Best (but Questionable?) WordPress Alternatives


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Best (but Questionable?) WordPress Alternatives

Getting your business online is essential if you want to be successful in today’s highly digitalized business world. Regardless of the area that you are involved in, whether you are a start-up, small business or a corporate giant, it is crucial that you have an active part in the online wilderness.

Having an established online presence is the new way to attract potential customers from any part of the world, build lasting relationships with clients and show your business’ concept and full potential.

The way that all of the magic is achieved is mainly — through content.

In all its diverse forms, content is and remains to be the king that it has proven its dominance and importance for businesses worldwide.

For this reason, it is very important for businesses to create and spread their content in the most comfortable, easy, and quick way, without limitations and difficult interfaces to understand. This is where the Content Management Systems come in place.

Content Management Systems

The Content Management System, also known as CMS, is where your content basically lives.

It is a platform with the purpose to create, manage, and publish web content related to your business, products, services, or anything else that may tempt more visitors to your website and help you increase the visibility of your business online. And of course, rank higher in search engines search results.

Using your selected CMS you can upload content for a blog, website information, e-commerce site or other corporate data that you may need.

Content Management systems have developed in providing options for linking together with other platforms to create a unified online presence but they can  also be used independently for blogging purposes.

Content Management Systems come in a range of options and offer diversity, depending on the specific needs of your business.

While WordPress is one of the most popular systems used by online businesses, there are a range of alternatives, which you may find easier to use and more suitable for your specific needs.

Bear in mind: Web hosting of your website is the main pillar of your online presence. If you choose the option to have a website without the option to transfer it to a reputable web hosting provider, alert, alert! Inform yourself before you try to make a financial and time investment :

– is it posible to register and redirect a relevant domain name with the CMS you have in mind

– can you have a Shared Hosting, VPS or Dedicated Server hosting on a certain free CMS alternatives to WordPress

Drupal

Although a bit more complex than WordPress, Drupal is also a CMS platform widely used among online businesses and has its advantages and individual functionalities. It may be more difficult to use but can make users’ lives easier by providing more functionality options. Access to more features can be beneficial but may also require more learning time to get used to the platform.

Some of the advantages of Drupal include:

1. Available directly form Softaculous library and your cPanel with AltusHost business web hosting

2. Granular user management

3. Ability to manage different content types

4. Quick access to fixing tools and other resources

5. Ideal for users with experience in web development and CMS in general

6. Extensive range of themes and plugins to use (called modules in Drupal)

7. Ability to handle a large quantity of content and complex projects

8. More advanced user permissions, including site admins, content editors, tailored access to private content, if required

Kentico

Kentico is known as an integrated marketing solution that is quality alternative to WordPress for online businesses looking to manage their content and grow their online visibility.

The platform allows its users to manage a range of diverse website types and its main advantage is that it is an all-in-one content management system, meaning that you won’t experience the need to look elsewhere for additional features.

Popular for its creative features, Kentico has a few advantages over WordPress:

1. Less time-consuming when it comes to creating big, enterprise-level websites

2. Content management is more quick and simple

3. Easier editing due to a unified administrative area to work in

4. Faster page loading speed as a result of less code loading

The platform has a number of other characteristics, such as the opportunity to create custom pages, which can be saved for later, a multi-site management option, allowing a number of sites to exchange or share content and a WYSIWYG Editor, which is an essential tool for users who are not experienced developers. Using this feature, users can easily make changes to images, headers and copy without the need to dig into HTML coding.

Squarespace

Squarespace is a Content Management System that is excellent for users who are interested in managing a blog, an eCommerce site, a business portfolio or website.

Created with a focus on user-friendliness, Squarespace is very easy to use and gives its users access to a range of pre-made and ready to use templates you can choose.

In addition to that, it is easy to synchronize your social media presence with your content via connection options available on the platform.

Various business apps can also be linked to the platform, making the lives of business owners easier.

The platform is ideal for small online stores but may have its limitations if you are running a gigantic e-commerce shop.

No special coding skills are required to create attractive content and build a stable online presence via Squarespace.

Now, a huge BUT.

