Blogging has been a trend for quite a while and it continues to be one of the best ways for people to communicate. It is also rather easy, as long as you have something to write about and for many people, it is a rather unexpected source of income. WordPress is technically a blogging site. It can be used by anyone but it has the advantage of having some advanced settings that people who are comfortable with computers can turn into some fetching blogs. PHP and MySQL knowledge can help you turn a WordPress blog into quite a pretty thing.
But, just like with everything that has many options, WordPress is a pretty good example that evolution leads to more new problems. Most of them are fixable and people with computer knowledge shouldn’t have many issues doing this. Here are some of the most pressing issues that a WordPress blogger has to consider:
1) WordPress is an open source program.
What this means is that its code is available for everyone to read. This is a good thing because everyone who knows how can know everything that WordPress does to their computer and no hidden tricks can be placed. The thing that you have to consider, though, is that someone with less honorable intentions and a good knowledge of computers can use the code to create programs that can harm you. Far-fetched but possible.
2) WordPress is insecure
Just like with everything online, security is the most important issue and WordPress’ history is not spotless in that regard: in 2007 a backdoor was introduced in some WordPress downloads which led to some commercial blogs edited with WordPress to be attacked.
In April 2011, it was revealed that a low-level break-in on a couple of WordPress servers, done by Automattic, could lead hackers to access all the information available on users.
3) Running an outdated version of the WordPress software is not just less pretty but it can also be a security issue.
Newer versions, on top of offering more options, usually also try to cover previous security issues. If you haven’t updated your WordPress software in a while, try to check that you have at least a version later than 2.7 – that was the last one that had a major security issue.
4) Plugins are not always the way to go
Plug-ins are usually considered an advantage of WordPress and the fact that everyone gets to contribute to it is usually a positive thing. However, before downloading a plug-in, make sure to read about it: some, either intentionally or not, can create additional vulnerabilities. Security plug-ins are a must, especially if you are concerned with privacy.
Check for plug-in issues, before choosing one. Even if security-wise a plug-in is safe, sometimes it can create other problems that can ruin your previous settings. Bad plug-ins can cause loss of information, at the very least.
5) Similar to plug-ins, WordPress themes have certain individual issues that should be checked before installation.
They may present links that you do not want on your blog, reveal more than you need or hide things that used to be visible. Generally speaking, if you do not have advanced computer knowledge, try to keep your blog as simple as possible. Variety can cause complications.