WordPress installation process takes only 5 minutes or less. Now a common question asked by beginners is what do you do after installing WordPress? In this article, we will show you most essential settings you need to do after installing WordPress.
1. Remove WordPress Dummy Content :
WordPress creates dummy content after installation, by default. You should delete it before you forget to do so. There are 3 default content that you need to deleted.
1) Sample Page: After installing WordPress, you will see a dummy “sample page” is create. so you should delete Sample Page by follow below steps :
Go to Dashboard Admin Panel >> Pages >> All Pages.
Hover over the page titled Sample Page and click Trash.
b) Sample Post: To remove the sample post “Hello World!”.
Go to Dashboard Admin Panel >> Pages >> All Pages.
Mouse hover over the post title and click “Trash”.
c) Sample Comment: You can remove default Comment by go to Comments Menu. Hover over the default comment and click Trash.
2. Customize General Settings :
Some of the common settings you found in General Option like Title, Tagline, Date, Email, Site Address, User Role etc.
For this Go to Dashboard Admin Panel >> Settings >> General.
Your website Site Title & Tagline will be shown on the front page of your site and will also appear in the search results. Site Title should be short and unique and Tagline something that describes you or your business.
In “Site Address” field enter the address here if you want your site home page to be different from your WordPress installation directory.
In “Email” field if you want then can change your email address. here you can set specific user role using “New User Default Role” field.
Set Timezone, Date, and Time Format according to your location or requirement.
3. Configure the Reading Settings :
By default, Blog post show as a home page but WordPress allow you to set custom home and blog page.
For this, first you need to create two page Home and Blog. Now go to Settings -> Reading.
In the ‘Front page displays’ option, choose A static page. Now, for the front page, select Home or any other page that you want to become your home page and for the posts page, select Blog.
In “Blog pages show at most” option select any number. This is the number of post that your want to show on posts per page. Our suggest is to set it between 1-10 posts per page.
4. WordPress discussion/comment settings:
Before you enable comments on posts or Page, check the discussion /comment settings. Go to Settings >> Discussion, Here you found a list of option that allow you how WordPress processes comments.
Here some of most important settings that you need to check :
- Allowing who comments on your site – you can limit the people who comment on your site by requiring them to register first. This is a great step towards stopping spam comments.
- Default Avatar for comments on your site – you can set your default avatar that appears in the comment section. It is possible to upload your custom avatar.
- Comments moderation and blacklist to control spam – You can block or moderate comments based on the content or certain words.
5. Change WordPress Permalinks Settings :
Permalink is the very important factor for good SEO. Permalinks are the addresses of your page or post.
The default WordPress permalink is – http://yourdomain.com/p=123. This permalink is short, but not friendly for search engines. You need to change it.
To change the default permalink structure follow below instructions:
Go to Dashboard Admin Panel >> Settings >> Permalinks.
In the next screen, you will find different permalink structures.
Here you should have to change the permalink to your Post name, which could search engine understand easily.
6. Add New Categories :
You can grouped your WordPress post to assign them different categories. By default, WordPress assign Uncategorized when you created a post. It unpleasant for readers/users seeing this uncategorized category. For this we create new categories and assign category to the post.
For adding new categories follow below instructions :
Go to Dashboard Admin Panel >> Open post editor.
Find out ‘Categories’ meta box (see below image).
Now click to ‘+ Add New Category‘ link. Enter the category name and click the ‘Add New Category’ button. Like this you can create as many categories as you want.
7. Install WordPress Theme :
By default, New WordPress instillation comes with three themes. These are Twenty Seventeen, Twenty Sixteen, and Twenty Fifteen.
These themes you can find in the Appearance -> Themes.
Default WordPress themes are bad, they don’t come with advanced features. So we can install third-party WordPress themes from a provider like WebHunt Infotech. There are also number themes available on WordPress repository that you can install from WordPress dashboard.
There are three ways to install a new WordPress theme –
–> Uploading a Theme via WordPress Dashboard.
–> Installing a Theme from the WordPress Themes Page.
–> Uploading a Theme via FTP.
In this tutorial we will discus about only first way “Uploading a Theme via WordPress Dashboard”. here’s a detailed guide for you.
Once you have chosen your theme, download the theme file on your computer.
Then, Go to Dashboard Admin Panel >> Appearance -> Themes.
Click on ‘Add New’ button top of the theme page.
Now upload the theme and activate it.
8. Install Necessary Plugins :
Plugins are tools which extend the functionality of your WordPress Site. There are thousands of plugins freely available on WordPress repository. You can also purchase premium plugin for more advance features from third-party WordPress theme providers.
While the necessary plugins are variations on website owner requirement, but there are some common plugins that are required for all WordPress-based websites.
a) Caching Plugin:
Caching plugins creating a static version of your content and delivering it to visitors. This can reduce your page loading time. For the beginners, W3 Super Cache could be an excellent choice. Some SEO plugins also include caching service.
b) Backup Plugin:
Configuring a backup plugin will not take more than 20 to 30 minutes, but Backing up your website helps you to safeguard against website crash, threats. It save your loot of time and effort if something unexpected happens. Some of Backup plugin are UpdraftPlus, BackUpWordPress,BackWPup or WordPress Backup to Dropbox.
c) Security Plugin:
WordPress itself is a very secure platform. However, it helps to add some extra security and firewall to your site by using a security plugin that enforces a lot of good security practices.
d) SEO Plugin:
Every know that, it is important for every site to have good SEO. SEO Plugin help you to improve your search on Google and other search engines. It also help you to improve your rankings and gain more subscribers. These plugins will also help you in optimizing your blog post titles, meta description, social media sharing options, etc.
e) Anti-spam Plugin:
By default, WordPress comes with Akismet, an anti-spam plugin which helps you to protect your blog from spam comments and suspicious trackbacks. Controlling WordPress comment spam can be done with the help of plugins.
f) Social Sharing Plugin:
They help you to improve your ranking on search engine and bring a large amount of traffic from the social networks. It making your content as easily shareable as possible for the social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Social Plugin help you in this. Some of popular social sharing plugins are Easy Social Share Buttons by appscreo, Share Buttons by AddToAny and AddThis Sharing Buttons.
9. Delete Unused WordPress Theme and Plugins :
After you have installed your WordPress theme and Plugins, Delete all unused Themes and Plugins. It will improve your WordPress Performance and reduce the server load.
10. Change or Hide the WordPress login errors :
If you type a Wrong password or Wrong username when you login to the WordPress dashboard. You will get a detailed errors like Your username is wrong and this password does match match this username. You may think it helps you but it also helps hackers.
To fix this, create your custom login errors,
To make your website popular among the visitors, it is crucial to ensure a solid start for the site. By following the tips provided above, you can make sure that your website performs well and delivers a premium user experience.
So, That’s it for now. We are planning to add some more tips in “Top Most essential settings after installing wordpress” post to make your WordPress Happier. If you know any tweaks like above, share with us in comments.
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