Rebuilding my site on WordPress, what do I have to know?

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Hi,

I'm rebuilding a site (basically moving content) onto a WordPress platform and I don't want to miss out on any vital technical aspects. The old site was hand-coded in HTML and I will most likely create brand new posts in WordPress and redirect the old addresses/URLs to the new ones.

"Technically" what do I have to know about WordPress?

I am thinking about using virus protection plug-ins, anti-spam plug-ins and learning to create back-ups. Not sure what else should I focus on. Please advise me if I'm missing out on anything.

I don't want to commit major mistakes when building a new site.

By the way, I'm 100% new to WordPress, just learning now
#rebuilding #site #wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author deu12000
    For a barebones site I recommend installing RankMath SEO, it will also help you with re-directs. Then add other plugins as needed. You might not need any other plugins.


    Anti-spam is already built-in with Askimet. You don't need virus protection.
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  • Profile picture of the author JPs copy
    Hey, here are just a few plug-ins I use:

    Akismet Anti-Spam to protect your site from spam comments
    Elementor to create drag and drop landing pages
    GA Google Analytics for obviously google analytics
    Popbox for Elementor and Elementor Pro in case you want to use opt-in boxes
    Updraft Plus to back-up your site

    Good luck! I'm sure you will do well.

    I started hard-coding in the early 00's but ultimately switched to Wordpress because it was easier for me to manage.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Collier
    I use Thrive Architect and Thrive Leads for all my sites as a drag and drop, and opt-in popup boxes.

    As for security, I use Wordfence to keep an eye on any changes that may be made to the code without my knowledge (compromised site or server).

    If you are using SSL, using Simple SSL makes it easy to ensure all portions of your site are using SSL, and helps you find the content that Wordpress hasn't finished porting to SSL (mixed content like previously uploaded images) which can break your SSL site frustratingly.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Manu
    All in One WP Security is a must have plugin to protect your website from brute force attacks. When I first activated it I was shocked by how many hacking attempts it stopped each day.

    JetPack is also a great plugin with tons of tools like contact forms, fast loading images, stats and more.

    Yoast SEO is the SEO plugin I use.
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  • Profile picture of the author culpetm
    By far, the most important plugins you need are

    1. a good firewall/protection plugin such as WordFence or All In One WP Security & Firewall - this will protect your site from getting hacked and from DDOS attacks

    2. a really good backup plugin such as UpDraft or BackupBuddy (unless your host does backups) - this will make it easy to recover or migrate your core files or database become corrupted for some reason

    Also, another crucial tip... don't ever modify your core theme... as soon as you update your theme, you'll lose any changes you made... instead use a child theme... you'll never lose your changes
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
      Originally Posted by culpetm View Post

      By far, the most important plugins you need are

      1. a good firewall/protection plugin such as WordFence or All In One WP Security & Firewall - this will protect your site from getting hacked and from DDOS attacks
      Yes, to the extent of an exception in that both WordFence and All in One WP Security & Firewall are plugins that have been exploited inthe past and quickly fixed in the past. Both are excellent plugins up to the point they were exploited.

      Originally Posted by culpetm View Post

      2. a really good backup plugin such as UpDraft or BackupBuddy (unless your host does backups) - this will make it easy to recover or migrate your core files or database become corrupted for some reason
      UpDraft and BackupBuddy are excellent plugins targeted at webmasters that need or want to create backups and clones "on-demand" because Host Backups are typically "not" on-demand, i.e. the Host Backup is limited to quantity and timeline: per hour, day, month, etc.

      Originally Posted by culpetm View Post

      Also, another crucial tip... don't ever modify your core theme... as soon as you update your theme, you'll lose any changes you made... instead use a child theme... you'll never lose your changes
      I believe you mean "never modify the core WP files"?
      One of the biggest advantages of WordPress Themes is they can be modified, so that the core WP files are not modified during a WP update.
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      • Profile picture of the author culpetm
        Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

        I believe you mean "never modify the core WP files"?
        One of the biggest advantages of WordPress Themes is they can be modified, so that the core WP files are not modified during a WP update.
        Yes, exactly right. Thanks for the clarification!
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  • I tried to rebuild my Squarespace site in wordpress but eventually realised that Squarespace was just fine for my purposes so left it there and focused on SEO instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author shawaizahmed
    if you are rebuilding your site then you should make your website lite weight and also and the AMP feature in your website which will help you in SEO and it also optimized your website speed on mobile
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