WordPress is an awesome blog platform and few days back one of guest author at Shoutmeloud has written about Why beginners should blog with WordPress. To help you get start with WordPress, we have already shared a post on 8 essential settings after installing WordPress. Here I’m sharing 5 more points which you should consider after Installing WordPress. These are generic steps which every wordpress blog should follow and if you are missing something in this, go ahead and make your blog complete.
1. Change your permalink structure
A permalink is an address of a blog post like
http://www.shoutmeloud.com/why-beginners-should-blog-with-wordpress.html. This is /%postname%.html permalink structure.
By default WordPress gives you permalink structure like http://yourblog.com/p=245. Changing it is very simple, just follow the steps below:-
a. Go to yourblog.com/wp-admin/options-permalink.php
b. Click on ‘Custom Structure’ and then write /%postname%/.
This is good for new blog but if you are already using default WordPress permalink structure, you should read this earlier post on changing permalink to make your permalink change 301.
2. Create an About Me page
You need to create an about me page. If a reader likes your blog and wants to know, that who in the earth has written it. The reader searches for a ‘about me’ page and when he doesn’t find it after trying a lot to find it, then he leaves your blog and your blog loses a reader just because you didn’t have a ‘about me’ page. It is essential for every blog to have a ‘about me’ page. Write every essential information, such as your name, what do you do, what’s your blog all about etc…It helps your blog’s reader to know about you. So this is a must. Check out my ‘About Me’ page.
3. Change your 404 error page
When a reader opens a non-existing page, they see a page called 404 page. By default, the page says ‘404-Page Not Found’. Lets make it a bit user-friendly. To do this, just follow the steps below:-
a. Firstly open your blog’s admin area and then click Appearance–>Editor.
b. Find(ctrl+f) <h2>404 Page Not Found
c. Just under the <h2>404 Page Not Found</h2 you will see something written between <p></p>. Just write your message which you want to show, in my case I have kept it like this :-
<h2>404 Page Not Found</h2>
<img src=”http://www.shoutmeloud.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/404.jpg” />Wrong page buddy,check the address bar for spelling mistakes.This page might have been removed or renamed.Go to the homepage to continue reading my blog.
It looks like:-
- Also read: Customizing Thesis Theme 404 error page
4. Create a favicon for your blog
A favicon is an icon which you see in the address bar or in the tab where the site is open. It is fun to make a favicon and it is easy too. You can see shout me loud’s favicon near the address bar. To get your own favicon, follow the steps below:-
a. First of all create a square image.
b. Upload it on c. After getting the favicon copy the code in the right which looks like –
<link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”favicon.ico” >
<link rel=”icon” href=”favicon.gif” type=”image/gif”
d. Now go to the wordpress administration area and then Appearance >>Editor
e. Click header.php in the right side
f. Find(ctrl+f) and paste your code just before it.
5. Create an archives page
You need to have archives so that people can find your posts easily. It is important because if your readers want to read your older posts, they need it. If you want to add it, follow the steps below:-
a. First, install and activate a plugin called WP-Archives.
b. Now create a page called Archives(or whatever you want to name it)
c. Click the Html tab and paste this code – <!–wp_archives–> You have to paste it in the html tab, otherwise it wont work.
Doing all those things listed above will be very good for your blog. What do you think about the things listed above. Which is the best thing from above according to you? Do tell me what do you think about this post by commenting.