Have you installed WordPress and do not know what to do next? In this article I will tell you the important things you need to set up after installing WordPress.
Let’s get started.
1.Change site title and tagline
Site title is the name of your blog or website whereas tagline describes what your site is about. Once you have done your WordPress installation your Site title and tagline will come in default, so you have to change those two. It is very important because when someone search in google it will appear in the screen.
To change the site title and tagline simply go to Settings >> General you will find the page like this.
2.Change Administration Email address
Next, in the same page you can change your WordPress admin email address.
Usually most of the beginners use their own email address when they are installing WordPress and that email will be same of their website or blog.
Though it is not very necessary to change, it will look much better and more convenient if you can use email with your own domain name. If you want that You can even create for free, just go to your cPanel and create in Email section.
3.Set WordPress time zone
The next is you will have to change you set your time zone according to your location. Because it helps to show the time and date on your website or blog.
You can find this just below in the Setting>>General itself. After you have done everything from this page don’t forget to click save the changes.
4. Enable user registration
To Enable user registration is depend on how you are going to run your site. If you are going to run with multiple authors and accept guest post you can mark it.
But if it’s single author you can keep it blank.
5.Set WordPress reading settings
Here in this section homepage display, there are Latest post and A static page. If you choose Latest post all your latest post will appear in the homepage. But a static page will not simply change even when you post new content, you design as you want. So I would suggest you to put static page.
Another important part in this section always remember not to mark Search Engine Visibility, if you mark it search engines like Google, Yahoo and so on will not index your site.
6.Discussion or comments settings
This is also an important part of a blog and that will allow you to communicate and build a relationship with your web visitors.
To change this you can go to Settings>>Discussion and change it.
7.Change WordPress media settings
In this media setting page you can put zero in all the fields. So, go to Settings>Media and change it.
Usually by default, WordPress automatically generates all uploaded images and creates multi-dimensional images. In this way, it will create an additional load on your web server. To avoid this, you can disable the automatic image generation feature of WordPress.
8.Change WordPress permalink
Permalink is an important part of SEO of your site which will even help you to get more traffic and higher ranking. Don’t just keep permalink as it by default, it will not be friendly for search engines.
Go to settings>>permalinks and select SEO friendly structure that is post name.
9.Delete sample post and page
Once the WordPress installation is it will come with the default content like samples post and pages, comment.You will have to delete all this and create a new content.
To delete the post, simply go to Post>> All post, and then click Bin or Trash the post.
In the same way to delete the sample page also go to Page and delete it. And finally do same for the comment as well.
10.Delete unused WordPress theme
Along with the default WordPress theme, most of the time many new users keep without deleting unused themes. And that may cause trouble when you need update unnecessary themes without using. So the best is deleting unused theme and keep only one.
To delete go to Appearance>> Theme and click the unused and delete it.
11.Delete default category
By default WordPress usually comes with “uncategorized” as a default category. Keeping this is not that a big problem but when you are writing a content if you don’t change the category, it will be in uncategorised which was your default category.
So to delete uncategorised category you will have to create a new category first. Go to Post >>Categories and create a new category like this given below.
Once you have done that, go to Settings>>Writings and change the default category into new category like Blog or whatsoever.
Now you can delete the uncategorised, so go back to Post>>Categories and delete it.
12.Install a Caching plugin
Keeping the website load fast will make your web visitors to enjoy. If you website performance is not good you may lose your traffic. So it necessary to have this in your website. This plugin helps to improve your website or blog performance.
There are many other plugins you will have install after WordPress installation you can also check plugins given here for beginners to start a blog.
The above mentioned settings are the important things that you have to do right after Installing WordPress.
I hope this article gives you new insights what you are suppose to do after installing WordPress. If you have any questions feel free to comment below.