Quick Summary: This blog highlight the possible causes that come if you’re not updating WordPress regularly. Discuss the benefits of Regular maintenance and how you can do this — all in detail.
Unlike other CMS, WordPress is becoming more popular these days. Out of all other CMS, more than 65% of websites using WordPress; it is 41% of all websites.
The fundamental purpose of this post is to highlight the performance issues that come with not regularly updating all themes, plugins, and WordPress files.
Your website is your online presence. What if it has a bad user experience? And not pleasing humans and search engines. It might be the reason you’re not keeping maintenance of your site Regularly.
WordPress is now offering an enabled auto-update option sometimes, it works fine, but in another case, it becomes worst. I am using WordPress and Divi theme for my site and enable auto-update option instead of manual. I check my site structure and performance whenever a new update for the plugin, the theme, is released and auto-updated.
Before — Fixing Blog Page Design; This error is due to W3-Total Cache, not compatibility.
Possible Fix — Deactivate W3 — Total Cache Plugin
After — Fixing Blog Page Design; By deactivating W3 — Total Cache
Furthermore, I noticed my blog page is not appearing as it should be. I deactivate plugins to see the effect on the front end and do some customization process, so it should look fine. If you’re a blogger or business owner, and you’re not regularly updating such things, then it may cost you a loss in your organic traffic.
Why should you focus on regularly update your WordPress website?
Here are some key factors that fascinate you to keep your website updated for better performance. These are the following:
→ Better Performance
→ Full Security
→ Bug Fixes
→ Fast Speed
→ Add New compatible features
How to carefully Update your site?
⇒ Create Backup
⇒ CMS Software Update
⇒ PHP Update
Let’s deep dive in.
What means by the performance of a WordPress website? It is an overall user experience that How your audiences are engaged with your site and consume your content?
The most popular tool you can use to analyze your performance report is a Google Search Console. There is a specific section to see your specific page impression and clicks. Pick your page and see performance checking tools and improve it accordingly.
Another free and paid tool that helps you to see your performance report is ahref.
How you WordPress help you to see your performance? It is simple! Just open your Dashboard, and you’ll see the site health box highlighting critical notifications.
The bottom line for better performance in regular updating your WordPress website is; it makes all way to improve your user experience (UI).
The free WordPress version is open source, and developers can easily edit functions to meet their clients’ requirements up to the desired level.
As this is open-source, that means its source code is easily accessible. A hacker can easily access the site code for any vulnerabilities in your site.
WordPress is launching new features and controlling all vulnerabilities. The WordPress development team is continuously adding new features. After an update in WordPress 5.6, the development team has added new features of auto-update. Now you can enable or disable the auto-update option for WordPress, Themes, and Plugins.
Shocking statistics for WordPress vulnerabilities, and the hacking figure is over 90%. Most of them are due to themes and plugins. Different reports show more than 98% of WordPress vulnerabilities are due to plugins, and in another, report it is mentioned as 95% of securities breaches are due to plugins and themes.
You can’t ignore these figures, and you should regularly be updating your WordPress website or maintenance. Your business website is your best presence. After this pandemic, most businesses are shifting online.
Make sure to update your PHP version. You can upgrade this by logging into your server or hosting account.
Bugs directly impacted your site frontend. Your site structure is important; when your customer or visitor are reaching your site.
Bugs are the main reason you should keep your site updated. The bugs are because of some syntax problems in core files. The development team is working to fix these bugs and offer better performance to their users.
If Your site is not performing well. Then this is a time to log in to your WordPress dashboard and update your core files.
Updating your website is to help the site in fast loading. If you’re using themes or plugins to make your site structure more enticing. Their development team is continuously working on adding new features, fixing bugs, and controlling securities problems.
Speed is a ranking factor in the Google algorithm. Search Engines (SE) are doing their best to offer a better experience and keep engaging their visitors.
A paid cache plugin releases new features and fixes some bugs with their update release. So, you can take benefits of their product. The purpose of writing this post is to highlight the issues that I noticed on my client’s website.
A few weeks ago, I activated the Wp-Rocket Cache plugin to speed up the site and achieve 95+ scores. Later I visit the site and see a drastic and terrifying speed and performance. Then I see at the backend of the site to see what’s wrong with the site.
