- 1 Essential Settings after installing WordPress for Beginners
- 1.1 1. Delete the “Hello World” Default Post and “Sample Page”
- 1.2 2. Rename the “Un-categorized” Category
- 1.3 3. Choose the best SEO Friendly Permalink
- 1.4 4. Provide a Title, Tag line and Change the Time Zone
- 1.5 5. Disable User Registration
- 1.6 6. Edit the Discussion/Comment settings
- 1.7 7. Disable Search Engine Visibility
- 1.8 8. Choose a WordPress theme
- 1.9 9. Setup your User Profile
- 1.10 10. Add an Email Newsletter Form
- 1.11 11. Update the Ping List
- 1.12 12. Change Default Avatar
- 1.13 13. Don’t allow Google to access your Core Files by editing .HTACCESS
- 1.14 14. Disable Directory Browsing
- 1.15 15. Install all Essential PlugIns
Do you want to build a WordPress blog from scratch and have just installed WordPress on your custom domain? Now the next question is what to do after installing WordPress?
Should you start writing content and publish immediately? No, you have to wait for a while before you set up all the mandatory settings to make your blog fully functional and ready for the search engine as well as the readers. In this article I will share about such 15 most essential settings after installing WordPress on your blog.
Essential Settings after installing WordPress for Beginners
As a beginner many people lose patience after installing WordPress and get excited to make their blog live with contents. But remember that there are many benefits of having a WordPress blog over other blogger platform. And if you have not enabled them before publishing your content, there is no point of opting for WordPress. So hold for a while to read this article and complete all these 15 things to do after WordPress install to make your blog 100% ready for blogging.
1. Delete the “Hello World” Default Post and “Sample Page”
By default you will find a hello world post in your post section. Simply delete the post by clicking the Trash option. Similarly delete the sample comment as well. Next go to Pages and rename or delete the sample page too. You can also rename the page to About Us or Contact Us by changing the slug as well. These are common pages every blog should have.
2. Rename the “Un-categorized” Category
Go to Posts->Categories and you will discover a category named as un-categorized. Either rename the same by changing the slug or delete this category. If you delete the same then create a generic category so that you can at least start writing content and gradually create more categories.
This is one of the most important settings that everyone should do to make your content SEO friendly. You can check out the article on how to choose the best SEO friendly permalink structure while blogging on WordPress.
4. Provide a Title, Tag line and Change the Time Zone
Go to -> Settings -> General and provide your site name and a description. Then scroll down and find out the time zone option. Choose the correct time zone, date format and the save the changes.
5. Disable User Registration
In the General tab you will find that the membership check box is un-ticked. Make sure that it is kept like that only. If you click that, it will allow people to register with your blog. This feature could be used for a multi-author blog or for a forum kind of website. For a blog like this we don’t need this feature.
6. Edit the Discussion/Comment settings
Disable all kinds of ping backs as they may increase the chance of spam linking. Make sure that all your comment should be manually approved before they appear on the article. Spam linking and comments can harm your blog’s SERP presence as Google is monitoring them strongly after Penguin and Panda updates. Also enable threaded comments to make a discussion to be continued.
7. Disable Search Engine Visibility
Go to -> Settings -> Reading and look for “Search Engine Visibility” option. Now you can click that check box and stop search engines to index your website. Actually at the very beginning, there will be nothing in your blog to index. So it is better to wait till you have prepared around 10 quality content and then allow search engine to visit your blog. But this is not mandatory. If you like, go this way and follow this rule otherwise keep blogging as in the long term quality matters only.
8. Choose a WordPress theme
Go To Appearance -> Themes and you will find that, by default Twenty Fifteen theme will be applied to your newly created blog. There are plenty of free themes available on WordPress.org platform. You can simply click on add new and choose a free theme. As a beginner you can start with a free theme but if you want to blog seriously, then I would recommend that you opt for a responsive fast loading premium theme like Genesis or MyThemeShop themes. After deciding your theme, don’t forget to delete all the other pre-installed themes which are not required.
9. Setup your User Profile
When you will publish a blog post, you would definitely like that your readers will know about yourself. In that case you have to prepare your author profile by visiting Users -> Your Profile. In that page you can provide all your personal details like social media links, email id, a small bio etc. This will help the readers to know more about you and follow you.
10. Add an Email Newsletter Form
Building an email list of readers may not be the priority at the very beginning of blogging, but it is not hard to put a email ewsletter sign up form in the right sidebar of your website. You can use some good mailing platform like mailchimp, Aweber etc.
11. Update the Ping List
By default there will be only one ping service under Settings -> Writing – > Update services section. You can put the below list of ping services so that whenever you update your blog, these websites can be notified.
The ones mentioned in the WordPress Codex are a bit outdated, so here is a list of an updated Ping List.
12. Change Default Avatar
By default after WordPress installation your default profile will be selected as Mystery Man. Go to -> Setting=> Discussion=> Default Avatar=> and change that to Gravatar Logo. I hope you have already set up your Gravatar with a good profile picture. If not then you should do it right now.
13. Don’t allow Google to access your Core Files by editing .HTACCESS
Now this may not be as easy as a beginner, but this is also one of the essential things to do after WordPress install. Edit your .HTACCESS file and put the code below. This will simply prevent search engines to crawl your core files and scripts.
- User-agent: *
- Disallow: /wp-admin/
- Disallow: /wp-includes/
- Disallow: /wp-content/themes/
- Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/
14. Disable Directory Browsing
Again it’s a .HTACCESS file edit settings that you should do to avoid any security threat to your WordPress blog. Edit the file and put the below code to make sure that people can’t visit your directories.
Options – Indexes
15. Install all Essential PlugIns
Without plug-ins one can not do anything on WordPress platform. There are thousands of plug-ins to make our life easy with WordPress. But among them as a beginner one should install few mandatory plugins to do blogging everyday with WordPress. I am preparing another article to address those essential plugins.
Finally we have reached at the end of this article regarding essential settings to do after WordPress installation. If you have followed all the steps then your blog is ready to hit the ground. In case you face any difficulty, let me know by writing a simple comment below.