So you started a new WordPress blog or website and successfully installed WordPress. But don’t know what to do after installing WordPress? There are many important and recommended things to do after installing WordPress. In this article, you will know all of them.
If you purchased SiteGround hosting then here is the complete guide to Install WordPress on SiteGround Hosting.
It is very easy to install WordPress from your hosting service but setting up WordPress properly is the most essential thing.
In this article, I will list all the necessary and most important things to do after installing WordPress. Listed all the steps are highly recommended for every WordPress user.
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30 Most Important Things To Do After Installing WordPress.
Every blogger should know all the essential things to do after installing the WordPress blog. Below listed settings are highly recommended for your blog/website before proceeding further.
let’s get started…
1. Activate SSL & HTTPS Enforce
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a networking protocol designed for securing the connection between web users and web servers over an insecure network. This means it is the symbol of a secure website.
Activating SSL and HTTPS Enforce is the first and foremost thing you should do before proceeding further.
In recent times SSL is becoming mandatory for every website, without SSL it is next to impossible to rank the site higher in Search Engine Result Page(SERP).
So, activate them immediately after installing WordPress. You can do it by going to your hosting cPanel.
If you are SiteGround user then here is the guide to activate SSL and HTTPS Enforce.
2. Create Business Email Address
According to most of the customers, Business Email Address is the key to building loyalty with a small business. Because your customers or readers can easily contact you regarding services, queries, and inquiries with the help of a business email address.
Having Business email address is important because:
- Sharing your personal and unprofessional email addresses is not safe.
- You can maintain your brand name everywhere.
- It is easy to provide customer services with a business email address.
- Business email address helps you to give a professional response.
- It can build trust and helps to increase sales and conversions.
- Most importantly business email address provides security for sites by filtering Spam emails.
Create your own business email address and add it to your site footer page or in contact us page, so that your readers or customers can easily contact you.
If your hosting service included email hosting then you can easily create and manage business emails. If not you should have to use other email hosting services.
Here is the guide to creating a business email for SiteGround users.
3. Delete Default Posts, Pages, and Plugins
These Posts, Pages, and Plugins are not that important. You can delete these default things after installing WordPress.
To delete default Posts, go to Posts >> All Posts.
Under the post, you will see the Trash link. Click on it, and then go to “Trash”, hover the same post and hit Delete Permanently.
To delete default Pages, go to Pages >> All Pages, follow the same steps mentioned above.
For plugins, go to Plugins >> Installed Plugins.
Under the plugin you will see Deactivate link. Click on it, and then hit the Delete. That’s how you can delete the default posts, pages, and plugins.
Some default plugins like JetPack and Akismet will provide your website security but If you are not familiar with these plugins, deactivate them. Once you learn about them Activate them.
I recommend you delete all the default posts, pages, and plugins to start with a fresh WordPress website.
4. Setup Your Site Title and Tagline
Site Title and the Tagline are the most important elements to identify your website. Also, these elements will help both users and search engines to know about your website.
You can change both Site Title and the Tagline on your WordPress dashboard under Settings >> General.
Site Title works as the name of your site. It will appear on your site’s header section, your WordPress dashboard admin bar, the title bar of the browser, and Sender’s name while sending emails.
So, Keep Site Title as Short and Solid.
The tagline is the short description that explains what your site is about. It is also known as the slogan. For example, the “Apple” company slogan/tagline is “Think Different”. Here Apple is Site Title and Think Different is Slogan.
It will also appear on the Site’s header or footer section and next to the site title in the browser’s title bar.
By default, WordPress comes with a tagline “Just another WordPress site”. So don’t forget to change it with your own.
5. Setup WordPress and Site Address URL
If you scroll down a bit under Settings >> General tab you will see WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL).
By default, both WordPress and Site address comes with http://yourdomain.com.
Once you activate the SSL certificate and HTTPS Enforce (as mentioned above), you just need to replace the http with https on both WordPress and Site Address.
Don’t change it without activating SSL and HTTPS Enforce. If you want to know more about WordPress and Site Address then click here.
6. Change Administration Email Address
Basically, Administration Email Address is the one where you get the WordPress emails regarding the administration and maintenance of your WordPress site.
For example, whenever a user comments, you will get a notification on your Administration Email Address regarding comment approval, Trash, Spam, and comment moderation.
Go to Settings >> General page and add working and active email address as Administrative Email Address. You can also use a business email address.
But make sure to confirm your new email address after adding it.
7. Set the Timezone, Date and Time Format
On the bottom of Settings >> General tab you will find options for Timezone, Date and Time Format.
In Timezone, select the UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) of your city. For example, I am from India and UTC of India is +5.30. You can easily find your city UTC on Google.
Once you choose the Timezone all your site posts time will be synchronized with your actual timezone and your post scheduling will work as your expectation.
Date and Time Format will control the way they are displayed on your site. They usually appear as the metadata of your posts, this will help visitors to know when the post is published or updated.
Just choose the Date and Time Format you like or create your own custom format.
8. Setup a Default Post Category
We know that WordPress posts are required to be list under at least one category. That’s why WordPress uses the Uncategorized category as the default category.
If you do not mention the category while publishing the post then that particular post will automatically file under the Uncategorized category.
To change this default category, go to Posts >> Categories page and create a new category. This will be used as the WordPress default category.
After creating a new category, go to Settings >> Writing, In Default Post Category select the newly created category instead of the Uncategorized category and Save It.
After choosing the new default category, go back to Posts >> Categories page and delete the Uncategorized category.
9. Extend the Ping list
WordPress ping list is very useful to extend the reach of your blog to major search engines.
Whenever you publish or update your new post, WordPress sends a ping to all the pings that you are added. In this way ping services get notified about your new post and search engines will index them quickly.
By default, WordPress pings only one service. But you can extend the ping list.
To do this, go to Settings >> Writing and add the services to the ping list.
10. Change Discussion Settings
Under Discussion settings, you can manage the comments of your site.
As we know Comments play an important role in blogs. They can easily increase the user engagements and also help you to build the community around the blog.
To setup comments, go to Settings >> Discussion page.
Here you can easily manage all the comments settings, comment notifications, and comment moderation, etc.
Here is the complete article to learn about the terms of discussion settings. Read all the terms and you will know which comment settings should enable or disable.
Permalinks are nothing but the permanent URLs to your site individual posts, pages, category, tag archives. And they are the most important element in the WordPress site.
By default, WordPress comes with ugly permalinks. Like this –yourdomain.com/index.php/2019/12/17/post-name/. Search Engines and users don’t like or encourage such ugly looking and complex permalinks.
So, you should change default ugly permalinks into pretty permalinks. To do this, go to Settings >> Permalinks and select the Post Name permalink.
Post Name permalinks are better for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purposes.
If you don’t like provided links, you can also create your own permalinks. But make sure to include post name for better SEO.
12. Change Default Admin Username
While installing WordPress if you use admin as your username then change it immediately after installing WordPress. Because admin is commonly used username for most of the blogs and it can easily cause security vulnerability for your site.
If you don’t want to change the username then use a strong password that combines letters, numbers, and special characters.
If you used other usernames for your WordPress site then ignore this section.
13. Complete Your User Profile
Here you need to complete your WordPress user profile. To do this, go to Users >> Your Profile page to update all your information.
By default, WordPress will use your username (admin) for your blog posts and comments. So you need to change it with your full name or nickname. And select the display name that you want to show publicly.
If you scroll down below, there you can add your website link, all your social profile links. Later, enter the short biographical information of yourself.
This will give your users a quick introduction and help them to know about the author behind the articles.
14. Upload your Gravatar
In the last two steps, you added your contact info and bio. In this step, you need to add your profile picture to the bio.
WordPress uses Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar) to display user photos in author bios and in WordPress comments. Gravatar is a profile hosting service that allows users to use the same profile picture anywhere.
To upload your gravatar, go to the Gravatar website and create an account with the email address that you used in your WordPress account.
That’s how you can set up your user profile.
15. Install New Theme and Delete Default themes
By default, WordPress comes with several free themes like twenty-twenty, twenty nineteen, twenty seventeen and twenty sixteen. Among these themes, the latest theme will be activated.
