So, you have joined with millions who do blogging with passion using WordPress? Installing WordPress is an easy task and optimizing it to our needs and do settings matter a lot. After installing WordPress we need to do some settings, install plugins and change the theme. This is to make it perform well. In this article we will discuss about the essential settings that should be after installing WordPress. Ensure you have done these settings before publishing articles. This article is not focused on the essential plugins we should have, security tips or any advance customization of WordPress. But, it tells you the fundamental settings that are to be done after installing WordPress. I have already posted an article on how to install WordPress on HostGator shared hosting platform. You might refer it if you haven’t installed the WordPress.
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1. Uninstall Unwanted Plugins
When we install WordPress, we get some plugins along with it. If you install it using a quick install feature provided by your hosting providers, they might install their own plugins too. Sometimes we don’t need them. As I installed WordPress on HostGator, it comes with three active plugins by default. They are Jetpack, Mojo Market Place and WordPress Super Cache. I felt only WordPress Super Cache is useful. So, I uninstalled other plugins. Similarly, you have to uninstall and delete the unwanted or unused ones.
Also notice that the Hello Dolly plugin is of no use. So, delete it too.
2. Install Your Theme and Delete Unwanted Themes
You have to choose a perfect theme for your blog after installing WordPress. Pro themes are always best. So, I suggest you to purchase a professional theme from a premium WordPress themes provider like Mythemeshop. WordPress has some themes by default. Having these themes will increase the usage of server resources as we have to update them. So delete everything except the one you use.
Themes can be found in the section Appearance –> Themes. Activate a theme you want or upload your own theme and activate it. Then delete the remaining themes. You can do it using the file manager provided by your hosting provider.
Open your web hosting file manager. Access the folder where the WordPress is installed. Then you can find the installed themes in the folder wp-content \ themes. Delete the themes and keep alive the one you activated.
3. Choose Your Preferred Domain (www or non-www)
Search engines treat www and non-www versions differently. So, you have to choose your preferred domain. Both are good for SEO. But, www is good if your domain has many sub domains.
4. Change Website Title and Tagline
5. Change Permalinks Structure
This is the most important for SEO. The permalinks are the URLs of the blog posts and pages. A professional blog needs to have a clean permalinks structure. We have to choose a search engine friendly as well as user friendly URLs. To do so, go to Settings –> Permalinks and choose the Post name as the structure from the options given. Refer the screenshot given below.
6. Change Admin Username
This is one of the main security concerns. If you have chosen the default admin username as ‘admin’, it is a risky matter. We should not reveal the admin username as to make the hackers’ job tough.
Install and activate the plugin Admin Renamer Extended. Then go to Plugins –> Admin renamer extended and change the admin username.
7. Time Zone Settings
8. Change the Default Category
The default category is ‘Uncategorized’. It does not look professional. So, change the name to different name according to your blog niche. For example, if your blog deals with lots of reviews, you may change the default category to ‘Other Reviews’.
Also, it is better to add some categories in advance to make the selection of categories easier while editing a post.
9. Delete the Default Content
WordPress has a default post and a page. We never need them. So, we have to delete them after installing WordPress.
Similarly to delete the default post, go to Post –> All Posts and Delete the Hello World Post.
10. Change Gravatar Image
WordPress uses the Gravatar service to show authors’ and commentators’ photos. So, if you comment on WordPress blogs, you should activate the Gravatar feature for your email to show your face. If a person commenting on your blog is not activated Gravatar for his email, the default Gravatar image will be displayed as author image. So, you can change the default Gravatar to professional looking image or custom image if your theme permits.
11. Comment Settings
These settings are my personal preference. You may choose an apt setting according to your wish.
12. Disable User Registration
User registration is useful when you want to accept guest posts. That means user registration is must for multi-author blogs. But, if you are the sole author, you should disable user registrations so as to prevent spam and hacking.
13. Reading Settings
Do these settings one by one and ensure that you have done the very basing settings that should be done after installing WordPress. These settings are really important before start publishing blog posts. Hope this article helps you. If you need some ideas for blogging, read the article Blog ideas that make money.
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