34 + Things That You Need To Do After Installing WordPress

Installing WordPress is not enough to start a blog. You always have to perform settings to make a blog technically strong.

Before going to publish your first article, you should change the basic to advance level internal settings into the WordPress dashboard.

These technical tasks are truly necessary to achieve so that a WordPress theme can serve efficiently.

Start making changes into WordPress dashboard

Verify Google Webmaster

First, start with indexing your blog into Google. Same day Google will not crawl your blog. But within one-week blogs can be discovered by spiders. It happens with new domains, not with old domains.

Open the Google search console tool.

In which you have to submit your property.

Webmaster tool provides you five ways to establish the ownership:

HTML Tag – I recommend this method. You need to submit an HTML code into the website header section and press the verify button.

HTML File – Submit a file into the file manager.

Google Tag Manager – A third-party tool, you can employ this tag manager.

Google Analytics – Another easiest way to perform verification.

DNS Name Provider – Submit DNS name into the domain control panel (visit the dashboard from where you bought the domain).

Do not forget to add HTML tag into WP settings – search console – webmaster tools box.

Remove Powered By WordPress Footer Link

You may get a default theme link in the footer section. While customizing the theme you need to remove custom powered by footer link.

Either you make copyright text or link to your website home page link.

It can be removed by utilizing a tiny CSS code into the theme editor.

Replace your website link to improve brand awareness.

Follow this guide to understand powered footer link more.

Install SSL Certificate

To show the trust sign in the URL bar, an SSL certificate is installed in the web hosting control panel.

If your website does not use an SSL, no secure text will appear before the HTTP.

Convert your website from HTTP to HTTPS.

Either, you can decide to use let’s encrypt free SSL or pay for new SSL.

For a simple blog, a free SSL certificate would be the best.

SSL is also one of the essential ranking factors.

Install Yoast Plugin

Yoast Plugin is one of the feature-rich SEO plugin, available in both free and premium formats.

For beginner level blog free Yoast SEO is suitable.

After activating this plugin you can paste title, descriptions for the blog posts. 

And your XML sitemap will automatically be created by Yoast.

Submit XML Sitemap in The Webmaster

Inform the Googlebot, your website has a path to be followed.

Head over to Google search console, click the “sitemap” button.

Type this text next to the domain name – sitemap_index.xml

And press the submit button.

Within a few days, Google will recognize your website.

Link blog to Google analytics

Attach Google analytics account to WordPress. Google analytics tool delivers accurate data for clicks, visitors, impressions as well as real-time data.

Apart from this,

You are given the features to set-up goals and reach up to conversions.

Google analytics can be signed up by implementing JavaScript code into the website’s HTML sections.

Or you can go through the WP Google analytics verification Plugin.

Reading Settings – 

Choose static page/Post page

This time, you have to decide which would be a home page or blog page. Do you want to use your home page as a post page to list the blog posts?

Do you want to keep your home page as a static page?

Visit WP dashboard – settings – reading and make the change – press save changes.

Decide the post count on the posting page

How many blog posts do you want to list on post page 1?

You can put here two posts or five posts or ten posts. The remaining blog posts will display into post page two sections.

It’s your choice.

Search Engine Visibility

This feature available in the settings – Reading section.

Do not click on this otherwise your WordPress website will be de-indexed in Google.

Carefully check this feature, it must not be check marked.

Otherwise, you have to face a huge loss.

Choose Right WP Theme

Pick up the right WordPress theme. You are given loads of themes at free of cost into WordPress’s appearance.

Just a few clicks and your theme is live on the website.

Either you can prefer a paid theme or a free theme. The paid theme is the best option for long term business goals.

Otherwise, simply install free themes for blogging.

In the paid theme you are allocated plenty of customizable features and tools.

With free them some rustications to be followed.

General Settings

Head over to settings options into the WP dashboard. Start implementing some necessary changes that dominate a WP website technically point of view.

Site Title – Type of real name of your website/blog. This title will appear right top on the head on the website.

Tagline – It shows right below the site title. Make it unique and original.

WordPress Address – Put the full URL (including HTTP or HTTPS, domain name and TLD).

Site Address – Follow the same way as WordPress Address.

Administration Email Address – You might give this option already filled. Remember you have created an email account while launching WordPress CMS in the cPanel.

Membership – Next, Do you want visitors to register the website by filling an email account and password? 

It is a way to collect emails from visitors. You have to make decisions.

Site-language – Which language you want to serve your visitors in? WordPress themes are designed in the US English, You can change the language by employing this option.

Date Format – Select the desirable date format option.

Time Format – Choose a sensible time zone.

Do not forget to click save changes buttons.

Permalinks Settings

These settings may affect the Search engine optimization strategy completely. In which space, you determine what can be the format of permalinks.

In this way, six different types of permalinks formats are allocated.

I recommend the Post Name permalinks structure.

This structure is easy to understand and easy to index.

The next two filters are essential too.

Category base – Go for category base permalink structure. No alternatives and customs available. Suitable one needs to be created.

Tag Base – Looking for getting indexed the tag too? Define a permalink path.

Press save changes.

Change Your Privacy Policy

The privacy policy tells your visitors what rules you follow and what guidelines for them.

This page needs to be created to protect you legally. Add contact email address so that protesters can pitch a complaint mail.

Go into privacy settings.

Here a built page is given you or another option to launch new.

Build Site Identity

This option enables you to upload a logo for a website as well as the site icon.

Here, you can decide to remove the site title or tag line.

Compress the logo image. Use a PNG format image. Pay attention to the image size accordingly.

Then start working on the site icon. Here the exact pixel size of the site icon (So-called favicon) 512 * 512. Press publish.

Head Over to Layout

The WordPress website layout has the potential to increase user engagement. In this segment, you are given a multitude of options to design an alluring layout.

Header – develop blog header elements like menus, their placements, and color.

Primary navigation – Another option to create the navigation path for visitors and categorize your content.

Sidebars – which widgets you want to place.

Footer – place the widgets in the footer.

Blog – select content type.

Color Settings

Choose the right colors for different portions of your website. Color should be relevant to what you are presenting on a blog.

Do not change the color frequently.

Background Color – Pick website background color. You get the white color as default.

Text Color – it refers to the text in the webpage body (not footer and header). It should be different from the background color. 

Link Color – Give a suitable color to all links so that they can appear differently.

Link Color Hover – When you hover your mouse above the link.

Blog Post Title – I recommend the text color style.

Typography – Font Size, Line Height and paragraph margin for heading tags and body text could be changed into the typography section.

Remove Default Content

Remove the existing custom hello world blog post, comment sections and other default settings in the WP.

These custom posts do not relate to your services.

Go For Automated Backups

To protect your website and store your WP database (blog post, pages, and content, Images) schedule backups into WP.

Also, connect with the web hosting provider to understand the backup policy. Opt for WP plugins for backups.

I recommend weekly backups for scheduling tasks.

Minimize The Images Size

To improve website performance, available images should be compressed to decrease the website loading time.

Either you can prefer to have WP plugins or utilize the tinypng tool to compress the size of the images without affecting quality.

Increase Page Load Time

Go to Google page insight tool and collect the data that this tool is suggesting to you of CSS and JavaScript.

Activating WP plugin is the easiest way to compress the CSS and JavaScript.

If you have any issue regarding WP, you can ask the comment section.

2 thoughts on “34 + Things That You Need To Do After Installing WordPress”

  1. Hey Neeraj,

    Informative post indeed…!!!
    Very useful guidelines you shared about what to do after installing WordPress. Your step by step guidance is really helpful for beginners. Thanks for sharing valuable info with us…!!!

    Reply

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