You may be asked about what should be the next things to do after installing WordPress? Well, you come to the right place. This article will help you do the important configuration before launching your WordPress site. Also, we’ve covered essential settings that you need and equip your site with a list of most powerful plugins that helps site performance even better.
Without any further due, let’s get started
1. Review Your General Settings
Make sure that site title and tagline are well-named based on your blog topic. You also need to set time-zone on your site. To personalize these quick settings, just follow along.
Site Title – It displays the name of the site in the template header.
Tagline – It displays a short description of your site.
Time-zone – Sets the time zone based on the particular country or city.
First, you go to Settings » General. In the General Setting, you need to review and write the correct title, title tags, and set a correct time-zone. After that, click on the Save Changes button.
2. Add Favicon in Your Site
You also need to add a favicon image on your site, this demonstrates as your site identity. To make your site more professional, you need to insert a Favicon.
To add a Favicon, go to Appearance » Customizer. In the customizer, find the Site Identity, then click it. In the SITE ICON section, click on the Select Image button. After that, you will bring to a Media Library, this is where you upload images for your favicon.
Once uploaded, click the image and click on the Select button on the left bottom corner. Lastly, crop the image by clicking on the Crop Image button and save the changes by clicking on the Save & Publish button on the upper portion of the customizer.
3. Configure the Reading Settings
In WordPress default settings, all of the blog posts are appearing on the home page. However, in case you want to have a custom home page and assign it to another page for your blog post, then you need to configure a quick setting.
The first thing you need to create two new pages which are ‘Home’ and ‘Blog’. Once created, bring you mouse to Settings » Reading. On the “Front page displays” option, select the ‘A Static Page‘.
For the front page, select ‘Home’ and for the post, page select ‘Blog’ using the drop-down menu. Once completed, you should now see the post page on the Blog and home page is your Home.
4. Change Default Permalink
Permalink is a web URLs address of your posts and pages on a WordPress site. Also, it is one the important factors to get a good SEO visibility. By WordPress default, permalink structure is not optimized for a beginner. We suggest having a permalink that can be easily remembered.
So, let’s change it.
In order to change the permalink structure, you need to go into Setting » Permalinks. After that, you will bring to the permalink page and you will see several common settings that you can choose from. But I prefer to use the ‘Post name’ structure. Go ahead and check on the Post name. Once checked, click on the Save changes button.
5. Disable Users Registration
This is an optional setting, if your blog does not need user registration then we suggest to disable user registration for spamming purposes and also to maintains the good health of your blog in the long run.
Let’s change it by clicking on the Settings » General Setting » Membership, after that, unchecked anyone the option ‘Anyone can register‘ then click on the save button.
6. Remove Sample Content
This is one of the important things you need to remember before launching a WordPress site. And we don’t want visitors to see some non-sense things on our WordPress site.
The first thing you need is to ensure that all dummy contents are removed. By default, WordPress contained four different sample contents that need to be removed.
Things That Need To be Removed are:
a.) Sample Post is a demo post that shows on the blog post.
To remove the Sample Post, go to Posts section, then click on the All Posts. After that, find and bring your mouse on the ‘Sample Post’ then click the trash link to remove.
b.) Sample Page is a demo page that shown in the page section.
To remove the Sample Page, go to Pages section, then click on the All Pages. After that, bring your mouse on the ‘Sample Page’ then click the trash link to remove.
c.) Hello Dolly Plugin – is a demo plugin that shown by default in the plugin section.
To remove the Hello Dolly Plugin, go to Plugins section, then click on the Installed Plugins. After that, find the plugin called ‘Hello Dolly Plugin’ and click the Delete link to remove.
d.) Sample Comment is a demo comment that shown in the comment section of your website.
To remove the Sample Comment, you need to go to the Comments section, then move your mouse into the ‘Sample Comment’, then click on trash to delete.
6. Rename Uncategorized Category
The category is important on a website not only in WordPress, because this will serve as a guide for users to find the related content that they are interested in tackling and most importantly, it helps to improve the user experience of your site.
So, it is essential to rename the default category. If you do not create a new category, by default it will automatically be added to a ‘Uncategorized’ category.
To rename the uncategorized category, go to Posts section, then click on the Categories. After that, hover your mouse on the ‘Uncategorized’ in category section, then optional actions will now appear. Click on the edit link and rename it.
7. Install A Good WordPress Themes
WordPress theme is the appearance of your blog/site, by default, it used Twenty Seventeen themes. You can also use it, personalize it for free. However, WordPress themes that in the WordPress theme page section has a limitation on its customization options. That’s why you need to install a third-party WordPress theme that has advanced features. Whether it’s free or a premium. It’s up entirely up to you.
SEE ALSO: How to Install WordPress Theme (using two different methods)
8. Install Essential Plugins
By using WordPress plugin, you can add extra additional functions that help your WordPress site more powerful, advanced and secure even more. However, finding a good plugin for your WordPress site can be a tough job, because there are almost thousands or even millions of plugins are in the WordPress plugin directory. That’s why we spend hours to make a research with a thousand of most powerful popular plugins and comes up with a list of essential ones.
Now, I will introduce to you some of the best and essential plugins that you must installed on your WordPress site before launching.
- First, you need to add the backup solution. A backup is one of the essential things that WordPress must have. This will be your solid defense against an attacker or when there is something bad happen on your WordPress site. There are paid and free solution to do this and we recommend the UpdraftPlus, BackUpWordPress, and BackWPup. We have guide on How to backup & restore WordPress website using Updraft.
- Second, you need to add security plugin. We know that security is extremely important on every WordPress site due to hacking issues. A hacked site can cause damage to your business and reputation. With this list of security plugin, you can improve your WordPress site security much better. You can use a smart and reliable plugin that provides security measures like Wordfence Security and iTheme Security.
- Third, you need to add caching plugin to help speed up your site and improve also the user experience by compressing certain elements and save it into the user’s computer to make your loads much faster. There are a bunch of plugins you can choose from. I will introduce to you the two most powerful and most popular do cache plugins that you can use for free like W3 Total Cache and W3 Fastest Cache.
- Fourth, you need an Anti-Spam plugin like Akismet, it is a very powerful plugin that protects millions of WordPress sites for spamming like comments spam and suspicions trackbacks. You can also use Antispam Bee for an alternative.
- Fifth, you need to add social sharing plugin. It is a plugin that helps your site engage more visitor from the top most popular site like Facebook, Twitter, and more. Due to social media popularity, social sharing will also help boost your site and love by the search engine. There’s a bunch of social sharing plugin to do this, like Monarch and Social Warfare.
- Six, you need to add SEO plugin. That will help to Improve your WordPress SEO and to fully optimized WordPress site. Also, enables you to improve user experience through search engines. Because we know that on-page SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is extremely important if you want to rank your site in the top most popular search engine such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo. You can use the most popular ones like Yoast SEO and All in One SEO Pack.
- Lastly, you need to install Google Analytics to start tracking data to your site. It allows you to see: how many visitors, what country they come from, what are pages that need for improvements, and much more. There are a lot of Google Analytics plugin are in the WordPress plugin directory, yet some are not working properly. That’s we provide you, two most popular and great Google Analytics that you can choose You can choose Google Analytics by WebKinder.
That’s it! Now, your site is ready to launch 🙂
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