So in our last article we talked about a lot of the issues that WordPress has for new entrepreneurs and businesses. However, since our site is also a WordPress site, we have come up with some solutions to solve these issues. Just for a reminder the problems that we outline for WordPress were; revenue generation, security against malware and hackers, the admin UI, and plug-in functionality. These are issues that can really break your experience with WordPress, but they can be fixed. At Lampros Labs, our job is to solve problems on a daily basis. So let us show you how to save WordPress!
- Generating Revenue
So we talked about how WordPress has a way to let your blog site have ads on it. There are two options really, with one being significantly better than the other. The first option is that you can use WordPress’s in-house system called “Ad Control” which allows blogs with a significant viewership, 25,000+ views per month, and will allow ads from Googles Adsense or skimlink to show up on your pages. Obviously you can see the issue with that for most people, but if you have the viewers then its not really a problem. The second solution is to host your web portal on another site and not on WordPress. Sites like Go Daddy and Host Gator allow you to install WordPress on the site you administrate and you can control your advertisements. Personally, Lampros Labs uses WPengine because it is considered the best for managing strictly WordPress sites while offering support for technical difficulties and issues.
- Viruses and Hackers
One of the biggest dangers with running a WordPress site is that the free hosting that is provided doesn’t really make your site safe. However, there are several tricks to make your site safer. One of the best tricks you can do is to host your site on something other than WordPress. The site listed above earlier offer some form of security usually and other benefits. Personally speaking, since we use it, WPengine allows us to have greater security and the benefit of having our site fixed at no charge if it is hacked. Another good tip is to have a log-in limit plug-in. WordPress probably offers one of these and the way they work is limiting the number of wrong attempts that an IP address is allowed. Once the IP address has gone over its limit the plug-in will ban it from the site. Another way to protect your site in the event it is hacked or down is to have regular back ups done on it. This will allow a recent version of your site to be saved or cached to the web and available to people who still visit your site.
- Fixing the Admin UI
So as of right now there is no way to get a decent responsive template for the Admin UI, however there are several plug-ins and fixes one can use to make the UI simpler to navigate. The plug-ins/themes that can be downloaded can help change the color of the UI and make it look more minimalistic for the user which helps make it not look so daunting.
- Keeping your Plug-ins working
So you have spent hours and days working on your website and creating content to populate your pages. But what happens when one of your plug-ins updates or your site is just gone and you’re left with no way to get past the admin login and access your site, what do you do? Well this might sound unrealistic but it happens more often than you think. Luckily there is way to keep your site up while you figure out a solution. Having a host back up is great but you have to be more proactive than that. There are several services out on the web that offer a safe and premium way to backup your database, media files, and library. This guarantees you an extra degree of protection and keep your site up while you find out how to fix the problem that brought it down.
These 4 things should make your experience with WordPress much better and overall give you a better idea of how to be prepared and proactive with your site. Especially if your site is your source of income or where you make your living. I hope that these tips help you and are of benefit to how you handle your site.