Things You Must Do After Installing WordPress: For Beginners

Installing WordPress is not the end, It's just a start

Are you done with installation of WordPress? This leading CMS of the world can be installed within 5 minutes with the help of the auto installer of your hosting provider. But what now? Wondering what to do after installing WordPress?

I have seen a lot of beginners to asking on various forums about “what do I do after installing WordPress”. So, here we are showing what everyone must do after installing WordPress.

I have arranged the list in an organized way, according to their importance. The most of them are basic things and you have not to worry about it once you have done with them. These tweaks will surely help you to improve performance, security and productivity of your blog.

Change your blog Title and Tagline

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This is the basic thing you must do after installing WordPress.  To do this you have to move on to your admin dashboard panel.

Go to Settings in your admin panel sidebar and select General. Here you will see boxes with Site Title and Tagline, change them according to your need and related to your website.

Setup Your Time zone and Favicon

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You must change the time according to your requirement. There are various options available to change the time. For this you have to go again Settings >> General >> Timezone and select timezone, which is suitable for you.

Now it’s time to change “Favicon”. The Favicon is basically an identity of your website which appears on the browser’s tab along with your site Title, when someone visits your website. People often forget to change this small thing but this can affect your identity of your website because if you don’t use favicon the default hosting providers like Bluehost, Hostgator starts to show their icons in that place.

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To change your favicon you have to go to the Appearance tab in your admin panel sidebar and click on Customize, there you will see an option like Site identity. You can change it there by simply uploading your favicon image which should be at least 512 pixels wide and tall.

Change Your Permalink Structure

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Permalinks are basically the URLs of your content on your website. The default permalinks are ugly looking and not so Google friendly. It simply looks like this:

http://Yourblogname.com/?P=123

To configure it perfectly you have to change it permanently. For this change, navigate to Settings and then select permalink from the menu. You will get a lot of options to change your permalink structure. The best and the preferred one is BY Post Name.

Select Appropriate WordPress theme

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If you want to make your blog look attractive and stylish you can, you can change the default WordPress style and theme with your favorite. You can get a ton of free themes on WordPress itself and for more customization and styling features you can opt for premium themes. From my opinion, you should opt for premium themes because they come with tons of features and options with them along with inbuilt Search engine optimization. With them, you can make your blog more attractive and user-friendly.

To install the themes you have to navigate to Appearance and then select Themes from the options. Here you will get a list of free themes from WordPress you can simply click and install any one of them. If you have purchased a premium theme, then you can upload it by clicking Upload theme option.

Install an Anti-spam Plugin

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Installing a fresh WordPress blog sometimes gives a lot of headache to the bloggers because of spamming comments. They are not just irritating but can also affect your blog’s SEO. Dealing with these spams can be done in two ways. First is by manually searching and deleting those spams and another by using an anti-spam plugin for this.

There are a lot of anti-spam plugins but most preferred one is the free Akismet, but if you even better security from spams I would highly suggest you a paid anti-spam plugin, I personally use the Antispam Plugin by CleanTalk. It probably comes with the installation package of WordPress.

Alternatively, you can install it by navigating to Plugins section and choose from the available plugins there.

Install cache plugin

Users love to go to a site which loads faster. A cache plugin can help you to load your site much faster by taking the load off your hosting servers. This is not just for users but also great for SEO and performance of your site as well. A cache plugin can help you to prevent your site crashing on heavy loads.

The best and popular cache plugins are:

W3 Total Cache

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This is self-proclaimed most powerful cache plugin and having more than a million downloads on WordPress. The plugin comes with a ton of useful options and feature with it and it can mess up your all settings if you really don’t know how to configure it properly. Along with caching it is the most popular choice for integration with CDN.

WP Super cache

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 As Compared to above one, WP super cache is easy and user-friendly. I will recommend using this plugin because it is easy to use and yes! The most powerful cache plugin. All you have to do is simply install it and turn on caching, and you will be having great speed for your website.

Install and configure SEO plugin

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SEO i.e. Search engine optimization is an important part of any website. It helps your site to bring in search engine results. An SEO plugin can help you get your blog post a heavier result, and to get a lot of traffic on your site. No! Definitely, these plugins are not going to do these all automatically, you have to work for it. They can help you to make your blog posts better.

There are a lot of useful SEO plugins available for WordPress but the most popular choice for users and my personal favorite is SEO Ultimate. This is a highly rated plugin to set all of your pages and posts to search engines and to find your content in search results.

Install Google Analytics

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After making a successful blog post you need to track all the records that how many users viewed your post and by which medium they are coming to your blog. To find out all these things you need to install Google analytics to your dashboard. It automatically traces all these records and shows you analytics. For this, you need to sign up for Google analytics, and after that, you can use any plugin to show you analytics on your dashboard. The best choice for this plugin is Google analytics for WordPress plugin, as it is easy and reliable for beginners.

WordPress ping list

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A ping list is very useful to automatically ping useful forums about your latest posts. WordPress uses single ping list as a default. You can find more ping list and change them according to your need. You can notify many services by changing your ping lists for this you have to navigate to Settings >> Writing under writing, look for the Update Services section at the bottom of the section.

You can find a list of services on Shoutmeloud and on WordPress codex.

Delete unused themes and plugins

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It is a serious cause that many newbies get their blogs hacked, it’s all because they test and use a lot of themes and plugins, but after that, they do not delete the unused plugins and themes.

Make sure that you have deleted all useless plugins and themes after your choices and selection. If you forget to delete them, they will still need the update yet they are not active and they will create unwanted chores for update them.  And if you do not opt to update them, they will be vulnerable and may become a gate for hackers to welcome in.

Wrap up

Each and every point of this list is vital and useful you can feel the change yourself. Obviously, there are many more things that you can do with your new blog but these are the basics and should be done first.

Ignoring any of them will cause you a problem and you will surely do it later on. So it’s better to do it primarily.

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