Note: I am not working on retainer or handling website maintenance for my client’s website.
What I noticed is WordPress website is not regularly updating to overcome bugs and vulnerabilities.
Make sure to update your site regularly, so it can take advantage of new features and perform better. If you’re not sure how to update them, you can hire an SEO expert or Freelancer to fix this for you.
Add New Compatible Features
Did you ever notice with every new update, WordPress launches a new feature after the release of 5.6?
WordPress is doing its best to add a page builder called “Gutenberg” to build your site. With this page builder, your site will have lightweight and fast loading.
A compatibility factor always helps websites security. Some themes and plugins are free to use, and their development team leaves them when they don’t see noticeable benefits.
And if some websites owners are using their theme and not getting updates. But WordPress is Regularly updating its core values, languages, and framework. What do you think if a theme is only compatible with 4.2 and not being updated to meet the requirements of 5.8? It will definitely conflict with performance and a better user experience.
The bottom line is, make sure to update your WordPress website to enjoy new features.
How to carefully Update your site?
Before updating your site with new releases, you must make sure it is not conflicting with your Site framework. Some updates may harm your site, and you can break your site. Updating new releases, follow these rules.
A backup is stored file created with recommended plugins like Updraft, All in one WP migration, BackWPup, duplicator, and blog vault. It is the best practice to create a backup file whenever you’re doing some customization, adding new plugins, themes, or editing code.
The most popular plugin used by WordPress users is Updraft. It is very flexible and free to use. This plugin does not only help for creating the backup but, you can also set automatic backup schedules for better convenience.
CMS Software Update
What is meant by WordPress software? These are core files that are the building block of WordPress. These are the files that control all functionalities and features of a WordPress website.
Before updating your themes and plugins, make sure to update the WordPress version first if there is any update regarding this. It will help you in updating new releases of themes and plugins smoothly.
You also have an auto-update option for this, as the WordPress development team releases the 5.6 version to add such features. Currently, the WordPress version is 5.8. Within a few weeks, they’ll release 5.9.
PHP is the most essential thing in WordPress CMS. While updating your themes, plugins, and WordPress core files, make sure to update this too. As from PHP development team, it is quoted that:
“PHP, like any other large system, is under constant scrutiny and improvement. Each new version will often include both major and minor changes to enhance security and repair any flaws, configuration mishaps, and other issues that will affect the overall security and stability of your system.
“Like other system-level scripting languages and programs, the best approach is to update often, and maintain awareness of the latest versions and their changes.”
With this update, you will see an impact on performance mentioned earlier in this blog post.
Your online presence is Important. If you’re using WordPress CMS software tool for your online website. Then you must pay attention to these factors.
As you all know, WordPress is an open and free source software. The development team is working hard to fix their bugs and vulnerabilities-free tool to secure your privacy.
All you have to do is regularly check your site and see either it’s performing better or has some issues that create a weird user experience. If you don’t have enough time to deal with updating stuff, you can hire an SEO person to fix this for you. Contact me for any queries, I am ready to assist you in this regard.
We get more influenced toward the discounted or free stuff around. Unlike other CMS, WordPress is free and open-source software.
Allow you to use it and change where you need custom functionalities, there are no copyright issues, as it is licensed under GPL, which allows you to modify it for free.
You only need to buy your domain and hosting where you can host your site with your custom address (I mean Domain!).
Are you getting to flounder between .org and .com? Let me explain this to you. WordPress.org is self-hosted; that means you have the option to buy your custom domain and hosting. It is free to install on your web host and create a website that will be 100% free, and you have the copyright reserved.
WordPress.com is not a free source to create your site, although it is powered by WordPress.org. But it comes with limited flexibility.
I would recommend you to spend some time to learn more about these both and decide what will fit for you. I use WordPress.org as it is free, more flexible, and comes with a lot of resources.
Using free resources and tools you can build a website from basic to advance.
It is easy to use, even if you’re not a developer and have no idea of basic coding skills, still you can use it for your blogging.
There are thousands of free themes and plugins that allow you to change functions, like styling, contact form integrations, SEO integration, and many more.
Easy to Install WordPress on your host
If you think you need very high-tech or coding skills to do this? – No! Just in a few clicks you can install WordPress within few minutes.
