In this episode, I talk about something that I hear quite often of the years; and that is when people blame the actual WordPress core for when anything goes wrong with their website.
This is an interesting thought because it doesn’t matter what Content Management System you use, you will have some kind of problems. Guaranteed!
We take websites for granted and expect it to work all the time. But the reality is that there is a lot goes on behind the scene for any websites to perform at the basic level and we can’t assume that it will always work.
A few things we talk about:
- Why the thought of blaming everything on the WordPress core is flawed
- The possible areas that could problems with your site
- The possible solutions that could fix your site’s problems
- What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
- 10 questions you need to ask yourself before installing any plugins
- Privacy & Security: 6 Ways to Protect Yourself Online
- Sucuri Website Security
Ahmed Khalifa: This is the IgniteRock podcast with your host Ahmed Khalifa, episode 22. Here we go.
What’s up everyone? Thank you very much for joining in the show. Really do appreciate it. This is where I talk to different people who are doing awesome stuff using WordPress, but I also talk about how to even improve your online presence, how to even maintain your website, how to make sure that you are growing online with the help of your WordPress site. Again, thank you very much for tuning in, and I guess, in this episode, I wanna talk about something that I keep hearing a lot over the years, and that is when people blame WordPress for everything that they have a problem with on their website.Click Here to Show Transcript
It’s really interesting because it doesn’t matter what CMS you’re using, every single website will have a problem, and it’s funny when people directly blame WordPress for a particular problem, and it’s not really the case. It could be a number of reasons. But, it’s just something that I wanna talk about because, just because you’re having a problem with your website, doesn’t mean that you’re not gonna have a problem if you change your CMS elsewhere to somewhere else. It could happen to any website around the world. It could happen to anyone, regardless of the resources that they have. Whether you have a big team or a small team or you’re on your own. Whether you have the finance or you’re on a shoestring budget. It doesn’t matter. Everyone will have a problem with their website.
Think about this way: Why do you think, when you look at a website online, a major one … Think about how many people are working on it behind the scenes. There’s a reason why you need to have so many different people at different expertise looking after just that one website. There’s a reason for that, because they’re all required to be there, and they’re all specialise in certain things, and they’re all needed to work together to make that WordPress site, or any website work.
On the other hand, for many of us there are many people who manage their website on their own, or just a small team. Especially if you’re using the likes of WordPress or any other CMS where you have that control and access to do whatever you want, it’s a bit more complicated, because you’re gonna have to, kind of, everything by yourself, but you’re not necessarily and expert at everything, which is impossible anyway. You can’t be good at everything. You tend to specialise in a few things. The whole “Jack of all trade, master of none”.But, when you’re managing a website by yourself, it’s a bit more difficult and this is where you’re bound to run into problems. But again, as I said, it doesn’t matter if you have a team or you’re working on your own, you’re going to have problems.
But, when you’re managing a website by yourself, it’s a bit more difficult and this is where you’re bound to run into problems. But again, as I said, it doesn’t matter if you have a team or you’re working on your own, you’re going to have problems.
We take it for granted when we look at a website. We take it for granted about how much work goes on behind the scene to make sure that it works properly, and make sure it stays up, it does everything that you want it to do and it meets the requirement of your customers, your audience, your visitors. There’s a lot of things goes on behind the scene to make that happen.
Sometimes, it’s the tiniest of nudge will make your website fall over. Sometime it just clogging that gear with a small spanner. If you throw it in the work then it gets kind of, messes everything up. And we take it for granted when that happen, because it does seem like it’s so easy when you’re using a software or CMS that does it all for you and make that job easier for you.
You don’t expect it to run into problem, but that’s kind of something that we have to get over because, you will have problems with your website, regardless of who you are. Guaranteed, absolutely guaranteed. It’s just something that we have to be aware of. Something that you get used to. But also, something that we shouldn’t panic about, because that’s normal. It’s okay to do that. If we can just go over a few things that could cause a problem with your website. We can get very, very technical about it, but I’m just gonna give a general overview of the type of things that could cause problems with your WordPress site.
If you start off, let’s start from number one would be the type of plugins that you use. This could be in two ways really, it could be more, but let’s just focus in these two ways. One of them is that you have plugins that you don’t really need. You have two or three or more of the same plugin doing the same thing and it clashes with one another.For example, you may have a caching plugin and you decided to have another one. That is not going to really make it work. Or you may have a caching plugin or two or more and your hosting company also does cash-in as well, and they will all have a
For example, you may have a caching plugin and you decided to have another one. That is not going to really make it work. Or you may have a cash-in plugin or two or more and your hosting company also does caching as well, and they will all have a problem, because they will all clash with each other. They’re all trying to do the same job. But then, who is winning that battle? Everyone’s kind of fighting each other, if you like.
