10 Essential Settings To Do After WordPress Installation
So, you are done with installation of WordPress for your new blog. What next? It takes few minutes and steps to install WordPress blog. There are still some essential things you should do immediately after WordPress installation or before writing any content to your blog. You shouldn’t leave these default settings as it is. It is necessary to change these settings to improve the performance and security factor on your blog. For the most of them, once they’re done you won’t have to worry about them ever again.
Here is a list of some essential settings and tweaks that you should do after WordPress installation to improve the performance, security and productivity of your blog and make it 100% ready for blogging.
Essential settings to do after WordPress Installation on your new blog:
1:- Delete Default Contents:
When you install WordPress for the first time, it contains few pieces of dummy contents which you don’t actually need. You should delete those contents like:
- ‘Hello World!’ Default post, from Posts=>All Posts
- ‘Sample Page’ Default page, from Pages=>All Pages
- Dummy comment by ‘Mr. WordPress’, from Comments
- ‘Hello Dolly’ plugin if available, from Plugins=>Installed Plugins
2: – Change Your Permalink Structure:
This is one of the most important settings that you should change immediately to make your blog content Search Engine Friendly. The default permalink structure is short but not Search Engine Friendly. Choose the best SEO Friendly Permalink that is ‘post name‘ (http://yourwebsite.com/sample-post/).
Simply head over to Settings => Permalinks in left menu of your WordPress Admin Panel and change your permalink and set it like below screenshot:
3: – Change default WordPress admin account for security:
If you don’t change during WordPress installation on your web host, your WordPress administrator username might be by default ‘admin‘. This may cause some troubles to your WordPress blog so don’t keep it default because the intruder may take down your blog by Brut force attack. Change it immediately before anything goes wrong as this can be a great security measure to help prevent unauthorized access to your WordPress blog administrator area.
Go to Users => All Users and change this default user, or add a new user with admin rights and delete that old one. Also, keep the password strong, that’s hard to guess.
4: – Change your blog title tagline and timezone:
As you’re setting up your new blog, you might want to change your blog title, tagline and timezone as shown in the image below. Go to Settings => General:
5: – Disable User Registration:
If you are sole writer on your blog and don’t need to register new people, then you should disable user registration. If you want to register a user for guest posting on your blog, then it may be painful for you because of huge spam. So be careful about new user registration. If you want to give guest posting facility to others, then you can give permission to others by manually creating a new user account and send them username and password.
So, go to Settings > General and make sure the box is unchecked next to ‘Anyone can register.’
6: – Update WordPress ping list:
By default, WordPress have one ping services. By extending this ping service list, you can quickly notify many sites and search engines about your blog posts when you publish next time.
Go to Setting=> Writing=> Update Services
Here is the list of some ping services you can add to your ping list box under Update Services:
http://rpc.pingomatic.com/ http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/ http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping http://bblog.com/ping.php http://coreblog.org/ping/ http://www.blogoon.net/ping/ http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php http://www.blogsnow.com/ping http://ping.amagle.com/ http://ping.bitacoras.com http://ping.blo.gs/ http://ping.bloggers.jp/rpc/ http://ping.feedburner.com http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2 http://api.feedster.com/ping http://rpc.twingly.com http://ping.myblog.jp http://ping.weblogs.se/ http://www.snipsnap.org/RPC2 http://www.blogoole.com/ping/ http://www.newsisfree.com/RPCCloud http://www.popdex.com/addsite.php http://api.moreover.com/ping http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping
7: – Prevent Google to access and index your WordPress core files by editing .HTACCESS:
Now this might not be easy for you as a beginner, but this is also one of the essential settings you should do immediately after WordPress installation. Google and other search engines can easily crawl and index your WordPress core files. It might reduce your page rank and SEO value. To fix this, go to your core files directory and edit .HTACCESS file and put the code below.
User-agent: * Disallow: /wp-admin/ Disallow: /wp-includes/ Disallow: /wp-content/themes/ Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/
8: – Active Akismet to Prevent Spam Comments:
When you install WordPress then a plug-in named ‘Akismet’ automatically install by default. You just need to active it by adding Akismet API key. To get Akismet API Key just register in Akismet official website and get an API Key free.
Go to Plugins=> Active Akismet=> Add API Key and Activate
9:- WordPress discussion/comment settings:
In this section, you need to configure your discussion settings. Make the comments organized in a threaded manner and disable all kind of ping backs as they may increase the chance of spam linking. Make sure that all your comment should be manually approved before they appear on the article.
Go to Settings=> Discussion and configure all the settings same as below screenshot.
10: – Change Default Avatar:
By default, WordPress show a ‘Mystery Man’ avatar. You should change the default avatar to ‘Gravatar Logo’ or ‘Identicon(Generated)’.
Go to Settings=> Discussion and select what you prefer.
- Delete Default Contents
- Change Your Permalink Structure
- Change default WordPress admin account for security
- Change your blog title tagline and timezone
- Disable User Registration
- Update WordPress ping list
- Prevent Google to access and index your WordPress core files by editing .HTACCESS
- Active Akismet to Prevent Spam Comments
- WordPress discussion/comment settings
- Change Default Avatar
There you have it. A beginner’s guide to doing essential settings immediately after WordPress installation. In case you face any difficulty, let me know by putting a comment below, also, if you think I’ve missed anything important, please add it to the comments below.