Choosing a theme is important because it also plays a huge role in your website or blog success. WordPress eco-system offers tons of free and premium themes that can help you to build best-looking websites.
I recommend you to use Astra Pro (used for this site) or GeneratePress themes for your WordPress site. Because these two themes come with tons of customization and they are super fast, lightweight, and well-optimized themes right now.
They are very compatible with the most popular WordPress page-builders. You can edit each corner of your website with these themes and your favorite page builder.
So choose one of these themes and design a stunning looking website because “First impression is the best impression”.
Once you installed a new theme, Go back to Appearance >> Themes page. Hover over other themes and click on Theme details.
Later, in the theme details popup click on Delete.
Follow this procedure to delete other themes.
16. Upload a Site Icon and Logo
Site Icon or Favicon is the tiny image that you see in browser tabs, bookmark bars, and WordPress mobile apps. It will be your site’s visual identity and helps your readers to recognize your website easily and quickly.
With Site Icon, upload the Site logo in the header section. Site logo will be your official logo for your site, which you can use in social profiles, site emails, and etc. Basically, it will help you to build a brand.
Create the images of size 512 x 512 pixel for site icon and 800 x 180 pixel for site logo and save it in png, jpeg, or gif format.
After creating the image, go to your WordPress dashboard Appearance >> Customize and click on the Site Identity tab.
Under the logo section, click on the Select File button and upload the site logo (800 x 180 pixels). After that under Site Icon section click on Select File button to upload your favicon (512 x 512 pixels).
17. Create Essential pages
If you add these pages to your websites you can build the trust of visitors or customers easily. Also, you can easily get approval from Google Adsense and other Ad networks to monetize your website.
To create pages, go to Pages >> Add New and give a name for your page and add content and publish it.
To make your work easy I will tell you the easiest way to add these pages to your WordPress site.
About Us – About Us page is important for your site to tell your visitors “Who you are”. Explain in detail about your site, yourself, services offering and etc.
Contact Us – You can create contact us page easily with the free plugin called Contact Form 7. I wrote an article on how to create a contact form with the Contact Form 7 plugin. Just follow the steps in the guide and create a contact us page for your site.
Visit these websites, add information about your website and generate pages. After that simply copy the content and paste it in your WordPress Add New Page.
Disclosure – Disclosure is an agreement for affiliate marketers to tell their visitors that they are promoting affiliate products on their sites to earn some money. If you are planning to start affiliate marketing, add the disclosure page to your site (mandatory).
This is how you can add the essential pages to your WordPress website.
18. Create Custom Menus
By default, most of the themes will take the existing pages on your site and place their links in the navigational area. But it is not the prettiest or proper way to add the navigation menu on your website.
You can manage Menus under Appearance >> Menus page. Where you can create custom navigation menus and place them in different locations (Header, Footer) over your WordPress site.
Some premium themes like Astra Pro and GeneratePress come with more than one location for menus.
Creating Custom Menus will give freedom to:
- Create sub-menus like Header Menu and Footer Menu.
- Drag, Order, Reorder and rename menu items.
- Create custom links, posts, and categories and later you can use them in Main Menus.
- Use the same menu in different locations on your site.
- Customize menus with a CSS class, Description and etc.
Most importantly with the help of Menus, your visitors can easily access your website. If you did not create menus yet, Please create them now and add it to your WordPress site.
19. Change default Widgets on Sidebar
Most of the themes come with default widgets which will appear on the main sidebar next to your blog posts.
After installing the theme don’t forget to change default widgets with required widgets that you want to see on your WordPress site.
You can change widgets by going Appearance >> Widget page. Just select the widgets you want to show on the sidebar and save it.
20. Install Page Builder or Theme Builder
There are plenty of Page or Theme Builders available to design your WordPress website. Some of the popular and highly recommended page or theme builders are Elementor, Elegant Theme (Divi), and Thrive Architect.
These page builders are compatible with almost all WordPress themes. You can design any type of website (eCommerce, Agency, and etc) with these page builders without any programming knowledge.
