Not all websites are created alike; there are several aspects to consider when creating a new website or revamping an existing one, and WordPress-based websites are no exception.
Backup Your WordPress Website
The most crucial thing to do while establishing a website is to make sure you have a comprehensive backup of all of the files, databases, and scripts you’ll need to run it. Complete backups are critical, especially if you have spent a significant amount of money having your website designed, created, and constructed. You don’t want to have to pay to rebuild it because you failed to check if the website was properly backed up.
WARNING: DO NOT rely on your website hosting service to back up your data.
- They frequently use hosting backups in case something goes wrong with their servers.
- They will charge you to restore your website, regardless of whether it was your fault or not.
- Many hosting backups are only preserved for a month, so if your problem isn’t identified quickly enough, or if the automated backup was taken after the problem, you could not have a backup at all.
How Often Should Your Website Be Backed Up?
The frequency with which you back up your website is determined by how often you add material or make changes to it; at the absolute least, you should back it up once a month. You should back up your eCommerce website at least once a day if you have a high-traffic site. There are several inexpensive backup services available, so if you’re not sure what backup plans you have, ask your developer or the person who manages your website.
WordPress websites, like any other website, are subject to hacking. Breach of security on your website can take numerous forms, some of which will remain dormant until a specified action is taken or until a specific date is reached.
If your website host discovers a security breach caused by a malware assault on your site, they would typically shut it down and quarantine it. Your website will not be restored until the virus has been removed and the site has been cleansed, which may take hours or days depending on the severity of the problem, resulting in a loss of revenue and exposure for your company.
Steps to Protect Your Website From Being Hacked
When it comes to safeguarding your website, the first step is to create a secure password. If you’re thinking about password possibilities, avoid the following typical blunders:
Everything has the same password. Hackers might possibly hack into numerous parts of your life if your security is compromised and you use the same password for your website, bank accounts, and other accounts.
- Do you believe it won’t happen to you? Complacency will not protect you, and there are a number of simple ways to do so, so keep reading.
- Using a password that is too easy to guess, such as “Password”.
Passwords should have a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, at least one number, and a special character; auto-generated passwords are more difficult to guess.
Another typical security blunder is using the username “Admin.” Your username should be more distinctive. If you’re using an author tag in a blog post, ensure sure your username makes sense and is appropriate for public display.
Because prevention is usually less expensive than cure, install a security plugin on your website to detect and prevent assaults before they may harm your website or reputation.
Sucuri and Wordfence are prominent WordPress security plugins that are available in both free and premium editions.
Consider Your Customer
When planning your WordPress website design, or any other platform for that matter, keep your consumers in mind. Minimalistic websites are trendy, but if they don’t provide your customers with the information they need quickly, they’ll click the back button faster than you can snap your fingers. Another difficulty with minimalistic designs is that Google has a hard time figuring out what the page or website is about, making SEO and getting ranked in search a pain.
Remember why your clients came to your website in the first place and what they want to accomplish:
- Purchase something.
- Obtain details.
- Make some inquiries.
- Or for some other reason.
- Keep your clients’ demands in mind while developing your WordPress website, and make it user-friendly.
The order in which your web pages and posts are displayed is referred to as page hierarchy. Remember that we want to provide the greatest possible user experience, thus pages with long titles that are embedded under several pages will not provide a decent experience. If you alter a parent page with a lot of child pages, you’ll have a lot of work to do to sort things out.
Another aspect of the page hierarchy to consider is the titles of the pages. You can utilize lovely links to make the page names more relevant to your audience and the content of the page; as an added benefit, it also helps Google understand what the page is about.
Dated page titles can be a turnoff to your clients; the material may still be important, but if the page is many months or years old, your readers may leave and hunt for something more recent since it appears to be more relevant to them.
WordPress websites are a highly powerful and dynamic method to display your business and what you have to offer; by following these four must-dos when establishing a WordPress website, you can rest certain that you are offering a fantastic client experience while also safeguarding your asset (your website).
And, last but not least – you need solid hosting!
I’d always advise placing your site on a dedicated or virtual-dedicated server to ensure the loading times and security of your site are taken seriously.