You have seen that How to Create a WordPress Blog but after installing WordPress on the server you should make some changes in it.
When you install WordPress, then there are no proper settings for themes, plugins, and content on your blog.
WordPress installs dummy post and pages also in it and establishes settings of WordPress by default.
After reading this article, you can also increase WordPress security, SEO, design performance. Today you will see required essential settings after installing WordPress that must be changed in order to get good performance.
But if you don’t have installed WordPress then you must check out this guide: How to install WordPress on Siteground hosting.
Required Essential Settings After Installing WordPress
#1: Delete default posts & pages:
During the installation of WordPress, some dummy posts and pages are pre-installed on your blog so you should delete them.
Go to posts > all posts > “Hello World” post.
Now go to pages > all pages and delete sample page.
#2: Active Akismet plugin to prevent spam comments:
This one of the best plugins out there in WordPress plugin directory. It removes spammy comments from your blog which must be deleted.
When you install WordPress, a plugin named Akismet is installed by default. You should active it by going to an Akismet plugin > installed plugin > active Akismet.
After activating Akismet plugin, you have to get Akismet API key, and for that, you have to register with Akismet official website.
#3: Set up WordPress permalink:
Permalink is the very important factor for getting good SEO score. The default WordPress permalink is like http://yourdomainname.com/p=123 It is short but not useful for the search engines.
So you should change the permalink to your post name which search engine can understand easily.
After changing permalink, It looks like http://yourdomainname.com/this-is-first-post.
And It will be easy to remember.
Go to Settings > Permalink and select post name and click on save. When you select post title at that time, you should choose right keywords for better SEO score.
Here is an example:
#4: Set time zone, date format, and time format:
Changing default time zone is most important for enhancing blog security. It also helps when you schedule any post. You should change the time zone to local time. So that when you schedule the posts they will be published as per your local time.
Go to settings > general > timezone, date format and time format.
In general settings, you should change your website name and tagline. Enter your email to get notifications on your website. There is no major difference between www or non-www website URL, and you can change frequently.
#5: Change default admin account:
If you have chosen a custom username and password while installing WordPress, then this section is not for you.
But if your username is “admin” then you have to choose a custom username to prevent dangerous attacks on the blog.
Remember one thing you should choose mix characters password (Strong password) like @#dhf2#3jpg.
Go to users > add new then give it admin rights and delete default user(username = admin).
Tip: Check out this post to see why you have to change default WordPress login URL.
#6: Disable users registration:
If you don’t need new people on your blog, then you should disable users registration feature.
Some people also enter spam comment, and it might be a pain for you. This feature helps who need a guest post. But if you want to require guest post then you can add it by a new user in users section.
Go to settings > general > membership then unchecked anyone can register and click on save.
#7: WordPress discussion settings:
Here I have given a screen shoot for settings in the discussion section. In this section, you could change the comment configuration, and default the article configuration.
#8: Update WordPress ping list:
By default, WordPress provides only one ping service, but you should update ping list for indexing new post on search engines quickly. When you publish the new post, then this ping services automatically index on search engines.
Copy above ping list and go to settings > writing > update services and paste and save changes.
#9: Install Good Looking Theme:
One of the first thing, which any visitor looks is the design of your website. By default, WordPress has installed a free theme which has limited functions.
However, Nice looking and fast loading theme helps you to attract many visitors, increase Adsense earnings, increase email list and so many things.
Here’re top WordPress theme providers that you should check once:
You can change the theme of your blog by going Appearance > Themes > Add new.
#10: Install necessary plugins:
There are some plugins which you should install to optimize your website.
Here’s the list:
1. WORDPRESS SEO BY YOAST
2. W3 TOTAL CACHE
5. WP NOTIFICATION BAR PRO
6. WP SMUSH.IT
7. CONTACT FORM 7
8. THEME CHECK
9. TABLET PRESS
10. MONARCH SOCIAL SHARE
13. THEME SECURITY
You can add new plugins by going here: Plugins > Add new
- Delete default posts & pages
- Active Akismet plugin to prevent spam comments
- Change Permalink
- Select time zone. time format and date format
- Disable user registration
- Update discussion/comment section
- Change default admin account ( if user name= ” admin”)
- Update ping list
- Install proper theme
- Install necessary plugins
After changing these settings, you can feel something new on your blog. This post will be updated in future so you should also bookmark this post for the future reference. You can also subscribe our newsletter forgetting upcoming blogging tutorials.
Now, you know which of the following files must be deleted after installing WordPress, what to do after installing WordPress and these are essential settings after installing WordPress that you should change.
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