Over the years, we have helped thousands of WordPress users start their websites and blogs. In setting up our own websites as well as helping others, we have learned to avoid some common WordPress mistakes.
It has helped us save time, money, and grow our business more effectively.
In this article, we will share those experiences with you, so you can avoid these common WordPress mistakes.
The goal is to help you learn from other people’s mistakes when making your own websites.
1. Choosing The Wrong Platform
The biggest mistake people make when starting out is choosing the wrong blogging platform. Basically, there are two types of WordPress. First, there is WordPress.com which is a blog hosting service, and then there is WordPress.org also which is the famous self-hosted WordPress platform that everyone loves.
You need to start with self-hosted WordPress.org because it gives you access to all the features you need out of the box.
To learn more see our article on WordPress.com vs WordPress.org with a side by side comparison of the two platforms.
2. Buying More than What You Need
To get started with a WordPress website, you need a domain name and WordPress hosting.
The challenge is that a lot of domain registrars try to upsell other services. This confuses the small business owners who are just starting out.
The add-on services may include privacy protection, extra email accounts, security services, and more.
You can skip all of these things and save money to spend on growing your business. If you later decide that you need those services, then you can always purchase them from your hosting company.
You also need to choose the right hosting plan for your website. For 90% of websites that are just starting out, a shared hosting account is quite enough to get you going.
We recommend using Bluehost. They are one of the biggest hosting companies in the world and officially recommended by WordPress.
They are offering WPBeginner users a discount on hosting + free domain and SSL certificate. Basically, you can get started for $2.75 per month.
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As your business grows, you can choose to upgrade your hosting plan or move to a managed WordPress hosting company.
For more details, see our guide on the cost of a WordPress website and how to save money when building your website.
3. Not Setting up Automated Backups
Each year billions of dollars worth of damages are caused by data loss. Almost every website on the internet is prone to accidents, theft, hacking attempts, and other disasters.
Your most powerful line of defense against these threats is automated backups. Without a backup, you could lose all your WordPress data, and it would be very difficult to recover it (...
We are often asked by our users how they can improve their editorial process while running a busy multi-author WordPress blog.
Luckily, there is an excellent plugin for that.
In this article, we will show you how to effectively use PublishPress to manage your editorial workflow like a pro.
This will allow you to easily collaborate with your editorial team right inside WordPress. You will also be able to organize your editorial calendar, execute content strategy, and increase productivity.
Ready? Let’s get started.
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the PublishPress plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
The plugin works out of the box, but we will review different settings options in each section as we move along.
Let’s start by defining your editorial workflow.
Define The Stages of Your Workflow with Custom Statuses
PublishPress comes with a feature called ‘Custom Statuses’ which lets you define the stages of your workflow.
Apart from the default WordPress post statuses like Draft, Pending review, and Published, the plugin creates several new statuses for your posts and pages.
Pitch – Author submits an article pitch or post idea.
Assigned – A post is assigned to an author
Draft – The default draft and autosave status for posts
In progress – An article is currently under progress. Used during initial research and outlining process
Pending review – An article is submitted to the editors for review an publication.
Published – An article is published
Scheduled – An article is scheduled to be published later
You and your authors can choose a status based on the current stage of article in your workflow. The status option is located on the edit screen under the document menu.
You can also change post status from Posts » All Posts page by clicking the Quick Edit link below a post.
Need to edit custom statuses to define your own workflow?
PublishPress lets you create your own custom statuses as well. Simply head over to PublishPress » Settings page and switch to the ‘Statuses’ tab.
Next, click on the ‘Add New’ tab to create your custom workflow status. You will need to add a name and description for your custom status and then choose a color / icon for it.
Don’t forget to click on the ‘Add new status’ button to save your changes. You can now use this custom status for your posts.
Add Editorial Comments to Your Posts
Communication among the team is crucial for all multi-...
As a WordPress beginner, you need to know how to deactivate one or all of your WordPress plugins. Learning this will help you with troubleshooting and fixing common WordPress errors.
In this article, we will show you different ways to easily deactivate WordPress plugins. Our goal is to help you learn how to better manage WordPress plugins on your website.
Here is an overview of what you’ll learn in this article:
How to deactivate a WordPress plugin
How to bulk deactivate WordPress plugins
How to deactivate all WordPress plugins via FTP
How to deactivate WordPress plugins via phpMyAdmin
Difference between deactivating vs uninstalling a plugin
How to uninstall a WordPress plugin
Should you keep deactivated plugins installed on your site?
