One of the great things about using WordPress is the vibrant plugin ecosystem. There are many thousands of different plugins that promise to improve every aspect of your site. With the right plugins, your WordPress site will run more smoothly, get more visitors, and be less likely to face problems.
WordPress comes with lots of settings you can use to customize the way your site works. It's important to know what these settings do, so that you can make sure your site is working just the way you want before launching.
Widgets let you add extra content in specific areas of your WordPress site, such as the sidebar and footer. Widgets make it easy to customize your site with menus, text or other content that will be displayed on every page.
One of the great things about WordPress is that it lets you choose from thousands of different themes to customize your site's look and feel. Many of these themes are free and easy to install from within your site's admin pages.
Backups are critical to getting your WordPress site running again when it's broken or, even worse, hacked. Senior staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen introduces three trusted plugins to add automatic backup routines to your WordPress site: BackUpWordPress, UpdraftPlus, and VaultPress.
Leaving your WordPress site unsecured leaves you, your users, and your data vulnerable to attack. Luckily, with some basic site configuration, code updates, and free plugins, you can make an existing or brand-new WordPress site much more secure.