On the other hand, in terms of the type of plugins you use, is it maintained? Is it updated regularly by the creator, by the developer or the company who created it? If it’s not maintained then you’re gonna have a problem with it, because it could make your site crash. It could cause security loopholes in it. It could slow down your site. It could do so much damage if you instal a plugin that has not been maintained regularly, at the very least. So, it’s something that you think about. The type of plugins is one place that you should think about.
Number two, if you stick to the theme of plugins, the number of plugins you use can also have an impact. The benefit of using the likes of WordPress, is that we have access to humongous amounts of plugins available. And at the time of recording there’s almost 52,000 plugins available in the repository. That’s crazy! Imagine, 52,000 plugins to pick from.It’s like going through a
It’s like going through a catalogue and trying to decide what to buy for Christmas present. It’s just so many choices to choose from and it can be overwhelming. Because of that, it’s so easy to get kind of crazy with it and just keep installing them all.
You find a problem with your website, and like many people, you find a plugin that kind of fix that problem and you instal it. That is the easiest thing to do, but sometimes you should think about, one, could you find a non plugin solution to fix your problem. Also, you should be careful about how many plugins you instal. There’s no number. There’s no recommended number you should instal. It’s just about how many you need to make it work. If you think about the number of plugins that you have, the more you have on your site, the more pressure you put on your site and your hosting company to load.
If you just want that tiny little feature in that one plugin, well, it’s still going to make your site work, because you can have a big chunk of code because of your plugin and you’re only using a small feature of it, but you’re still gonna make your website work, because you installed that plugin. It’s something to think about, the number of plugins that you use, and could they all work together. Because sometimes, if they are all having a clash with each other, that will cause a problem with your website as well.
Number three is, the theme that you’re using. Again, it’s simpler and simpler with the plugin. Is it maintained regularly? Is it designed well? Will it work with the plugins that you use? Will it function properly? It’s something that everyone should be aware of as well, because you can have the prettiest looking theme, and it looks fantastic, but it could just not be maintained and updated at all.
In the world of WordPress you need to kind of keep things ticking along, keep things updated, because everything changes all the time. There’s so many updates going on in the core softwares, that every plugin and theme that will have to be updated to keep up with it as well. So, think about that as well. Is the theme causing a problem? Is it maintained? Is it updated, as well?
Number four is your hosting company. Who are you using and are they reputable and are they helping you? Are they keeping your website safe and secure? Are they backing it up? Are they keeping it up? We’ve talked about in the point in the past about the using of shared hosting and managed WordPress hosting, and they are two very different things. They come at different costs as well.
The most popular form of hosting is shared hosting. It’s low value. You pay a few quid, a few bucks to have your website hosted and it’s up. But the problem is that your kind of putting it at risk, because you are sharing that server with dozens, hundreds, possibly thousands of people at the same time. If they use up the resources then they’re gonna make your site slow down, and they gonna potentially maybe really make it crash, because it’s just so slow. People will not even bother waiting for your site to load.
On the other hand, when you use managed WordPress hosting, these are dedicated for WordPress site. They are there to help you to maintain it. Most likely they would have back ups available. They would have security features and help you to make sure that it loads fast, all these things. There’s so many reputable companies out there to help you with that. It’s always recommended to choose a managed WordPress hosting, when you’re hosting your WordPress site. Hosting company is something that you should think about if you’re having any problems with your site.
Number five, it could be anything related to your settings in the dashboard when you go to the back-end of your site. A lot of things like the permalinks, maybe that is causing issue because you chose the wrong one and you change it again and you cause some pages to kind of have a 404 error. Or maybe you have chosen a particular setting in there that is clashing with another plugin of yours and causing pages to go down as well.There’s so many sensitive features in
There’s so many sensitive features in dashboard and within your settings so be careful what you do. Most of the time, when you choose a setting you will most likely leave it at that and that’s it. You don’t tend change it and tweak it all the time. Especially, if it’s related to your permalinks, the URL structure or the address of your website. They don’t tend to need to be changed that often, and it need to be a special cases for that to happen.
These five things that you should think about. If you’re having problem with your website, just think about these five. Think about the possible solutions that you could come with it, and if you want solutions then know there’s a few that you can think about.
Number one, I always say it to everyone is, “Make sure you have a complete backup of your website.” And it needs to be daily, and it needs to be complete, have everything backed up. Just in case things go wrong and it will go wrong. You never know when things will go wrong. You will need to restore it back to a particular day so that you have it back up again.
