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(Last Updated On: October 23, 2018)

Life as a blogger seems like a good choice. After all, you get to work your own hours, be your own boss, and live a lifestyle of long lunches and endless cups of coffee. However, being a blogger isn’t everything it appears, not when you have to deal with WordPress. Yes, the platform is a free and accessible medium that has helps amateur writers become superstars. Still, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any skeletons hiding in the closet.

Anyone that uses WordPress will know it can be incredibly frustrating. Because stress is neither helpful nor productive, you want to make the process as easy and simple as possible. Thankfully, you can start with the following tips.


Purge The Widgets

When you look at your sidebar, you might see a mess of widgets locked together in an intense battle. Like flowers competing with weeds, space is scarce. Not only is this annoying from an aesthetics point of view, but it also doesn’t work wonders for your users. Quite simply, the clutter will prevent them from using the widgets effectively as the useless ones will get in the way. The solution is to remove the things that don’t add anything to the site and keep the ones who do. With that in mind, you can head to the ‘Appearance & Widgets’ section and start deleting. A tip: make your mind beforehand. There is nothing more frustrating than removing a piece of software that is useful.


Organise The Media Library

The term ‘library’ invokes images of books stacked neatly in alphabetical order. Most bloggers can’t say the same thing about their online library because it looks like a fifteen-year-old boy’s bedroom. Of course, organised chaos is one thing, but a mess is a mess, and it is destructive. The trick is to channel the inner parent in you tidy up your room. To do this, you need one folder that links together and is easily searchable. The good news is that WordPress allows you to do this, but the bad news is it can take time. Regardless, head to the ‘Settings & Media’ page and uncross the ‘Organise’ button. With any luck, this should work without getting into a big fuss.


No Internet Connection

Have you ever come across the error establishing a database connection sign that pops up from time to time? Lots of people have, and they assume it is an internal error on their end. For example, the router might be experiencing problems, or the supplier might be conducting tests. What most users don’t realise is that the problem can be a result of the WordPress platform. Yep, their server might not be responsive to your request, or the database could be corrupted. In truth, there are even more reasons that are too detailed to get into. All you need to know is that a fix is available if you rewrite the wp-config.php file. This file is in your user interface and only needs ‘define( ‘WP_ALLOW_REPAIR’, true )’ adding to make it work again. Honestly, you don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg.


Revise Your Permalinks

As a blogger, you want people to find your content, read it, and share it with others. For this to happen, the big search engines have to be able to locate the content and judge it on its merits. This is where SEO comes in handy as that is the job of search engine optimisation. To get the best results, you should focus on your titles to make sure they aren’t too long or off point. And, WordPress has its very own software program which can help. The permalink field at the top of the editing page will erase any unnecessary words and sharpen up your titles.


Resize Your Images


The effects of images are not in dispute. They even have SEO connotations because of captions, links, tags, and meta tags. However, they don’t bring anything to the table if they are not clear and in proportion to the page. Unfortunately, most images don’t transition perfectly from media to another, so resizing an image is important. To begin, optimise the picture to 72ppi and save it as a JPEG. That way, the photo should be compatible with the page, and it will get compressed at the same time. If you don’t know how to optimise an image, Photoshop is a great tool. Next, use the preview button to check everything is in proportion. If it is, the post should work fine and have the desired effect.


Hopefully, these tips will help you become a master of WordPress.


27 / Nottingham, UK. Trying these things since 2007. Writing about these things since 2014. Doing this full-time since 2018.