Reading Time: 5 minutes Learn WordPress – Advice & Tips for Beginners - mon Sheri Design-Sheri Lossing WordPress has a learning curve. But that doesn’t mean it’s hard to learn. If you’re going to do justice to its potential, you will need to invest in learning WordPress. Following is some of the information I wish I knew when I started using WordPress. If you are new to WordPress I hope you will find a few helpful tips here.


Choose a host with Managed WordPress.

In a Managed WordPress hosting, generally the hosting service will:


Choose hosting that is easily accessible with 24/7 support.

When there is a problem that involves your website’s hosting, you don’t want to submit a ticket. You want access to a real person, day or night. Enough said.


Choose your domain name carefully.

In most cases the “.com” version is what you want. A short, simple, easy to remember domain is best.


Use a CDN.

If your website has a lot of content or a global reach, a CDN (Content Delivery Network) is especially helpful. A CDN will serve some of your content remotely and speed load time for users.


Use a Child Theme.

Edits to code should be made in a child theme — that way if you mess something up you can just remove it from the child theme and the parent theme’s files remain intact.


What is the difference between a theme and a template?


What is a plugin and why would I use one?

Need a certain function? There’s a plugin for that!

  • WordPress plugins contain code to add functions to your website.
  • Don’t go crazy with the plugins. The more functionality, content and media you add your website the ‘heavier’ it gets. If your site gets bogged down and slow, it can negatively affect your page speed, SEO and user experience. Choose your plugins carefully.

A Word of Caution:

  • Only use plugins and themes from trusted sources.
  • Check if there are known vulnerabilities for a plugin or theme at:


Always, always, always web-ready your media.

All images & videos should be the appropriate dimension and compression for the page. An image that is not in the correct format and size for the web will load slowly.


Address Page Speed.

If load speed is important to you, you can increase your page speed with a plugin.

Sites to test your page speed:


Security measures – at least do the basics.

  • Install a security plugin, like iThemes Security, WordFence, or WP Security & Firewall.
  • Use Akismet if you have a blog to help with comment spam.
  • Never use “admin” for your username. If you need to change it, TAP HERE for instructions.
  • Choose a strong password.
  • Run your updates. Always. When security vulnerabilities, bugs or other issues arise, updates are released to address them. If you don’t run the updates, your site can become compromised.



There you have it – things I wish I knew when I began working in WordPress. If there is information here that you can use or research, I am thankful and you have made my day.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sheri Lossing


— I am a freelance web and graphic designer who also does professional photography.
— I drink a lot of coffee, live in front of my computer, and occasionally leave my house. I love what I do.

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