10 Important Things to do after Installing WordPress
You have successfully installed WordPress, so what’s next ? WordPress is fairly easy to install but maintaining it can take a little extra effort. This post will discuss the a few important things to do right after installing WordPress. I will not dive in to the technical stuff in this post, this post is more focused on users who have installed WordPress for the very first time and have no idea what to do next after installing WordPress. Below is a list of tutorials that you should follow after installing WordPress
1. Delete Default Content
WordPress comes with some default content in it. The default content includes a default Hello World post, a page and a comment. The first on your to do list after installing WordPress should be to delete this content unless you are creating a site just to show people how it looks after installing WordPress.
2. Install a New Theme
WordPress comes with only a couple of themes but there are thousands of free and paid themes out there waiting for you to download and install them. You can install themes using the WordPress built in search or you could install the theme manually if you are installing a paid theme. As chances are that it won’t be available in the WordPress theme search.
3. Install More Plugins
WordPress does not contains much plugins by default but there are a variety of plugins available to download from the WordPress plugin directory. Plugins can be used to achieve a number of objectives, there is a plugin in WordPress available for doing everything. Don’t know how to install a plugin you can read it in the link.
4. Create Custom Menus
Appearance >> Menus
Creating a custom menu is not a must do thing but most of you will find it useful. By default whenever you create a page in your WordPress website it will be added to the main menu. You might want certain pages to appear in the menu and certain pages not to appear in the menu. Creating a custom menu further allows you to create a your own hierarchy of items in the menu. Place them at the location you like. You can check out the detailed tutorial on How to Create Custom Menus.
5. Add Google Analytic
No matter what sort of a website you are trying to create you are going to need to keep a close eye on your visitors. Google analytic is a great and free service which helps you just do that. It tracks the traffic statistics on your website. You can add your analytic code by simply adding it to a widget and then adding the widget to your sidebar or you could use a plugin, if you want to go with a plugin I would recommend Google Analytic for WordPress. Do not know what Google Analytic is you can read more about it at must use Google tools for bloggers.
6. Hide WordPress Version
Appearance >> Editor >> functions.php
Hiding your WordPress version will help make your website a little bit more secure from hackers. Hackers usually look for websites running older versions of WordPress. If you are running an older version of WordPress you better hide the WordPress version you are running. The best practice would be to keep your WordPress version updated in order to prevent any sort of hacks. You can hide your WordPress version by adding the following line to your “functions.php” file.
7. Change Registration Settings
Settings >> General
By default any one can register on your website you should turn off registration for users it will make your website a little more secure. Unless you are going to run some sort of a community or a website that requires users to sing up to your website it should be turned on else registration for users should be kept off.
8. Add Update Services
Settings >> Writing
Whenever you write a new post you will want to ping search engines. This is found in the General Settings section, by default there is only one URL below is a list of services that I use on my blog. Make sure you change “www.mysite.com” to your website URL.
9. Moderation Comments
Settings >> Discussion
There is a list of options you can change according to your preferences, you can turn the comments entirely off if you are going to be running a WordPress website with static pages. If you want to enable comments on your website you will receive a lot of spam comments unless you use a plugin to fight spam on your blog. Also change the discussion settings according to your needs.
10. Permalink Structure
Settings >> Permalinks
Permalink structure is how links for new posts and pages are created. You should set your permalink to post name for SEO purposes. Setting in to post name is a good SEO practice or you could just choose the one which you like.
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