Especially for Astra Pro and GeneratePress themes, Elementor is the highly recommended and most compatible page builder.
Do some research about page builders and select your favorite one and design stunning looking and elegant website.
If you use any one of these Page or Theme builders, you can reduce the number plugin on your site. Because Page builder comes with several options like Forms, Sharing Buttons, Email Opt-in, Popup forms, Sticky sidebars and more.
If the number of plugins reduces then automatically website loading speed increases.
21. Design and Setup the Home Page, Blog Page and Other Pages
Once you installed WordPress Page or Theme builders, start designing your site pages.
This is because the website look is also an important factor to attract visitors. If you design a stunning looking website then people love to see such designs and automatically user engagement will increase.
After designing Home Page and Blog Page, go to Settings >> Reading page.
Under ‘Your Home Page’ Displays choose Static Page option, after that under Homepage dropdown select created Home Page and under Posts page, dropdown select created Blog Page and Save it.
This is how you can design and add the Home Page and Blog Page separately.
Notice: Never ever select or tick the Search Engine Visibility. If you do, it will discourage search engines from indexing your site.
22. Setup WordPress Backups
Backups are part of the website security. If you are creating backups of your site then In case of any emergency, you can easily restore all your WordPress data with few clicks. It will help you to keep your website safe.
If you are using SiteGround or any other Managed WordPress Hosting services then you will create Auto Backups or Daily Backups for all your hosted sites.
You just need to enable the Auto Backup feature on your hosting service. After that Hosting will start creating your site backups on a daily or regular basis. This is the easiest method to take your site backups.
If your hosting service doesn’t offer Auto Backups or you want one more backup plan for your WordPress website then install the Updraft Plus plugin.
It is one of the best backup plugin for WordPress. This plugin allows you to set up automatic backup schedules also you can store your backup securely on remote storage services like Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox and more.
23. Setup WordPress SEO
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an important factor for the website to get more traffic from Google and other search engines. But you should know that SEO is a complicated process and it requires a lot of time and hard work. So, be patient!
Fortunately, WordPress is pretty SEO friendly by default. However, you can improve your site SEO with plugins to get more traffic.
Setting up WordPress SEO is the first important thing to do after installing WordPress.
I highly recommend you to use the Yoast SEO plugin. It is the best SEO plugin for WordPress and it will take care of all important SEO settings out of the box. Also, helps you to write SEO Friendly articles.
Visit my complete Yoast SEO setup guide to set up this wonderful SEO plugin on your WordPress site.
24. Install Google Analytics
As a website owner, you need to track your audience, what they are looking for, how much time they are spending on your site, and how you can help them to find. If you focus on these insights then you can grow your business easily.
Google Analytics is the best free tool for website owners to track their audience activity. Also, it shows how many people visit your site, where they came from, and what they did on your website.
The best and easiest way to install Google Analytics on your site is by using MonsterInsights. It is the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress and shows analytics reports inside your WordPress dashboard.
Complete Guide to Install Google Analytics in WordPress using MonsterInsights plugin.
Also, you can use the Google SiteKit tool to install Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Google Adsense, and Google Page Speed. You can access all these reports inside your WordPress dashboard.
25. Install Caching
Website load speed is an important factor to build a successful business.
According to Strangeloop Networks, a single second delay can cause a 7% decrease in conversions, 11% fewer page views, and a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction.
As a website owner, all you need to do is make your website load faster under high traffic.
To do this, Caching is the best option. Caching plugin allows your website to quickly serve cached copies of your site pages to users instead of generating them on the fly. This will reduces server load on your website and improves site load speed.
If you are using premium WordPress Hosting services then you will get free Caching plugin. They also perform well. For example, SiteGround offers free caching plugin SuperCacher for its customers.
Just install your favorite caching plugin and improve your website’s speed.
26. Enable CDN
Content Delivery Network (CDN) is another best way to improve website performance.
Many WordPress Managed Hosting services offer free CDN to its users.
Basically, the CDN provider has the most number of connections to internet exchange points worldwide. Whenever foreign visitors access your site then CDN delivers the website data much faster from the data center closest to them.
