Have you ever wondered, what to do next after installing WordPress?
So in this article, we will show you 11 essential things to do after installing WordPress.
Change Title, Tagline and Timezone
Title and Tagline are the most important settings to be done. Title and tagline are by default shown on your homepage and in Google Search Engine.
To Change Title, Tagline and Timezone Goto Settings -> General.
Make sure you setup the Timezone to your local time, this will make sure that your scheduled post are published according to your local time.
Set WordPress, Site URL, Manage Subscribers
- How do you want your readers to access your site, i.e. as http://www.example.com or only http://example.com. Both of them are linked to one domain, but these are two different domains according to search engines. So carefully enter the URL in WordPress Address to access your site.
- Site Address: Users will be redirected to this URL mentioned. This URL can be your Welcome page or any other WordPress/Non-WordPress Site.
- Email Address: All the notifications will be sent to the mentioned email address. So enter valid email address.
- Membership: Disable this option if you don’t want anyone to register on your site.
- New User Default Role: You can set by default roles for new created users.
Setup WordPress Permalink
If Permalinks are not setup properly then your website will not ranked properly in search engines. The default WordPress Permalink is http://www.example.com/p=1 which is short but not search engine friendly.
So to change Permalink settings goto Settings -> Permalinks.
Their you can select anyone Permalink Setting.
Recommended: To make permalink of your website search engine and user friendly, select Post Name from Permalink Settings. This ensures that your Permalinks contain some keywords and your blog posts will rank better in search engines.
Here is an example from my blog:
WordPress Ping List
By default WordPress notifies all major ping services of every published article. This will update the ping services about your new published article and then you can greatly increase indexing speed by adding more ping services manually.
To update ping services go to Settings -> Writing. At the end of settings you will find Update Services area as shown in below screenshot.
You need to ping as to many ping services as possible for quick indexing.
You can just copy paste the list from link given below:
WordPress Media Settings
By default, WordPress creates images of different sizes of the original image. Due to this too much of webspace is acquired by images and WordPress handles all this images in different way.
By applying this settings as shown in below screenshot, WordPress will start handling images in different way. And instead of creating different size images, only one image will used by respective post.
Also, you need to compress your images so that your website will load fast.
Install a Cache Plugin
Do you want to speed up your site? Then try Cache plugin for WordPress.
Cache plugin helps to speed up your site. Caching helps take the load off your server and make your site faster. This is great for SEO. It will also prevent your site from crashing during heavy load traffic.
W3-Total-Cache: This is most used cache plugin for WordPress. It has many options for boosting your site and is a popular plugin of choice for CDN integration.
Install an Anti Spam Plugin
The worst past each and every user hates is SPAM.
Spammy comments are a great headache for blog owners. Spammy comments are bad for SEO. To solve this problem, you should install an anti-spam plugin on your site. Akismet is one of the best anti-spam plugin for WordPress.
Install a SEO WordPress Plugin
To show your website in search engines SEO is an important part of any website. To ensure that your blog posts are getting maximum results, you need to optimize them using an SEO plugin.
A top choice for many is the WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast. It’s easy to use and can even generate an XML sitemap at the click of the mouse. Following article will help you in installing and configuring Yoast plugin:
Disable Directory Browsing
Here is the one more important step for the security of your blog. If you don’t your visitors to access some folders/files on your webserver then you can disable directory browsing.
For this setting, you need to edit your WordPress .htaccess file.
Add this line of code in your .htaccess file (At the bottom)
Options All -Indexes
This will disable directory browsing.
Delete WordPress Unused Themes
WordPress Themes are the core structure of your website. Many users will test few themes before finalising one. After finalising, many users will not delete the unused themes. This creates many problems.
Many of the unused themes will need updates. Leaving them can create the unnecessary chore of updating them. And not updating them can create an entrance for hackers.
For deleting WordPress Themes go to Appearance -> Themes. Now click on theme and then click on delete. This will delete the unused theme.
Take precaution while deleting the theme. Don’t Delete live theme.
Start Scheduling Regular Backups
After spending time on setting up and customizing this WordPress settings, you don’t want to loose them and if lost then you should be able to recover them. For this taking backup is necessary.
So, Start Taking regular backups of your website regularly.
I hope you can now easily setup essential settings after installing WordPress using this guide. If you have any query do write it to us on Facebook Fan Page or you can directly email me at email@example.com. And don’t forget to subscribe to our Email newsletter to keep receiving more topics related to WordPress.