1. To change the look of an entire WordPress site, you should install…
✅ A theme
Themes are a group of files (graphics, style sheets, and code) that dictates the overall appearance of your blog or website (Source: Dreamhost).
They provide a quick, easy way to change the entire look of your site in just a couple clicks.
2. Which plugin comes installed by default with every new WordPress site?
✅ Hello Dolly
If you install a clean, non-modified version of WordPress, you’ll notice it has the Hello Dolly plugin installed by default.
Hello Dolly was one of the very first WordPress plugins to be ever created. It came in May 2004 with the release of WordPress 1.2, which introduced the plugin architecture for WordPress.
Hello Dolly is written by Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress.Source: WPBeginner
This plugin serves no practical purpose; it’s mostly there for sentimental reasons.
You can definitely delete it!
3. After the Home page, what’s the #2 most-visited page on a website?
The About page is the #2 most visited page, after the Home page, on most sites.
That said, be sure you’ve got one!
4. Ideally, how many backups should you take of your site?
✅ Two Per Day
Best practice for backups is to have two backups.
Each backup should be stored in a different location; one must not be in the same place as your website.
My hosting provider (SiteGround) takes a backup of my site automatically. This backup is stored in the same location as my website.
Then, I use SiteCare to take another each morning. That backup is stored on an offsite server.
5. You should take a backup of your site before updating which of these?
✅ All of the above
Before installing any updates, including Core, Themes, or Plugins, it’s best to take a backup.
6. Visitors will leave your site if a page takes more than…
✅ 3 seconds to load
Around 50% of visitors to your site will leave if it doesn’t load within three seconds (Source: Hosting Manual)
7. Should you use a slider (a slideshow that automatically rotates) on your site?
✅ No! Sliders are horrible for page speed, accessibility, and user experience.
There are about a billion reasons why sliders are evil. Read more about them in my post 7 painful web design mistakes Entrepreneurs make all the time.
8. True or False: On WordPress sites, Google Analytics is installed by default.
No analytics come with WordPress by default. You’ve got to install something yourself!
9. Which of these is NOT a Core Web Vital?
✅ Core Page Speed
Core Web Vitals are the subset of Web Vitals that apply to all web pages, should be measured by all site owners, and will be surfaced across all Google tools. Each of the Core Web Vitals represents a distinct facet of the user experience, is measurable in the field, and reflects the real-world experience of a critical user-centric outcome.Source: Web.dev
The Core Web Vitals are:
- Largest Contentful Paint
- First Input Delay
- Cumulative Layout Shift
10. Which is the BEST reason to keep your plugins, themes, and core updated?
✅ To keep your site secure
All of these reasons are, theoretically, good reasons to keep plugins updated (yes, even keeping devs happy).
The best reason though, even beating out getting the latest features, is to keep your site as secure as possible.
Bonus! True or False: Entrepreneurs have to manage their WordPress sites by themselves, without any help.
✅ False 😊 Services like SiteCare are incredibly helpful and ~seriously affordable!
You’d be surprised at how affordable it is to have someone manage your website for you!