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If you are running a WordPress website, you may already know the basics of WordPress like posting blogs, adding plugins and even web designing.
Do these come under WordPress website management? It is easy to misunderstand website management because its limitations are vague and subjective.
Let’s say you are a website manager in a small company and not doing any other basic site maintenance work.
In such a situation, all the work related to the website is likely to be done by you. From publishing posts to optimizing performance and maintaining site security, every management function falls under this domain.
In a large company, each of these tasks falls on different teams and individuals. Therefore the tasks associated with website management may vary. If you have a WordPress website, you need to manage it properly to ensure that it runs smoothly.
The following dos and don’ts highlight the essentials of WordPress website management.
One of the most powerful parts of WordPress is its plugin library. By using plugins, you can add more functionality to your website and customize it however you like.
While plugins can help you add endless features to your website, they also slow it down. Too many plugins also increase the chances of plugin and theme conflicts, thus creating the potential for downtime.
The solution is to use a set of reliable plugins that are well coded. Incorrectly coded plugins can make too many database requests, or clog your site’s bandwidth.
That’s why it is important to choose plugins that are reliable and do not affect the performance of your website. Don’t install plugins that have only a few installs and are poorly reviewed on WordPress.
We all love WordPress themes. They enable site owners to quickly design their website from scratch. A well-constructed theme takes the guesswork out of web design and allows site owners to focus on increasing traffic.
There are endless themes that you can choose from when setting up your website. The basic idea is to avoid using a locked theme.
What exactly is a lock theme?Many themes come with in-built features to design the website from scratch. These themes allow users to design your website from scratch, and the available design tools are built into the theme.
Website owners are then free to build their entire website using the tools and extensions provided by the theme. It may seem like a good option at first but can be a huge roadblock down the road.
Let’s say you buy a theme loaded with tons of design options. You set up your entire website design using the theme. After a month or two, you have a change of mind and you decide to change the subject.
Maybe the topic is too heavy or your options are limited when it comes to SEO and performance optimization. Since this is WordPress, you should be able to change your theme with the click of a button, right?
Wrong. Since every aspect of your web design is configured through themes, changing it will require a ground-up rebuild. Unless you’re willing to spend another 2-3 weeks building a new website, you’re stuck.
This is exactly what locked themes do. They essentially tie you to one topic and severely limit your options. If the theme you chose stops releasing updates for popular plugins, and the theme company shuts down, you’re in limbo.
Instead you should choose themes that are simple and don’t come with loaded design tools. These themes can be changed quickly, and do not require large-scale reconstruction. themes like astra, SKT Themes, and many more are examples of the same.
What do you do if your website one day redirects to a messy pharmaceutical page?
This scenario sounds bleak and impossible, but it happens. 83% of all hacked CMS websites are built with WordPress.What if your site gets hacked one day? As a website manager, do you have a list of troubleshooting steps to take to diagnose and fix a website?
Ideally, once your site is already hacked, you should not think about ‘how to fix hacked WordPress website’. You must have ready infrastructure to avoid attacks, and if they do occur, reduce and eliminate the problem.
So how do you build a secure WordPress website? As a beginner, it can’t hurt to know a little bit about WordPress security. You should take a look at the manual and guide on how to fix common site errors like Internal Server Error 500, Database Error, WSOD, Permission Error, etc.
Most WordPress attacks are malware based. Thus you should know how to clean malware from WordPress website. There are enough user manuals available that explain how you can do this.
The following steps highlight how you can secure your WordPress site:
WordFence and iThemes are popular security plugins that enable you to build a basic security infrastructure for your site. These plugins enable you to scan your website for malware, block malicious IPs, set up security firewalls, and more.
Many brute-force attacks happen because hackers know the login page of every WordPress website. These can be avoided if you simply change the login URL of your website
Two-factor authentication is another way to thwart brute force attacks.
Keeping regular website backups is a great way to keep your website secure. Whenever your website goes down or encounters malware issue, you can simply resume a backup and get the whole problem resolved immediately. Later, you can quarantine the infected version and identify the vulnerabilities that lead to the attacks.
Premium plugins and themes often promise attractive and promising features. In some cases, these features may entice website owners enough to download and install pirated versions of premium plugins and themes.
This is a dangerous practice for several reasons. First, it is illegal to use pirated versions of proprietary software. You may face legal action by using null versions of some plugins and themes.
Legal implications aside, this is not a good option in terms of security. Null plugins and themes are often gateways to malicious malware. It is always better to pay for the functionality you like or find some other way to implement it.
Using a null plugin is tantamount to stealing, and the last thing a growing website needs is a legit cloud.
App development is hard, isn’t it?
Imagine writing code to build a new app from the beginning. If you don’t have a dev team to do this, you’ll have to hire an agency to build an app for your website, right?
Not necessary. There are many ways to build an app for your WordPress website, even if you don’t know any programming language.
AppMySite is one example of one such platform and enables you to build free mobile apps on a no-cost subscription plan. Once you’re ready to go live, you can upgrade and publish the apps to the App Store.
The best part of such a tool is that it syncs your website content to the app automatically. This means that any changes you make to the content of your site will be synced with the app.
In short, you can manage your app by simply maintaining your website.
in conclusionA poorly managed website is slow, prone to cyber attacks, and unreliable for both site owners and visitors.
As a website owner, you must have a firm grasp on how your website is managed. A website with security concerns can easily tarnish the brand associated with it.
The points mentioned here provide an important introduction to the world of WordPress management. By following the steps mentioned here, you can set foot in the right direction and maintain your site properly.
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