I am excited to see these series fleshing out! The further we go along, the more questions seem to arise—many are not even WordPress related, but server, IT kind of questions. I hope to tackle many of these issues soon, too. 🙂
Now, as we cover these common WordPress mistakes, keep in mind that most should be avoided at all cost. That being said, I have to admit that I’ve thrown a couple into the mix that are just personal pet peeves.
Those pet peeves would include these two common WordPress mistakes:
Common WordPress Mistakes
1. Using the Default Favicon
If there’s one thing that screams n00b, it’s the favicon. Although this tends to call to the geeks out there, you must bear in mind that your favicon is almost like a label.
Here is ChurchMag’s current favicon:
Although you can get pretty fancy with your website favicon, it’s more important that you get a custom one created and uploaded. Better to have a simple favicon than a generic WordPress icon, theme icon or web hosting provider icon.
If you need a hand or a little help getting one together, I suggest you give this handy little tool a try.
2. Leaving the Meta Widget
One of the “out of the box” widgets WordPress drops into your widget area, is the Meta widget. This little guy includes a login in/out link, feed and WordPress links.
Here’s how to identify it in your WordPress Admin:
This is great for the first time you kick WordPress on. It’s easy for users to login and out and get the right resources as they begin using WordPress; but this should never be left when you’re website is finished! If you really need an easy login, instead of providing a link, I suggest setting up a URL rewrite so that your login to something easier than http://yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/, for example: http://yourwebsite.com/login
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