As you may have seen already, WordPress is an enormous content management system that powers lots of websites from all parts of the globe. The fact that you have already a brand new site, it may be enticing to begin publishing your remarkable contents right away.
But, prior to doing that, there are many important things you have to consider. Below are the essential things to do after setting up WordPress.
1. Remove Defaults
After setting up, you’ll see on the home page of your blog a sample article entitled Hello World. Walk off to the posts menu in the Dashboard and drag your mouse to the name of the article. You’ll see a choice right under that tells “trash”.
Click on that option and the post will be erased. Utilizing similar approach you must walk off to the Page menu in the Dashboard and erased the sample pages which you don’t need. Do the same for the sample links through accessing the Links menu.
2. Edit Permalink Structure
After setting up WordPress, the default URL of the posts will look something like this http: //www.myblog.com/?p=56, wherein the 56 is the ID of the blog the link refers to. So as to make the articles friendlier for Google and other search engines you must alter that structure to a friendlier one.
To change the structure of permalink access the Dashboard and go to the Setting menu then to Permalinks. You’ll see the diverse types of structures of which recommend utilizing the one that include only the post name.
It stays the URL short, so easy to remember as well as stress free to index by Google.
3. Bookmark administrator link and Setup Tagline and Name
Most essentially when you are not familiar with WordPress you may forget your Dashboard address. In order to avoid this, bookmark http:// yourdomain.com/wp-login.php in your browser. WP instantly asks you to for website name during the process of setting up.
On the other hand, you need to set up the tagline alone afterwards. Open the dashboard, go straight to Setting, General and make a clear tagline for your blog or website.
When you are utilizing third party themes, you might also need options to put in an image that represent the logo of your blog and website.
4. Create the Time Zone and Set Default Post Category
Chances are that you want to schedule post for particular hours and days of the week and having a diverse time zone set in your Dashboard could be daunting and confusing.
You can set up the correct time zone by going to General, Setting menu in the Dashboard. Default post type on a new WP installation on the other hand is also known as ‘Uncategorized’.
This looks extremely not professional most essentially when your site or blog represents a business or a company.
Set up appropriate categories for the posts under Posts-Categories and then go straight to Settings-Writing menu and set the default category to a precise one.
5. Make a Contact and About Us Page
There are many amazing plug-ins which can assist you make the contact page in just a matter of minutes. You could find a good one here.
About page is visited by almost everyone who does not know who you are so ensure you make the whole thing clear as well as provide all the essential information concerning you, your company as well as your services.
Other pages you might need on your website:
- Terms and Conditions (Terms of Service)
6. Install some necessary plugins
Yoast SEO: Of course nothing beats natural or organic traffic which come from search engine. On the other hand to get there, you have to optimize every post and every page of your site or blog to become search engine friendly.
This includes meta tags, page, keyword placement and density, post tiles, sitemaps as well as other essential aspects. Setting up plug-in will make editing the setting a bit easier, due to the fact that you will see all the editable fields below the article you are writing.
The plug-in allows you set a unique title, as well as meta-description of the web pages.
- Put in breadcrumbs support
- Configure pages to be indexed
- Create an XML sitemap of your blog/website , which is very essential
- Edit the robots.txt and .htaccess files
Security Plug in: While WP is a secure online platform, there are some extra safety steps which you must follow. With regards to web security, there is no such thing as Complete Security. If you like, you can do a lot of these safety tasks on your own, however that isn’t a good approach.
Instead, you must utilize a dependable security plug in which offers a well-organized interface to handle all the tasks related to safety.
- Akismet Anti Spam Plugin: Even it’s not essential in the beginning of a website or blog, Akismet is the most sought after spam filtering plug-in for WP. Once your blog or website will reach a couple of hundred or thousands of visitors, you’ll notice that spammers will also begin accessing your website and spam it with remarks. Checking each comment for spam will be like searching for a needle in a haystack, therefore you may need to get Akismet ready from the very beginning. If you setup Akismet you can forget it and leave it working without worrying about spammers.
For a more complete list of recommended plugins for your site, check this blog post I wrote on “7 Must Have Free WordPress Plugins in 2020“.
7. Set Up a Friendly and Clean Theme
Chances are that you will not be extremely fascinated to the default theme WP sets after installation. Fortunately you can modify the theme from the Appearance -> Themes menu in the Dashboard. Never forget to press “Activate” button to run theme.
With a huge universe of design possibilities and templates, I doubt you want to use the simple themes that come bundled with the basic installation of WordPress. The first step for finding the perfect theme for your site is to be clear about your goals.
What kind of website are you going to create?
It can be a personal blog, a business blog, corporate website, an online store, a sales page, a photo gallery or many other types of websites.
After knowing what you need, start looking on Google for free themes or better yet, invest in a professional theme, which will offer many more possibilities than a free one.
There are plenty premium theme options on Themeforest.net that are well worth investing a few dollars!
If someone else is also going to contribute to your site or needs access to it, go to the Users section and click Add New. In WordPress there are different user roles. Here we leave a list of what each user role can do and what are it’s limits:
- Super Admin – Who has access the full management feature and the complete network of blogs (applies for WordPress Multisite installs only).
- Administrator – Who has access all the admin features of a particular site.
- Editor – Who can post and edit entries, owned by them or by other users.
- Author – who can publish and edit their own entries.
- Partner – who can write and edit their own entries but not publish them.
- Subscriber – who can only edit his profile (no publishing or editing rights).
9. Add Content
If you have created your website or blog, now it’s time to fill it up with content. One of the best options you have in WordPress is the ability to schedule posts ahead of their time. You can write 10 articles and schedule them for publication as often as you want (it can be one day, one week, 3 weeks and so on).
Completing all the tasks I suggested in this article, your site will be more than ready to begin receiving visitors! The right website config will certainly take it to a higher level!