It’s glad to know that you have installed WordPress. Installing WordPress is not at all a concern and One can do it in minutes. But What’s Next after? What to do after installing WordPress Are you Going to leave your WordPress default Settings as it is?
Here at Live Blog Tips, I’ll answer all these questions. You have to change the default settings to get the best of out of WordPress and These features help you to rank better in search engines. By changing and Tweaking the WordPress, You can get the best Performance and best protection in cyber world.
Here’s a list of Tips, suggestions and Tweaks to improve your WordPress Blog Security and Productivity.
Things to Do in WordPress Dashboard
Use the following as a to-do checklist for Installing WordPress or your future installations and you’ll keep yourself right.
1. Change the Admin Password and Manage Your Authors
WordPress gives you some random concoction of a password that you’re *never* going to remember so the first thing you need to do is change this to something memorable.
Manage your user settings via the Users panel, and you can add any additional blog authors here.
2. Edit Permalinks
By default your articles’ URLs will look something like http://www.liveblogtips.com/?p=319. This url structure is poor for SEO and poor for usability (makes no sense to your users).
By changing your URL structure to something like http://www.liveblogtips.com/event-blogging-complete-guide-video-tutorial/ you can include the post’s keywords in the URL and it makes more sense to your users.
- Go to Settings > Permalinks
- Under ‘Common settings’ choose ‘Custom Structure’
- Enter %postname%/ in the field
- Or if you prefer to have the category in the URL as well, enter %category%/%postname%/
3. Upload Your Theme and Activate It
- Download a theme or design your own
- Unzip and upload it to wp-content > themes
- Activate it via Appearance > Themes (then just click on your theme)
4. Add Your Categories and Change the Default
When you install WordPress the default category is ‘Uncategorized’ and this just looks ugly. Assume at some point you’re going to post an article and forget to select a category – what would you want that post to come under by default? I tend to use News or something general like that.
- Go to Posts > Categories
- Click on ‘Uncategorized’ to edit it – change it to ‘News‘ or similar
- Add your other blog categories
5. Activate Akismet
Akismet is a plugin that blocks comment spam and if your blog allows comments then trust me, you’re going to get spammed.
Fortunately, Akismet comes with WordPress, you just need to activate it.
- Go to the Plugins page in the admin area and activate Akismet
- To complete Akismet activation, WordPress requires an API key. You can get this by registering on WordPress.com then viewing your profile.
- Now go to Plugins > Akismet Configuration, and paste in your key.
- You can also activate it through Jetpack Plugin. You just need to Go Plugins > Upload New > Search Jetpack Plugin and activate it from wordpress.com account.
6. Install SEO plugin
When You do New WordPress Installation The default Tag for Your Homepage Title is Your Title+Meta Tag. So Download any SEO PLUGIN, I Recommend YOAST SEO and SEO PRESSOR for Getting more traffic and Optimize Your Blog Contents Like Meta Tag, Post and Other Social Sharing.
Let’s See How to Edit Meta Title and Description Tag.
Download and Activate any SEO PLUGIN. I am Using SEO by Yoast Plugin because it is easy to use.
- Go to SEO and Click on Titles & Metas.
- You will See the Following Options. Just remove the %description% and remain the %%sitename%%.
- Click on Save Changes.
7. Install Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps generates a compliant XML-Sitemap for your site, allowing the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Ask, MSN) to easily index your site. Every time you edit or add a post, the sitemap will modify itself.
Now go to Google Webmaster Central and log in with your Google Account. On the first page, there will be a link to “Verify” your site. Follow the instructions there.
Once that’s done, you can then click the “Add Sitemap” link from the first page and put in the URL to your sitemap, which will be http://www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml
Note: – If You have installed WordPress SEO by Yoast then don’t Install other sitemap plugins. SEO Yoast comes with sitemap facility.
8. Install WordPress Database Backup
Always good to have a backup in place. Things may go wrong with your server, or you could even make a mistake yourself.
Updraftplus will backup your WordPress blog, and you can even set it so it will email you a backup on a weekly basis, so you don’t have to do anything yourself but activate it.
Click here for WordPress Database Backup plugin, or read a complete guide to automatic backups on Pro Blog Design using Updraftplus.
9. Test Your Blog With Dummy Content
You’ll not know what your blog will truly look like until you have thoroughly tested it with multiple posts and all types of formatting applied.
Save yourself some time by using this sample post collection from WP Candy.
Import the sample post collection (Tools > Import > WordPress) and your blog will compile with sample posts including comments, parent/child categories, and formatting, allowing you to thoroughly test it and make any theme alterations.
10. Add your RSS feed to Feedburner
First edit your RSS settings. Settings > Reading and you can edit how many posts you want to show in your RSS feed and whether they should show the full post or not.
Now you want to burn your feed with Feedburner. Feedburner will provide you with stats on your feeds and automatically ping services so your new content is updated immediately along with a whole host of other services.
Once you have signed up to Feedburner, use the FD FeedBurner plugin to automatically redirect subscribers to your normal WordPress feed URL to your FeedBurner one instead.
11. Activate your Analytics
Here’re a few optional to-dos. Not as major as the above but you still might need to check them.
Change your Media image sizes
Change your image sizes depending on the size of your content area.
Settings > Media
Change your blog tagline
Your tagline may or may not be included in your theme but it’s most likely included in your RSS feed.
Settings > General
and you have done it.
Still Confused? What had To-Do After Installing WordPress? Here is the quick Checklist.
1. Delete Hello World post.
2. Delete Sample Page.
3. Go to General Settings and:
- Fill in Site Title and Tagline
- Make sure Anyone can register is unchecked
- Make sure that the email on that page is current and accessible
- Set time zone
4. Go to Settings > Reading and check discourage search engine from indexing this site. (Likely you are still building your site and you don’t want it indexed yet. Just be sure to make a note to turn it on when you go live, because that little bugger works pretty darn good.)
5. Go to Posts > Category and rename Uncategorized. Rename it to a category you think you will be using, keeping in mind that you can always change it before you go live.)
6. Review the plugins that were added to your install. Some hosts will install plugins you don’t need. If you see something there that you aren’t going to use, delete it. You can always reinstall it later if you change your mind.
7. Same with Themes. I typically only keep the theme I’m using and the latest default WordPress theme as a backup in case my current theme goes wonky on me.
8. Go to Settings >Discussion and turn off comments. (You can turn them back on when you go live.)
9. Set your Settings > Permalink. It doesn’t have to be something you do right away, but for me, it helps me not to forget it when I go live.
Is there anything else you do after a fresh WordPress install? I’m sure you have your own must-do list when you install WordPress. Did I miss something? If you find this article useful then Don’t Forget to share on social sites & comment your opinion about this article.