Alright, let’s get this started!
I am hopeful that by going over these common WordPress mistakes, many WordPress rookies can avoid headaches down the road or those getting ready to build their first blog, ministry or church website will find this guide to be helpful as they shove-off into new waters.
As I mentioned, yesterday, comments from WordPress veterans would be a great help—so don’t think this is just for n00bs! Also, feel free to ask any questions, we’re here to help!
Common WordPress Mistakes
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1. Dot Org Versus Dot Com
You know we had to start with this one.
With the popularity of WordPress.com, the free blogging platform, many have heard of WordPress, but don’t understand the difference between it and WordPress.org. In a nutshell, here’s the difference:
- WordPress.com is hosted and maintained by Automattic with paid options that expand its customization options.
- WordPress.org is self hosted and maintained by you with unlimited options that exaands it customization options.
Before everyone gets all nitpicky with me, remember this is in a nutshell. To understand the differences further, read this chart.
This is the first thing you should understand before digging into WordPress. Because it is the first and foremost thing you learn about WordPress, this is often overlooked and assumed knowledge—and now you know (if you didn’t already).
2. Understand Website Hosting Pricing
I just talked with a church via email about their hosting package.
I was heartbroken.
In fact, this probably warrants a post of its own! This church had committed to a website hosting package that cost them over $500 per year and they were locked-in for more than a year! What makes this story incredibly sad, is it wasn’t spent on quality hosting, but useless add-ons that are designed to lure the experienced and knowledgeable.
This isn’t the only reason why you should understand website hosting. For example, here are three good web hosts:
Bluehost hosting starts at $4.95, Media Temple starts at $20, while WP Engine $29 per month.
What’s the difference?
You need to know!
Look for more, tomorrow.
Meanwhile, feel free to ask a question we could address or for the veterans out there—drop some knowledge, yo!