Are you a blogger?
Is WordPress your blogging platform?
Do you know what to do after installing WordPress on the site?
We will guide you on what to do and whatever plugins you need in a basic blog site. There’re a couple of essential tasks, you should complete before start posting from a new WordPress site.
1. Remove Default Contents
Every WordPress site comes with a default theme, ‘Hello World’ post, sample page and comment. Remove all those sample elements from your blog.
2. Install Suitable Theme
WordPress directory features hundreds of free themes across the categories. Install any of them on your blog.
If you want to go for premium themes, know 7 Best Places to Buy Premium WordPress Themes: Pros & Cons
3. Set Permalink Structure
Change the default permalink structure of the blog. It will be www.example.com/?p=123 in the beginning.
Set it to www.example.com/sample-post which is the best permalink structure for a WordPress blog.
If you have plans to list your site in Google news, choose www.example.com/day/name structure. As per Google news guidelines, the post URL should contain the date and month of publication.
Find relevant options here: Settings > Permalinks.
4. Customize Your Front Page
Customize what to show on your front page. It can be a static page or show latest posts. Set the number of posts to appear on the blog page.
5. Create Categories and Manage Menus
Create categories on which you are going to publish posts. Add them to your navigation menu. So readers can easily find out their favorite topics. Go to Appearance > Menus to customize.
6. Set Date, time and language
Choose a time zone, date format, time format and starting day to display on your blog. Set a language if you are going to use the site in a non-English language.
7. Install Jetpack Plugin
Jetpack is an all in one plugin for several needs. It contains themes, social media buttons, related contents, popular posts, security tools, optimization tools, analytics, backup solutions etc.
8. Install a Security Plugin
Hacking is the main threat every website owner faces. If there is not sufficient security, your entire work will go waste. Install a suitable security plugin before start using the site.
9. Install an SEO Plugin
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an essential part of blogging. Install a proper SEO plugin for doing the job.
Top runners are:
10. Install Image Optimization Plugins
Images can bring good traffic to your contents. Set proper keywords in each blog post image. Otherwise, install SEO Friendly Images plugin. It will automatically set keywords for you.
Install any optimization plugin to compress your images and speed up the site. Learn more about optimization and plugins in this post.
11. Create an XML Sitemap
XML Sitemap guides search engines about your posts, categories, tags etc. We should submit the same to leading webmaster tools like Google to index our website. You can easily create XML maps by using Yoast SEO or Google XML Sitemaps.
12. Create Webmaster Accounts
Organic search is the main source of traffic for any blog site. Create webmaster accounts with popular search engines and submit your sitemap to them. Don’t forget to crawl your latest post URL as soon as publishing it.
Essential webmaster accounts are:
13. Install a Cache Plugin
We should clear website cache regularly to reduce page loading time and improve the speed.
Top plugins in the category: