So, you have installed WordPress successfully. Now, what to do after installing WordPress? There are several things to do after installing WordPress and often times, most us get confused about what to do and how to do.
Naturally, like any other software, WordPress needs a few basic yet must apply settings and configurations to ensure reliability, security, and top of the line performance.
So, in this quick article, let us get to know the most important things to do after installing WordPress. Think of this article as a checklist and follow through all the points.
1. Check for Updates
The first and foremost thing to do after installing WordPress is to check for any available updates. This is because, most of the automatic installation tools provided by almost all the web hosts are not up to date and this may result in the installation of the outdated version of WordPress.
So, after installing WordPress, always head over to the Updates page under the Dashboard section, check for and install any available updates.
2. Change Permalink Structure
The second thing to fo after installing WordPress is to change the permalink structure. The default permalink structure of WordPress is not user or search engine friendly.
Moreover, most of the plugins you install in your WordPress site, like the affiliate plugins require you to have a permalink structure other than the default ugly URLs.
To change the default permalink structure, head over to “Settings” and then “Permalinks.” Here, select the new permalink structure using the radio buttons and click on the save changes button.
Best permalink choice would be “Month and name” or “Post name.”
3. Change Title and Tagline
Your website title and tagline are what defines your website and its content. Every new installation of WordPress has a default title and tagline and you should change it as soon as possible.
To change the title and tagline, open up the General settings page by navigating to “Settings” and then “General.” Herem enter your unique site title and tagline and click on the “Save Changes” button to save the changes.
A good title and tagline contain your site’s focus keywords.
4. Modify the Time Zone
After changing the site title and tagline, the next thing to do is to set the correct timezone. Setting up the time zone is pretty important to any WordPress site as it is what determines several things like scheduling posts, full website backups, etc.
Time zone settings are also available in the same General Settings page, just scroll down and select the time zone that is relevant to you.
At the same time, also configure the Date Format, Time Format, and Week Starts On settings.
5. Delete Sample Post and Page
Whenever you install a WordPress site, WordPress by default creates sample post and page to get you started. As useful as they are, you should delete them after installing WordPress.
To delete them, simply head over to the posts page and delete the sample post by selecting option “Delete.” That’s all there is to do.
6. Change or Delete Uncategorized Category
This is also one of the most ignored things of WordPress and do you actually know that you can easily change or delete the Uncategorized category? It is easy and can be done with just a few clicks.
So, after installing WordPress, don’t ever forget to change or delete the Uncategorized category as it is not only looks unprofessional but is also irrelevant to almost all the blogs.
7. Install a Well Built Theme
Your website theme is what defines your website through and through. So, always install a well-built premium theme that can support your website and its needs, even if it is just a minimal design. There are several premium theme builders and the ones bloggersignal recommends is.
If you are looking for a simple free theme then look no further than the official WordPress theme repository. Every theme in the official repository is manually scanned for any malicious code.
That being said, never ever use pirated or nulled themes and plugins as they may come preinstalled with malicious code, which is that last thing you want.
8. Install WordPress Caching Plugin
Installing a WordPress caching plugin is one of most important things you should after installing the WordPress. In case you are wondering, a caching plugin can greatly reduce your server load and can even speed up your website loading time.
9. Install WordPress SEO Plugin
Installing a SEO plugin may not seem as an important task to do after installing WordPress, but installing the plugin can help you quickly configure your blog for search engines.
SEO plugin’s like WordPress SEO by Yoast ensures that your blog or website is properly indexed by the search engines. Even though there are many SEO plugins for WordPress, I would recommend the Yoast plugin as it is very easy to use and works perfectly.
10. Install and Use a Comment Spam Plugin
Comment spam is one of the biggest issue’s for any WordPress blog or website. In fact, the spam comments can also impact your SEO and damage your credibility in the eyes of both users and search engines.
That is the reason why WordPress by default includes the best anti-spam plugin Akismet. So, after installing WordPress, activate the Akismet plugin. In case you are wondering, Akismet is a premium plugin developed by the good guys at Automattic.
Of course, it does have a free plan which is suffice for almost all your needs. If you want to, you can also remove the website URL field in the comments form to reduce the spam comments.
11. Follow Basic WordPress Security Tips
Protecting your WordPress admin area should always be your top priority. I’ve recently published some the best WordPress security tips that are basic yet must follow for any WordPress site.
Appling and following security measures may be a hassle at times, but it is better safe than sorry. So, one of the must do things after installing WordPress is to harden your WordPress site.
Moreover, also consider installing a WordPress security plugin. In fact, most WordPress security plugins can easily apply all the basic security settings and can even protect your website from different types of hack attacts. Some of the recommended security plguins are.
If you don’t want to manually deal with WordPress security and stuff, then use services like Sucuri.
12. Configure Automated Backups
You should never ignore backing up your website, even if you have just installed and configured it. I’ve already published detailed tutorials on how to backup WordPress site using different methods. Follow them to create regular backups.
- How to backup WordPress to Google Drive
- How to backup WordPress to Dropbox
- How to backup WordPress from cPanel
- How to backup WordPress database
13. Optimize and Install Social Media Plugins
After installing WordPress, optimizing the website or blog and installing the social media plugins is also the most ignored things. Social media plugins can help you grow your website in terms of both traffic and user interaction.
That being said, there are several social media plugins available for WordPress, but when installing a social media plugin, you should always consider the user-friendliness and the speed.
Here are some the best social media plugins for your WordPress site.
14. Add a Favicon
Last but not least, adding a favicon to your website is pretty important as it makes your website stand out in the user’s browser.
If you are already using the Jetpack plugin, then simply activate the “Site Icon” module and add the favicon. Alternatively, you can also use the All in One Favicon plugin.
If you are using any of the Genesis child themes, then follow the below guide on how to add a favicon without any plugin.
All the above-shared things to do after installing WordPress are pretty important as they help shape your WordPress website or blog. Even though there are still more of them to follow after installing WordPress, the above tips are vital to any WordPress website.
So, make sure that you follow all the steps to make your WordPress site ready for your site visitors.
That’s all for now and hopefully that helps. Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about the above-shared things to do after installing WordPress.