8 Essential Settings after Installing WordPress

Settings After Installing WordPress

This is the part of our Learn WordPress series and in this post you will learn how to set up WordPress after the fresh installation. So far you have learned:

Now the next in the series is to setup your WordPress blog in the right manner.  You can download WordPress Guide eBook for A-Z of setting up WordPress.

This is the list of essential WordPress settings you need to follow after installing WordPress.

Essential WordPress settings for beginner:

When you install WordPress, it’s just a stock installation with few stuff like a dummy post, dummy page, dummy comment. Rest there are many things that you need to do to make it ready for yourself and public. So, let’s get started with the essential settings that you need to make:

Delete default Posts and page:

delete default WordPress post

Login to your WordPress dashboard and go to Posts> All posts and delete the default “Hello world” post. Similarly go to Pages > All pages and delete the default “Sample page”.

Set up WordPress Permalink:

WordPress permalink setup

The default WordPress permalink is like http://yourdomain.com/p=123 This permalink is short but not friendly for search engines.

You need to change it to make it search engine friendly.

Go to settings > Permalink and select the post name and click on save. This ensures that your permalink when appearing in the search engine, it will contain some keywords, and your blog posts will rank better in the search engine.

Here is an example from my live blog:

SEO friendly permalink

Set your time Zone:

General WordPress settings

Remember at the time of installing WordPress on Bluehost, we added site-name & tagline. You can change it anytime from this setting page.

This is where you will configure your homepage name and tag line. This is very important, as by default this is what shows up in Google search. Email address will be your site admin Email address, and this is where you will get all the Email notifications related to your site.  Make sure you set up the time zone to your local time, this will make sure your scheduled post will go according to your time zone.

Disable users registration


It’s always a good idea to keep your registration open if you are creating a WordPress site like ShoutMeloud or any other Websites which allow guest posting, but spam registration will be a pain. But, if you are sole writer and don’t need people to register, I recommend you to disable the WordPress registration Disable it under Settings > General.

WordPress discussion/comment settings:

WordPress comment settings

This is another section that you should setup just after installing WordPress.  Just follow the screenshot and put the checkmark in front of the field as shown in the screenshot.

WordPress Ping list: 

updating WordPress ping list

By default WordPress ping only one ping service, you can notify many more services by extending the ping service. Add more ping list here at Settings> Writing. You can get a big list of Ping list on this page: WordPress ping list.

Quick Recap

  • WordPress Permalink Structure.
  • WordPress time zone.
  • Threaded comment.
  • WordPress ping list

For now if you are installing WordPress for the first time you can refer to this post, for quickly check if you have done the basic settings for WordPress settings. You can also bookmark this post on delicious or stumble upon for future reference. Make sure you subscribe to Shoutmeloud feeds to keep receiving more wordpress updates.

What next?

Once you are done setting up WordPress, it’s time to install plugins. I have created two lists of plugins, and you can read the detail of each plugin and install the one that make more sense to you.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 28 )

  1. says

    Harsh! It’s great to see you sharing even the minute info useful to blogging community.I started following each and every point you suggest and showing me desired results.

  2. Erik says

    What a great and useful post, Harsh, to use as check list after installing WordPress.

    If I can add something, among the several other tasks to do, bloggers should also create an XML Sitemap, to help search engines crawling the website (and let them know about any updates).

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Divya says

    I have asked this question to so many that whether to increase or add additional ping list or not but I got the answer here finally thanks for the article.

  4. Alice Smith says

    I have 2 blogs runing on wordpress. But never took advantage of ping services. I think this is the time to include the list to update the results as soon as it get published.

    Thanks a lot

  5. says

    Thankx as i newly create my wp blog. You Suggestion is much valuable for me, I did’t disable user registration and did’t Change Admin user . After reading this article i am going to implement these steps.

  6. sankar says

    Really useful step. Even an experienced programmer doesn’t look at those. Maintain these steps will improve security. Nice post. Thank you.

  7. Siraj Wahid says

    I recently installed wordpress and was wondering what i have to do now? I came across this article and it helped me a lot.

  8. Narender says

    Harsh bro is there any problem if we use a lot of sites in our ping list ? Won’t it be called Ping spam if I am creating 2-3 Posts daily .

  9. Chiranjeev says

    These are really 8 essential setting after installing wordpress. I was looking for such a guideline after installing wordpress on my very blog. Thanks a lot for this post.

  10. Eapen says

    Extremely useful tips Harsh, I was looking for that option to disable user registration as I was getting a lot of SPAM registrations. Thanks!

  11. eddy rehani says

    thank you so much for this post. I went through every detail and made sure to change the settings on my newly installed wordpress blog. Now over to the list of wordpress plugins

  12. Amit Shaw says

    Is there any one Who can help me to Change My Permalink without 404 Error.
    Please Come on Team Viewer. And Thanks Harsh. Am really got too much help from this site. Thanks a lot. But bit confused about Permalink.

  13. Sinbadisailor says

    Really nice info…But another thing i want to mention is that you must install some plugins which will make your site spam free and seo friendly and xml site map and some more…Thanks again..

  14. Saurabh Mukhekar says

    Hey harsh also mention that 302 redirect loose all ur social likes and share, and most important don’t make chain of 301 redirects i.e 301—to–301–to—301 etc . It will kill ur post from google bot/spider

  15. fazal mayar says

    this is indeed a must read for all newbies because we are often confused and dont know which plugin to install or which settings to edit

  16. Siddharth says

    Must read for any newbie bloggers,
    i never took care about ping list, i think i have to work on, as said,
    thanks for the post harsh :)

  17. vicky sadhu says

    i did that permalink %post_id%/%postname%/..but it shows .htaccess error..i copy pasted that code suggested by WP..bt still..its not working :(

  18. ankit says

    Hey harsh where to add ping list?Is there any plugin for inserting ping list?Do you use maxblogpress ping optimizer?

  19. Eleanor says

    Chethan is correct, this is an Excellent Post! The highlighting definitely increases the readability, and I would love to know how to do it as well.


  20. vrunda says

    hey harsh..

    thnx for the information.. can you tell me more about ping list.. can i add the shown ping list into my blog.. or how can i find the ping urls.. thanx in advance..

  21. Jignesh says

    Thanks Harsh,

    On top of all that settings, I guess few other advanced things can also be added to list. Install the following plugins..

    WP-SpamFree plugin
    All in One SEO plugin
    Digg Digg plugin
    Google XML Sitemaps

  22. Rajeel says

    Very Useful post Harsh, Thanks for the info. Please also write the essentiel SEO tips to be done after instaling a WP blog too…

  23. Nikki Brown says

    This is some great basic information. I have Stumbled it and will definitely come back to refer to your suggestions when I work on my blogs. Thank you.

  24. Tech-Freak Stuff says

    I converted my Blogger Blog into WordPress yesterday. This post has come to me at the right time and is very useful. Thanks a lot. Please Visit my blogs and give you suggestions for improvement!