18 Things To Do After Installing WordPress

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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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Reset Password

The first thing needed is to reset your password to stay free from hackers.

Navigate to Users ⇾Your Profile from your dashboard.

Your profile in WordPress

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.

Copy New Password Generated Screen

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.

List of best free WordPress plugins which will help you to improve your blog SEO.

It’s always a good idea to keep the dashboard look cool. If you like, you can even make it blank.

Screen Options

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 SettingsGeneral from your WordPress dashboard.

Dashboard General settings

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.

Site address URL entry

To select your preferred choice just navigate to SettingsGeneral.
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 SettingsGeneral.

Timezone settings WordPress

Membership Options

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‘.

Membership settings WordPress

Navigate to Settings > General.
If you don’t want to allow anyone to register, disable the option by default it’s disabled.

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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 PostsAll 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 Pages

Add a couple of pages to your blog.

For example, Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions, and About me pages.

If you are into affiliate marketing you may need an affiliate disclosure page.

Navigate to PagesAdd New.

While adding new posts/pages to your WordPress make sure its follow best On-Page optimization techniques

Setup Menu

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.

Create A New Menu WordPress

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.

Permalink-Settings Showing Poat name

Navigate to SettingsPermalinks 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.

Site identity to add logo and favicon

Navigate to AppearanceCustomize.

Click on Site Identity now you can upload logo and favicon.

Reading Settings

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.

Reading Settings how posts and pther options to be displayed

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.

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Discussion Settings

Discussion settings need to be figured out before your reader’s visits and comments.
Navigate to SettingsDiscussion.

Discussion Settings Preview

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.

Theme Preview

Navigate to AppearanceThemes 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.

Backup Plugin

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 logo

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.

Leave your views and opinions on what are the essential steps you felt to finish after installing WordPress.

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39 thoughts on “18 Things To Do After Installing WordPress”

  1. You’ve got some great tips here including a lot of the finer details that are often overlooked. I know that there are a few settings that I wish I had known MUCH earlier in my blogging journey.

    • Hey Heather, Happy to know these simple steps helped you I tried all those steps and listed out as an article Cheers??

  2. This is an excellent tutorial. I’m going to add it to my social media queue. I run into lots of clients who want to setup a WordPress site, but they don’t know where to start. This would be hugely helpful for them!

    • Anthony, Thanks for leaving your feedback on this article. I am glad that you are adding to your social media queue and referring your clients. Thanks for supporting??

    • Mz. Tee, These settings mentioned in the article are so simple to do but they are effective and improves your SEO. If you have missed then you need to take immediate action and change your settings according to your need. Happy Blogging??

  3. Very well explained step by step process to set up wordpress. Very insightful post for people new to wordpress. Thanks for Sharing.

  4. I’ve always used WordPress and luckily, lots of my clients use it too so I am really familiar with it! It would be great if you did a guide on some other CMS for me to look over in the future!

    • Hey Rosie, thanks for reaching but I am not good with other CMS platforms I was happy with WordPress from the day I started using it so I sticked to it. I am not the correct person for giving a guide on another CMS 🙂

  5. I absolutely agree with all your tips, I think everything in this list should be done, especially setting up your permalinks and fixing your settings on WordPress. I didn’t know automatic revisions would slow the site down! Thanks for these helpful tips! 😊

    • Elle, I followed all these steps that I have mentioned in the article and with these simple steps I found my blog’s SEO is on track.

      Thanks for leaving your feedback, Happy Blogging :):)


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