Kryptonite was the one substance that could bring down and weaken Superman. Unlike Superman, WordPress’ kryptonite can be a handful of things.
Things we can avoid, things we don’t need to expose WordPress to, and thereby weaken its functionality, security and effectiveness. All things within our control to control with a little effort and knowledge.
What is Kryptonite for WordPress?
- Updates: Way too many folks underestimate the importance of updating. When you see the update indicators in the admin area — update. Do what it says! Otherwise you increase the risk of getting hacked. Every WordPress update includes security hardening. Outdated WordPress Core — Kryptonite! (Don’t want to deal with updating?)
- Plugins: While most plugin developers are great guys and gals who offer a quality product (for free in many cases), there are those plugins that are not supported or kept up to date. They can break themes and cause WordPress to not work as it should. Check that your plugins are tested with the most current version of WordPress. If you see the plugin is falling behind and being neglected — find an alternative. Outdated unsupported free plugins — Kryptonite!
- Passwords: The WordPress password creation tool (Users > Your Profile) creates crazy difficult passwords. And for good reason! The more random and difficult the better. Easy passwords for you, may be easy passwords for those with nefarious intentions. And for goodness sake never use “password” for your password! Easy passwords — Kryptonite!
- Themes: Not all themes are created equal. Many free themes have shoddy code or undesirable encrypted links in the footer. Here again, what if that theme is not updated for bugs, security risks or to work with the latest version of WordPress? You’ll have a broken site, that’s what. For the minimal price of a premium WordPress theme, you can avoid bad theme syndrome — Kryptonite!
- Images: Okay, images are not part of WordPress per se but being they are such a big part of your presentation not using them properly can be kryptonite for your site and therefore deserve a mention. When adding images you need to make sure they are quality (no clip art), appropriate, properly sized and that you have permission to use them. Receiving a DMCA Complaint from the photographer or source because you right/click/saved an image you do not have permission to use? Kryptonite!
Be a WordPress Superhero!
Every serious site owner and Blogger needs to at the very least have these bases covered to give their endeavor the best chance for success. You need to be “the” superhero for your site!
You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.
~ Timothy Dalton
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