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

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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.

remove_action('wp_head''wp_generator');

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.

WordPress General Settings 3.9.1

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.

http://rpc.pingomatic.com/

http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2

http://www.bing.com/webmaster/ping.aspx?siteMap=www.mysite.com/sitemap.xml

http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A//www.mysite.com/sitemap.xml

http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ping?sitemap=http://www.mysite.com/sitemap.xml

http://rpc.twingly.com

WordPress Update Services

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.

WordPress Comment Settings 3.9.1

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.

WordPress Permalink Settings 3.9.1

Did you find the post helpful ? Did you get stuck at a step ? Did I miss something ? Please comment below.

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3 Responses

  1. Colton says:

    I love this one the most. I just started a blog myself, so this one will be a great help for me. Again it is so detailed, so much effort is getting put into your posts, how long does it take you to write one? You are doing such a beautiful job at doing your reviews keep up the good wok !

    • admin says:

      Actually I don’t know how much time it take to right one. I write the articles in a number of steps. One day I do the research, the next day I pick up the screenshots and then after that I start writing the article.

      And Good Luck with your Blog. 🙂

  2. Angie says:

    Great post on the important things that you should do. I bet that not everyone knows these. I would have to say that I really like the fact that one can be in charge of the moderation comments. It is important to me to be able to view comments before they are up and I think that when they are moderated, the whole page just looks better because it is not full of garbage.

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