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Disable your WordPress blog (if you’re not using it)

Whether it’s your own project blog or a blog on your clients’ website—old, out-of-date posts don’t look good. It’s not hard to find sites where WordPress’s Hello World! post is still live.

There are plenty of good reasons to keep an up-to-date blog. But if you aren’t already setting aside time to update your blog regularly, you probably never will.

Users will notice when your blog hasn’t been updated in years. It sends the wrong message, undermines your credibility, and encourages readers to look elsewhere for more current information.

Good blogs are consistent, but good websites don’t always need to be

You can post as much or as little as you want and still have an effective blog. Being consistent is key. If you’re going to blog, even just once a month, and your audience comes to expect that from you, keep to your schedule.

If you can’t keep a schedule or only have new content worth posting now and then, get your message across some other way. Mailing lists and social media are a good start. There’s also nothing wrong with using static pages to feature irregularly added (but important!) content.

There’s a site called Palantir that knows exactly the kind of content its users are looking for. It gives that content its own beautiful page instead of burying it in a blog somewhere.

One of Palantir's content menus

Just disable the blog already

Not that long ago, WordPress was primarily a blogging platform. Today, that’s far from the case. WordPress now powers everything from business marketing sites to portfolios to ecommerce stores—but its blogging roots remain. You can’t fully remove that blogging functionality (or not easily, anyway), but you can hide it from your users and even the dashboard.

If you’re not using WordPress as a blog, you probably already have a static front page set up. In most cases, you’ve probably already disabled comments on your pages, too. (If you haven’t, the No Page Comment plugin is thorough and fantastic.)

If you want to remove Posts and Comments to simplify the dashboard menu for your clients, you can create custom user roles. There’s also a WordPress plugin called Admin Menu Manager that allows you to reorder menu items by dragging-and-dropping—and the soon-to-be-released version 2.0 includes new features that allow you to remove menu items entirely.

We really do love blogs, though

Here’s the part where we encourage you not to disable your blog. You have something unique and valuable to say, and you can use that to create an ongoing conversation with people who care about the same stuff.

Your posts don’t need to be long. They don’t need to change anyone’s life. Just share what you think is interesting—your readers might find it interesting, too.

1 Comment

  1. Tyler June 13, 2015 Reply

    Speaking of blogs that haven’t been updated in years: premiumpixels.com hasn’t had a new post since May 2013! I loved that site. Focus has been taken from it by this site for sure, but it has been a really long time since I’ve seen anything new there.

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