If you’re getting stuck you can connect me with your web hosting details, I will install it for you and set it right away.
If you register with web hosting and buy your business domain, then installing WordPress is very simple.
Because of its popularity, most hosting provider companies have created an option for the user to easily install WordPress with just a few clicks.
With a few clicks of installation, it will guide you step-by-step. Generate links for you where you can easily access your WP dashboard.
What if you want to log in the second, third, or fourth time to your WP dashboard? Do you need to first login into your hosting? No!
You just add /wp-admin/ just at the end of your domain name. (e.g. www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin/) you will be right at your WordPress login page. Use your credential to log in to your Dashboard.
If you’ve to buy your Domain and Hosting through Hostinger. That I am using for my site. You will see this simple step to install this in a few clicks.
Flexible and no required Expert Level Coding
It is the most friendly and flexible CMS out of all others. It allows you to manage your content efficiently.
When you will open your dashboard, on the left side you will see a menu, wherefrom you can manage all the stuff.
You can add/delete Pages, Post, add Media, Themes, and Plugins by just clicking on the menu option.
It comes with a lot of add-ons that allow you to add and modify your function that you think fits your business.
Do you want to create an Online course selling website? Add LMS Plugin, and just simply add your course videos and certificate, here you go!
Do you want to add an option for sharing your post on social media for your visitors, add a social sharing plugin, and customize it?
If you think you need a custom function on your site, and it is not available for free? Don’t worry! Concern with a Developer it will do for you.
It has Free Resources (Plugins & Themes)
What are Plugins and Themes, and how they help to change and enhance website functions?
Themes are used to style websites; each brand has its own identity and wants its online business to align it with its brand identity.
There are free themes and these are over 5k with different categories. Like for blogging, Online store, Business, and Online course selling company.
There are also Premium resources out there you can use for your site if you want to make your site next level!
Plugins or Add-ons are mostly free, that change functions and offload a lot of work. There are about 50K plugins on the official WP site directory.
So, you have plenty of free resources. If you’re stuck with finding the best plugin for your blog site, you can get help from the Tidy Repo.
You can see the plugins review and select which will best perform for you.
You can create Multisite Using WordPress
Using WordPress-free software, you can also create multisite for your business. You might be thinking what is Multisite?
Multisite: it is WordPress features that allow business or agency to create a network of subsite with using a single WordPress Dashboard.
In a multisite system, the network shares files, databases, and other variations with the same domain.
The multisite system further divides into two categories, either is a subdomain system or a subdirectory system.
Examples: There is some site which creates different subdomain for their “blog”, “support”.
If you’re hustling with a lot of other tasks to run your agency or business then you might need a virtual assistant to handle some of your workloads for a few bucks and this way you get more time to think.
WordPress offers 6 types of rule user role:
Administrator (Able to Do everything, Add/delete, Manage, Edits)
Editor (Manage categories, links, and moderate comments)
Author (Create, edit, delete, and publish own posts)
Contributor (reading post, deleting and editing own posts)
Subscriber (Read the post and manage own profile)
Super Admin (This is only for Multisite Network System), Similar to Administrator
If you have a very busy schedule and can’t handle all stuff, you can hire or ask your friend to do this for you! you can also give offer a role, mentioned above to handle your tasks.
What Kind of Website You can Build Using WordPress?
When it is initially launched it was preliminary for creating a blog. With growing, the CMS stats community has made it more flexible for their user.
The WordPress community is doing a great job and continuously improving the ecosystem. Creating New themes and plugins, and making them flexible with each other help users to create any type of site with WordPress.
As mentioned above stats, WordPress is powering 40.9% of the global site.
Here is the list of sites that you can design and build with WordPress:
… And many more than WordPress CMS is flexible.
How WordPress Manage Content in its Repository
Unlike other CMS, WordPress has a different ecosystem, it creates separate folders to keep your files.
If you open your website file manager on your hosting, there you will see separate folders for, Media, Plugins, Themes, and Backups.
This way you can easily do amendments and Add or Delete stuff without affecting others. How WordPress manage your Files and content:
Store content on WordPress
Design and Appearance on WordPress
More functionalities with Extension and Add-ons
Store Content on WordPress
WordPress stores your all content in the database, and media in a different folder, so it can easily access by you. You can add or delete your content using Block Editor.
