Now-a-days WordPress has become so favorite that most of the new websites are being made with WordPress. With the increasing volume of the WordPress sites, WordPress website developers are also increasing. Lots of newbies asks what do they need to do after the install WordPress. Well, this post will tell everyone what are the must do things after you install WordPress in your website.
1. Edit permalink structure for posts, pages and category:
If you are wondering what’s “permalink”, permalink is the short form of permanent link for any post, page or category. You may ask, “I don’t have any post, so should I change it in the first place?” Well yeah, you need to do this even before you start posting. Once you post, it will create a link like http://yourwebsite.com/?p=123. Now, if you share the post and later on you decide to change the post permalink to something else, it will loose all the likes and shares, even though the old shared link will work too.
So, before start posting change your permalink. To change permalink go to your Dashboard > Settings > Permalink. Experts suggest two permalink type
You can see that I use http://blog.shafiul.com/sample-post/ in my blog.
2. Activate & set Akismet:
Akismet is most probably the best way to stop spam comments on your website. This plugin stops spam comments and deletes them automatically. It comes pre-installed with WordPress. All you need to do is active it, signup for it and enter the API key in the settings.
To activate Akismet go to your Dashboard > Plugins > Installed Plugins. You’ll see it installed and just click on active. Now you’ll see a yellow banner on top of your Dashboard, from there go to the settings page of Akismet, and visit their signup page to register for your API Key. It’s completely free. Now after you confirm your email address, you’ll get your API key, insert that in the settings pages of Akismet and save it.
3. Change the username and password:
Usually most of the people set their administrator name username as admin, it’s pretty risky for the the website as hackers will try that. So don’t set the admin username as admin. If you’ve already done it, follow this tutorial to change the username. And to change your password you can go to Dashboard > Users >Your Profile. For password try to choose some password which will have a-z,0-9 and some special characters.
4. Choose a real clean WordPress theme:
No matter what your website content is or about what the website is, you need to choose a clean theme for your site. Almost all the people like the clean themes. So don’t chose something that frustrates most of the people. A easy navigation is required for your visitors to visit through your website. You can visit the WordPress themes directory or can look for other websites for paid and free themes.
5. Install a SEO plugin:
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the best way to drag visitors to your website. You can do it manually, but it’s really easy with some SEO plugins. And my choice is Yoast SEO plugin. Some features of Yoast is given below:
- Define a unique title and meta description for each page on your website.
- Configure which pages should be indexed and which pages shouldn’t be.
- Specify canonical URL’s to avoid duplicate content penalty.
- Add Breadcrumbs support in your theme
- Clean up bad permalinks and redirect to a better one.
- Create an XML Sitemap on your website.
- Enhance your RSS feed
- Edit your robots.txt and .htaccess
- Clean up the head section of your template.
6. Add social sharing plugin:
Now-a-days social sharing plugins are a must. If you add social sharing plugins, your visitors share your website contents with their family and friends which will help you to increase the number of visitors. I really like Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox, Async Social Sharing and Digg Digg (though Digg Digg has a small issue with the encrypted URL, which you can fix from here).
7. Add a Contact Us/Me page:
No matter if your blog is a popular one or not, a personal or business site you must have a contact page (yet I don’t have that 😛 ) thus people can contact with you anytime they need you.
8. Install an automatic database backup plugin:
The database which stores all the settings and data about your WordPress installation, is the heart and soul of your website. If it ever happens that your database is deleted from the server or it becomes corrupt and unusable, you will lose all the posts, pages, comments, settings and everything. So installing a database backup plugin to your WordPress site is a must. Keep Backup Daily is one of the top rated database backup plugins.
9. Add your website to Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools:
Adding your website to Google Analytics lets you measure your advertising ROI as well as track your Flash, video, and social networking sites and applications. And adding your website to Google Webmaster tools ster Tools provides you with detailed reports about your pages.
10. Installing WP-reCAPTCHA:
If you allow people to register with your website, put comments on posts and pages or sent message to you, you must use the WP-reCAPTCHA plugin. It is powered by Google which will make the visitor go through a CAPTCHA words challenge to register or put comments or send you messages to stop spamming.
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