Yes it is easy to customize WordPress, and yes, you can run down hundreds of endless rabbit trails of tweaking, fiddling, and futzing.
When I built my first WordPress website eleven years ago I was naive, but super excited. After all, I had an abundance of enthusiasm, and a plan, sort of.
Out Of The Gate – I Made 5 Big Mistakes
- Slammed up my first website with little thought to website visitor behavior psychology.
- Zero experience with online predators (hackers).
- Wrong Hosting Company.
- Wrong WordPress Theme.
- Did not understand WordPress was only a tool, not a strategy.
I’ll spare you the gruesome details but suffice it to say…
Everything went great for 6 years and then in the space of one weekend I went from a confident, above average, website owner to what felt like a Tylenol-popping, hypertensive, depressed, website hack victim.
For the first step I highly recommend reinforcing your WordPress website security. Not paying attention to website security comes with a heavy penalty.
This was the wake-up call I needed to reassess my website security habits, and send me on a personal odyssey to research and understand website visitor behavior psychology.
Before you customize WordPress I would highly recommend looking at reinforcing your website security.
Harden Website Security
Firewall and Malware Scanner
Do Not Use FTP
Easy Way to Achieve Peace of Mind
Recover From Self-Inflicted Mistakes
The primary goal when you customize WordPress is to align your website with Website Psychology strategies, increase the simplicity and effectiveness of your site, and increase your sites usability.