19 Important Things to Do After Installing WordPress

Essential Settings To Do After Installing WordPress

You just started your blog and installed WordPress? But Not sure what to do after installing WordPress? How do you use WordPress correctly?

Before you start creating your content and publish your first post on the blog, you should check that your WordPress site is secured, and correctly optimized for search engines, and all essential plugins and settings are installed and adjusted.

Here's a checklist of the most important things you need to do after installing WordPress. An easy startup guide with several steps explained with examples and screenshots for taking control over your WordPress website.

So, if you've just installed WordPress and you're not sure what to do next. These steps are for you! Just follow them one by one, and your site will do well.

19 Most Important Things You Need to Do After Installing WordPress

So without delay, let's dive into the checklist of the most essential things to do after installing WordPress.

1. Set up Your Site Title & Tagline

The title of your website and the tagline are some of the essential elements That can distinguish your site and help people and search engines to understand what your website is about.

The title works as your website brand name, so try to keep it short and meaningful, while the tagline is a brief description that helps to understand the purpose of your website.

WordPress, by default, comes with title and tagline that you'll have to change. So make sure you replace them with your own.

To do so, go to your WordPress dashboard » Settings » General

Add Title and Tagline

2. Set Your Timezone, Date and Time Format setting

In Settings » General, you can also find other settings like timezone and date format.

Select your Timezone

You need to choose your city's timezone or a UTC option if you can't find your city. This will help you while scheduling and publishing your posts.

Date and Time Format setting

Regarding Date and Time format settings, you can control the way as you want them to appear on your website. Typically they function as the posts' metadata and inform the visitors when the posts have been released or updated. You can pick one of the preformatted choices, or you can customize your own format.

3. Change your Permalink Structure for Better URLs

One of the essential elements of your website is Permalinks. Permalinks refer to URLs of the articles and posts you publish on your website, as well as your category and tag archives.

Change Permalink Setting

WordPress by default URLs structure is Plain, but it's not search engine friendly, and that's not something search engines like Google prefers. So you need to have clean and short URLs for your posts, which give your website chances of getting a higher ranking.
To make your URLs permalink search engine friendly. Go to Settings » Permalinks and select Post name as a URL structure. And that's it.

But if you don't like this option, you can create your own structure, and make sure to include the post name for better SEO.

4. Upload a Favicon to Your Website

What is a favicon?

A favicon is an icon that represents your brand ( or Logo) over the web and different devices. It appears next to your website title into the browser. It's a part of your site's visual identity that helps people to identify your website where ever they see this icon quickly. It can also help you to build recognition for your brand and gain trust with your audiences.

Upload a Favicon

To upload the favicon for your website, go to Appearance » Customize » Site Identity tab. Just click upon the select site icon and upload the image you want to use as your website favicon. At least the image size should be 512x512 pixels.

You can now check your favicon on your website in the browser next to the title.

5. Remove Default Content

When you install WordPress, you'll see that it comes with an example post "Hello World" and an example page "Sample Page". But you don't need to use those.

So to remove the sample post, go to Posts » All Posts.

Remove sample post

Check the "Hello World" box, click on "Bulk Actions" select "Move to Trash" then click on "Apply".

Go to Pages » All Pages to remove the sample page.

Remove sample page

Check the "Sample Page" box, click on "Bulk Actions" select "Move to Trash" then click on "Apply".

6. Add and Setup the Categories

The default posts category in WordPress is called Uncategorized. So when you don't set a category to your posts, WordPress automatically assigned them under the default category.

To change the "Uncategorized" category name go to Posts » Categories.

Change category name

Give it a name don't forget to change its slug as well. You can also write a small description. Some themes will show this description, and this will work well for your website SEO.

Create category

If you have some ideas categories for your blog, go and create them now. That way, you'll be ready to plan the editorial categories, and won't need to create them while writing a new post.

7. Create a Home Page and Blog Page

WordPress displays the latest posts on the homepage by default. But if you're not using your site as a blog or you want a customized page for the front page and use the blog page separately.

You need to create both your homepage and blog page manually.

For this go to Pages » Add New.

Create new page

Create your homepage give it a title like "Home" or any name you wish.

Add page title

Then create a new one for your blog and give it the title "Blog".

Now go to Settings » Reading.

Homepage display

In the "Homepage displays" section, select "A static page" box, then select the Home for Homepage and the Blog for the Posts page.

8. Create Must-Have Pages for your Website

Before you run your blog or business online, you need to create some must-have pages. These pages help your blog to look official and accurate, and having legal pages is the most important thing to do before publishing your blog.

here's the list of these pages :

  • About: This page describes who you are and what your website is about, as well as how you can help your audience.
  • Contact: This page gives the users information about how they can communicate with you and encourage them to get in touch with you. You can use a Contact Form plugins that provide you the possibility to customize your form and also mail contents using simple markup. It also secures your mailbox from automated spammers.
  • Privacy policy: If your website collects data from your users in any way, this page is mandatory to your site to Comfort them that you'll keep private their information.
  • Disclosure policy: If you make money by your website, or hope to make money, you need this page to describe to your visitors the ways you intend to generate income. Be sure that your Disclosure Policy page is published before you try to make money from your website.

Once you are ready with all your pages content, create them by going to Pages » Add New.

9. Change Default Admin Username and password

By leaving the admin username and password of your WordPress website by default, this may end on a security breach for your website.

So make sure you change them to a unique username and powerful password.

