25 Essential Tasks to do After Installing WordPress

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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.

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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

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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.

Read more 7 Ultimate Security Plugins for Your WordPress Site: Pros and Cons

9. Install an SEO Plugin

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an essential part of blogging. Install a proper SEO plugin for doing the job.

Top runners are:

  Read more Best WordPress SEO Plugin: An Ultimate Guide

10. Install Image Optimization Plugins

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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:

14. Install a DB-Optimize plugin

A database optimization plugin is needed to remove post revisions, spam comments, trashed items and defrag database. Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions plugin will help you on doing the job.

15. Install Spam-free Comment System

You will get several spam comments in WordPress default comment system. It is better to use Akismet plugin that comes with every WordPress installation or go for any dedicated comment system plugins.

Read more  Top 10 Best Comments System Plugins for WordPress

16. Install a Backup Plugin

Backup your website at frequent intervals. So you won’t lose any data even though someone hacked your site or any infection dragged it to a non-recoverable situation.

Read more  Best Backup Plugins for WordPress

 17. Create a Contact Page

Readers need to contact you for queries, feedback and business opportunities. Install a contact form plugin or use Jetpack feature to create a simple, attractive contact page on your blog.

Read more Best WordPress Contact Form Plugins

18. Create Privacy Policy

Why do you need a privacy policy page or widget on your blog? It is essential if you runs Google AdSense ads on the site or sells any kind of product, service through the platform.

Create your free custom privacy policy using any of the following tools:

19. Install a Social Sharing Plugin

If readers like your contents, what will they do? They may share it with their friends and others who might be interested in the subject. So install a lightweight, simple social sharing plugin on your WordPress blog and customize it on how to show icons in your posts.

Read more The 10 Best Social Sharing Plugins for WordPress

20. Create Analytics Account

Analyze your traffic, know their path and identify what kind of posts are beneficial to you. You can re-arrange the blogging and marketing strategies according to the delivered results.

Best options are:

21. Install Related Posts Plugin

A good related posts plugin will encourage the visitors to stay more time with your blog. A number of social sharing plugins like Shareholic, AddThis let you show related posts under each blog post.

These are a few plugins to show related posts in your posts page.

22. Set up User Profile

Enter your name, email id, social media accounts, website and a short biography in the profile page.

23. Install Author Bio Plugin

Install a beautiful author bio plugin to appear along with your blog posts.

Read more 15 Gorgeous Author Bio Plugins for WordPress

24. Create Social Media Pages

Create social media pages for your blog. They can be used to promote your posts and expand the followers’ strength. Thus your traffic will improve.

25. Choose Image Hosting Service

It is not practical to save all blog images on your server. It will negatively affect your SEO by reducing the page loading time. So choose a best, reliable image hosting service to upload your content images.

Read more The 65 Best Image Hosting & Sharing Sites Right Now

That’s all! You can start posting now………


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  • Great roundup. Some I’m already familiar with, but there are a few that are certain to come in handy and get a good read. Thanks for sharing!