Essential (Easy to follow) WordPress Tips and Tricks for every website user

When you're not working with WordPress every day, it's easy to get a bit clunky of using it. On the other hand, those of us who live and breathe it every day, tend to accumulate their own bag of tricks for using and being more efficient in the use of WP.

In this section of our website, we share small WordPress tricks or tips which will make your use of WordPress, better, faster or more effective.

We share all sorts of information in this section, as long as it somehow revolves around this CMS.

Most of our tips actually feature common uses of the framework which powers millions of websites daily. But rather than getting all technical, we address our articles towards those people who do not use WordPress as a web designer or developer, but as a normal user - where WordPress is a tool for their business and marketing.

This section of our website features quite a lot of articles about specific WordPress needs. Let's discuss a few of the posts which we've written so far.

Making WP Faster

You might notice that we never get tired of writing articles that discuss how you can make your website load faster. This is one of the areas which we simply are very passionate about. We've written about this on multiple websites all over the internet, we simply love working with a fast website - it's simply a good experience for everybody involved.

Stuff which we've mentioned in these articles include:

  • How to keep your website lean, mean and fast by reducing the number of plugins which are currently installed and potentially creating a performance bottleneck
  • We also share a number of specific tips and tricks on how you can make small differences towards making your website faster. This includes, how to leverage browser caching for your website, how to enable GZIP compression, how to integrate a CDN (or a Content Delivery Network) to help make the delivery of heavy resources more efficient, how to minify and combine CSS and JS files to reduce the number of requests your website generates (thus making it faster implicitly).

In general, you'll find that WordPress performance makes a strong appearance in this section.

Setting up Administration of your website

If you're not setting up and administering websites on a daily basis, you'll find that you'll get rusty at doing specific tasks. Given that we set up and administer WP as part of daily bread, we've mastered this skill quite nicely.

We thus share our knowledge, tips and tricks so you don't have to learn it yourself from scratch.

Topics we've mentioned and cover include but are not limited to the following:

  • How to migrate your WordPress from blogger to WordPress.org - if you've reached the limits of the blogger platform, it's time to set your sights on (and migrate to) and self-hosted setup using WP.
  • How to Add Javascript to your functions.php file - if you don't do this carefully, you're more than likely to break your site, so we share with you the right way to do this.
  • What to do if you've forgotten the WordPress administrator password - it happens to the best of us, we forget our administrator password and get locked out of the administration part of our website. Fortunately, there are easy ways to recover the password - and we share them all with you
  • How to add Google Analytics to your website - one of the very first things we do to websites we design is add Analytics, simply put, we want to know how many people are actually getting to our website.

Debugging and fixing problems with your website

Inevitably, your website is sometimes going to run into problems. And when it does, you need help close at hand. Again, given that we're experienced WordPress users, we've run into most problems already.

More importantly, we've actually learned how to troubleshoot and fix most common problems.

And of course, we'll share these articles about debugging and troubleshooting with our visitors. Some of the things we've written about include:

  • How to fix a 500 server error - this is one of the most frustrating errors to fix, because an error 500 means a generic server error. We elaborate on how you can dig into the problem and find the real cause behind the problem.
  • How to fix a WordPress blank page error (or White Screen of Death) - another even more frustrating error, because you simply don't see anything except a white screen. This means that the server process has crashed or quit and had no time to even display an error message. Again, we propose solutions on how to discover the source of the error.
  • How enable debugging - if the website has not crashed, but is throwing errors, you still will want to fix those. Again, there are ways and means of finding and fixing the source of problems on WordPress through debugging.

There are plenty more problems with WordPress which we can help you fix with our articles.

Theme optimization and customization

Other frequent questions when it comes to WordPress is related either to how to customize a theme or be able to perform a specific function, or how to customize a website in general, such as to achieve a desired effect, function, feature or result.

We describe several ways of customizing and improving your website, including:

  • Which comments plugin to use, whether it's Disqus, Facebook or native WP comments and how to show them in a threaded manner rather than a list.
  • How to find and choose a WordPress theme which makes sense for your business.
  • How to perform marketing stuff such as A/B testing and create landing pages for your products or services.

There's quite a lot of wealth in our WordPress Tips and Tricks section which is varied. We discuss such stuff as how to hire developers, how to improve security of your website, how to perform good backups and plenty more. 

Of course, if we're missing something, we'd be glad to write about it too.

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CollectiveRay is run by David Attard - working in and around the web design niche for more than 12 years, we provide actionable tips for people who work with and on websites. We also run DronesBuy.net - a website for drone hobbyists.

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