Before choosing WordPress as your CMS, there are some things you need to set up to enhance your website usability for both search engines and your audience.
WordPress is the most popular CMS from blogging to woo commerce sites. Some of the core reasons wordpress is so popular is it’s user friendly interface, even beginners without technical or coding knowledge are able to set up professional websites easily.
Now, let’s talk about the things you should avoid before jumping into wordpress. There are lots of things you should take note of when using, or planning to use wordpress, but am going to show you the three most dangerous ones you should stay away from.
#1 Free Hosting
Free hosting might be a good option for starters and also for low budget users. There are pros and cons of using a free hosting service for your wordpress site.
Free hosting may look satisfying for personal blogs, one page website and a hubby blog, but if you plan making money from your website, you should run far from free hosting.
Most web hosting companies might attract you with things like “Unlimited bandwidth, Unlimited disckspace, Unlimited this and that“. The truth is that, there are huge restrictions in free hosting such as, Limited Msql space, traffic limits, limited CPU usage. I really got knocked on CPU usage when I started Blizywap on a free hosting platform. I merely see my website online, my website was always offline due to CPU usage, even sometimes I move my site from one free hosting to another. I really have a hard time then.
If you want to earn from your website, never snub with your website’s uptime, as most free hosting providers will promise you up to 99.9% uptime guarantee, the fact is that you can never get uptime on a free hosting platform.
Advantages of using a free hosting on your wordpress site
- Price, $0.00 free
- Good for non revenue blogs or personal blogs
Disadvantages of using a free hosting on your wordpress site
- Restricted CPU usage
- Low disckspace
- Low traffic
- Slow website
- Website downtimes
- Affects your SEO
What to do
The best option is to upgrade or move your existing site to paid hosting. There you will get a good uptime, perfect diskspace for your website, and get rid of all those restrictions and build a better home for your website.
#2 Copyrighted Contents
Most beginners are tempted on doing copy paste job, what I mean by copy paste job is, republishing other people’s contents, if you are really interested in making the most out of your website, get on the go! And create quality contents by urself or, you can hire a freelancer to get the job done for you.
Copyrighted contents can get your website penalize, and will eventually decrease your website’s authority and rankings.
If you want to use someone’s work on your website, you can do it in a legal way. How can you do that? You can do so by contacting the author of the work to seek permission, most of the times it will require you to link back to the original content.
#3 Free WordPress themes
The structure and design of your WordPress site is very essential, every website needs a well optimized theme though, there are millions of free and paid wordpress themes out there.
Using a free WordPress theme can be dangerous also, some are not properly optimized, there are some restrictions, footer credits and unoptimized code. Before activating a free WordPress theme on your site, do a little research on the theme if it’s worth activating, some themes may have built-in malicious codes, that can, open your website’s data to vulnerable and other malicious softwares.
Get a premium theme for your website or look for the perfect free theme that is well optimized. We’ve also provide some list of free themes you can download and use for free.
Take note of this 3 mistakes and don’t get yourself into one of them. You’ve finally made it to the end, if you have any questions don’t forget to leave a comment below. Once again thanks for reading and happy blogging.