Block Editor allows a new user to easily add and style content without flounder.
You can also use another option “Classic Editor” but it has an old UI version and doesn’t allow you to access more new updates.
Design and Appearance on WordPress
There are thousands of pre-built themes in the WordPress templating engine that manage the appearance of the website.
Each theme comes with its stylesheet. There are a lot of page builders that make it easier to further enhance and style a theme.
There are also premium themes that offer a lot more flexibility and option to make your site outstanding. These come with drag and drop builders.
As I already mentioned that WordPress is more popular because of its flexibility, it allows users to create a site from basic to advance.
There are free and premium plugins that add more functions to your site.
Like, If you want someone to connect with you, you can use Contact Form 7 to add a contact form, so you can get in touch with your potential clients.
You can also add Social share widgets with these add-ons on your site, so it gets easy for your reader to share your article across social platforms.
You can add SEO Plugins that help you to easily do On-Page SEO for your Pages, Blog. The Most Popular SEO Plugins are Rank Math SEO and Yoast.
Some Pros and Cons with using WordPress
Everything just like others in the world has its pros and cons. A similar case is for this CMS it has some useful advantages and also some disadvantages.
First, we discuss the Pros of using WordPress to build a Website:
WordPress is free open-source software that allows you to build your site 100% free. You have the copyright reserved for your site.
It provides you with a lot of resources, Themes, Extensions, Forum Support, Guides WordPress.tv. You can easily manage and maintain all the files and extensions
You have full control over your site, you can add new features, Functionality, optimize and earn money without any barrier.
You can customize it, modify it as WordPress allow you and there are no copyright issues from wordpress.org. You can customize your theme as every page builder and theme comes with its own UI/UX Design.
All Themes and Add-ons are tested and verified with the WordPress Development systems, and version, so they can provide you a better experience.
There are some Cons to Using WordPress CMS
WordPress doesn’t have its Page builder that allows you to customize the front-end. But you can learn all the basics when you spent some time with it.
Although you don’t need professional coding skills for HTML and CSS. But Basic knowledge of these will boost your skills, to add new design and Optimize it for SEO.
You have full control of your site, which means you’re responsible for your site security and backups.
Always make a practice to use Tested and Compatible Plugins, create backups, and download before doing any Updates.
With new versions, you can set these to Automatic, but you still need some care to check the backend and front-end of your site.
Is WordPress a Good Option for you? How You Can Learn it Quickly?
If you’re a beginner and want to boost your online earnings through blogging, I would highly recommend you to choose WordPress.
If you have any complacent or query that you think is missing here, you can reach out to me using the contact form, I will help you to sort it out for you!
I hope you are now able to understand more about WordPress from this review!
WordPress’s community always surprising their user with new features and performance. It is the best tool for a new blogger. It is also used by different companies, from Small businesses to Corporation companies.
The best way to understand more about it to use it, give it a try!
If you enjoyed this article, then Lets us know what you think about WordPress by filling the comment box below
Although it is not tough to do this thing! But for a beginner, this might be, This guide is very helpful if you’re a Brand New Web Designer! For the first time, when I started learning WordPress website design to start my freelance business. I want to be my boss, want to work remotely and not a 9-5 hectic job.
In this guide I will show you the following steps to install and activate Divi Theme:
How to Set up WordPress on your local Computer or Laptop?
I started learning from Bitnami for WordPress to design a website on my local computer. The Process followed by using Bitnami is somehow time taking.
Another option for learning and designing a website using your local host computer or laptop is the local flywheel. As you need to show progress on work, to your client.
You can simply download it from their site and install it on your personnel computer or laptop.
The process is very simple as you see—when using online hosting. Here you can see the local flywheel Dashboard, where you can add or delete the website.
And whenever you want to start work or doing some tweaks, you just make the site online with just one click!
Note: By choosing Local by flywheel is an easy process to learn and boost your WordPress website designing skills.
You can just simply download the free version for learning purposes and keep them updated for new features.
Create a Domain Name with Custom Environment using Flywheel!
While using online hosting there need to buy hosting and domain and then install WordPress on it.
