I assume you’ve already started a blog on WordPress platform. Right? If not, check out my step-by-step guide on creating a blog.
In this article, I will talk about making your new blog technically RIGHT to avoid any kind of security and SEO risks further.
Below is the checklist of things you must consider doing after your fresh WordPress install.
7 Must Do Things After Installing WordPress (WordPress Initial Setup )
1. Reset your admin password
I assume you already know how important the login credentials are…
What you may not know is, there are thousands of hackers sitting out there to hack blogs and websites and the only way to get rid of them is having a strong password for your blog.
These hackers would simply try the various combinations of passwords to crack and hack blogs. So you must create a long password with all the possible combinations to be safe.
Here are the tips I would suggest:
- 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.
Here’s how you can change the password:
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, New 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 (Depending on the theme you use, tagline appears next/below to your logo in the header section).
- 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. This helps your users to understand when the posts are published, countdown timers, etc.
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 blog post content, page and comments.
Here is how you delete the 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 adding their website URLs in the comments section could help them rank organically.
First off, that’s not true.
Second, you should not give any chance for spammers to enter your blog.
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 that is related to blog niche topic.
As you can see, the above permalink could easily demonstrate that the web page has content related to blog niche. It not only helps the reader but also impact positively on search engines.
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 some 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).
How do you get a Gravatar for yourself?
It is easy and free. Signup at Gravatar with your email ID, picture and other details. After that, whenever you make a comment on any WordPress blog, your comment would appear with your picture. Isn’t it cool?
Just make sure to leave your gravatar email ID in the email section of the comment.
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!
That is all for now.
Once you are done with the above settings, here are a couple of hand-picked guides I would suggest you go through:
- What is a WordPress Plugin & How To Install One (Tutorial)
- 10 Most Important Plugins to Install On Your New WordPress Blog
I hope this article has been useful to you, drop me a comment if it is 🙂
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