WordPress is one of the most commonly used CMSs for website development around the world. Developers usually pour their heart and soul in creating the perfect website however in certain instances when the end client is responsible for managing the content, their tampering may inadvertently affect the design or functionality.
This can, however, be avoided by taking a few steps before handing over the website to the client.
Assign User Roles
The client can be assigned different roles for the WordPress admin panel. Giving them an administrator account would enable them to make any change but that’s usually not required in most cases. Instead, advising them to use an Editor account for daily management would suffice.
Simple Visual Editor
As a rule of thumb keep the visual editor as simple as possible to prevent the client from getting confused. To do this either the developer can change the theme code or install a readily available WordPress plugin. Depending upon the client’s WordPress experience it can be made simple or can have additional functionality incorporated.
Create Custom Fields
Use an advanced custom fields plugin allowing clients to create content themselves without complex coding. Multiple fields can be added to any page with numerous input types. Resulting in a fully dynamic website that can easily be managed by clients.
Minimize the Dashboard
Do not overwhelm your client with excessive widgets on the dashboard. Remove all unnecessary items and only keep those that are essential. An example of an unnecessary widget is the WordPress news as the target of such information are the developers itself.
This is particularly important if your client does not have a maintenance contract with you. You can always add widgets with specified information that would act as a tutorial. Another option would be to write a detailed WordPress tutorial instructions, store it on a subdirectory and link it to the dashboard.
When using a WordPress theme, always opt for a reliable one. Those accepted by WordPress and those of credible developers are generally safe to use and won’t make your website susceptible to breaches in security.
Maintaining a backup of the website is absolutely crucial. An automated backup is the best option and keeps your site secure at all times. The best option is to use a backup plugin.
Plan in Advance
Planning from the start is the logical step to take. When designing and developing a website it’s better to anticipate all the issues that may be faced by the client and adjust the development accordingly.
There are many more considerations that can be taken to make a website client-ready however just following these alone should make a drastic difference. For more information on WordPress websites, contact Dtech Systems. A leading web development and digital marketing agency.