How to Use WordPress When You’re Not Tech Savvy

How a Brooklyn Web Design Client Can Use WordPress

WordPress is one of the world’s most popular content management systems (CMS), with nearly 30% of all websites using it. It’s incredibly flexible and can be used to create virtually any kind of website. With its flexibility, however, comes the cost of time and a bit of legwork to get everything set up. Luckily, WordPress, as dense as it is, can be made easy. To help you get up and going with your WordPress site, here are a few tips and tricks that successful Brooklyn We Design companies recommend to setup a successful site despite not being tech-savvy.

Backup your site.

Once you have a site established, you’ll want to back it up to ensure the safety and security of your hard work. If you don’t backup your site, you could fall victim to WordPress hackers who find enjoyment in locking you-  the unsuspecting WordPress newbie- out of your site. If your site is backed up, you can regain access if this happens or if your site runs into trouble due to a faulty plugin or download.

You can backup your site by choosing a host who offers a backup service, or by manualing back your site up every now and again. Many website design New York companies offer backup services.

Avoid “must-have” plugins.

You’ve probably come across an article suggesting some of the must-have plugins that you need to have. Some of these can be handy, offering useful features, while others simply look and sound good but don’t have much value.

Keep in mind that just because a plugin sounds fancy or is highly recommended by users, doesn’t mean you have to install it. More plugins isn’t always better. In fact, the more plugins you have, the slower your site may become.

Try to stick to the bare minimum of plugins that you need to run your site.

Learn the difference between a page and a post.

This tip might sound strange, but it’s amazing how many WordPress users don’t know how to differentiate between a page and a post. A page is static, doesn’t have a date, and won’t appear on RSS feeds.  Contact and about pages are great examples of this, providing viewers with unchanging information about your Brooklyn web design company, small business, or sales.

A post, on the other hand, is fluid. It will feature a date and will show up on RSS feeds. It is tagged and categorized differently than a page is, and will appear in your feed in the order in which it was published.

Always use the footer.

Footers are often forgot about as many site owners fail to realize that, despite the misconception, users really do scroll that far down the page. Footer space should be utilized. It’s a good place to write a short description, add contact information, or to place a button to allows users subscribe to a notification or sign up for an email list.

WordPress can be a bit of a task to master. It takes time and practice, but is very rewarding once you get the hang of it. With any luck, the 4 tips above will help you to become the master of your WordPress site, so that you can impress your audience with your “extensive tech knowledge”.

 

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