What to do after Installing WordPress ? Should you begin writing and Publishing post ?
If you ask me the same questions my answer would be No, I don’t start writing at the first, I’ll configure my WordPress settings first. Let’s check out what are the settings to be modified when you are just installed WordPress
(PS: These are the listed settings that I’ve configured for Self Hosted Life also)
In this detailed guide I’ve included some Essential configuration of WordPress that will make working on WordPress easier for you. That’s the configuration you have to perform only Once, also no need to change it again & again.
So, Before starting the topic I assume that you have gone through how to start a WordPress blog (step by step Guide).
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I often asked what things to do after Installing WordPress, also I found many beginners struggles that what modification should they do in their WordPress settings, so their blog looks like a professional blog.
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So, here I’m going to list most important settings or You can say checklist that every blogger must perform after installing WordPress.
Essential settings After Installing WordPress
1. Delete Default posts and pages:
First of all, after installing WordPress you should delete default pages and posts. It is compulsory to do this as these are the sample pages and posts to guide newbies how to creat a post and page.
2. General Settings: Title, date, time etc.
Now head on to general settings, here you can give your blog an attractive title with a tagline, be prompt for this as it appears to search engines.
Then in the same section you can set your site language as you prefer, Timezone (according to your locality), there you can modify date and time format according to your choice.
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3. Set your Homepage look:
In writing section there is no need to change anything.
Move on to Reading section, here you only have to select your homepage displays.
If you have designed a page to showcase your services and products you can select a static page.
If not let it be on homepage. there is no need of modification in any other settings.
In this section you can customize your article and comment settings,
for instant configuration follow as seen in the image:
5. Media settings:
You should be aware of page loading speed of your blog from SEO perspective. Your SEO score can be affected by images. Because images takes more time to load.
WordPress itself decides the different dimensions of different images which could lead to ugly look for your blog. Just follow below image for better dimensions:
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6. Set Permalink Structure:
It is One of the major setting for your entire blog from SEO point of view.
Permalinks are the default URL structure for your posts, images and pages. You can set your Permalinks as you prefer (see in image).
Once saved never ever think to change in future, If you do you may lose all your back links from where you were receiving traffic.
Say if I’m receiving a huge traffic with this URL structure: https://www.selfhostedlife.com/affiliate-marketing/, Sudden I’ve changed my permalink as https://www.selfhostedlife.com/2018/05/affiliate-marketing/. Wouldn’t it harm me.
Yes.! it would
These are the two different URL addresses in Google’s view, hence all of my traffic will see 404 error, and this could yield me a great loss of potential readers,
So Choose Your permalink structure wisely.
7. Enable/ disable membership registration:
I consider this as the most important setting as it could lead your blog got hack.
“Few days ago, when I was started writing my new blog post. I’ve noticed that WordPress is showing 5 different authors in the author section, where I was habitual to see myself as an author.
After finding the loophole that allowed those 4 people to get registered as authors, I assumed that It could have led me to some great loss. Then I realize to tick off membership check box”.
So, just tick off the Membership.
But if you want someone to contribute then, You have to decide whether your blog is opened for other author or you want to be a sole author of your blog. You can allow other user to register as author, contributor, editor etc…
Pro tips: don’t allow anybody if you don’t know personally
Other Important settings
8. Set Categories and tags:
You can categorize your posts under various categories.
Which lets your visitor a better navigation to your blog.
Tags are the terms which direct relates your post and clarify in the first view that what your post is all about.
To setup tags and categories You can navigate to Posts section for this:
9. Choose SEO friendly Theme:
Now you have an awesome blog, So it should be an awesome for your readers also.
Hence your blog should properly designed. How your blog looks it depends upon your theme.
Instead you may find some best free themes from best chosen Themes Collection.
10.Install must have Plugins:
Similarly to selection of themes you may have a tons of plugins available in WordPress database.
There is no need to flood your blog’s storage with unnecessary plugins, for your blog you have to be very picky.
Some of the plugins most bloggers suggests are SEO by Yoast, Akismet for preventing Spamming, Jetpack, W3 cache for caching, Social warfare for social media connectivity.
Here you can have Best picks and Collection of must have WordPress Plugins
11.Take complete Blog Backup:
It is must not to miss task, while configuring your WordPress.
In fact every blogger must start taking Backup from day 1.
I don’t think that I need to explain why it is necessary to take backups as you know technically it is essential task. You must have backup to secure your day-night hard work.
Now it is no longer a panic task, that means you can take daily backup of your entire blog with some plugins on an autopilot mode. You can install WP time Machine or updraft plus plugin for this.
Before writing your first post, you must create some authority pages which authorize your blog for search engines and also for readers. These pages also establish you as a brand.
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Wrapping It Up
So Now, you are all set with your blogs back-end and now get ready for publishing your content.
No matter how much you put in your blog to make it grow, you will never reach to the point you have expected in terms of traffic and monetization. Unless you optimize it for the right things, so I have given you these tips to make your blog and it’s backend work for you.
I hope I have covered all of the necessary points here which I have done when I was started my blog.
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