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45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

37. Mind your site’s security, damn it!

Okay, so some things are outside of your control. If your server crashes, there’s not much you can do about this, but there are also multiple other things that you indeed can control.

First off, as Colin said above, keep your site updated. If you don’t, you risk having it hacked via some old vulnerability.

Secondly, get yourself a security plugin/solution and pay attention to the notifications it’s sending you.

Really, this one is a no-brainer, there’s no need for me to keep talking about this. You absolutely need this!

Some options from the official WordPress.org directory:

45 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog: How to Start a Blog for Free in 2022

Apart from those, also consider things like two-factor authentication and other simple fixes that will make your site ultra-secure.

I really can’t emphasize this enough – security is one of the most important under-the-radar things when learning how to start a blog!

38. Don’t sweat over your Google PageSpeed Insights score

You know why you shouldn’t sweat over this? Because most of the time you can’t even improve it by much anyway.

A while ago, we did a fun experiment. We wanted to check what sort of impact you can have on your PageSpeed Insights score once you get your initial grade. So we got a hosting plan with two setups, did the testing, and then optimized the lower-performing one via a couple of standard methods.

The results were kind of surprising (or not surprising at all, depending on how you look at it). It turns out that having your site on a fast host is much more important than doing any other optimizations.

Long story short, the faster hosting setup still got a better grade right out the gate than the slower hosting even after doing a range of optimizations to it. 

In the end, this all comes down to, again, getting a good hosting setup. This is always the easiest and best way to improve your PageSpeed Insights score when starting a blog.

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