Okay, Squarespace may be cool, but it does not give you the oppurtunity to have a web hosting apart form Squarespace servers. So, if you ever want to swith to a reliable web host, you will be faced with a lot of tiring dificulties  with that endevour.

Nevertheless, let’s list some of the main advantages of the platform:

1. Unlimited storage space

2. More than 500 available templates to choose from

3. A large pool of integration opportunities such as social channels, design and eCommerce functionality

4. Can sync with Apple Podcasts and manage podcast uploads

5. Mobile-friendly websites – in 2018, you just can’t afford to neglect the importance of mobile friendliness

6. Available options to upgrade to a custom domain name with SSL/HTTPs

Choosing the right Content Management System of your business will depend on a range of factors, including your ultimate goal, type of content you would like to manage, business sphere and even the level of expertise of your employees. There are a number of other alternatives to WordPress that are available on the market. The list above simply outlines three options that may be useful in reviewing the best CMS for your business.

About the author: Donna Moores is a successful blogger and CMO at Handmade Writing. She has gained an outstanding marketing experience within the biggest industries and businesses, which she pleasantly shares with the readers. You may reach out to Donna on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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WordPress Mistakes You Should Definitely Avoid

WordPress has always been the go-to choice for people who want to create a fully functional website or have an eCommerce store up and running in no time.

Why?

Well, it’s a fact that WordPress is super fast and easy to set up. You can easily have a blog ready (which you need) in just a few simple clicks. However, because of how easy it is to create a website, many people tend to forget that WordPress is not very tolerant when you make basic mistakes in it.

These WordPress mistakes that you should definitely avoid are quite common among beginners and doing them could undo all the benefits that the CMS has to offer and drag down your website.

Make sure that your WordPress website runs smoothly by avoiding these popular WordPress mistakes that beginners tend to do!

Backup, Backup, Backup

Do you have a backup for your WordPress website?

If you don’t, well,  you have a huge problem just coming after you.

Having backups for your website is absolutely essential because they act as an insurance in case of anything bad happens to your website. You might not think that you’ll get attacked by hackers or get a virus, but if you do, you’re going to regret not having a backup of your website at the ready.

Thankfully, a number of hosting providers do offer backup services, which can be automated and performed regularly. All you have to do is set it and you’re done. However, some might not provide this service. In which case, you’ll have the all the backup yourself.

WordPress does offer plugins that help you do the backup process itself. Plugins such as Duplicator or BackUpBuddy are easy and simple to use, even if you have no tech knowledge at all.

Having admin as your username

Do you still have “admin” as a user on your WordPress website? Or worse, is it still the default user or main account? Then you’re definitely a target for a security breach.

Practicing smart shared hosting security techniques is important for any website but it’s far too often that the user itself is the cause of the security breach. One of those causes is by having “admin” still as your username as it’s basically akin to having one door unlocked for hackers.

It’s important that you change your username as soon as possible. If you’re sure how to do it, here’s a simple step-by-step procedure on how to change your account username:

– Use your “admin” account to log into your wp-admin dashboard and create a new full-administrator user with a new username.

– Then log into the new full-administrator user account that you’ve created.

– Check and confirm that you attribute all the content from the old “admin” user to the new user. Finally, delete the old “admin” account.

Not setting up your permalinks

When a new page gets created or you write a new post, WordPress will automatically give it a web address (URL) for the page. The new page’s URL will always follow the template set by WordPress. Unfortunately, the default setting for that template is usually a number scheme that barely makes any sense and looks like this:

mysite.com/?p=169

That’s not easy to type or remember. It’s best to change that into something that’s more search engine friendly. The good news is that it’s actually quite easy to change to your permalinks and you only have to do it once.

Here’s what you need to do:

– Open up your WordPress dashboard and hover over “Settings”

– Find the option for “Permalinks” and click on it

– Change your permalinks setting from the default. We generally use “Post Name”.

It’s important that you set up your permalinks as soon as possible. The longer you wait, then any pages you create will have your old link settings. If you change the links after they’ve been live for a while, then the links will no longer lead visitors to those pages. Instead, they will get a “Page Not Found” error and you don’t want that.

