Five quick WordPress fixes you can perform right now

WordPress is one of the world’s most popular CMS platforms, used by everyone from bloggers to large international companies.

We’ve fallen in love with its versatility, simplicity, and compatibility. Even better, you don’t need to be a tech whizz to make some quick WordPress fixes to your site. We’ve put together a list of five tech tweaks that you can do today to make your site run more smoothly.

Check the speed of your site

One of our favourite quick WordPress fixes is to see how speedy your site is. We live in a world of instant information, and potential customers will hit the back button pretty quickly if they have to wait for your site to load. Not sure how it’s performing? Check out your site speed at Pingdom.

Update to the latest version of WordPress

When a platform is as popular as WordPress, it ensures that thousands of experts are working round the clock to fix bugs and keep websites safe. This means that there are frequent updates made to WordPress. In order to benefit from this work, it’s important to make sure that you keep your site updated. When a new version of WordPress is available you will receive an update message on your WordPress dashboard. To update WordPress, click the link in this message.

Get rid of messy URLs and boost your site

When you create a post, WordPress automatically gives it a name and location. The WordPress default isn’t very eloquent – it’ll be a combination of post ID, numbers, and random letters. Google isn’t too impressed by this easier, and it might be working against your SEO efforts. But it’s easy to fix.

if your URLs aren’t looking that great (mywebsite.co.uk/?p=1) simply go to Settings > Permalinks and change your setting to the best setting for your website. We like using Post Name, but it’s up to you.

Check out the comments section!

Are you producing engaging and relevant content that attracts a high volume of genuine positive comments? If so, well done! If you don’t know, you’re not alone. Many websites forget to check out the comment section and it rapidly fills up with dubious spam. It’s easy enough to remove comments via your WordPress dashboard, but you can also reply to any genuine comments – good or bad. Having too many comments on a post can slow down your page, so this cull could be a good SEO boost too!

Sharing is caring

You created your website to take your product, business or message out into the world. Now it’s all there on your carefully crafted website, it’s important that as many people see it as possible. If you’re creating entertaining and engaging content, your readers will be inclined to share it with their peers. Ensure that you’ve enabled social sharing on your website so that your visitors can share your work on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Linkedin. The sky is the limit!

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