After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

Greetings and welcome to the “Learn WordPress” series, in which we walk you through the fundamental procedures for setting up your WordPress blog successfully following a fresh installation.

In earlier posts, we discussed important subjects including realizing the differences between self-hosted WordPress.org and WordPress.com, buying web hosting and a name for your WordPress site, and effectively setting up WordPress on Bluehost Hosting. It’s time to make sure your WordPress blog is configured properly for maximum efficiency.

Consider getting our WordPress guidance eBook, which provides an A-Z guidance to the setup procedure, for a thorough handbook on setting up WordPress.

Things To do After Installing WordPress (Essentials)

WordPress is pre-configured with a sample post, page, and comment when you initially install it. Next up for you is:

Delete Default Post, Page, and Comment:

After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

Remove the default “Hello world” post by going to your WordPress dashboard, “Posts” > “All Posts,” and clicking “Remove.” Similarly, remove the default “Sample Page” from “Pages” > “All Pages.” Last but not least, select “Comments” and remove the default comment.

Set Your Timezone:

After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

There are two important settings under “Settings” > “General.” To guarantee that scheduled posts go live as planned, make sure your time zone reflects your local time. Do not overlook:

Your “Site Title” and “Tagline,” both of which are essential for Google Search visibility, were specified during the WordPress installation. These information can be changed here. Set your admin email address as the recipient for any administrative communications as well.

Enable/Disable User Registration:

After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

Decide if you’ll be the only author on your site, or if it will have several authors (like ShoutMeLoud). Expect possible spam registrations if guest posting (like at SML) is forthcoming. However, a plugin can be used to control this.

To make this possible, choose the “Anyone can register” checkbox and choose the “New User Default Role” option to be “Contributor.” In contrast, keep the item unchecked to stop user registrations.

Set WordPress Discussion/Comments Settings:

After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

Go to “Settings” and then click “Discussion.” While this could appear difficult to configure, just use the screenshot shown above.

Populate WordPress Ping List:

After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

WordPress only pings one service by default. By expanding the ping list, alerts to numerous services will be improved. Include new services in the ping list by going to “Settings” > “Writing”. Here is a link to a comprehensive ping list for WordPress.

WordPress Media Settings:

This setting greatly improves WordPress’s ability to manage images. WordPress creates numerous picture sizes by default for every upload, which leads to extra files and a bloated blog.

For the best settings, go to “Settings” > “Media” and use the screenshot below:

After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

Consider using the ShortPixel plugin, which shrinks photos before uploading them.

Configure Google tag manager:

After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

You’ll probably incorporate different scripts, like Facebook pixels and Google Analytics, as you advance. The necessity for theme changes is removed by Google Tag Manager, which streamlines script maintenance from a single dashboard.

Learn how Google Tag Manager can help you manage your site more easily.

Add Google Analytics:

A free Google tool called Google Analytics gives you in-depth information about the traffic to your WordPress website. The setup procedure, which takes between 10 and 15 minutes, is essential for assessing site performance.

Add Caching Plugin:

A caching plugin is essential for speeding up the load time of your WordPress website. Without it, each visitor query results in a request to the database. By keeping frequently visited files in the cache, a caching plugin reduces the load on the server.

Take a look at these top WordPress caching plugins:

  • (Paying) WP Rocket
  • The WP Super Cache
  • WP Fastest Cache
  • For users of the Litespeed web server

Disable Directory Browsing:

Edit the.htaccess file to improve the security of your WordPress blog. At the bottom, include the following phrase:

All Options -Indexes

This stops directory browsing and improves the security of your website.

Set Up WordPress Permalinks:

After Creating Your WordPress Blog: 11 Essential Steps to Take in 2023

Default WordPress permalinks are brief yet unfriendly to search engines. Click “Settings” > “Permalink” and select “Post name.” Create URLs with keywords to increase search visibility and traffic by clicking “Save”.

Consider the following SML illustration:

11 Essential Settings Post WordPress Installation:

  • Erase the default components.
  • Change your time zone settings.
  • User registration configuration.
  • Organize comment threads.
  • Make the ping list better.
  • Enhance the media settings.
  • Put Google Tag Manager to use.
  • Bring Google Analytics in.
  • Boost performance by using caching.
  • Directory browsing can be disabled to increase security.
  • WordPress permalink optimization.

Ensure that these 11 crucial settings are correctly adjusted for brand-new WordPress installations. You should save this tutorial for future use and refer to it each time you start a WordPress installation.

Important Things To Do After Initial WordPress Setup:

Once WordPress is installed and configured properly, you should investigate key plugins that improve functionality. Think on these essential actions:

  • Installing and setting up Yoast SEO
  • Configuring W3 Total Cache

How many of these crucial WordPress settings were already familiar to you? Comment below with your ideas and any further advice you have for WordPress users. To receive updates on SML news, sign up for our email newsletter.

 

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