Before you do anything really, you want to make sure that you have the site backed up, whether it’s with your hosting company, check with them. Or you might wanna go with a third party service that provides that service for you. Once you have the backup available, then you can think about using an FTP and maybe think about, if you wanna see how you can disable the plugins one by one. The reason I’m asking to use that is because sometimes there might be that one plugin that could be causing a problem for your entire site.
So, if that’s too technical for you, you might need someone to help you. Really, what you should do if your website is down, you might need to use an FTP. If it’s not down, backup your site, and disable your plugin one by one. You never know that … One of them might cause up problems to be cured completely. If you find that plugin, then uninstall it or replace it or just remove it completely from your website, and problem solved. Sticking with the plugin issue, make sure you delete any plugin that you are not using. Especially delete plugins which are not maintained at all. This is just for safe keeping, this maintaining. This is kind of best practice to make sure that your site is ticking along quite nicely. Always, remember to do that as well.
Number two, if you think that it’s nothing to do with your plugin, maybe it’s to do with your theme. Try to switch your website to a default WordPress theme. Perhaps that will fix it for you, because sometimes these themes are developed by any developer around the world really. It can clash with how your website is set up. It can clash with your plugins and so on and so forth, and maybe by switching it to a default WordPress theme, you will find out that whether it’s causing the problem. Maybe you ought to combine that by switching it to a default theme and maybe uninstall a few plugins as well or maybe all of them. You just never know. Try that as well. That might fix the solution for you too.
Number three is a crucial on as well. It’s about making sure that your website is scanned regularly for any malware, any back door, any loop hole issues that your site may have, and it will have that problem. Doesn’t matter, again, what CMS you’re using, every site is vulnerable to something. It’s just a case of making sure that everything is up to scotch, up to speed, maintained, updated, and everything’s closed off. The only way to do that is to make sure that you’re site is scanned regularly. I use Sucuri for myself and for my client and that helps really to make sure that everything is scanned regularly.
If there’s malware, make sure the firewall is installed, and make sure that the website is not black-listed anywhere. If there is any problem, any problem with malware and stuff like that, then I request it to be removed or I clean it up. It’s so, so important in this day and age, even more so now that is that it seems like there doesn’t seem to be a day goes by without some kind of hacking going on somewhere around the world to some company, some major, major companies as well, and that can happen to you as well. So make sure you have your website scanned often.
Number four and it’s something that maybe not a lot of people will like, is that sometimes it’s just worth paying someone to fix that problem for you. And there’s no shame in that. There’s absolutely no shame in that at all. As I mentioned earlier, a website could have a huge team of people behind the scenes working on it, with huge resources and finance, and there’s a reason for that. Every single person has a particular skill and niche expertise to fix a certain problem or to work on a particular task for a website to perform. That’s how it works for our server. We can’t do it everything by yourself.
But sometimes, you just have to go out there and look for someone who can fix it for you. And when I say go out there and look for someone. I don’t mean go to Fiverr or anything like that. You need to find a reputable WordPress developer, designer, anybody not kind of in the sector, who can fix these issues for you. It’s better to do that, I think, in terms of time that it could take for you to fix the website.You can go online and search for
You can go online and search for solution and fix it yourself and that’s all well and good, but if you spend hours and/or days on end fixing the problem, maybe it’s just better paying that someone, half an hour, an hour of their time to fix the problem. That way you will save time. Time is money.
You can work on other things, and you save a lot more time to get happier, business to move forward. Don’t ever dismiss that. It’s always worth something to think about to get that expert help, and there’s plenty of people out there who can help you with that.
If you need advice about that, just reach out to me. Tweet at me or even just leave a comment in the show note and I can get back to you. Just let me know. So really that’s all we’re gonna talk about today, but at the end of the day the only way you’re not gonna have any problem with your website is just don’t have a website. If you want to have a website, maybe the next best thing to keep it as small a problem as possible, is to have a one page website, so that it will minimise the risk involved. But that’s never enough, is it?
You can’t just have a one page website that will help your business to grow. It’s just not gonna work. You need to be growing your online presence, doing a number of things, whether it’s the social media, the content, the blogging, the email marketing, the conversion rate optimization. All these things play a part together, to help your business to grow. You can’t just expect a one page website to do that work for you.
Unfortunately, we’re just going to have to accept that you’re website will run into problems, but the good thing is that there are plenty of solutions out there that can help fix that problem for you. There’s so many support, so many resources, so many information out there that can help fix that problem. Don’t even think about dismissing that, there’s help on the way, so don’t worry about that.
Thank you for listen to the show. I really do appreciate your time, and I would absolutely love it if you could leave a review on iTunes. It would make me so, so happy, and I really, really would appreciate it as well.Hope to speak to you guys soon again, and in the mean time, let’s rock with WordPress!
Hope to speak to you guys soon again, and in the mean time, let’s rock with WordPress!