11 Things You Need to Do After Installing WordPress

11 Things You Need to Do After Installing WordPress

Installing WordPress is only the first step in blogging successfully. The next step will be configuring your blog to make it easier to use and maintain while also making it more appealing to your readers, and that’s where this guide on 11 things you need to do after installing WordPress comes in handy. If you’re thinking about starting your own WordPress-powered blog, take a look at the information provided here and consider whether you’re doing everything you can to make sure it succeeds from the very beginning!

11 Things You Need to Do After Installing WordPress

  1. Modify the title, tagline, and time zone of your website 
  2. User Registration (Setup your Profile) 
  3. Set WordPress Discussion/Comment settings 
  4. Install Google Analytics 
  5. Remove Sample Content 
  6. Disable/Delete Unused Plugins 
  7. Design Pages 
  8. Create a Custom Menu 
  9. Install an automatic Backup System 
  10. Change Permalink Structure 
  11. Add categories and change the default one 

1) Modify the title, tagline, and time zone of your website

11 Things You Need to Do After Installing WordPress
Modify the title, tagline, and time

What is a time zone? Time zones represent different parts of Earth’s surface and they’re used to standardize local times, or civil time. All computers in your network have an internal clock which indicates Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The GMT is divided into 24 hours in whole numbers. Every day has its own hour, every week has its own day, and each month has its own date.

GMT has been standardized as zero at Greenwich Meridian Line located near London’s Tower Bridge. Greenwich Meridian Line represents 0° longitude, thus 0 degrees. This has become known as Universal Time (UT) and it serves as a starting point for all time measurements on earth. Once you are aware of GMT it will be easier for you to determine specific regions throughout our planet by finding their relative location from meridian line and then matching that with relative time zone UTC offset.

If you want to create a website that reflects what exactly is going on around you, specify your time zone. It will help both visitors see when exactly various events take place and let them plan ahead accordingly. If people see that there’s an event taking place in only 15 minutes away from their location—they will probably rush over and make sure not to miss out!

Because human life tends to flow smoothly along with predictable daily schedule—it would only be fair if there was such convenience available online. This way visitors can be notified about any upcoming events around them as well as see if everything that was previously planned matches with current time according to various computer networks of various locations across globe.

2) User Registration (Setup your Profile)

Setup your Profile
Setup your Profile

It’s helpful for new users and encourages them to stick around. Make sure your settings are set up so people can register without having a user account in place. Ask questions that aren’t just basic personal information, but ask things like What brought you here? or What do you hope to get out of being here? This can help give you an idea of what is most important for your audience.

3) Set WordPress Discussion/Comment settings

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Set WordPress Discussion/Comment settings

By default, new users must be approved to post comments. This is a good idea for most sites since spammers and troublemakers aren’t generally known for their patience. It’s easy enough to change your settings, though. Look under Settings > Discussion (scroll down) and find Who can comment? Make sure it says Anyone or you’ll have a lot of work on your hands later.

4) Install Google Analytics

 Install Google Analytics

It’s pretty simple to install. Head over to Google Analytics and click on Sign Up for Free at the top right of your screen. Fill out all of your information, including your website address, and then add a password for logging in. Verify that everything looks good, click Create Account, and you should be all set!

5) Remove Sample Content

For obvious reasons, you’ll want to remove all sample content, like placeholder pages and categories, from your brand new WordPress site. While they’re great for testing and getting familiar with your new platform, you won’t want them cluttering up your final product. In WP-Admin > Pages > All Pages and then on each page individually, use Edit drop down menu in top right corner of screen and choose Delete option. Under Posts (in WP-Admin) > All Posts, use Edit drop down menu in top right corner of screen and choose Trash or Delete Permanently option; a list of deleted posts will be displayed at top center of page.

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Remove Sample Content

6) Disable/Delete Unused Plugins

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Disable/Delete Unused Plugins

Out of all your plugins, there will be a few that you’ll rarely use. Before updating or installing any plugin, always check if it’s compatible with your current setup. Remember: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Once you’ve identified which ones are unnecessary, disable or delete them. This not only frees up some space but also prevents accidental activations in case something goes wrong and a conflict arises between two incompatible plugins. Doing so can make troubleshooting much easier later on. Additionally, even if you use a plugin on a regular basis, take time once in awhile to see if there’s an update available that might help resolve issues or fix bugs you experience with it.

7) Design Pages

Before you start blogging, you should set up your website. Before you do that, though, it’s smart to plan out a few pages that let you give your readers a preview of what they can expect from your site. In addition to building trust with new visitors, these pages serve as an outline for potential sponsors and other types of content partnerships. Here are 10 things every blogger needs on their homepage

8) Create a Custom Menu

While you’re getting started with your new site, be sure to take some time and create a custom menu. It will make it much easier for your visitors to navigate around your website and help them find what they’re looking for. Plus, there are several good reasons why you would want a custom menu on each of your pages; it improves user experience (because visitors will have a clear idea of where they are at all times), keeps search engines happy (you won’t have duplicate content) and establishes you as an authority in your niche (if there is no navigation on a page, it looks like you don’t know where things go). If you don’t know how to get started with a custom menu, check out our helpful guide .

9) Install an automatic Backup System

One of the most important things you can do after installing WordPress is install an automatic backup system. Sure, you might feel comfortable manually backing up your site, but what happens if a natural disaster strikes and wipes out everything on your hard drive? Or what if something happens with your hosting company, and they have problems that lead to data loss or security breaches? The best thing you can do is automate backups so that no matter what happens, you’ll be able to restore all of your data. For instructions on how to install automatic backups in cPanel (which applies to many hosting providers), check out How To Install Automatic Backups in cPanel.

Permalink Settings ‹ Amith Dharamshi — WordPress Personal Microsoft​ Edge 17 02 2022 12.29.11 AM
Change Permalink Structure

Change your permalink structure to something simple and easy. Rather than using /%postname%/ use instead something like /blog/%. It is much easier for users and search engines. To change your permalink structure, you need to change it in two places- Settings -> Permalinks -> Post name (the one listed first) and Settings -> Permalinks -> Common settings (where you can change all future post’s links).

11) Add categories and change the default one

Make sure your categories are setup correctly after installing WordPress. This will help you with SEO in the future, and it’ll make it easier for other people to find your content on Google. Simply head over to Settings > Categories. There, you can create new categories and select a parent category if you’d like.

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