Hi Everyone,

Our local community here in Puyallup Washington State hosts a monthly WordPress meet up 

By the way all are welcome and if we have enough quorum that would love to attend our meetups but can't physically, we can share the online access. Just join the meetup here.

 

NB: No one wants a website. People want what a website can do.

 

MEET UP MINUTES

Let’s Talk WordPress 09.19.2017

Installation

WordPress just released version 4.8.2. Key thing to note. There two options for WordPress. WordPress.com, the hosted platform and wordpress.org the CMS tool behind I’d say about 40% of all websites on the internet. With WordPress.org you have to host the files by using your own server or using a hosting company. Most hosting companies will allow you to do a straight 10-minute install from their platforms. (We discussed different options)

Themes

Themes are the “outer” car, the color, the make the tires etc. Things to pay attention to when selecting a theme.

  1. How many stars/reviews the theme has
  2. How many downloads the theme has
  3. How often they update the Theme-This tells you how often their developer fixes their theme with WordPress. If they don’t do it frequently that’s an indication of lousy support.

Plugins

Plugins are the “under the hood” driver of the car. It’s what drives the car. Key things to note.

  1. If you deactivate a plugin, delete. It sitting there is keeping you vulnerable to attacks.
  2. Check the recency of when it was updated.
  3. If a plugin is not serving you, delete it. The more plugins you have the slower your website becomes which will mess up with your UX. User Experience.

Hosting

We discussed hosting and what to look for.

  1. Does the hosting company provide an SSL certificate?
  2. How much does it cost?
  3. Do they allow backups?

The recommended hosting companies were

  1.  Dream host
  2.  Site ground
  3.  Go daddy-even though they sell the SSL certificate.

Troubleshooting

When your website is down or not loading correctly here is a troubleshooting checklist.

  1. What was the last update you made? Install rollback plugin which can allow you to roll back the changes made.
  2. Disable all plugins and reactivate them one by one. This is to troubleshoot the one causing problems.
  3. Make sure all your plugins and themes are up to date.

Security

Make sure you have a security plugin installed. Two key ones are

  1. Word fence
  2. Ithemes
  3. Sucuri

Key to note. Even though there is not one that is superior to the other, it’s all a matter of preference and not one plugin will solve all security problems. Remember to pay attention to the balance between security and user experience.

The only way to make sure you never get attacked is to delete your website. You will be bombarded by bots. (Like I was)

Do regular backups.

Here are 2 great articles for further reading.

  1. Security
  2. Backups

Speed

Google speed test will tell you that your website is slow.

  1. Is your website really slow? Some developers have concluded there may be an incentive to giving the “slow” results. "Доверяй, но проверяй"(Doveryai, no proveryai) Trust but verify.
  2. Images- Host them elsewhere and then use the url via WordPress. Benefits-faster uploads and if you post it on Pinterest or google photos you may get some Site Engine Optimization (SEO) (get more traffic) benefits.
  3. Video’s- Just use YouTube. Faster load times and you also get a SEO benefit.
  4. Check out this article for further reading.

Image Sources

  1. Pixabay.com
  2. Pexels.com
  3. unsplash.com

Wrap Up.

Big thanks to

  1. Teri Shelton for sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience.
  2. Alex from Alpha Business Computers for sharing his knowledge and expertise.

Download this as a pdf.


Lee Kariuki
Lee Kariuki

Systems and strategy. I grow businesses by simplifying them. What do your customers want, and what’s in their way? Simple right? Reach me at admin@leekariuki.com.