WordPress, one of the hottest content management systems or site builders, supports more than 60 million webmasters all over the world now. Bearing the concepts of simplicity, functionality and SEO in mind, the developers of WordPress constantly evolve this script with either the major update or the minor upgrade. However, WordPress still may bring you some problems that can be annoying to deal with. This means no matter you are a newcomer or an experienced user who has years of experiences of WordPress utilization, you might be irritated by some issues from time to time.
Frankly speaking, the number of issues you can run into with WordPress may be unlimited, but here, we’d like to discuss the top 6 annoying things of WordPress, along with the tips to fix them.
Problem No.1 – The Happening of White Screen of Death Error
As far as we are concerned, there must be 9 out of 10 WordPress users who have encountered this typical error for at least one time. Generally, once this happens, you can see nothing from your site but a nonsense white screen. Sometimes, even your admin panel reflects nothing to you.
To be honest, the white screen of death error is not a complicated issue, but if you fail to realize and fix it, this issue can be devastating for your site. For instance, it directly affects the traffic and page ranking of your website, and may destroy your online image in the mind of your readers.
How to Fix
This problem is generally caused by a newly installed template and plugin. In this case, once this happens, the first thing you should do is to deactivate this new theme or plugin. Here, if you cannot access your admin, things can be a little bit complex and you should leverage your control panel or a FTP client.
In addition, if this issue is caused by some other unknown reasons, the easiest troubleshooting is to restore your site using the backup file.
Problem No.2 – The Conflict Issue among All Your Installed Plugins
One of the greatest highlights of WordPress is that there are countless plugins available that can meet different needs for you. However, as every coin has two sides, this benefit also brings a serious trouble – the conflict and incompatibility among these great tools.
Therefore, although your installed plugins are the great and error-free options, you cannot make sure that whether they will cause some serious problems with the activation of others. Even, your site can be in the wrong condition after you updating one or all your current plugins.
How to Fix
There is no shortcut available to fix this issue, but two steps you have to do.
- If you update your plugins, you need to roll back to the previous versions. This can be done easily if you have a backup of all your plugins.
- If you install a new one, you’d better remove it and choose another option.
Problem No.3 – Frequent WordPress Updates
It is possible that each time you log into your WordPress site, you will be informed of some update messages for WordPress, themes and plugins. This can be especially frequent if you have installed a lot of plugins.
Surely, you need to keep everything staying on the most updated versions so as for the website security. However, doing this constantly can be annoying.
How to Fix
For WordPress update, you can schedule this practice on a weekly or on a monthly basis based on the security level and your website requirements. Here, we mean you can view it as a regular maintenance task for your WordPress site.
In addition, if you want to start the update as soon as the new version is released, you can consider the WP Updates Settings plugin. By clicking Settings > Updates, you can decide whether to show the updates notification on your admin and whether to automatically update your site for the WordPress minor core, WordPress major core, plugins and themes.
Problem No.4 – Visual Editor vs Text Editor
WordPress makes it easy for content creation. In the editing screen, you have two options to use – the visual editor and the text editor. No matter which one you choose, you can get a great experience. However, if you are looking to switch from one to another, the formatting of your content can be totally messy.
How to Fix
At present, there is no effective way to resolve this issue. The only thing you can do is to avoid switching back and forth between these two editors. For us, we generally use the outside editor to write down the words and add the coding stuff, and then, copy and paste the content into the WordPress text editor.
However, if you want to get the in-time preview and easy editing process, you surely can choose the visual editor.
Problem No.5 – Massive Spam Comments
Fighting against with the spam comments can be a daily routine for almost all the WordPress users. Unless you close the comment area of your site, the spammers can always find a way to infiltrate through your comments, no matter your site is a brand new one or a popular one.
Having the spam comments left can devalue the quality of your site, redirect your readers to some bad sites accidentally and affect your overall website ranking.
How to Fix
Firstly, you can open the default comment moderation offered by WordPress. This way, all the submitted comments cannot be made publicly unless they pass your moderation. For this, you need to click Settings > Discussion, and tick the checkbox that allows a comment to appear when it is manually approved.
Or, if your site receives a lot of comments on a daily basis, the manual way can be time-consuming. If so, you can consider some anti-spam plugins such as Akismet.
Problem No.6 – The Admin Is Easy to Be Hacked
Security can be the top issue for most WordPress users. After all, due to the popularity, open source nature and the simple coding, websites that are set up using this script now can be the main target for most hackers.
Especially, the website admin is really easy to be hacked for the below reasons.
- Everyone knows that the URL of the admin login page is http://domain.com/admin or http://domain.com/wp-login.php.
- Everyone knows that the default admin username is “admin”.
- There are a lot of tools for hackers to decode your password.
How to Fix
To protect the website admin, you have to safeguard the login page, which acts as a bridge for people to access your site.
Here, you firstly can change the default login URL using the Custom Login URL plugin. With it, you can customize this special link from the permalink settings directly using your preferred suffix.
In addition, after the installation of WordPress, you need to replace the default username of “admin” with another one that only you know. To achieve this, the utilization of phpMyAdmin can be an effective option. However, it is possible that you do not want to bother your database. If so, you can consider the following steps.
- Click Users > Add New button to create a new user that comes with your preferred username, along with a different email address and password.
- Assign it with the Administrator user role.
- Delete the original admin username.
- Logout and login using the new username.