As you use WordPress you’ll appreciate all it can do, but at the beginning, it can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Keep WordPress updated
Doing so keeps your site running smoothly, fixes bugs, helps with security and gives you feature updates. Don’t ignore the update notifications! This is risky. Outdated versions often have unpatched holes hackers use to gain entry to a site. Here’s how to update WordPress.
Install a site icon
Site icons (also known as favicons) are the small images representing websites around the web.
First, create an image 512px by 512px. Here are some image tips.
From your Dashboard, go to Appearance > Customizer > Site Identity. Scroll down until you see the Site Icon section. Upload your image. Don’t forget to Save & Publish.
Back up your site regularly
Hopefully your host conducts daily backups of the server your site is hosted on. However, if you do it yourself, you can restore your site quickly if needed.
Automate this task with a plugin. I recommend the UpdraftPlus plugin. There are two things you should back up regularly: your database (posts, comments, etc.) and your files (theme, plugins, images, etc.). UpdraftPlus will do both.
Understand the difference between categories and tags
Definitely use categories. I recommend no more than 5-7. How to Start an Online Business will help you choose categories. Tags are optional (I don’t use them).
For example, let’s say I have a website about fashion. I would organize my posts into a handful of categories into which most of my posts would fit nicely. They might include:
- Wardrobe Must-Haves
- Outfit Ideas
Let’s say I write a post about a great dress I found at Nordstrom last weekend. I might write a post about it and add it to the category “Shopping.” I might also tag it “Nordstrom.”
This way, a reader could click on my “Shopping” category and find all my posts about my shopping excursions.
However, if they wanted to know more specific information about what kinds of things I buy at Nordstrom, they might click on the tag “Nordstrom.”
Making a special category for Nordstrom would be impractical as I would then have to make separate categories for all the other stores I shop at.
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