The World’s Most Popular CMS is Still a Mystery To Most.
While it’s true that WordPress is a free, open-source application that enables regular people to create websites on their own, what most people don’t know is that it still quite difficult for the average person to use.
That being said, it’s an incredibly popular interface that will give you a website that you can proudly call your own within minutes. The only problem? Everyone tries to make money off of you.
That’s where we can help. These are the common pitfalls of the first-time WordPress user. Utilize these tips and you’ll be halfway home.
Tip 1: Stay away from WordPress Hosting
Many hosting companies are offering ‘WordPress hosting’ and charging about 75% more for it. Their promise that they have ‘wordpress-friendly’ servers is completely bogus. Nearly all Linux-based servers are WordPress friendly. That’s what WordPress was built to work on in the first place!
Do yourself a favor and go with the best, cheapest hosting plan you can find. We of course are an authorized reseller of ASO, but that doesn’t mean you have to go with them. You can get website for $1/month if you shop hard enough. A quick google search turned up these beauties:
Sites like WPengine claim that their servers are optimally designed for WordPress: and charge you between $29/month and $249/month. That’s quite the difference! WordPress is a free, open-source application. You don’t need to pay $250/month for it to work. Don’t waste your money.
Tip #2: When You Install, Ignore All Premium Theme Offers:
Many web hosts have started offering you the change to purchase professional WordPress themes to go along with your installation. Usually it’s through MOJO themes, but the companies themselves vary. There are literally hundreds of thousands of free themes that will suit a starter site just fine. WordPress will tell you if a theme is no longer supported, so you can feel free to choose one you like. Again, there’s no reason to pay for something that is likely not much better than the myriad of free options out there.
Tip #3: Set up Auto-Updates For Everything.
One of the drawbacks of being the world’s most popular CMS is that hackers will target you with malware and SQL injection attacks. Sometimes a software update is just to add new features, but we’ve found that most of the time, these updates are to close security vulnerabilities.
If you are really worried about it, you can install a service like Sitelock. They scan your website daily and remove any malware that they find. Unfortunately there are no free alternatives that perform the same service. But we did like WordFence, which will block out hackers trying to login to your website, and alert you if any files are altered without your permission. They don’t remove it automatically, but if you know how to replace WordPress files yourself, you can get by with it.