This is a part of “How to Start a Blog” The Definitive Guide of 2017.
In this blog post, you will learn what you should do in the first place after installing the fresh WordPress installation.
So far you have gone through these steps:
- Step 1: Buying a domain / Booking a domain / Purchasing a domain / Registering a domain: Buy a domain – Complete Step by Step Guide
- Step 2: Buying / Purchasing / Renting hosting space on Internet: Best Web Hosting For WordPress – Complete Step by Step Guide
- Step 3: Changing DNS server & understanding DNS
- Step 4: What is WordPress?
- Step 5: WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: Which one you should build your blog on?
- Step 6: Installing WordPress on your blog
And now you need to do some basic and essentials settings post WordPress installation.
First of all, if you have installed WordPress for the first ever time then you might be wondering how to access the admin panel.
To access WordPress admin (WordPress dashboard) you have to type: www.yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin
Example: For this blog I can access the WordPress dashboard by typing www.digitalmarketingforfree.com/wp-admin
Enter your admin username and password which you might have received post WordPress installation.
6 Essential WordPress Settings:
When you install WordPress, you get a stock installation with a few things like a dummy post, a dummy page, and a dummy comment.
So the first thing to do…
- Delete default Post, Page, Comment & setup WordPress Permalinks.
Once you are logged in to your WordPress dashboard, go to Posts > All Posts and delete the default posts as shown below.
Similarly, go to Pages > All Pages and delete the default “Sample Page”.
And finally, click on “Comments” and delete the default comment.
Once you are done with them, let’s change the Permalinks.
The default WordPress permalink is – http://yourdomain.com/p=123.
It’s a short and good one but a search engine friendly URL.
To make your WordPress Permalinks SEO friendly, go to Settings > Permalinks and select “Post Name.”
Now when your website URLs appear on Search Engines like Google, they will appear like this:
This will help you rank higher and get more traffic.
2. Set Your Time Zone:
To set your time zone, go to Settings > General and you will find the respective settings as shown above.
Make sure to set your timezone to your local time so that when you schedule posts, they will go live according to your time.
When you installed WordPress, you added a “Site Title” & “Tagline”. You can change those anytime from this settings page. These two things are very important because this is what shows up in Google Search.
You can also set your admin email address (where you’ll receive all admin correspondence) from this settings page.
3. Set WordPress Discussion (Comments) Settings:
Now, go to Settings > Discussion.
If it gets confusing and if you don’t know what to do here don’t you worry.
Simply follow the above screenshot and check all the boxes as shown.
You’ll be good.
4. Update Your WordPress Ping Lists:
By default, WordPress only pings one service which is shown in the image below:
But you can notify many more services by extending the ping list.
Go to Settings > Writing and add in more services to the ping list.
You can get a big ping list over here:
5. WordPress Media Settings:
This setting will drastically improve the way your WordPress handles the images.
By default, WordPress creates multiple sizes for every uploaded image which is not at all a good practice with respect to Web Page Speed.
This will load up your blog with unnecessary files.
Go to Settings > Media, and use the below screenshot to configure the proper settings:
6. Disable Directory Browsing:
For this setting, you will need to edit your WordPress .htaccess file.
What The F*** ???
I know this would be your reaction if you are a non techy like me.
But, Don’t panic; it’s actually pretty easy.
Add this line of code to your .htaccess file (at the bottom):
Options All -Indexes
This will disable directory browsing which is a very important step for maintaining the security of your blog.
1. Delete default Post, Page, Comment & setup WordPress Permalinks
2. Set Your Time Zone
3. Set WordPress Discussion (Comments) Settings
4. Update Your WordPress Ping Lists
5. WordPress Media Settings
6. Disable Directory Browsing
If you just installed WordPress, make sure that these 6 essential settings are properly configured.
Anytime you install WordPress, you should make sure to do these 6 things before doing anything else.
I’d recommend you bookmark this post so you can refer back every time you make a WordPress installation.
How many of these essential WordPress settings did you know about?
What other settings would you recommend to all WordPress users?
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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