So, it is assumed that you have installed WordPress on your website. If you haven’t, you may refer to the complete guide for building a blog. Though you have installed WordPress successfully, you still have some important tasks before your website goes live. A fresh installation of WordPress comes with some dummy data, dummy settings, dummy plugins etc. You need to fix those to make your blog more professional. In this article, I will show you the most important settings you must do after installing WordPress.
12 Most Essential Basic Settings After Installing WordPress
➠ Delete the Default Admin Username
Some auto installer services install WordPress with the default ‘Admin’ username. Hackers can easily guess your username and try to get your password. To avoid this, Create a user with any other name and give Administrator privileges to that account and delete the default ‘Admin’ username.
➠ Change Your Permalink Structure
By default permalink structure of a fresh WordPress site is pretty ugly and also not SEO friendly. After installing WordPress, go to Settings and then select Permalink from the menu. There you will find a few different choices for setting a new structure. The best option for this purpose is to set the permalink structure is ‘Post Name’. If you are going to post similar titles that are a date or time sensitive, then you may choose ‘Day and Name’ option.
➠ Change The Title, Tagline, and Timezone
Go to your Settings in your dashboard and choose General. Change both your site title and tagline to something that relates to your site. Scroll down and set your time zone as per your local time. Setting the time zone will help you showing the accurate post date and time and also scheduling your posts.
➠ Delete Dummy Post, Page, and Comment
A fresh installation of WordPress comes with a dummy page, a dummy post, and a dummy comment. After installing WordPress, go to Posts and then select All Posts. here you will see a post with the title ‘Hello World!’. Delete it immediately. Similarly, in Pages section delete the ‘Sample post’ and in Comment section delete the comment from ‘Mr. WordPress’.
➠ Uninstall Preinstalled Unnecessary Plugins
Your WordPress installation comes with some default and unnecessary plugins such as ‘Hello Dolly’. Go to installed plugins page and search for those unnecessary plugins and delete those.
➠ Set a Theme and Delete Unused Themes
WordPress comes with a few stock themes, all of them are good but a lack of professional look. You may either choose from plenty of free themes available or go for a premium theme. It’s always been a better idea to go for a premium theme. From quality, functionality, and security point of views, choosing a premium theme is the only solution. The best places to buy premium themes are Themeforest and Elegant Themes. From the performance point of view, I would like to recommend you Genesis Framework by StudioPress.
➠ Set a Favicon for Your Site
Favicon is the small little logo or graphic that shows up in your browser tab. Though it is a small thing, it gives your website a professional look. Make a favicon of dimension 512px X 512px, go back to WordPress dashboard, click on Customize link under Appearance tab. There you will have a ‘select image’ option under ‘Site Identity’ section. Upload your favicon there and save the theme.
➠ Fill Out Your User Profile
Take two extra minutes to fill up your user profile. Fill out the Name, Contact Info, & About Yourself section. There is also a drop-down option that allows you to change your publicly displayed name. Set it to either your first name, last name, nickname or any combination of the two.
➠ Check Discussion and Comment Section
This is another section you should edit after installing WordPress. Go to Settings and click the Discussion link. Check the boxes ‘Break comments into pages with 50 top level comments per page and the page displayed by default’ and ‘Comment must be manually approved’. You may take reference from the above screenshot. Scroll down and in the Avatar section set default Avatar as Gravatar Logo.
➠ Set Up a Gravatar after Installing WordPress
Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. It is globally recognized because millions of people and websites use them. It is an image that appears beside a blog comment made by you. It represents your identity. Go to gravatar.com and create one for you. It will put added values to the comments you made on other blogs.
➠ Activate Akismet
The world of internet is full of spammers. Personally reviewing and detecting spam comments is a tedious job. Akismet comes with WordPress which eliminates comment and Trackback spams without your interaction. To activate that, you need API key from Akismet. It is free and you can get it from Akismet.com/wordpress. After getting the API key go to Akismet Configuration and enter API key to activate it. You should activate Akismet just after installing WordPress.
➠ Edit Robot.txt
Google and other search engines can easily crawl and index your WordPress theme files and scripts. To prevent Google from indexing the WP core files and scripts you have to edit your site’s robot.txt file after installing WordPress. Install and activate the plugin named ‘WP Robots Txt’ and configure it as below,
These are some basic settings after installing WordPress. Moreover, you need to install some essential plugins too to boost the performance of your WordPress site. Moreover, these basic settings do not guarantee success in your blogging career. You need to focus on high-quality contents for that. Some other WordPress related posts that may help you,
Hope this post helped you customizing your WordPress site. If you have found anything missing above, share with us in comments. Thanks.