First Steps to do after Installing WordPress
Congratulations, you have just finished your WordPress installation but not sure where to start.
It does seem WordPress has made all the features ready to manage for your blog/website.
But there are a few steps that need to be customized before you start working on your blog, which can be done quite easily.
As a newbie, I struggled to get the information required what to do once I finished Installing WordPress. So, I thought it’s a good idea to share my experience and the best information with you all.
Before we move forward I recommend you not to attempt changes, if you are not confident ask for help.
Here is your guide to the next essential steps after installing WordPress lets go step by step.
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The first thing needed is to reset your password to stay free from hackers.
Navigate to Users ⇾Your Profile from your dashboard.
Scroll down to the bottom you will find Account Management Section ⇾ Generate Password.
A new password will be created, copy and secure your password, click on the Update Profile button.
It’s important to save your password, because as soon as you click the update profile you will be logged out.
You will have to log in with your new password, if you have not saved you will end up resetting for a new password.
Keep Your Dashboard Clean
The first thing noticed as soon as you log-in is your dashboard.
Make it clean and optimize as per our preferences.
When you start installing plugins your dashboard will become more awkward.
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It’s always a good idea to keep the dashboard look cool. If you like, you can even make it blank.
If you click on ‘screen options’ you will be able to see the widgets that are visible on your dashboard.
Checking and unchecking the available options will finish the task.
Add Site Title and Tagline
Site title and tagline informs search engines what your website/blog is about.
Site title can be simply the name of your blog.
Tagline will add extra flavor to what exactly describes your site.
Navigate to Settings ⇾ General from your WordPress dashboard.
Having a perfect title and tagline will help you to achieve grabbing visitors related to your niche.
Set URL Address
Your website address can start with or without ‘www’.
You can set your website address as ‘https://www.yourdomain.com’ or ‘https://.yourdomain.com’
If someone enters either of the address it will automatically redirect to your site.
To select your preferred choice just navigate to Settings ⇾ General.
Make sure enter https:// in both the fields and click on save.
Set Timezone and Date
Setting up timezone and date properly as per your local time will be useful when you schedule posts.
You can navigate to Settings ⇾ General.
WordPress allows your visitors, to register and be a part of your website.
If you enable this option by clicking ‘Anyone can register‘ make sure you assign a role.
If you decided to allow guest posts then enable this option.
Set ‘New user’ default role as ‘Contributor‘.
Navigate to Settings > General.
If you don’t want to allow anyone to register, disable the option by default it’s disabled.
Delete Unwanted & Empty Trash
When you install WordPress you will see the content by default, this is for you to give you a basic idea.
The information available in the sample post does not teach you anything about WordPress.
Posts that are not important will also get indexed by search engines or viewed by users. So, it’s important to erase all unwanted information.
Navigate to Posts ⇾ All Posts you can see available posts.
Select and press move to trash. Now go to Trash tab and select all and delete all unwanted data.
Add a couple of pages to your blog.
If you are into affiliate marketing you may need an affiliate disclosure page.
Navigate to Pages ⇾ Add New.
Once you finish adding required pages those need to be displayed on your website.
Create a ‘Menu‘ in which you can display the required pages.
This is the first place every user lays their eyes on as soon as they visit your site.
Navigate to Appearance ⇾ Menus.
Obviously, you can not fix the complete link name in ‘Menu’, but you can use a short name and add the required content.
Permalink is an URL created for every post you want to publish on WordPress.
By default, WordPress permalink looks like this ⇾ https://yourdomain.com/?p=45.
Since URL plays a big role in SEO having proper permalink with keyword-rich attracts more visitors.
Navigate to Settings ⇾ Permalinks in the dashboard.
There are different options available to choose from but choose the one best fits your need.
In general two options which are said to be best are ‘Month and Name‘ and ‘Post Name‘.
I use post name as that would be SEO friendly structure.
Connect with Google Analytics
Connect Google Analytics to your WordPress before you publish your first post.
Information about different parameters will be shown in the Google Analytics dashboard.
For example, you can see how many visitors you got, pages visited, how much, time spent on each page, and much more.
Create a free Google Analytics account and add your website you will see a unique tracking id.
By using tracking id you can connect your Analytics to your WordPress, there are different ways doing but find a way that is easier for you.
I used ‘MonsterInsights’ plugin to connect my account with WordPress.
Update Your Profile
Your author profile will be empty on WordPress by default.
You need to add a name before posting your content.
When someone reads your post they may be interested to know your name and some information about you.
It’s always a good idea to add your profile author name.
Update Logo and Favicon
The logo and favicon of your website need to be updated.
A logo is your brand identity so design carefully, you may try Canva to design your own logo.
A favicon is a small icon that you can see on your browser left top corner.
It’s a small icon visitors can add to their home screen as a shortcut to visit your site again and again.
Navigate to Appearance ⇾ Customize.
Click on Site Identity now you can upload logo and favicon.
To change reading settings navigate to Settings ⇾ Reading.
You need to figure out how your website displays what your visitors will see and read.
Configure your home page whether it has to display a static page or your latest posts.
Options include how many posts to be displayed, the number of posts for RSS feed, and how to display.
By default, your posts are visible to all search engines, if you don’t want search engines to find your site just click on the checkbox.
Discussion settings need to be figured out before your reader’s visits and comments.
Navigate to Settings ⇾ Discussion.
You need to think about how to stop spammers by using the best available options.
Spammers normally target to use the comments section so be careful and choose wisely.
For example, make sure you approve comments before they appear on your site.
Receiving an email whenever a new comment was posted.
Disable Post Revisions
WordPress has a built-in feature to automatically save any changes made to your post.
Your posts get saved every time you press save button or it saves every 60 seconds automatically as said.
Post revisions automatic save feature is helpful to go back and make any changes needed.
But when your site is growing and the number of posts is going up imagine the number of revisions per post.
Too many revisions are going to slow down your site performance. So it’s important to either stop saving revisions or limit the number of revisions.
You can limit number of revisions by installing WP Revisions Control Plugin or by changing wp-confing.php file.
define (‘wp_post_revisons’, 5)
This number can be anything depending on the number of revisions you intended to have.
Install A Theme
Installing a WordPress theme is pretty straight forward and you can do it easily.
WordPress themes will give a great opportunity to change the complete look and feel of your site.
With just a few clicks you can make changes to themes using WordPress directory.
Navigate to Appearance ⇾ Themes click on Add New.
Before installing theme you can preview.
Select a theme that best suits your requirement and customize until your site looks satisfactory.
Installing a backup plugin is essential for WordPress site before you start working.
Creating a regular backup will give you peace of mind just in case if your site gets hacked or accidentally crashed.
Backup plugins can restore all information available including posts and pages.
Updraft Plus is one of the best plugins to have your backups regularly.
Those backups can be saved to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, and email.
18 Essential settings after installing WordPress:
Right after finishing the installation of your WordPress, make sure you follow all these 18 steps before you do anything else.
If you are still facing any issues with creating your own blog follow our easy step-by-step guide.
Once you familiar with settings you may have a question how to design my blog and write my first blog post this was my question too.