In this post, I will describe my journey when I started back in 2009 building my first WordPress site, I worked hard to find a very nice looking WordPress theme till I finally found one.
I worked hard in putting all the contents and writing regular posts till one day I found my WordPress site got hacked.
I asked myself what did I do wrong? I realized that I completely ignored security.
I did not want to build it up again starting from scratch, I searched for a backup for my website but unfortunately there was none.Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. (George Bernard Shaw) Click To Tweet
Luckily I had most of my posts saved in word documents as I was outsourcing most of my posts.
Anyway I started building my website again and I took good security measures and also I was doing regular backup, I had overcome the first obstacle any WordPress user faces when they start-up.
After that I started thinking that I was getting popular as my inbox was flooded with hundreds of emails on a daily basis.
Wait I realized that I was bombarded by tons of spam messages and that was because I did not mask my personal email in my contact form.
Then I learned to either use one of the Contact Form plugin(s) or mask my email as shown now on my Contact page.
After that my emails went down to almost nothing and I started thinking what to do? I realized that I was not using Social Media platforms through WordPress Plugins at all.
I immediately started using them like adding the sharing buttons, newsletter subscriber forms..etc
I liked the idea of trying every plugins till I installed a lot of them that I completely lost track of which plugins do what!!
Until one day I had a conflict with all of these plugins where I had to spend extra time to figure which plugin was causing the conflict.
I corrected the issue and I woke up from the plugins dream to remove most of them and only keep my plugins to what I really use before that I used to install 2 or 3 plugins doing the same functionalities to compare between them and I always forget to remove what I don’t use.Experience is making mistakes and learning from them. (Bill Ackman) Click To Tweet
Then I started having good contents and good social followers and I though I was going to be safe and stable for a while.
I realized that my WordPress website was getting slower and I found that I never optimized my WordPress site for faster performance.
To Recap this post for most common mistakes beginners make when using WordPress, I will list below all the highlighted with yellow mistakes and my action which I took to fix these mistakes
Mistake one: I completely ignoring security.
Action taken: I had to install Wordfence security plugin
Mistake two: my inbox was flooded with hundreds of emails
Action taken: I learned to use Contact Form plugin(s) or mask my personal email address in Contact page
Mistake three: I was not using Social Media platforms
Action taken: Install Social Media Plugin(s) like installing SumoMe plugin
Mistake four: I had a conflict with all of the plugins
Action taken: I decided to always make sure to check on the plugin page before installing if it says compatible with your copy of WordPress and also I recommend to never allow the auto-updates of plugins and/or your WordPress theme
Mistake five: I never optimized my WordPress site for faster performance
Action taken: I learned to install W3 Total Cache
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