3 Mistakes Beginning Bloggers Often Make
In the last years, I’ve seen a lot of beginning bloggers making the same mistakes again and again. Because WordPress is so easy to use, almost everybody can start a blog or website. But there are a couple of things you should do after you installed your blog.
Don’t Blog As An Administrator!
This is a common mistake. I still see a lot of blogs where the articles are written by a user called “admin”.
One of the first things you should do after installing your blog, is creating a second user with “editor”-rights. Use this account to write your articles and keep your administrator account for administration tasks like installing / updating plugins.
Rename the Administrator account
By default, WordPress creates 1 administrator account called “admin”. If you install WordPress yourself, you can choose another name for your administrator account during the installation. If you use a pre-installed version of WordPress, create a new user account with administrator rights. Don’t name it “admin” or “administrator”! After you created the new administrator account, log in with you new account and delete the old one.
Configure your Permalinks
Another common mistake I see a lot are blogs with “ugly” URL’s. For example www.myblog.com/?p=12.
This is very bad for SEO (ranking high in the search engine results) but luckily it’s very easy to solve this in WordPress. All you have to do is to configure your permalinks. To do this, go to “Settings” > “Permalinks” in the left menu.
In the Permalinks screen, just select another option then default. My favourit is is “Month and name”. Click the “Save Changes” button. If you now visit your site, you’ll see your site has now “nice” URL’s.