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15 Most Annoying Things about WordPress and How to Fix Them

Like most things in life, WordPress also has it’s fair share of annoying things. Dealing with these annoyances is very easy with the right system and processes. In this article, we will show you the 15 most annoying things about WordPress and how to fix them.

Fixing the most annoying things about WordPress

1. Setting up WordPress Backup

Setup a WordPress backup

WordPress does not come with a built-in backup system. You are supposed to create your own backups instead of relying on your WordPress hosting company.

Having a regular backup saves you the frustration when something bad happens to your website.

There are plenty of free and paid backup solutions available for WordPress. See our comparison of the 7 best WordPress backup plugins.

2. Deleting the Uncategorized Category

Changing default category

WordPress comes with two built in taxonomies, they are called categories and tags. By default, each new post you create is filed into a built-in category titled Uncategorized.

If you forget to assign the post to a category, then it will be filed under Uncategorized. This looks unprofessional, but you can easily fix it.

See our guide on how to change the default Uncategorized category in WordPress.

3. Changing The Username

Changing username in WordPress

During WordPress installation or at the time of user creation, you can choose a username for the account.

However the problem is that there’s no easy way to change the username once it’s created. This can be extremely annoying.

Thankfully, we have a tutorial that shows you the easy way to change your WordPress username.

4. Adding More Formatting Options to the Post Editor

WordPress visual editor

By default, WordPress comes with two types of writing areas in the post editor. The Visual Editor, which is a WYSIWYG editor, and Text Editor which is a plain text editor.

Switching from Visual to Text and then Back to Visual editor will ruin your formatting. But you need to switch to the text editor if you want to add custom HTML formatting in WordPress.

One easy solution is to stick with the Text editor and learn some basic HTML formatting. However if you want to use Visual editor, then you can use TinyMCE advanced plugin. It extends the default WordPress Visual editor with more formatting options.

See: 14 Tips to Master the WordPress Visual Editor

5. Enabling Shortcodes for WordPress Widgets

Shortcodes allow you to add functionality into WordPress text areas without writing any code. However, shortcodes do not work in WordPress text widgets by default.

Shortcode not working in WordPress text widget

Thankfully, there’s an easy fix for that.

Simply add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.


If you don’t want to add the code manually, then you can install and activate the Shortcode Widget plugin. It adds a shortcode widget in your WordPress widgets, which is exactly like a text widget but allows you to add shortcodes.

6. Getting Locked Out of WordPress

Sometimes you may end up locking yourself out of the WordPress admin area. Either you forgot your password and unable to recover it, or something broke when you were adding code or a plugin.

We have created a handy guide on what to do when you are locked out of the WordPress admin area. It will help you learn how to fix this in different scenarios.

7. Deactivating All WordPress Plugins

Deactivate all plugins in WordPress

When troubleshooting some problem on your WordPress site, you will be advised to deactivate all WordPress plugins. You can just go to plugins page and deactivate all plugins.

But what if you don’t have access to the WordPress admin area? Here is how you can deactivate all WordPress plugins using FTP.

8. Fixing Common WordPress Errors

Fixing common WordPress errors

WordPress comes with a slight learning curve, and you get to learn things as you go along. Somethings are easier to learn than others.

The most frustrating and annoying thing for beginners are the common WordPress errors.

That’s why we have compiled a list of 14 common WordPress errors and how to fix them.

9. Setting up Automatic Updates for WordPress Plugins

WordPress updates

All good WordPress plugins are regularly updated. If you are using the best WordPress plugins on your website, then chances are that you will be installing updates quite often.

Installing updates take only a few seconds, but it can be distracting to login and find new updates. See our guide on how to automatically install updates for WordPress plugins.

10. Creating Better Image Galleries

Creating image galleries in WordPress

While you can create galleries in the default WordPress installation, it’s not as useful because it lacks features like Albums, tagging, lightboxes, and more.

Thankfully there’s a plugin like Envira Gallery available which allows you to create beautiful image galleries in WordPress without compromising speed.

You can add Albums, watermarks, sell your photos, and more.

11. Delete Hello Dolly Plugin

Hello Dolly

Each WordPress site comes with two default plugins pre-installed. Hello Dolly is one of them. This plugin doesn’t receive any updates and does nothing useful for your site.

Learn more about Hello Dolly plugin and why you should delete it.

12. Customizing WordPress Excerpts

Adding custom excerpts in WordPress

By default, WordPress displays full posts on homepage, archives, and category pages. This not only creates duplicate content on your site, but it also discourages users from viewing the full post and leaving comments. See our guide on full post vs excerpt in your WordPress archive pages

By displaying excerpts on these pages, you can increase your pageviews and user engagement. See our guide on how to customize WordPress excerpts without any coding.

13. Showing Excerpts in RSS Feeds

Summary in RSS feeds

WordPress also shows your full articles in the RSS Feed. This means users reading your posts in a feed reader will have no reason to visit your website.

You can easily change this from WordPress admin area. Go to Settings » Reading page and scroll down to ‘For each article in a feed, show’ option and select Summary. Click on the save changes button to store your settings.

14. Dealing with Comment Spam

Comment spam

Spam comments are one of the most annoying things. WordPress comes with built-in comment moderation to deal with spam comments. However comment spam can quickly grow, and before you know it you will be spending more time moderating comments.

First thing you need to do is start using Akismet. It will catch most spam comments and keep them away from your moderation queue.

You may also want to check out these 12 vital tips and tools to combat comment spam in WordPress.

15. Improving WordPress Search

WordPress search

WordPress comes with a built-in search feature, but it’s not very good. If search is important for your website, then you will need to replace the default search with something better.

Thankfully, there are some great alternatives to improve WordPress search. Check out our list of 12 WordPress search plugins to improve your site search.

We hope this article helped you fix some of the most annoying things about WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on 19 Actionable Tips to Drive Traffic to Your New WordPress Site.

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20 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. I am wanting to add a widget that shows a globe and everywhere in the world people live who click on the website. It has a HTML code, and the directions say to put it in the text widget. But all I get is a view on my web page of the code, and still no map.

    • Katheryn,
      Can you share the web page showing the widget and the web page you got the code from?

  2. Is there an easy way to delete line spaces between paragraphs in posts and to keep paragraph indents after doing so.

    • Mike, both need doing manually, as far as I’m aware, so are repetitive. To add the first line indents in, place the cursor at the start of a line and press SPACE the desired number of times. Then repeat for all paragraphs.

      To delete a line space, place the cursor after the period on the last line of the first paragraph and hit delete until the first word of the next one comes into the same line. Then press SHIFT and RETURN simultaneously to move to the next line. Then repeat for all subsequent paragraphs.

      I hope this helps

  3. The thing I haven’t solved yet is the growing list of categories showing at the bottom of my posts. How do I fix this?

  4. Good list, except for the disparaging comment about Hello Dolly. It warms your soul, we need more of that.

  5. Thank You WP Beginner, The post is quite informative. I personally found
    5. Enabling Shortcodes for WordPress Widgets very useful for me.

    Again Thank you! Keep up the good work.



  6. Hi! Thanks for this post! I think there some more most annoying things about wordpress:
    1. lack of security out of the box
    2. could be work slow with some plugins and themes
    3. lack of caching options out of the box

  7. Best article ever written! I’ve been using WordPress for 3 years and have learned about half of these fixes, but now I can fix ALL the things that get under my skin. Thank you!

  8. What is the best way to automatically share post from your self hosted WordPress blog to Facebook and Twitter?

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