At present, WordPress has become one of the top options for people who are looking to set up and run a website online. By leveraging its user-friendly administrative panel, along with massive plugins and themes, you can publish the web content quickly and effortlessly. Even, you can install WordPress on your hosting account with much ease via various methods.
Now, the question is what you should do after installing WordPress? Of course, you cannot start blogging or posting some contents right after having WordPress installed successfully, but should do some preparatory tasks as listed in the following.
Task No.1 – Change the Username and Password of Your Admin Account
This is the first thing you must do right after installing this popular script on your account. Especially, if you choose to use an auto-installer offered by your web host to finish the whole installation task of WordPress, you need to make sure that you have replaced the default username of “admin” with the other option that is much more cryptic and hard-to-guess.
After changing the account username, you also need to give a strong and complicated password. Here, you’d better not to use the spelling of your name, your phone number and your birthday as the password. Instead, you can mix up some random numbers, symbols and characters.
As for the changing of username and password, you can choose to leverage the phpMyadmin or the WordPress dashboard. This step is not complicated for even newbies, but ensures a security door to safeguard your website back-end.
Task No.2 – Update the General Settings of WordPress
Now, you can log into the WordPress dashboard and click the Settings button from the left-hand navigation bar. Here, you need to determine some general settings of your WordPress site against the default options.
Firstly, you should decide the Site Title that can tell search engines and readers of what your site is talking about. It should be specific and descriptive using the simple words. In addition, we also recommend you to add a tagline to your site that can be displayed in your RSS feeds.
After that, you can change the default time zone. This part is important for displaying the accurate date and time on your site. Also, it means a lot for scheduling your blog posts.
In addition, you can choose the proper date format and time format based on your preference, and determine a week starts on which day.
Task No.3 – Decide Your Permalink Structure
The permalink is the URL of your posts or pages. By default, your WordPress site has the ugly permalink structure, coming with “?p=xxx” at the end of your domain name. This kind of permalink is surely not search engine preferred and may lead to a bad impression for your readers. In this case, you’d better replace the initial structure with a better one that allows you to enter some proper keywords and post titles into the permalinks.
To do this, you can enter the WordPress settings page and click the Permalinks button. Here, you can decide the structure among 6 available options. Personally, we recommend you to choose the Post Name one.
Note that this task must be done before you publish any post or page. Otherwise, this may lead to the 404 page error unless you finish the complicated 301 Redirection.
Task No.4 – Remove the Default Dummy Contents
If you enter your newly started WordPress site for the first time, you can find some sample posts, pages and comments that do not make any sense. In this case, you’d better delete all of them from the admin panel.
In addition, some web hosts may also pre-install their exclusive widgets for the service promotion, so you can also remove them, which are not related to your content niche.
Task No.5 – Fill Out the User Profile Page
This step is always ignored by most webmasters, but personally, we hope you can take a few minutes to fill out the user profile page. Here, you need to offer your name, contact email address and some social networking accounts.
In addition, you can optionally decide your publicly showcased name. Here, you’d better not to use your admin name, but some other options like the pen name. After all, making your username public is not a good option for website security.
Task No.6 – Change the Website Favicon
You can regard the favicon as the website icon, which will be displayed in the browser bar, right after the website name. If people open several pages at the same time, the favicon is useful for them to identify your site with ease.
In this case, after installing WordPress, you’d better add a website favicon to benefit the online identity and the brand image effectively. Otherwise, the site icon will be the WordPress icon. Or, some web hosts like BlueHost will use their business icon as your favicon.
Task No.7 – Decide Your Front Page Display
There are two options for the front page display. One is to showcase your latest published blog posts, and another is to display a static page that might be your well-designed homepage. This part can be decided from the Reading Settings of WordPress.
Task No.8 – Delete the Unnecessary Themes
The default WordPress installation also includes some official WordPress templates, such as Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Fourteen and Twenty Sixteen. If you do not want to activate these default themes but install some other properly-designed options, you’d better remove these unused templates.
After all, leaving them may lead to the annoying chore to making them updated. Otherwise, the outdated themes can result in some security holes for your site.
Thankfully, the removal of a WordPress theme only takes you a few seconds. You simply need to enter the Appearance section and click the Themes button. After finding the unnecessary theme, you can click the Delete button.
Task No.9 – Connect WordPress with Google Analytics
This is a critical way for keeping track of your website running. After learning and analyzing your traffic referral, traffic source and many other aspects, you can properly utilize the keywords, scheduled the content publish and decide your website marketing strategies.
Task No.10 – Install Some Basic Plugins
This is the last task you should finish, but may take you some times. Surely, only installing the most basic and necessary WordPress plugins is as easy as clicking a few buttons. However, some of them may require you to finish various settings for the better utilization.
In the following, we’d like to list some recommended options that can achieve the different purposes for the improvement of your site.
- Yoast SEO – This is a SEO plugin that can be used to optimize your website ranking on the search engines greatly. With it, you can enter the meta descriptions, SEO titles and keywords for all the posts and pages. Even, this plugin can give you a report of SEO analysis so that you can know how to enhance your content in the right way.
- Wordfense Security – This is a security plugin that can ensure the enterprise-level safeguarding for your WordPress site, helping you avoid all the potential dangers, malware and hacks easily.
- WP Super Cache – This one can be viewed as a caching engine, with which you can speed up your website loading to a large degree.
Note that these are just some typical plugins you’d better install, and you can also install some other options based on your real needs. The only tip is that do not have too many useless options installed for they may negatively affect your website performance.