For a secure password, you need to combine numbers, special characters, and letters with at least one capital character, and one small.

10. Complete Your Profile

Your profile and about page are the pages where people will know about you and your business. If you want to be close to your audience, then make your profile match who you are.

Write a great description of your website and yourself, a bio in which you can describe what you do, your hobbies, your website purpose, and your future goals and your success stories.

To start, go to Users » Choose your account user.

Create your profile

Now fill all the details like your name, your email, your social media account, biographical info, and image.

11. Get a Gravatar

Now that you have set your contact info and your bio, it's time for your profile picture.

Add picture to your profile

After the 4th version, WordPress uses Gravatar for displaying author images.

Create Gravatar account

What is Gravatar?

Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar) is an image hosting service used by millions of platforms worldwide to improve their image and user bio benefits.

When you upload your image with your email on Gravatar, then anywhere you use that email address, the image associated comes with.

To create your Gravatar, go to gravatar.com, create an account with your email and upload an image to be associated with the account.

12. Optimize Images

High-resolution images are the top responsible for slow page speed because of their large size. They have an important impact on your website load time and SEO.

Smush.it wordpress plugin

Even if you haven't any image right now on your website, you need to add an image optimization plugin like Smush.it, EWWW, or Tiny PNG. They come up with optimized settings, but you can customize them yourself.

13. Add an Anti-Spam

WordPress comment spam is increasing day by day, that's why you need a spam protection mechanism.

Akismet is one of the best anti-spam plugins. It checks spam on your website comments and lets you examine the spam caught on your site's "Comments" admin section.

Akismet anti-spam plugin

Akismet already comes with the WordPress installation, so you don't need to download it.

To install it, go to Plugins » Add New, on Akismet Anti-Spam block click on install Now, then activate it.

Enter your email to get an API to use it for your website. Then, you can change the settings.

14. Add SEO & Analytics Plugins

Search engines are by far the best source of traffic for your website.

Hence, to help your website to be indexed on these search engines and optimize it for SEO, you'll need to add some SEO plugins like Yoast SEO or Google Analytics.

Yoast SEO plugin

Yoast SEO is one of the best and perfect Search Engine Optimization solutions for WordPress. The Yoast SEO plugin helps you to write better your content through focused keywords and better readability.

Google XML plugin

Google XML Sitemaps plugin generates an XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your site and notifies all major search engines every time you create a post.

Google Analytics plugin is the best way to track your site and collect information about who visits it and their response to your site. It also gives you detailed information about your website traffic.

15. Caching plugins

Excessive load times can decrease your website traffic and ends up with weak SEO. This will drop down your search engine rank and generally reduce your website's potential. However, a caching plugin can quickly fix the problem, and your site will load faster. Here are two of the most popular caching plugins.

WP super cache plugin

WP Super Cache is one of the most popular cache option plugins. It's pretty simple to set up and has pretty good speed results. But, it can't help when it comes to logged users. This plugin might be what you need only if you don't present content to logged-in users.

Like WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache has comparable performance results but with a more complex setup environment. That means that it has plenty of advanced options that adjust everything in the way it works. But it can be a little bit complicated to configure.

16. Add Security Plugin and Make your Website Secure Against Hackers

Even if WordPress is a robust and very secure platform, your site remains insecure from hackers. However, you need to secure it by installing some plugins that can help you add some extra security like the firewall and other protections.
Wordfence, All In One WP Security are the most popular plugins out there with a free plan that can help you protect your site.
In general cases, you don't need to make settings since most of the plugins have the requisites protections activated.

Wordfence Security plugin

Wordfence security is one of the most fully-functional free security plugins available. It enables you to manage your whole website's security and protects it against hacks and malware. The plugin scans your website and warns you immediately when it's significantly compromised. Among the sheer number of its features, you'll find a WordPress Firewall, Login Security, Blocking Features, Security Scanning, and more. At first, it can be overwhelming, but it comes with excellent and detailed documentation.

All In One WordPress Security and Firewall is one of the best free security plugins. It reduces security risk by blocking for vulnerabilities issues and take your website's security to a high level. All In One WordPress Security and Firewall implement and enforce the latest WordPress recommendations of security techniques. It also helps you to use good firewall rules on your website, so you don't need to learn complex htaccess rules anymore.

17. Add Backup Plugins

Sometimes, your site might get deleted due to some inevitable errors or gets hacked. So you need to recreate it, it's always better to take regular backups of your database and store it on your local computer or cloud storage services and be on the safe side. The most reliable way is to install Backup Plugin.

UpdraftPlus plugin

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup is a free plugin that lets your WordPress website take backups (media, database...etc.) regularly to Dropbox, Drive, and a list of other storage platforms. You can control how often you want to perform your backup and check exactly what you need to back up.

18. Disable Browsing your Website Directory

Some hostings platform allows to browse your blog's directory, which is not a good thing, and you should disable it. To do so, you need to insert a line of code to the bottom of the .htaaccess file.

Options All -Indexes

19. Stop Core Files Indexation

You need to index your blog pages's not the backend admin panel. So you need to stop indexation of core files by google bots, for that you need to set one line in Robots.txt.

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/


Before publishing great content, it's always better to optimize your website.

Once you complete the above tasks on your website, you'll find it faster and secure, so it is ready to go live.

I hope you find this post helpful, and that answers your question about what are the essential settings you should do after Installing WordPress? If you have any suggestions or you find any difficulty in doing the WordPress settings, feel free to drop me a line in the comments below.

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