Mistakes To Avoid When Launching a WordPress Blog


WordPress is the most popular and widely using blogging platform, and for good reason: it’s free, features an intuitive user-friendly interface, allows for interchangeable templates (known as themes), and it’s constantly updated to fix vulnerabilities and add new features. Howev

Using The Hosted Version

There are two different versions of WordPress, the hosted version, which is found at WordPress.com, and the self-hosted version at WordPress.org. Don’t make the mistake of using the hosted version, as it restricts your ability to create a successful long-term blog. While both versions are free to use, the self-hosted has a limited number of themes and plugins, and it’s placed as a subdomain on WordPress.com (e.g. yoursite.wordpress.com). Opting to use the self-hosted version will grant you more freedom to customize your blog according to your liking.

Leaving Default Permalinks

Another all-too-common mistake that you’ll want to avoid is leaving the default permalink intact. All new WordPress posts and pages are set to use a numeric URL structure by default, such as http://www.yoursite.com/?p=123. Why is this a problem? Well, it doesn’t provide any useful information to search engines nor visitors. To fix this problem, access Settings > Permalinks > and choose Post Name. Rather than using a numerical URL structure, all URLs created on your blog will contain the title. So if you create a new post titled “Top 5 Blogging Tips,” the URL will look like “yoursite.com/top-5-blogging-tips.”

Hello World! Post

Each time you set up a new WordPress blog, the platform automatically creates a sample post titled “Hello World!” This obviously doesn’t look very professional, so it’s recommended that you either delete it or rename it. If this is your first time launching a WordPress blog, you can access this sample post along with all of your other posts by clicking the “Posts” button on the right-hand side of the main menu.

Using a Free Theme

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great WordPress themes available for free. The problem is that most of these free themes are riddled with bugs, errors, compatibility problems, or even malicious software. If you’re serious about blogging and want to create a successful web presence, spend the extra money on a premium theme. Premium themes deliver a better layout on which to create your WordPress blog, and they are often backed with a high-level of support.