Building a Better WordPress Website
WordPress is an excellent platform for building websites, but like any software, it has its limitations and challenges. Here are some tips for overcoming the common disadvantages of using WordPress:
Don’t ignore your website’s security
To reduce the risk of your website being hacked, keep your WordPress core, plugins, and themes updated. Additionally, use strong passwords and limit login attempts, and install a security plugin. At Pendari, we always install Wordfence. You can also consider using a managed WordPress hosting provider that takes care of security for you.
Optimize your website’s performance
To improve your website’s speed, use a lightweight theme and limit the number of plugins you use. You can also optimize images and minify code to reduce page size. Another option to consider is using a caching plugin to speed up your website. And of course, choose a good hosting provider. Cheap prices usually mean poor performance.
Simplify website management
To simplify website management, use a visual drag-and-drop page builder. These tools make it easy to customize your website without needing to know how to code. Several options exist, but at Pendari, we use WP Bakery. Additionally, have a strategy to present your content, and automate page layouts as much as possible. Leveraging content types takes more expertise, but makes long-term content updates much easier.
Choose reliable plugins
To avoid issues with discontinued plugins, choose plugins that are regularly updated and have good ratings and reviews. Additionally, try to limit the number of plugins you use and only install those that are essential.
Perform regular website maintenance
Backups and software updates are part of any computer system. Your WordPress website is no exception! WordPress core and plugins all need to be updated. Sometimes it’s for new features. Sometimes it’s for security fixes. But, any time you perform an update, there is a chance that something could break. That’s why we always make sure to create a backup of a site prior to performing updates. That way, if something goes wrong, we can restore a copy of the files and database that’s only a few minutes old.
In conclusion, WordPress began as a blogging platform, but has grown into a powerful platform for building websites of nearly every kind imaginable. It does have its limitations and challenges, but by following these tips, you can overcome these disadvantages and build a secure, fast, and easy-to-manage website. At Pendari, we’re experts at building outstanding WordPress websites. Talk to us today and get your project underway!