6 WordPress Tips And Tricks that Make Your Blogging Life Easier
Did you know that upwards 75 million sites depend on WordPress? I know that’s a lot. Around 19% of web runs on WordPress. There’s a reason why WordPress is widely used content management system (CMS) in the blogosphere. Most people use WordPress because of its unlimited features, and bulletproof security.
If you are also a WordPress user like me and searching for different ways to make your blogging life easier, this post is for you where I’ll be sharing you few essential WordPress tips and tricks. Let’s dive into the details without much ado.
WordPress tips and tricks every blogger need to know
1. WordPress 404 error pages
One of the worst ways to irritate your WordPress blog visitors is to have broken links allover your blogs where there’s no content. These broken links often lead to 404 pages and most websites have “page not found” messages on their 404 pages. If you really care about giving better experience to your visitors, make your 404 pages creative.
The key to creating great 404 pages is not only alerting your visitors that it’s a 404 page, but reconnecting them to navigate your website contents again. This way you won’t get higher bounce rates, and you will be able to give better user experience than your competition.
If you are a novice WordPress user and thinking to get creative about your 404 pages, there’s a plugin called custom 404 error page will help you.
What does this plugin do?
Using this plugin, you can easily make changes you want to the 404 pages from your dashboard (image, font style, background of the page etc).
2. Creating a contact form without a WordPress plugin
It doesn’t matter whether you are a blogger or small business owner, you must build few pages on your WordPress sites that are essential. One of the must-have WordPress pages is “contact” page. You must give provide a way to connect with your visitors, fans or clients to get in touch with you.
Mostly WordPress users use plugins to create a contact form on their websites instead of using a small code. Here is a great WordPress tutorial on how exactly you can create a contact page without using a plugin. Remember, no plugin is equal to no hassle.
If you are a plugin lover and searching for the best contact form plugin for WordPress, I would recommend you installing Contact form 7 plugin. This lets you create contact forms without any hassle, all you have to do is to place a short code.
3. Optimize WordPress permalink structure
Most novice WordPress users don’t know the importance of permalinks (URL structure of your websites). You need to take care of your permalink structure if you are focusing on increasing your search engine traffic.
To optimize a SEO friendly permalink structure for WordPress, follow below instructions.
Go to your WP-admin >> Settings >> Permalinks
Click on “Custom structure” and choose this URL structure.
This is by far the most optimized and widely used URL structure for majority of the WordPress sites.
4. Remove or limit WordPress post revisions
Post revisions are the autosaving drafts that are automatically stored in your databases. Whenever you are writing a post on WordPress, it creates post revisions when you click on “drafts”. The more you have a habit of clicking on drafts while writing posts the more space it takes on your databases.
Don’t create burden on your databases by ignoring your post revisions. If you have limited database width on your hosting server, your site gets slower as your post revisions increase.
So either disabling or limiting your WordPress post revisions can solve the solution. Here’s what you exactly need to do to limit WordPress post revisions to limit the burden on your databases.
Step 1: Go to your WordPress root directory
Step 2: Open wp-config.php
Step 3: Paste the following code
define(‘AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL’, 300 ); // seconds
define(‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false );
This will disable your future WordPress posts revisions and increases your autosave interval from 60 seconds to 300 seconds (that means your posts will be autosaving every 5 minutes instead of each and every minute). You can also the increase the time count if you want by replacing the number.
5. Reward your commenters
One of the proven ways to get more comments on WordPress sites is to reward the visitors who leave comments on your blog posts. Top commenters widget plugin helps you exactly do that. It will show all the top commenters on your site, you can show top commenters for a week, month etc. If you are a beginner, display your top commenters every week. This way you will be able to get more comments even if you are new to blogging world. Of course, you need to get more visibility to grab others attention to comment on your posts.
6. Backup everything
Did you know one of the most underrated things on WordPress sites? Backup. Most WordPress users never backup their files. If you are one among them, you will regret in the future when your site gets hacked or files go missing.
Backup from your hosting service cPanel is one of the easiest ways to take a full backup of your WordPress sites. You just need to choose a WordPress host that has the backup wizard and you are good to go.
If you don’t have such hosting service, or if you rather choose a free plugin instead of taking backup from hosting, there’s a solution. BackUP WordPress plugin lets you backup your whole site including your files and databases, you can also schedule your backups to automatically take periodical backups of your sites automatically.
Over to you: Do you have any more WordPress tips and tricks that make it easier and efficient to blog? Please share the post with others if you like it.