I assume you’ve already started a blog!! If not, check out my step-by-step guide on blog setup.
What next? How to turn this blank slate into a functioning blog?
In this article, you will learn important actions you should take after installing WordPress. Let’s begin.
7 must-do things after installing WordPress
1. Reset your admin password
You see how important the login credentials are…If not well taken care, your hard work and data will be gone in seconds. There are thousands of hackers sitting out there to hack your blog and the only way to get rid of them is having a strong password.
These hackers would simply try the various combinations of passwords to crack. So you better create a hard-to-guess credentials. Here are the tips that will help you:
- Use long-form passwords (atleast 12 characters, numbers, small and capital letters).
- Don’t use the password that starts with your name, email ID, phone number or blog name, because it could be easy to guess and crack.
- Do not save the password on your browser.
- Always use better secured browsers like duckduckgo or Brave.
Let’s see how you can change the default password to your own:
Go to Users –>Your Profile –>Account Management –>New Password
You either let the WordPress decide a strong password for you by clicking the “Generate Password” option or you can add on your own. And then scroll down the page and click “Update Profile”.
2. Change site title, tagline, site URL, timezone, user role
You will need to navigate to Settings –> General in you WP dashboard to change the below settings:
- Site Title: Change the default site title from “My WordPress Site” to your blog name
- Tagline: The default tagline for most WordPress blogs is “Just Another WordPress Website”. Here you can write what your blog is about in a short form
- Site URL: Enter the URL that you would want to appear on search engines (For example, you can write “https://www.yourblogname.com” or “yourblogname.com”)
- Uncheck the ‘Membership’ to get rid of spammers registering with you
- New User Role: Set it as “Subscriber”
- Timezone: Set the timezone as per your state or country.
3. Delete dummy content
WordPress platform puts dummy content on the very new blog to let the new users understand how to and where to write content. Here is how you delete that dummy content:
Go to Posts and you shall see the sample post called “Hello World”. Trash it.
The same way, you need to delete the sample page under “Pages” section and default comment under “Comments” section.
4. Moderating comments
As I said, there are tons of spammers on the Internet who believe that no-follow comment links will help them SEO-grow. First off, that’s not true. Second, you should not give any chance for spammers to enter your estate.
WordPress give you the facility to manually moderate comments that are collected on the blog posts.
There are a bunch of settings you could make under this section: Settings –> Discussion.
5. Setting the permalink structure
What is permalink by the way?
Permalink is nothing but the URL of your blog post, page or portfolio.
For example: https://www.bloggingexplained.com/blog-niche is the permalink of one of my blog posts. As you can see, the permalink helps reader understand that the page has content related to blog niche. It also impact positive SEOically.
WordPress offer you the ability to create customized URL structure to your blog posts and I want you to set the structure as “Post name” under the permalink settings section.
6. Create a gravatar for yourself
You must be thinking, what is gravatar, right? Let me make you understand with an example. Check out the below picture:
As you can see, the user ‘Anil Verma’ has no picture in the comment, it is because he is not registered on Gravatar platform or not used his Gravatar email ID while commenting.
I have a Gravatar account. So whenever I comment on someone’s blog by entering my Gravatar email ID or reply to a user on my blog, my comment appears with my picture (as you can see above). It creates professional impression for sure.
How do you get a Gravatar for yourself?
It is easy and free. Signup at Gravatar with your email ID, picture and other details.
7. Customize your admin profile
This is important!
When you publish a blog post, the author name should be yours, right? Because it creates trust and human-feel with your readers. You don’t want author name as something like ‘admin’ or ‘teamadmin’, etc.
To set that, you must go to Users –> Your Profile –> Nickname (required) and set the option ‘Display publicly as ‘Your name’ as shown below.
After that, add your bio in “Biographical info” option. And then just install this plugin “Simple Author Box” so that your bio could sync as Author bio at the bottom of your blog posts, just like mine.
Enjoy your new WordPress blog!
Check out my other guides that help you in building a WordPress blog: