Things To Do After Installing WordPress Important! [2019]

Did you install WordPress? After installing WordPress, you can not understand what to do now? So today’s my article is for you.

In this article, we will know about 22+ Essential WordPress Setting. Hopefully, after reading this article, you can change these 22+ Essential WordPress Setting. It is very important to change these settings before publishing a post.

Things To Do After Installing WordPress Important!!!

Table Of Content

  1. Search Engine Visibility / De-Index
  2. Change the default Password
  3. Profile Settings
  4. Delete Unused Themes, Plugins, Content, And Comment
  5. Set Up Your Site Title & Tagline
  6. Change Your Permalink Structure
  7. Enable Comment
  8. Install or Upload Your Theme
  9. Favicon and Logo
  10. Customize Your Home Page/ Reading Page
  11. Create a Contact Page/Form
  12. Create an About Page
  13. Install Recommended Plugins
  14. Install a Cache Plugin
  15. Install a Security Plugin
  16. Install SEO Plugins
  17. Install a Social Sharing Button Plugin
  18. Add a Google Sitemap
  19. Install Google Analytics
  20. Change the WordPress Login Page URL
  21. Start Scheduling Regular Backup
  22. Search Engine Visibility / Index
  23. Publish Your First Post
  24.  Things To Do After Installing WordPress Important!!!

01. Search Engine Visibility / De-Index

The first setting that should be changed after installing WordPress is that discourage your website from indexing search engines. Google or any other search engine that can not index your website. Because your website is not yet complete.

The reason for discouraging is that your site has many dummy content or you will create. Once search engine index your dummy content, then you have to face many problems later. Dummy content means demo post, post link, demo page, etc.

Login Your WordPress Dashboard >> Settings >> Reading >> ✔ Check Mark >> Save Changes

02. Change the default password

After that, you have to change your password. By default, a password is given when installing WordPress. Like this “ad$}xq8!fgyjr;a”. It’s good but it’s hard to remember. You need to remember the password because you may have to login to your website dashboard again and again.

So use a password that can be remembered. But do not give a password by just a name or any number. You must use uppercase, lowercase, number, and, symbol.

How to change password in wordpress

Login Your WordPress Dashboard >> Users >> Your Profile >> Account Management >> New Password >> Update Profile

03. Profile Settings

Then you have to make your profile settings. To make profile settings, first login to WordPress dashboard and then hover over on users then click on your profile. You can change your dashboard color from profile settings. The most important of the profile settings is email and publicly what your name will be.

Changing the Display Name is very important because the user name given when installing WordPress is displayed by default. This means that when you publish a post, then your username will appear in public. If your username falls on the hackers, your website may be damaged. So use a different name. Enter your email address for contact. Then click on save changes.

Login Your WordPress Dashboard >> Users >> Your Profile >> Name/ Contact >> Save Changes

04. Delete Unused Themes, Plugins, Content, And Comment

Delete all unnecessary themes, plugins, and content. Because themes and plugins take a lot of space. When you use many unnecessary themes and plugins then that will increase the size of your website. The files size of your website which is very bad. Because if that happens then your website will load very slowly.

To Delete Unused Themes >> Appearance >> Themes >> Select Theme >> Delete

 

To Delete Unused Plugins >> Plugins >> Installed Plugins >> Select Plugins >> Select Deactivate from Dropdown >> Apply >> Select Plugins >> Select Delete from Dropdown >> Apply

 

To Delete Dummy Content >> Posts >> All Posts >> Select Content >> Select Mobe to Trash from Dropdown >> Apply >> Select Deleted Posts >> Select Delete Permanently from Dropdown >> Apply

05. Set Up Your Site Title & Tagline

The site title and Tagline are the identities of your website. Look at the picture above, you will get an idea. The site title is the name of your website, so give your website name here. And the tagline is explaining what this website is about, In a few words.

To Set Up Site Title & Tagline >> Settings >> General

06. Change Your Permalink Structure

Most important settings are changing the permalink. Permalink is how your blog post URL will look like. By default, the permalink (URL) structure is “Plain‘ or ‘Day and name”.

That means when you publish a post, its permalink will look like http://yourdomain.com/2019/05/09/sample-post/. Search engines do not like this type of URL.

how to change WordPress permalink structure

Select the “Post name” structure to show permalink SEO Friendly and catchy.

07. Enable Comment

Enable comment to improve your website’s engagement. If the website visitors comment on your blog post, it will help you to build a community around your blog.

To setup comment go to settings >> Discussion. From here you can change the default settings and you can also change other settings. Such as comment appears, comment settings, comment moderation, avatars, and blacklist.

08. Install or Upload your theme

After installing WordPress, the most Existing Part is the theme installation on your website. Because after installing a theme, the website reveals perfect beauty.

If you have not yet purchased any theme for your website, then there are many marketplaces available online from which you can purchase themes for your website/blog. Or there are many free themes in the WordPress directory, you can use them if you want.

If you want to run your website with a free theme then choose a theme from the WordPress directory.

To Install a FREE theme >> Appearance >> Themes >> Add New >> Select Your Theme >> Install >> Activate

Once the theme is activated you can start customizing your website.

how to add favicon in wordpress

Favicon is a small image of 512 × 512 pixels. See the image above to get an idea of what Favicon is. The favicon will helps your visitor to identify your website. Resize your logo or image into a favicon from here.

Then upload your brand logo. You must upload a good quality and a beautiful logo. Beautiful and catchy logo will help reduce your website’s bounce rate.

Create a logo for your website – Canva & Logomakr

If you have no idea about the logo design then there is no reason to worry. Because there are different tools available online that you can use to create beautiful and good quality logos for your website.

Once the logo and favicon is created then go to Appearance >> Customize >> Site Identity >> Upload Favicon and Website Logo >> Publish

10. Customize Your Home Page/ Reading Page

Create a page for your website where your Visitor will land and show your latest post. Create a few pages and categories then create a menu. After that add the menu on the header.

how to create a beautiful homepage in WordPress

Add a sidebar. Then click on Widgets from Appearance. You can see different widgets on the left, dragging from there, you can add widgets to your sidebar and footers.

You can customize more easily. Just go to Appearance >> Widgets then Manage With Live Preview.

If you are happy with the result, just click Publish button to save changes.

11. Create a Contact Page/Form

You may have noticed that every website has a contact page/form. Through a contact form, your visitors can message you directly from your website. A contact form is very important to get in touch with your customer or visitor.

how to create a contact from in wordpress

Creating a contact form is not a difficult task. Using the Contact Form 7 plugin, you can create a contact form very easily and in a short time.

12. Create an About Page

Another important page is the About Page. You may also notice that every website has an About Page as well as a Contact Page. And this page gives detailed information about the company or website.

This page helps your customer or users to get an idea about your company or website.

13. Install Recommended Plugins

Then you have to install some plugins necessary. Such as the security of your website, increasing your website’s speed, spam blocking, backups, etc. Below are the names of some popular plugins named. You can use them.

Also Read: 24+ Best WordPress Plugins You Must Have [FREE]

14. Install a Cache Plugin

If your website takes more than two seconds to load, you will lose the visitors. Visitors will not read or see your content, they will leave your website.

This will increase your website’s bounce rate. The site loading speed plays an important role in SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Because website Speed is a factor in ranking on Google.

To increase the speed of your website, install a cache plugin. These cache plugins are excellent and very popular, you can use any one of these plugins.

15. Install a Security Plugin

WordPress itself on the security platform However, you can install a good security plugin by thinking of the security of the website. Protect the website from a brute-force attack, spamming, etc.

There are many free security plugins in the WordPress directory that you can use to hard your website security. There are two most popular security plugins are Wordfence security and iThemes security.

16. Install SEO Plugins

You must optimize your website to get traffic from different search engines. Such as Google, Yahoo, Binh, etc. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very important to rank on the search engine. Improve SEO to get traffic to your website.

There are many free plugins in the WordPress directory. You can use them to optimize your site or write SEO friendly articles using them.

We recommend you to use the Yoast SEO plugin.

17. Install a Social Sharing Button Plugin

You may notice that most of the website owners add social share buttons on their blog or website. Basically, it is used for blog posts that are shared in social media and the website gets more traffic.

So you also add a social share button, it will help to make your blog post viral and gets more traffic.

18. Add a Google Sitemap 

A sitemap is a website map. A sitemap is a list of all the links on your website. The Google Search Console indexes your website’s links to find them. If you add a sitemap, Google Search Console can easily crawl your website link.

Any search engine can easily crawl your website’s link by visiting XML Sitemap.

The Yoast SEO plugin will help to create a sitemap. It automatically generates a site map, which will help index your website in search engines.

19. Install Google Analytics (Essential WordPress Setting)

Google analytics tool is the most popular free analytics tool. How many visitors are coming on your website, where they come from, what they want, and what type of article they are most loved, you can get all the reports of your website using Google Analytics Tool.

How to use google analytics in wordpress

It is clean, powerful and user-friendly interface. Read this article for more details about Google Analytics and how to set up Google Analytics.

Read this article: How to Add Google Analytics to your WordPress Site

20. Change the WordPress Login Page URL (Essential WordPress Setting)

By default, the WordPress dashboard URL is yourdomain.com/wp-login.php or yourdomain.com/wp-admin.

If anyone knows if you use WordPress, then he will try to access your website’s dashboard. Then he will attack your website, try to hack your website. You can easily change the WP login URL using the WPS Hide Login plugin.

First, take a backup of your website. Then install WPS Hide Login plugin and activate the plugin.

After those tasks, go to Settings> WPS Hide Login. Then type something in the empty field after your domain name to create a new login URL.

how to change wordpress login URl

If you are satisfied with the new URL, then click on the Save Changes button. Remember the new URL. It will need to access the dashboard of your website.

21. Start Scheduling Regular Backup

Regular backup is necessary to protect your website from hacking. Once hackers hack your website, they will delete all the databases on your website. Then you can not do anything except apologies.

So you have to be careful beforehand, start scheduling a regular backup of your website.

Then, after hacking your website, you can easily recover your website within a short time with the backup file.

There are many backup plugins in the WordPress directory that you can use to backup your website. The best two backup plugins are Updraft Plus and Duplicator.

22. Search Engine Visibility / Index

how to index a website i search engine

At the end of all, uncheck this box to encourage search engines from your site index. If it is checked, then your website will not be indexed in any search engines.

23. Publish Your First Post

Congratulations hope you have made your website perfectly settings. Once you have successfully completed all of the settings, your website is fully ready. Now you can publish content on your website.

I hope you have done these things to do after installing WordPress important!!!

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