That means, your website will load faster in any part of the world. This is how you can increase the website loading speed with CDN.
There are other premium CDN providers in the market but they cost very high. I recommend you to choose premium hosting providers like SiteGround, Kinsta, WPX Hosting, and Cloudways. These hosting will provide you free CDN and high-end features, tools for your websites.
27. Setup WordPress Security
As a website owner, you should need to focus on your website security. It is the first and foremost important thing to do after installing WordPress.
Some of the best practices to secure your WordPress website are –
- Using Strong Passwords
- Updating your WordPress site, plugins, and themes to the latest version.
- Limiting login attempts
- Two-factor Authentication and etc
These are the highly recommended and industry-leading WordPress security, vulnerability scanning, and malware protection services. They will secure your website by blocking suspicious traffic from reaching your website.
Use any one of these plugins and secure your WordPress website.
28. Block Unwanted Comments
Spam is the most annoying thing that can happen to any website. So, you should need to stop such spam things before publishing any posts.
I recommend you to install plugin Antispam Bee, it is completely free plugin and the best solution to block unwanted comments on your site.
You can also use Akismet, which is also a popular solution to fight SPAM. Don’t forget to add Anti-Spam plugin, otherwise, you will get tons of unwanted comments on your site easily.
29. Create Social Profiles
I hope you set up your WordPress site with the help of the above steps. Now it’s time to create Social Profiles for your website.
Social Profiles are the best way to build a community for your blog or website and are like trust badges for your websites. You can post your blog articles to your social profiles on a regular basis to get a decent audience.
Creating Social profiles is the best and easiest way to connect with your audience. You can get attention by publishing Posts, Giveaways, Special Offers and more. Also, you can run ad campaigns to get more paid traffic to your website.
I recommend you to create a profile on Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter and the Facebook page. These are popular social networks and get millions of visitors daily.
If you build your community on these platforms then you can reach thousands of visitors easily. So, create recommended social profiles now and start to post your article and build your community.
30. Start Collecting Emails
You should know the power of collecting emails. It is also one of the ways of building a community.
You should learn about this powerful method of building a community. Because people usually don’t share their address with trusting the website. If they are sharing their email address with you then they trusted you and your site and ready to receive your future articles on their inbox.
So, start collecting email address after setting up your WordPress website. To collect emails you need to have an Email Marketing service.
There are many Email Marketing services available in the market. But below listed services are some of the best and affordable email marketing services:
To collect emails with beautiful Opt-in Forms, Popup Forms you need to install Email Opt-in plugins on your site. They can easily integrate with the above listed powerful Email Marketing services.
Some of the best Email Opt-in Tools are:
Maybe you confused between Email Marketing Service and Opt-in Tool. Let me clear…
Email Marketing Service is to collect and store the email address. Also, you can create Email Automation or Campaigns (best for courses), Send Bulk Emails, Group your audiences in different listings and etc.
But Email Opt-in tools will help you to create beautiful Opt-in Forms and place them on different locations on your website. Also, you can create popup forms with different commands. (For example, Scroll to Popup). Keep in mind that these Opt-in tools should integrate with any of the Email Marketing services to store collected emails.
So, select any one of your favorite Email Marketing services and Opt-in Tool to collect the emails of your visitors and start email campaigns.
Final Words on 30 Things to do after installing WordPress
This is the ultimate guide to set up your new WordPress blog or website. Follow each and every step mentioned in this article to set up your WordPress blog properly.
Including these 30 things, install some of the best and must-have WordPress plugins. Which will help you to make your WordPress website secure, SEO optimized, and fast loading.
Unfortunately, we cannot add multiple heading for a single post. But if you are looking for:
- Complete WordPress Setup guide.
- Ultimate checklist for a successful website launch.
- What after installing WordPress?
- How to set up a new WordPress blog?
Then read this, 30 things to do after installing WordPress article. Here I have covered all the steps which I personally follow to set up new WordPress blogs or websites. If you have any doubts regarding WordPress setup comment below or contact me.
If you follow all the listed 30 steps to set up your brand new WordPress blog or website, it completes all the setup procedures. Later you can start publishing posts on your site.
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