While WordPress makes creating a website or blog possible for anyone for free, it isn’t always as easy as it seems—and even savvy users who have been using WordPress for years still do things wrong because they just don’t know any better.
It’s no wonder security remains such a tough challenge for marketers or developers building a website today—the security landscape is simply a difficult one to navigate. Threats continue to evolve, attacks are more widespread than ever, and cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated.
WordPress makes life easy for small businesses, bloggers, and large news sites. You have best practices automatically applied in many cases like canonical links and there are plugins for practically everything else you need. With the ease of publishing content and designs, you also have a new issue:
If you want to run a successful business in the 2010s and beyond, you need a website. It doesn’t matter if you are a solo online entrepreneur or run a large network of brick-and-mortar stores, you need an online presence. Many business owners are intimidated by the idea of setting up a website on their own, but it is something you can absolutely handle. If you can read English and write an email, you can build a website. It really is that easy! Follow along with this guide and you’ll have a website up and running in as little as five minutes. Really!
If you want to build a career with your WordPress skills, you’ve got to dig in deep to stand out from the crowd. Beginner developers who can do basic theme customization are a dime a dozen, but becoming a truly skilled WordPress developer requires hard work and perseverance.
Wondering where to start with page speed improvements? Columnist Tom Demers shares how he tackled page speed improvements on several WordPress sites without (much) input from a developer.