The process looks similar but here you have options to choose for PHP, Web Server, Database, and the last thing either you want your site to multisite.
When you’re done with creating a domain, you just visit your localhost site with one click. Access to WordPress dashboard and all other tools where you can add themes, plugins, and media. You will find the same process as you will follow when you’re working with an online WordPress website.
Delete or Remove Unnecessary Themes
Why should you delete unnecessary stuff from your site? Well! If you are starting your journey in WordPress website designing you should also know about SEO tactics.
To trash all those stuff that are not in use, but only a load for the site.
Your site should be fast loading, and you can do it by trashing the unused plugins and theme to qualify asa “Great Job!” score from the health score on your site.
When you install WordPress on your hosting server, there are some default themes that are already installed in your WordPress website repository.
You just keep one theme as a backup and another theme that you want to use for your Professional, Business, blog website.
You should also delete unnecessary plugins, as they increase the site size which slows down your site. Keep your plugins always updated, if you will use pirated or outdated plugins it will harm your site.
Note: Always keep the Backup of your site, before doing start any tweaks. There are a variety of plugins that help you to do this. My favorite plugin is “All in WP migration tool”, and “Updraft”.
If you find any error or missing function on your site, it may be because of a plugin, check the function either it’s working or not working by simply deactivate the plugin one by one.
If you see there is a plugin that is not compatible with your theme, try another one it will work.
How to Upload and Install the Divi Theme on WordPress?
Now, it’s time to upload your favorite theme on the WordPress repository. (mine is the Divi Theme! The site you’re visiting now is also built with this theme).
First, you need to download it through your Official Elegant theme Account.
You can simply Download This by logging into your account and then got “Download Divi Theme”. Here you will find a theme and other plugins that Divi offers with one year, and lifetime plan.
Now, you’ve downloaded it. Now, You just simply click on the “Upload” button, as you can see in the below image. Click on Choose File, or Simply drag the .zip folder here named with “Divi Theme”.
When you are done with choosing the file option, now you simply need to “Install” the theme in the WordPress repository.
When you are done uploading then you simply activate it by clicking on the “Activate” button, and you have done with it.
Activate it with the Lifetime API key.
Do, you have a Divi theme with a lifetime plan? If your answer is No! Then you can connect me, I will help you to make it easy for you to buy it. I am a lifetime plan for this theme from the Elegant Theme.
By Just following the Dashboard>Divi>Theme Option>Updates. From your official Divi account, you can copy and paste your username and API (you can generate it individually for a specific site or client site).
You’re on Divi Dashboard and here you can do all custom settings, add your brand colors, adjust the parameters, and many more.
I’ve seen many themes and builders out there on the Internet and WordPress repository. Some are free and others are premium.
If you are a total beginner and have no buck in your pocket, I will recommend you to choose a free theme and start your work today.
But if you want to build a Premium site, with full security then I will highly recommend you to buy a Premium Theme or Page builder. Divi Theme is a very Great Option as it cost you, Less!
Why I Love Divi Theme?
Divi theme is continuously improving their product. They are introducing new features and speed optimization and many more… Elegant Theme Team support is amazing. The team will take your problem and help you in moments!
It is an amazing Drag & Drop Builder, Global options, Copy and paste option saves a lot of time for the developer. You don’t need to learn coding skills, you just need to drag and drop the module and style it.
Another amazing feature is their pricing! With just $89 you can get this theme for one year and unlimited websites [lifetime plan for $249]. You will get support and other resources, like Bloom, Extra, Monarch, and Divi Page Builder.
It comes with more than 1500 Templates that you can simply add to your page and then style.
So, all the process I’ve explained is for a beginner who wants to start their Web Development journey. If you’re an Entrepreneur or Business Owner, and you have no time to do all this stuff, you can ask me!
I am a Digital Marketing consultant! Helping solopreneurs and fortune businesses to set their Branded and Professional WordPress website using the Divi theme.
If you don’t have a Divi theme yet, No worries! You can contact me, I have a lifetime Premium plan. I will design a clean, Pixel Perfect, SEO Optimized WordPress website that helps you to grow your business and get more leads.
Please check our services that I’m offering as Digital Marketing Consultant to help my Potential Clients.