WordPress Website problems

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Did you have a WordPress website built and you are wondering why it is slow or if it was built correctly?  There are a few telltale signs that the company that you hired to do the job right was either inexperienced, lazy, or both.

1) Your URL is not simply www.yourbusinesswebsite.com.  It looks something like www.yourbusinesswebsite.com/newsite or www.yourbusinesswebsite.com/folder or www.yourbusinesswebsite.com/wordpress This is an issue for a few reasons.

  • It is just not pretty to look at.
  • It is embarrassing to tell people what your URL is – “Go to my website at www.yourbusinesswebsite.com then use the forward slash and type the word folder”.
  • If humans don’t like it, search engines definitely won’t so they’re going to penalize you for not having your website as a simple top level domain.
  • It is not necessary and is easily fixed(if you know what you are doing).

So why would your website URL look like that?  Your website company was not skilled enough to know how to replace the existing website. That’s not a burden that you should have to deal with considering it is a pretty standard change to make – if you know what you are doing.

2) You have 50 plugins, give or take.  Plugins can be amazing!  You can integrate a shopping cart, get a really cool feature installed, or maybe get some extra security.  What you do not need plugins for are for basic changes like disabling comments or uploading files.  The more plugins you have, the slower your site will run and the more at risk you are for one of those plugins being compromised(your website being hacked).  Especially if they’re “off-brand” plugins that developers don’t update and therefore security issues aren’t fixed, so there is no update available when security issues are found (which are common with WordPress plugins).

So why do you have so many unnecessary plugins? Your website company did not know how to make basic changes, or were too lazy to do so!  A few minutes of tweaking a file instead of installing a plugin should be done at every opportunity.  Those few minutes of making a manual change is so much less of a hassle then adding to slowing down your website by running a plugin – which then affects visitors to your website every minute of every day.

WordPress is an amazing CMS(Content Management System) which allows you to make changes on the fly.  It’s complex and robust and an amazing choice to use for a website.  But if used incorrectly it can easily cause more harm than good.  We have seen way more times then we’d like where someone installed a SEO plugin, but didn’t fill out anything out, and now their website shows up with no description and they would have been better off just not installing a plugin in the first place.

It can be a lot to digest, so if you have any questions, reach out and we will try to answer them for you: http://webleaps.com/contact.html

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