Installing WordPress isn’t an issue rather it is an easy step but the problem is to optimize your new WordPress blog performance, Security and optimize it for Search engines. Being as a serious blogger, you can’t stay relax just by installing WordPress but you have to take some other important measures to make your site secure, fast and optimized. So here we have compiles a list of 10 must do important things that you should follow after installing WordPress.
01. Change Blog Title and Tagline
The first most important thing to do after WordPress installation is to change your Blog title from default to your custom one. Blog title can be the name of your product, blog or business or simply the domain name. Along with the bog title change the blog Tagline as well. A Tagline explains what your blog is about. Try to have a descriptive short tagline for you new WordPress blog that is eye catching and self explanatory.
To change both the Blog Title and the Tagline, go to Setting and choose General from setting. Here you can see the textbox for Blog Title and Tagline. Change them accordingly.
02. Change Time zone, Site Language, Favicon and Site Logo
Other most important things that you should change before going online is the site logo, site icon or the Favicon, Site language and the time zone. Well the last three components of WordPress blog can be change easily from General Setting area. Just scroll down to see the Time Zone and change it accordingly.
Head toward the Site language then. By default WordPress blog language is English (United State) but you can change as you want.
Underneath the Site Language there is Site Icon option where you can upload a 25×25 PNG image to show as you site Favicon next to your site title in the browser.
To change the site logo, you need to edit the header.php file which you can find in the “Editor” section of “Appearance” tab or you can change the logo via your Theme Setting. Go to theme setting then find and replace the logo of you blog. Save all the changes.
03. Change Permalink structure
Permalink is the URL structure that will shows at the end of your domain after each blog post. By default the permalink structure isn’t much SEO friendly and has no readable words. It is usually in the following form
It doesn’t seem pretty and has bad impact on SEO so you need to change it to both human and search engine readable form in order to make your on-site SEO strong.
To change the permalink structure, go to Setting and find Permalink. Click on Permalink and under the Common Permalink Setting you can see different Radio buttons with example in front. Check-in the Post Name or Custom Structure Radio Button so the URL structure of you blog post will have the post title in the URL.
Save the changes
04. Re-Look Reading Settings
After installing WordPress, you need to look at your blog’s reading setting and have to set it according to your preference. Reading option actually means what you want to display on your blog front page to your readers. By default the reading setting is set to the Latest post and the reader will get your latest published post on the front page. In case if you want to show your readers a static home page, you need to select it from reading Setting area.
To customize Reading Setting, click on the Setting tab and find the Reading section there. Here you can see radio buttons in front of Page Display options. Select Static Page from the given option and select a page which you want to be your blog’s home page from Front Page Dropdown list or a Posts Page.
From here you may also increase or decrease the Number of post shown on your front page. By default 10 posts are displayed on your front page, you can change it to a lower or higher number.
05. Delete the Default WP Admin Account
WordPress is easy to hack. One reason is simple User Name and Password. By default WordPress creates “Admin” as default username for the new installed blog. This can be easily guess by the hackers and then they try to get the password via online or offline password breaking tools. To make your WordPress Blog security strong, delete the Admin account and assign the Administrator privileges account other than Admin.
To do so, Login to your blog admin area with the default Username (that is Admin) and Password. Create an account with any other name. It can be your name but don’t make account with your blog title. Now assign Administrator rights to the new account. Transfer any exsiting post or page to the new administrator.
Log out from admin and login again with the new created Administrator account. Delete or change the role of the default admin account from Administrator to subscriber. Now, it will be hard to guess the Admin username by hackers.
06. Disable Post Revision
Every time you make a change and update your current post, the record is store in the form of post revision in Database memory. This could be an extra load on your Database, make your site slower and hold some memory. By default Post Revision is on which you should turn off after installing WordPress. To turn it off, go to Appearance click Editor, find and Edit the wp-config.php file. Add the following code
define ( 'WP_POST_REVISIONS', false);
Now the post revision option is turned off and it will not take any further memory. But if you want to have this feature turn on with limited Revision record only, then try this code in the wp-config.php file
define( 'WP_POST_REVISIONS', 3);
This code will store only 3 recent post revision in Database.
07. Delete Unnecessary Themes
By default there are some built-in themes provided by WordPress that most of the blogger don’t use. Delete them as you install the WordPress. Also delete any other theme which you have uploaded but now no longer use them. Well this is not just to save your disk space rather it can be a serious security issue if you have unused and unnecessary themes there in the WordPress theme folder. A theme that isn’t in use still needs updates regularly and if you don’t update these unnecessary themes, it can be a security loophole which the hackers can use to attacks on your WordPress blog.
Deleting the theme isn’t requires any technical knowledge rather it’s very simple. Just go to Appearance and Click on the Themes. Hover over the theme and Select Theme Details. In the new pop-up window, Click on the Delete option and you have done.
08. Upload your Own Theme
A serious blogger know the importance of look and feel of blog. The design of your blog really influence on the readers interest in your blog and also on the search engine ranking. Therefore you should upload your own theme after installing WordPress rather than using the WordPress in-built themes or low quality free theme. There are some sites which offers Premium magazine WordPress theme for free on monthly basis to their subscriber. One such site is ThemePacific. Subscribe now to ThemePacific to get one such premium WordPress theme for free right in your inbox.
09. Improve WordPress Security
Security issue remains at the top while using WordPress blogging platform. Hackers tend to hack WordPress blogs due to vulnerabilities found in the WordPress core files and coding. But don’t worry; there are many techniques and some handy plugins available in WordPress plugin directory to make your WordPress blog secure. So form the day first when you install WordPress, make it secure by applying these WordPress security improvement tips or by installing one of these best plugins which make your WordPress blog secure with ease.
10. Install Some other Handy Plugins
Not all the features and functionalities that is required for professional blogging is available in WordPress. However WordPress is the best Blogging platform but it don’t have in-built SEO feature or the Cache feature. It even doesn’t have an option for social media sharing of your content. But thanks to the large community of developers, there are thousands of plugins available at WordPress Plugin Directory for each of the said features and functionalities. To add such features and functionalities to your blog, you need to install some handy plugins right after you install WordPress. Here is a list of some useful WordPress plugins that you need to have in order to add handy features to your blog.Read More »