Ultimate Guide for Preventing Issues for your blog

Ultimate Guide For Preventing Issues With Your Blog

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Have you ever wondered why your website loads slow, or you encounter problems that you never expected to occur? Don’t feel bad, so did I until I learned how to deal with them the hard way. I’m going to share with you some secrets that will hopefully alleviate some of your problems.  If you are using wordpress, these tricks and tips will work, I can’t promise anything on any other platform.   I’ll also cover some other useful tips as well.

Tips on Plugins:

Minimize Plugins – When utilizing plugins on your website or blog, keep this rule in mind.  Less is more, meaning use as little plugins as you can.  This can affect website load time and can also lead to crashes when other plugins update.  Sometimes when there are updates, plugin incompatibilities can occur, causing your website to crash.  This forces you to contact your hosting to basically deactivate all your plugins until you can go through and find the one that is faulty.  So it’s always best to use as few as possible.

Choosing Plugins – When choosing plugins, you want to be careful and check the following details before installing a plugin.  A) how often is it updated, b) how many active installs are there, c) always check the reviews.  You can use this guide:  Make sure that they are updated often, avoid it hasn’t been updated beyond 4 to 6 months.  Active installs, I recommend at least 10,000 or more.  You can use the reviews to see how it’s behaving and whether or not it’s worth the trouble to install.  Why choose a headache if others are having issues.

Updating Plugins – When you have plugins that need updating, If any of them don’t say 100% compatible to current version of wordpress, or if they say compatibility unknown, DO NOT update them.  If compatibility isn’t 100%, then you are taking a chance in updating.  You may have to leave some plugins in the update folder until they are 100% compatible.  Do not have your plugins set to automatically update unless you really trust them or if you don’t have that many plugins in use on your site.  You need to be able to keep an eye on your plugins for compatibility reasons I just mentioned.

Security – If you’re going to have a website or blog, you better believe that your site is going to be “attacked”.  You may never really have an obvious issue, but it’s going to happen.  This is one matter that you need to take seriously.   I recommend installing the following plugins available in the wordpress repository:

  1. Wordfence Security – Install this one for sure, as it has a free option, and is easy to work with. (at the very least, install this one)
  • No-Bot Registration – Prevent people from registering by blacklisting emails and present people with a security question when registering or posting a comment.
  • WPS Hide Registration – Protect your website by changing the login URL and preventing access to wp-login.php page and wp-admin directory while not logged-in
  • Block Bad Queries (BBQ) – BBQ is a super fast firewall that automatically protects WordPress against malicious URL requests.
  • Akismet Anti-Spam – Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. Your site is fully configured and being protected, even while you sleep.  You need to get this one as it is free.  There is a premium option available.

Tips on other areas:

Backups – You should do a periodic backup of your wordpress site at least once a month minimum.  Have a USB flash drive and back it up there.  If you ever encounter a crash or actually get hacked, you’ll need a good backup to recover from.  Yes, your host will have backups, but do you want to put your full trust in them?  A good plugin to use is Updraftplus and there is a free version in the wordpress repository. 

Media files – You want to be careful of how big your files are when uploading to wordpress.  Large files can have an impact on your website loading times.  If you can, get some free space on other services like Amazon to store files for easy access if you are able to.  If you upload movie files or mpeg files, they can be huge.  Some hosts have imposed file size limits, and you can change them through your host in most cases.

Drafts – When you create a post to publish on your wordpress site, create the post in Microsoft Word or some other similar software.  Then when you are ready for it to be published, copy and paste it into wordpress and do your edits.  By doing this, you’ll have a backup of your post to refer to if there are any issues later.  This is what I do.  Doing it this way, means you don’t have to be online all the time to compose your post.

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Tim

I'm a Blogger, into Wordpress, social media, Internet Marketing, Entrepreneur.

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