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:
- Difference between WordPress.com and Self-hosted WordPress
- How to buy Webhosting and Domain for WordPress Blog
- How to install WordPress blog on Bluehost hosting.
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:
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:
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:
Set your time Zone:
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:
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:
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.
WordPress Media Settings:
This one setting will improve the way WordPress handles image upload. By default, WordPress create multiple sizes of one image that you will upload. It’s not a good advice as most of the WordPress theme have their own settings for featured image. Go to Settings> Media & use the below screenshot to configure the settings:
You should also add a plugin which compresses the images as you upload. You can read all about WordPress image compression here.
Disable directory browsing:
For this setting, you need to edit your WordPress .htaccess file. You can follow this guide to learn about editing WordPress .htaccess file. It’s pretty easy.
Add this line of code in your .htaccess file (At the bottom)
Options All -Indexes
This will disable directory browsing. One important step for the security of your blog.
- WordPress Permalink Structure.
- WordPress time zone.
- Threaded comment.
- WordPress ping list
- WordPress Media Settings
- Disable directory browsing for security
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.
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.
- Install Yoast SEO plugin and here is a guide to help you get started.
- Install W3 Total Cache plugin for making your blog load faster. Here is a guide to get started.
- Check out this guide to learn how to setup Google Analytics for your WordPress blog
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