking this link here.
6. Use a Mobile-Responsive Theme
WordPress has made it easy to switch between their free themes. One of my favourite places to check out new ones is at Elegant Themes because they have a ton of options that are mobile-ready right out of the box!
You can easily upload photos, change colours, etc. If you’re not using one that’s mobile responsive, your site may look blurry when someone tries to visit it on their phone.
This is not good for business, especially if you plan on having a blog with consistent posts.
7. Get a Credible Web Hosting Company
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen people get a free host because they didn’t have the funds to pay for it. While that’s not always a bad thing, there are some downsides to it.
For example, your site will be slow because each website being hosted is using the same IP number, which makes your IP ‘popular’. With other people using the same IP, you run the risk of bandwidth being taken up quickly.
Remember, you’ll need all the bandwidth you can get if you ever want to turn that ‘hobby site’ into an income source. You’ll need constant backups in case your host goes down, or someone hacks you!
That would be the absolute worst if all of your hard work is gone because your host was more concerned about money than keeping you safe.
Our hosting includes ‘autoscaling’, which means your bandwidth, memory, and processing power grows with you. This means you’ll never have a slow site, and will always be safe and performing at 100%.
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