Are you new to WordPress? Here are a few tips from an amateur web developer who has for the most part, been through allot. WordPress is simply awesome! Its simple, straight forward UI requires very little knowledge to use; if you are familiar with Microsoft Word, WordPress shouldn’t be a hassle.
Never before was getting a website up and running this easy. Most web Hosts (Bluehost is recommended as one of the best hosting for WordPress, Click here to check them out) have a one click installation setup to get your WordPress installation up and running. All you have to do is log into WordPress, select or download your theme of choice and BAM! You have a website up and running. Now it’s time to post articles, get traffic and make some of that Google money.
While you’re hard at work creating content, more often than not you will want to customize or adjust something on your website. If you are like most website owners who don’t have a successful business, you might not be able to pay a professional for custom styles, security and maintenance.
All of these important tasks are up to you, but before you get your hands dirty, here are a few precautions that I personally recommend that you take:
Ensure your website is backed up – Please ensure that your website is backed up! Web hosts like Bluehost are great; Bluehost conduct daily, weekly and monthly backups of your entire server space which does give a piece of mind. However, these scheduled backups won’t run just before you install those new plugins or add a line of PHP code. Because of the possibility of something going wrong when you tinker with a WordPress installation, it is very important to do manual backups before any work is done. A manual backup can be the difference between your website being restored manually in ten minutes, or contacting customer support to do a restore which can take ten times longer. If you need help for backing up and restoring a WordPress installation, follow this link.
Take the necessary security precautions – The only thing worse than a website going down is a website getting hacked. If you have never taken security serious, now is the time. If or when your website becomes popular, it will attract attention not only from possible advertisers but from hackers. You don’t even have to have a very popular website, as soon as you have an article that is ranking well in search engines you will be noticed by hackers, spammers and a bunch of other no good online security risks.
I completely recommend installing Wordfence as a first line of security for your website. For added security Wordfence also has a paid premium option. Wordfence does for free what many would charge an arm and a leg.
Never download cracked versions of premium plugins or themes – This goes without saying, if you are going to search for free cracked versions of premium plugins and themes, it is best if you make your username admin with “password” as your password. These “free” versions of premium plugins and themes have all sorts of mischievous codes hidden inside of them just waiting to be installed. If you can’t pay for it, then do without it.
Ensure that you have enough knowledge of changes you are about to make and of corrective measures – Before making any changes to your website or blog, ensure that you at least have enough knowledge of what you are doing and corrective measures. If the outcome isn’t what you expected and your website goes south, you were prepared.
In the end it is all up to you to keep your website/ blog up and running and in good condition. Being cautious is very important. One bad action could affect months of hard work, some of which might not be recoverable.
If you have any additional precautions that should be taken as it relates to this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.