Ignoring updates on your WordPress

One of the biggest misconceptions that beginners have about WordPress updates is that it might cause compatibility issues with the current features or their site or even lead to data and content loss. Here’s the thing, updates are really important in order to improve the platform’s performance, speed, security, compatibility, usability, and management.

When you see a new update for WordPress, we recommend that you do it as soon as possible. Having an updated WordPress will keep you protected from any vulnerabilities or potential attacks towards your website.

If you’re too lazy to do a manual update, you can set your WordPress to update automatically so that you don’t have to deal with the whole process yourself.

Otherwise, to manually enable automatic updates for WordPress, simply add this single line of code to your wp-config.php file:

define( ‘WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE’, true );

This will enable all core updates. You can add the following bit of code to your function.php file if you just want important security and major changes but to skip nightly builds and other development updates.

add_filter( ‘allow_dev_auto_core_updates’, ‘__return_false’ );

Picking and using the wrong themes

When you’re starting a website, you’re going to be using a lot of money on things such as a year of web hosting. Because of this, you might be tempted to cut costs and opt for free themes instead.

Don’t! Because a theme can make or break a website.

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when starting a WordPress website is to not use a powerful theme. It’s important that you choose the right theme as it will serve as the backbone of your site. A free theme might not be coded properly which could affect your site’s performance or lack of plugin support which limits what you can use.

Going for a quality or premium theme will offer you better customization options and gives you the ability to make it look just how you want it. If you want to have a really good looking site, even if it’s just a blog, then you should definitely get a good theme.

Some factors that you might consider before deciding on a theme are the aesthetics, SEO compatibility, responsiveness, and plugin support.

Using a bad host

When you create your website, you need a place to store it. That’s where a web host comes in and far too often, people just choose whichever web host is available.

Unfortunately, not all web hosts are created equal. Some might be better suited for WordPress sites and some might not. If you’re on a tight budget, you can go for the cheapest web hosting available that are still pretty good.

If you want to take full advantage of your WordPress website, then we recommend going for web hosts that specializes in WordPress hosting such as AltusHost’s Business Hosting. You can get great hosting features with high server performance at reasonable price.

Using images the wrong way

A website without any images is a bland website. If you want to make sure that your blog or eCommerce site stands out, you’re going to have to stock it up with plenty of images.

However, don’t make the mistake of uploading an image that’s over 20MB in size. Why? Because bigger, heavier, and larger files will take longer to load and will cause your website to slow down.

You should always optimize your images before uploading it to your site in order to ensure that it will load fast and smooth for the user. It’s pointless to upload billboard-sized images when it’s going be no bigger than a dollar bill on your website.

So how do you fix this? You can use Photoshop to edit the image into a smaller size or use plugins such as wp-smush and compress the images before uploading it to your media gallery. Keeping your images optimized will go a long way in keeping your WordPress website loading smoothly.

Going crazy with plugins

When you first start a WordPress website, you will definitely be overwhelmed by the number of plugins available. And while there are a number of great plugins that can help your website, beginners tend to go a bit overboard with installing as much as possible.

Sure, there’s no rule that says that you can’t install as many plugins as possible, but if it were up to us, we’d say that less is more. If you can manage your entire WordPress website with zero plugins, then great, you don’t need to read any further.

As for the rest of us, you need to know that there’s one big issue with installing too many plugins and that’s different plugins don’t always play nice with one another.

It’s bound to happen if you have a lot of plugins installed on your website. Your website might be fine with plugin-A and plugin-B installed, but adding plugin-C might cause everything to go haywire!

Another tip that you should follow is to never install a plugin that has not been tested with your version of WordPress. You should always use the latest version that’s been tested so that it runs smoothly.

Sure, there are many more mistakes that you could make when you first start making your website. However, if you avoid the mistakes that we’ve listed above, we guarantee that you’ll have a smooth running WordPress website in no time.

About the author: Jason Chow is a fan of technology, WordPress, and entrepreneurship. He is an outreach manager for WHSR and WebRevenue.io. Jason is also a marketer – he likes to read news related to startups and Internet marketing.

 

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