So, You are a newbie blogger and worry about your WordPress blog speed. Or you just want to start your first WordPress Blog. But don’t want to make mistakes, like newbie does with WordPress optimization.
One thing which is common some of the newbie is they want an affordable way to make things faster. They don’t want a big hole in their pocket, and this is also principle follow by me.
Why we obsessed with speed, think you visit any website and its load slower in your browser. What do you do?
I close that website and return to Google and looking for another site in the same niche. This is happening with every internet surfer.
When I start blogging, I don’t know about the importance of website loading speed. It takes more than a year to learn things. I know about WordPress from 2010, but I don’t have enough money. When I get money, then I don’t have proper knowledge.
I made this mistakes in my early days of blogging and know the pain of when things go wrong. I follow many blog posts, and when a thing goes wrong, I go back to Google and try to find another tutorial or answer.
I don’t want you to make those mistakes or choose high-cost services. I provide you a solution from my experience and also provide affordable alternative services.
Let’s begin with WordPress optimization mistakes and solution by a newbie.
Choosing Free or Cheap Hosting
This is the first mistake of many new bloggers, choosing a free website hosting service provider. When I start blogging in 2010, I use byethost to host my WordPress blog. It’s running fine for one or two months and one day I find nothing is free. How they give you free service with all premium type promises without charging any money?
They redirect my traffic to their ads or landing page. If they show my website, they display advertisement on my website without my knowledge.
I know it’s fair because they want to cover expenses but always think about your visitor. Do they want to see their ads? When they want to see your article.
Another mistake done by newbie blogger is choosing a cheap hosting. Cheap hosting makes many promises like unlimited hosting, unlimited disk space. Always avoid this type of services because nothing infinite in shared web hosting the world. When your website starts to gain fame and traffic, then you face lots of down time, and they want to buy their higher plan.
Solution: Avoid free or cheap hosting. If you don’t have lots of money and still want to start WordPress blog then check Openshift.
Openshift provides free application server which we use as a WordPress host. Openshift is a product of Redhat.
If you want to start with affordable shared host, choose SiteGround.
If you want affordable VPS, choose Subnetlabs.
Choosing Free or Nulled Theme
As I said before, nothing is free. Many free themes available in WordPress theme directory is poorly coded. Or you find many themes offered as a freemium model. For ex, If you want this feature upgrade to pro version.
But, Poor code is not visible to my visitor and look wise its great. Why should I care about coding standard when things available in free?
Because your visitor see your website design and search engines sees your code.
Another mistake is choosing nulled WordPress theme. Nulled Theme is a crack version of premium themes, and it’s free. But, the nulled theme comes with viruses and chances of hacking server or traffic increases.
The problem with the premium theme is they are expensive according to the new blogger.
Solution: If you want to us the free theme but don’t want to compromise with quality, choose this themes.
MyThemeShop provides the discount code, and you can buy theme as little as 9$. Studio Press creates Genesis framework, the best WordPress Theme framework. Where Elegant Theme gives you their entire theme and plugin in 89$/year.
Installing Every Plugin
When you new to WordPress then you check every tutorial about how to speed up your blog. Every tutorial or blog posts recommends some plugin. Many times these plugins are a different then plugin which mentions in another tutorial.
In this case, we install every plugin recommended by that tutorial. Without thinking about its necessity.
Sometimes one plugin handles two or three plugin work, but we don’t know about it.
For ex. I install Autoptimize, WP-Optimize, W3 Total Cache. After installing WPRocket plugin, I uninstall above plugin.
Solution: Install and check every plugin but uninstall it if it does not please you.
Not Optimizing Images for SEO and Storage
Images tells the thousands words.
This is true, but images also ruin your visitor experiences. You can lose hundreds of dollars if you do not optimize it.
When we search images for our blog, we download one image and upload it. Or captured image from mobile or camera and upload it. This method ruins your blog SEO and user experience.
Solution: First resize your image and rename your image with something useful. Try to include your keywords into image name.
After resizing and image name changing, try to compress the picture. Use ShortPixel. I use Ewww and optimize all image with extreme settings and its reduce image size to 7mb. But after installing ShortPixel, I reduce my blog image size from 7mb to 3.5mb.
Check the video here,
Choosing Wrong Ads Provider
Make a blog and become a rich. This is a dream of every blogger and you know there is no shortcut to achieving it.
Every new blogger applies for Adsense and Adsense reject many bloggers. Securing Adsense ads in a blog is a dream of every new blogger but when it’s shattered. They applied for every ads provider which is show in a google search. Some of the ads providers pay little, and some show bad ads.
These ads hurt your reputation and slow down your WordPress website.
Solution: Wait for Adsense or start selling the affiliate product. The affiliate product gives you lots of money with little traffic.
If you are new to WordPress blogs, you will probably make some serious mistakes, and it’s good. Human learns from his/her mistakes and remembers it forever. This WordPress optimization mistakes cause some serious problem like breaking your website or your website down for hours.
Don’t worry, we all made this mistakes because every professional is once an amateur. Everyone made a mistake but quicker you found your problem and solution the faster you can build a successful blog.
So, What’s your mistakes? What are the WordPress optimization mistake you made that are mention in this post? Share your thoughts and comments below.