Do not just relax and start posting online immediately after installing WordPress on your Website, because many factors are going to delay or even totally hinder your post from being indexed by search engines & because of that I am dropping to you the top 14 things to do after installing WordPress.
- There are many settings that you are going to change in your WordPress dashboard or your admin Site, Just go to https://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin and do some important Settings. I think that you may want to read to know How to Find Your WordPress Admin Login
Now let’s dive into the discussion right away;
- Complete your profile Setting
- Customize your Site to look more Attractive
- Set your Website Time Zone
- Set the Comment and Discussion Page
- Set Site Title & Tagline
- Edit your permalink
- Set your contact information Form
- Link your Website to Google Search Console
- Add Google Analytics to your Website
- Delete default Posts & Pages
- Install a Cache Plugin
- Install Google XML Sitemap
- Delete all unused Pre-installed Themes & Plugin
- Assign an automatic backup Plan to your Website
Also, read the step-by-step guide on how to create a blog
1. COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE SETTING
The first preferable step to embark on after WordPress installation on your Website is to complete your profile Setting, it is as important as water,
You can complete it by Login into your WordPress account dashboard & click on the Users tab from your WordPress dashboard, Update and save changes to your profile.
2. CUSTOMIZE YOUR SITE TO LOOK MORE ATTRACTIVE
Yes after installing WordPress another essential thing to do is Site customization,
You can do it also by Login to your WordPress dashboard, click on the appearance tab, dashboard (appearance>>theme) and select your desired theme, if you happen not to find your desired theme you can still return to your WordPress dashboard and click on the plugin tab and select to Add a new theme to be able to choose a theme of your choice, that’s it.
Also, read about the best SEO Plugin for WordPress
2. SET YOUR WEBSITE TIME ZONE
Yes, Setting your Time Zone is one of the requirements needed after installing WordPress on your Website, and doing it is as easy as ABC.
Now to setup your time Zone go to your WordPress dashboard and click on the SETTING tab & select the general Settings to set your time zone depending on your location information, SETTING>>GENERAL
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4. YOU CAN SET COMMENT AND DISCUSSION PAGE
Just go to your account Setting tab & then choose discussion, then edit and be sure to click on the save changes button. Watch the image below to be sure of where to tick & where exactly to un-tick,
5. SET YOUR SITE TITLE AND TAGLINE
To know how important it is for you to set up your Site title & tagline you will, first of all, try to find out the meaning of the title and tagline right? Now to define it in a nutshell!!
A site title and tagline is a short detailed word that summarises to your Website visitors what exactly your Website can offer to the world,
Still confused about what your Site title should be? For example, I have a blog about how you can make money online then I gave it this Site title ” BREAKING YOUR WAY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM ONLINE” You can set it up by going to Settings & click on the General to edit your Site title & tagline, SETTINGS>> GENERAL
6. EDIT YOUR PERMALINK
Another important thing to do is to edit your permalink, the reason is this!!! The WordPress Pre-installed permalink is not friendly to Google Search Engine, So for you to help Create a friendly permalink link, you have to edit your permalink,
Do it by going to Settings & Select Permalink and Choose Post Name as your permalink. That’s it. Make Sure to click on the Save Changes button.
7. SET YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION FORM
Yes, go to your WordPress dashboard & Select the Plugin tab to see the Add new Plugin option, after that type on the keyword box “Wpforms” now install and activate the plugin.
8. LINK YOUR WEBSITE TO THE GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE
Yes, linking your Website to the Google search console is one of the top 14 things to do after installing WordPress,
A lot of Website Owners always forgot to link their Website to Google Search Console & that’s one of the beginner’s mistakes that is supposed to avoid at all costs, didn’t know how to do it? You can refer to my post on, HOW TO ADD A WEBSITE TO GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE. And you can also refer to my other Post on, REASONS TO ADD YOUR WEBSITE TO the GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE
Now after going through the link on how you can add your Website to the Google search console, You can now sign up with Google search console Website here, https://search.google.com/search-console/about
9. ADD GOOGLE ANALYTICS TO YOUR WEBSITE
To add Google Analytics is simple, you can check out their website here, http://analytics.google.comand Signup by filling in the required information, You can do that to Monitor all your Website activities, e.g. in knowing your Customers, their Countries’ locations e.t.c
10. DELETE DEFAULT POSTS AND PAGES
Go to Settings>>Post>> All Post and delete the default hello World Post, in the same way, return to your WordPress dashboard and go to Pages>>All Pages and delete the default Sample Page & also be sure to delete them Permanently by going to trash and Deleting them Permanently.
11. INSTALL CACHE PLUGIN
This one is necessary for the proper functioning and performance of your Website especially in preventing delays in your Website loading duration which is sometimes frustrating and annoying to your visitors.
Some of the Cache Plugin examples are; Wp fastest cache, Wp super cache, Cachify, and many others unmentioned.
12. INSTALL GOOGLE XML SITEMAP
Though your SEO will always perform as a SITEMAP generator but out of my personal experience I will recommend you install and activate Google XML Sitemap,
Before you do that always be sure to deactivate your SEO entirely from SITEMAP generating work, Just go to your WordPress dashboard and Select SEO>>FEATURES >>SITEMAP XML and Switch it off, Now go back and activate Google XML Sitemap.
13. DELETE UNUSED PRE-INSTALLED THEMES AND PLUGIN
Too much memory-loaded website is sure to act as a drawback to your website, which is going to cause a dull and lazy loading website.
It is recorded that 99% of visitors drop a website for inability to load on time thereby making you lose most of your visitors.
Delete your unused themes and plugins and increase your WordPress memory to avoid such a situation from happening to you.
14. ASSIGN AN AUTOMATIC BACKUP PLAN TO YOUR WEBSITE
The last but always the most important thing to do after Installing WordPress on your new site is to Assign an automatic backup Plan should in-case anything goes Wrong,
You can achieve it by going to the Plugin section and Choosing to add a new plugin, now install and activate UpdraftPlus Plugin on your Website to complete the top 14 things to do after installing WordPress.
That’s all I have to give out on the top 14 things to do after installing WordPress on your Website, You can also Never forget to Comment and subscribe for future Updates.
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