How to Deactivate a WordPress Plugin
Let’s start with deactivating a single WordPress plugin.
If you want to temporarily disable or deactivate a WordPress plugin, then you need to simply visit the Plugins » Installed Plugins page inside your WordPress admin area.
From here, you need to locate the WordPress plugin that you want to deactivate. Next, take your mouse to the plugin’s row, and it will show you a link to deactivate that particular plugin.
Clicking on the link will simply deactivate the WordPress plugin right away.
Once you deactivate the plugin, it still remains installed on your website, but WordPress will stop loading it.
If you want to start using the plugin again, then you will just need to click on the Activate link below it.
How to Bulk Deactivate WordPress Plugins
Sometimes you may need to deactivate all WordPress plugins on your website to troubleshoot issues. Instead of deactivating one plugin at a time, WordPress makes it easy to deactivate multiple or all WordPress plugins quickly.
Simply visit the Plugins » Installed Plugins page and check the box next to the plugins you want to deactivate. If you want to deactivate all WordPress plugins, then simply check the box at the top to select all plugins.
Next, you need to select ‘Deactivate’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click the ‘Apply’ button.
WordPress will now deactivate all selected WordPress plugins.
How to Deactivate All WordPress Plugins via FTP
If you have been locked out of your WordPress admin area, then you will not be able to deactivate WordPress plugins from your dashboard.
In such situations, you will need to deactivate plugins using other methods. The easiest of them is to deactivate WordPress plugins via FTP or your WordPress hosting file manager....
Gutenberg is the new WordPress block editor introduced in WordPress 5.0. It is incredibly fast, more visual, and offers new ways to create content layouts for your WordPress posts and pages.
Many WordPress theme designers have updated their themes to take advantage of the new Gutenberg block editor.
In this article, we will share some of the best Gutenberg friendly WordPress themes that you can use.
How to Find the Gutenberg Friendly Themes?
Many top WordPress theme shops updated their popular themes to become compatible with the new Gutenberg blocks editor. You will find most of the WordPress themes working smoothly with Gutenberg, but there are still many themes that don’t fully support the new editor.
After the WordPress 5.0 version released, we have been asked several times from our users to recommend the themes that support the Gutenberg editor. So we decided to make a list of the popular Gutenberg compatible themes.
Also, check out this article on the difference between Gutenberg vs WordPress page builders.
Let’s take a look at some of the best Gutenberg friendly WordPress themes that you don’t want to miss.
1. Hestia Pro
Hestia Pro is a multipurpose and premium Gutenberg friendly WordPress theme built specifically for businesses, startups, portfolio, and eCommerce stores. It features a single page layout with parallax scrolling and beautiful sections. Hestia Pro also includes other layout options to create landing pages.
It’s fully customizable and responsive. This theme supports RTL languages and translation ready to let you create a website in your language.
2. Astra Theme
Astra is a stylish WordPress theme with Gutenberg editor support. It’s packed with beautiful starter sites and demos to quickly launch your website. With page builders support, you can fully customize the template or design your layout.
It has custom layout settings, header options, colors, crisp typography, blog page template, and more. Astra theme is optimized for speed and performance.
Divi is a powerful WordPress theme that fully supports Gutenberg. It features the click and type functionality to add your content anywhere on the website. It offers responsive editing and real-time design options to instantly draw the layout you need.
Other notable features include content modules and elements, pre-built layouts, design toolkit, and more. Divi theme is highly flexible and super easy to customize anything on your website.
OceanWP is a free Gutenberg friendly theme for WordPress. It is bundled with beautiful and creative demo sites for every kind of website or blog. The theme is responsive and eCommerce ready to start an online store. You can use the new Gutenberg editor to customize...
If you want to write faster, or become more productive in managing your WordPress site, then you need to use these shortcuts.
In this article, we will share the most useful WordPress keyboard shortcuts that can help speed up your workflow. We have also updated this guide to add helpful Gutenberg keyboard shortcuts as well.
WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts for Speed and Efficiency
WordPress is a popular website builder and blogging platform that comes with a robust content editor.
The content editor lets you add various types of content including text, images, audio, videos, etc. to your site. You can also customize the formatting for each content type.
Many WordPress beginners use their mouse to access these formatting and styling buttons on the editor. With WordPress keyboard shortcuts, you can rest your hands on the keyboard and edit your posts faster.
The best thing about using WordPress shortcuts is that many of your computer and Microsoft Word shortcuts work similarly in the WordPress content editor.
Below are some of the standard WordPress keyboard shortcuts that you can use for speed and efficiency. They work with both the WordPress block editor and the old classic editor.
WordPress Keyboard Shortcut for Windows users:
Ctrl + c = Copy
Ctrl + v = Paste
Ctrl + b = Bold
Ctrl + i = Italic
Ctrl + x = Cut
Ctrl + a = Select All
Ctrl + z = Undo
Ctrl + s = Save your changes
Ctrl + p = Print
Ctrl + u = Underline the selected text
Ctrl + k = Convert the selected text into a link
Alt + Shift + x = Display the selected text in a monospaced font
Alt + Shift + h = Show keyboard shortcuts (Display this help)
WordPress Keyboard Shortcut for Mac users:
Command + c = Copy
Command + v = Paste
Command + b = Bold
Command + i = Italic
Command + x = Cut
Command + a = Select All
Command + z = Undo
Command + s = Save your changes
Command + p = Print
Command + u = Underline the selected text
Command + k = Convert the selected text into a link
Option + Control + x = Display the selected text in a monospaced font
Option + Control + h = Show keyboard shortcuts (Display this help)
When you are working in your WordPress page/post editor, you can try out these keyboard shortcuts and see how they work.
Before moving to the next section, we would like to show you how the last shortcut in the above list works. The shortcut Alt + Shift + h (Option + Control + h for Mac) actually is the most useful shortcut because it shows you all the keyboard shortcuts.
When you are in your WordPress page/post editor, you can use this shortcut to see all available keyboard shortcuts in a popup window.
Time Saving Gutenberg Keyboard Shortcuts for WordPress Block Editor
The new WordPress Gutenberg editor is a fully block-based editor in which you use various blocks to create content.
The block editor supports all the standard keyboard shortcuts mentioned earlier, but there are more Gutenberg specific keyboard shortcuts.
Below are the most useful Gutenberg keyboard shortcuts that you can use.
Gutenberg Keyboard Shortcut for Windows users:
Enter = Add a new block
Ctrl + Shift + d = Duplicate the selected block(s...
An email newsletter helps you stay in touch with your users, bring them back to your website, and convert them into customers.
The challenge is that many beginners find it difficult to start an email newsletter. Mainly because they feel that it would be too technical or time-consuming.
That used to be the case 10 years ago, but now creating an email newsletter is so easy that even a non-techy can do it!
Having built an email newsletter with over 1 million subscribers, we have decided to create an ultimate guide on how to start an email newsletter with step by step instructions.
Our goal is to help you walk through the process and set up your email newsletter the RIGHT way.
Since this is a comprehensive guide, we have included a table of content for easier navigation.
What is an email newsletter
Why start an email newsletter
Who should start an email newsletter
How to start an email newsletter
Creating an email list
Setting up your email list settings
Adding newsletter signup forms to get more subscribers
Sending your first newsletter email
Tips to get more email subscribers
How to make money from your email newsletter
Keeping your newsletter emails out of spam
What is an Email Newsletter?
An email newsletter is a form of online communication that allows you to send news, tips, and updates about your product, business, or non-profit.
In order to receive these updates, people need to join your email list by providing their email address. These users are referred to as subscribers, leads, or contacts.
Organizations and individuals use email newsletters in many different ways. For example, businesses use email newsletters to send users product information, new arrivals, and latest updates.
Websites and blogs use email newsletters to send content updates, increase traffic, and building a loyal following.
Why Start an Email Newsletter?
Did you know, that more than 75% of people visiting your website today will never find it again?
It is not your fault, it’s just that the internet is so huge and there is a lot of content out there.
Starting an email newsletter will allow you to convert those website visitors into subscribers. Once they join your email newsletter, you will be able to stay in touch and bring them back to your website.
Basically without an email newsletter, you are losing potential subscribers and customers every day.
Now you may be thinking, ‘ What if we ask users to follow us on social media? Wouldn’t that provide a way to contact those users?’
It will, and you should definitely build a social media following. However, you don’t own those social media platforms.
Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter limit your audience’s reach. More importantly, most of your users may not be checking their social feeds as often.
On the other hand, people tend to check their email inbox several times every day. Most users use a mobile device with notifications turned on for emails.
For more on this topic, see our article on why building an email newsletter is so important.
Who Should Start an Email Newsletter?
Many of our users often ask us if they should make a newsletter for their business, blog, or organization. Our answer is always ‘Yes’.
Even if you are just starting out, you should start building your newsletter from day 1. Each day you are not doing this, you are losing money, subscribers, and potential customers.