How To Manage a WordPress Content Management System (CMS)

Need a content management system for your website and you have heard that the WordPress can be the best choice for you but you are still confused why and how? Let me tell you the reasons why you should choose the WordPress.

  • They provide the quickest customer service so whenever you are stuck somewhere and you need help, there will always be someone available for you to help.
  • You don’t need any professional skills for web designing or web development, they will provide you all the tools, plugins, themes and widgets you need for your website. But if you still don’t like all the stuff or if you are not sure what is best for your website, you can always hire a web designer or developer to maintain and design your website for you.
  • Whether you are a first-time user, a professional or in between them, the interface is super cool.
  • Over 17 million people use WordPress including your favorite singer Katy Perry.
  • It is regularly updated to improve speed, fix bugs and more.
  • It is an SEO-friendly platform with cleaner codes, ongoing security maintenance, and helpful plugins.
  • You are going to love this part; it is all FREE to use. Cool, right?

Jobs That You Will Need To Do

Working with WordPress doesn’t require a lot of hard work but you will still have to take care of a few things as administration of a WordPress website does require some work.

Those tasks won’t consume a lot of your time if you do them individually and on time but if you leave your web site for a long period of time you’ll lose the ratings you have got after all that hard work. Here are a few things on which you will have to keep an eye:

  • Update your website as soon as possible when the updates are released by WordPress. Updates are aimed to improve the performance and fixing an already known issue. Review your website and solve if there is any issue present, update the plugins and you may also want to update your theme.
  • Spam prevent your website from getting comments or subscribers. When the traffic grows on your website the spam also grows, take care of that and keep your website clean and genuine.
  • Unfortunately, the WordPress might not be enough to protect your website. Security issues also increase as your website gets popularity. However, a managed hosting plan may decrease the risk.

Tips For Better Managing

Here are a few tips, for you as a website administrator to manage your website.

  • Subscribe to some blogs about web designing and development or follow google news to stay up to date with the updates being released by WordPress or google. So, whenever an update is released you will be informed immediately about what the update is aimed to, how to solve the issue and you will also be able to take actions as soon as possible. You will get some extra information by doing this, and may also be able to solve the issues on your own.
  • The best way to improve google ranking is by updating your web site on regular basis and uploading the relevant and useful content.
  • Give a bit of your time to your website regularly.

WordPress Plugins

To make a successful website you will need to do a little bit of hard work. If it was an easy job everyone would have one but, everyone is not talented enough as you are, so not all of them have their own websites or at least successful websites. Apart from praise, let’s get to the point. It is not necessary that you do all the work by yourself, you can always get some help.

Help from a friend? No, you can use the help from online tools and plugins to speed up your work. What are plugins? Plugins are extensions created for users by the developers to make their jobs easier. You can simply download and install one to use. There are over 46,000 plugins available on WordPress absolutely free of cost. You can visit all the plugins on WordPress.org

Here are a few plugins given below that you must need to work with a website:

  • Jetpack by WordPress: This plugin is used for image optimization, social media, analytics, security, and more. To get further information click here.
  • W3 Total Cache: You can use this tool to know what is slowing down your website. A slower website is boring; you will never get as much amount of audience as you deserve if your website is slow. For further information and plugin click here.
  • Word fence: This plugin is used to decrease the security risk to your website. This is recommended for you to install as it will work as a security guard for your website. For further information and plugin click here.
  • User Role Editor: This plugin is made to manage the websites that have the multi-users. If you manage such a website, this plugin will help you to maintain control over user access and helps to control version. For more information, you can visit WordPress website or click here.
  • Akismet: This works as the spam detector tool for you, it will work out to check which comments are genuine and which ones are spam comments on your website. A spam website not only have security issues but it also loses google ranking and followers. For more information about Askimet, you may visit the WordPress’s website or simply click here.
  • WP Smush: Low-quality images seem very unprofessional and you will never be able to get a good ranking with low-quality images but the high-quality images are bigger in size and take much time to load, that can also cause a ranking drop. So, what can we do to get away in between? Let’s use this plugin. This plugin will help you compress and optimize the images for you. Now you can upload HD pictures with compressed size.
  • Google XML Sitemaps: With this plugin, you can automate the search engine notification process and generate sitemaps. For more detailed information, you can either visit WordPress’s website or click here.
  • UpdraftPlus: This plugin is used to backup WordPress. If you feel insecure about losing your data or if you don’t remember to back up your data often and lose it. This plugin is the best option for you, you can simply schedule regular back-ups using this plugin. You no longer have to worry about losing your data. Want to know more about this plugin or simply want to get it? Let me help you. Click here.
  • Yoast SEO: Are you tired of thinking how to make your website SEO optimized? Tried everything but nothing worked for your website? Let Yoast SEO do this job for you. It will help you understand what your website needs in order to get SEO optimized. For getting this plugin or detailed information click here or visit WordPress site.
  • Google Analytics: Are you the one who want to integrate other website management tools into WordPress? If yes Analytics by MonsterInsights is the best option for you. Get more information or plugin by clicking here.
  • Advanced Automatic Updater: Too lazy to update your website on regular basis? No worries, you can use this plugin to auto-update any plugin, core or theme. For more information about how it works or if you want to get the plugin click here.

All the main jobs that are actually very time consuming if you do them manually can simply be done by using these plugins. Invest your time on the content of your website and let the plugins do their job. Happy web managing!

Online Resources

Whether you are a beginner or a professional of a top ranking website. Everyone has to do a bit of hard work and research. Here, I’m attaching links to some eBooks and websites for you people to read and follow.

These websites will provide you a detailed guide on how to start making a website with WordPress, video tutorials, tips, step by step introduction for beginners and advanced information for professionals like coding, e-training, writing plugins etc.

For Beginners:

  • The WordPress Codex (basic to full on introduction to website development and coding)
  • iThemes (video tutorials covering basics of WordPress)
  • WordPress: The Missing Manual, 2nd edition (2014) by Matthew MacDonald
  • WordPress Websites Step-by-Step (2014) by Caimin Jones
  • WordPress for Beginners (2014) by Dr. Andy Williams
  • WPBeginner (provides guide and tips daily)

For Professionals:

  • WordPress Coding Standards (guide on coding)
  • Professional WordPress: Design and Development (2013) by Williams, Damstra, and Stern
  • Professional WordPress: Plugin Development (2011) by Williams, Richard, and Tadlock
  • WPMU DEV Tutorials (provides tutorials for web developers)
  • Envato Tuts+ Tutorials, Courses, and eBooks (contains e-training material)