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Important WordPress Settings to Do After Creating a Blog

Admin July 18, 2017 Blogging, WordPress Leave a comment

Before going into the details of WordPress settings follow our step by step WordPress Installation guide to create a WordPress blog or site. So now you have your brand new website in front of you.

Important WordPress Settings to do After Creating a Blog

 

What to do next after creating a new site and setting up your theme?

What is requiring before you start posting your content?

The answer to such questions is you will need to do some important WordPress settings. Optimize your website for your visitors and search engines. Also, you need to set up some important things to make your website secured.

So you want to setup your website to look more appealing to your visitors.

You want to improve search engine ranking of your site. So visitors can easily find your website.

Alright, without any further ado, here are the links of important things you should do after installing WordPress.

1. Site Title and Tagline WordPress settings

In the WordPress settings title and the tagline of your website or blog are necessary parts to identify your website.  They tell visitors and search engines what your site or blog is about. To change the title and tag line go to WP dashboard Settings >> General, in your WP dashboard.

The General Settings page will appear on the screen. Here on the top of the page, you will see options title and tagline as shown below.

Wordpress site title tag line

Site Title: It is the title of your website and appears in the title bar of the browser.  Generally, site title is displayed in your site’s header (just above URL). It should be short and effective so it can provide proper information in few words.

Tagline: It is a short description of your site. Generally, people write a slogan which completes the site title. The tagline is displayed next to the site title in the title bar of the browser.

Note – The default tagline of WordPress.org “Just another WordPress site”.  So you will need to replace it with your own.

2. Site URL and Email Addresses

Go to Settings >> General if you are not on “General setting page”

You will see following options also there.

WordPress site URL and email address

WordPress Address (URL): Enter complete URL of the directory in which your WordPress core files exists. For example, if you have installed WordPress into blog directory, then the WordPress address will be http://www.theblogtown.com/blog. And if you have installed WordPress into the root directory, the address will be http://www.theblogtown.com.

Site Address (URL): Enter the address of your WordPress site. For example http://www.theblogtown.com.

Email Address: Enter the email address where you want to receive emails from your site. Admin related and all notifications are sent to this email address.

3. Time zone, Date and Time format

Go to Settings >> General if you are not on “General setting page”

WordPress timezone date time format

Time zone: Timezone list box in WordPress settings contains a list of cities. Choose a city which is in your time zone. If you don’t find any city in your time zone then select a UTC option. So timezone of your post will be synchronized with your real time zone. It is Important for your posts scheduling to work as per you expect.

Date and Time Format: this setting controls the formatting of date and time. You can change the format as per your requirement. Time and date appear in your posts and tell the audience when the post was published or updated.

4. Membership: User registration (Disable)

There is a setting called “Membership” general setting page. This WordPress settings option allows you to disable or enable “Anyone can register” option. If this is enabled it allows anyone to register and write on your blog. But this option must be disabled to stop spam posts. If your blog is personal then don’t invite others to write on it. Later after getting good authority and readers, you can allow guest posts on your blog.

To disable this option first log in to WordPress admin section of your website.

Go to Settings >>General

In the settings page, there is a Membership option, uncheck the “Anyone can register” box to disable registration.

 

WordPress Setting membership: any one can register

 

5. Permalink Settings

Permalink is a permanent URL to your individual page and blog post on your website or blog.

The default WordPress permalink structure is plain and looks something like – http://theblogtown.com/?p=123.

This is short, but it is not we want and also not search engine friendly.

Go to Settings >> Permalink and select the structure suits to your requirement. If you don’t like any existing option, you can create your own structure. But it is better to keep “Post name” from SEO point of view.

 

WordPress Setting general permalink

Click “Save”.

In post name URL, some of the keywords will be visible in search engines. This will help you to rank higher in search engines and get more traffic to your site.

WordPress Setting general permalink example

6. Upload a FAVICON

A favicon in WordPress settings is an icon that represents your website on the internet. Falcon is a visual entity of your website. People can easily recognize your site with the icon.

WordPress 4.3 onwards, you can easily add a favicon (or an Icon) to your website.

Go to Appearance >> Customize >> Site Identity tab.

Click on the select image button and upload the image for your site icon.

WordPress Add Falcon Site Icon

WordPress recommends that icons should be square and at least 512 pixels wide and tall in size.

7. Discussion Settings

Do you want visitors to your site to be able to post comments, they must fill out name and email when they comment? Or you want them to register and log in before they comment. You may prefer to manually approve all new comment on your site.

To set these options, go to Settings >> Discussion

WordPress Discussion Settings

 

On this screen, you can set the options under which your site will send you an email notification about comments.

8. Remove Sample Post, Page and Comments

On installing WordPress, you will see a sample post (the “Hello World!”) and a sample page are created automatically. That’s because you can see something for example on your site instead of the empty site. But generally, nobody uses these sample post and page.

So it’s better to remove them instead of leaving them as it is.

To delete the sample post: Go to Posts >> all posts option on the dashboard and hover on the”Hello World” post. There is an option Trash, click on it and Delete Permanently.

 

WordPress Remove Hello World Post

 

Similarly to delete sample page go to Pages >> All Pages and hover on the “Sample Page” page. There is a Trash option, click on it and Delete Permanently.

 

WordPress Remove Sample Page

9. Ping List

By default, WordPress notifies few main ping services. But WordPress settings allows you to add more ping services and extend the list.

To update ping list go to Settings >> Writing and add in more ping services to the list.

 

WordPress setting writing

 

Next page “Writing Settings” will appear, on this page, you will find Update Services” option.

WordPress setting Update Services

 

You can get a large ping list and paste that in above box. Press save changes button.

10. WordPress Media Settings

Media setting of WordPress settings is used to improve the process of WordPress media uploads and image handling. By default when a user uploads an image in WordPress, it creates and saves multiple copies of an image with different sizes. With the main image, it also creates a thumbnail image, medium size, and large size image.

Creating multiple copies of an image is not a good practice. This will occupy lots of blog space with unnecessary image files. To handle this issue change the media settings of your blog.

Go to Settings >> Media, and change the settings as given in below screenshot. Set the height and width of all the three image types to 0. This will stop WordPress from creating and saving images of different size.

WordPress Media Setting

 

11. Search Engine Visibility

WordPress settings provide an option that allows you to instruct search engines not to index your website. Disable the option “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” if it is enabled. Enabling it tells search engines not to inspect this site’s content. This is a useful feature for preventing a site which is under development you don’t want to show it in search results.

Go to Settings >> Reading

WordPress setting Search Engine Visibility

 

Also set “for each article in feed show“option to a summary. It will protect automatic blogging software programs from copying full content of your blog by using your blog RSS feeds.

12. Change Admin User

“Users” > “All Users” > “Edit”.

Make sure change the “admin” user name to unique one for security purposes. Using “admin” as a username is risky, it may put your site at risk of being hacked. Everyone knows that “admin” is a default username, so hackers can use this user name to get into your site. You must choose a strong password. It should be the combination of letters, numbers, and symbols to make your password stronger.

Go to Users >> All Users >> Edit

 

WordPress change admin user

 

A page “Edit User admin” will appear. Edit all the necessary information and save the details by clicking on “Update User” button.

13. Update Your Profile

“Users” > “Your Profile”

WordPress settings allow you to update your user profile. You can change your name to the format it should appear on your post.  You should also modify your contact details and password settings. We recommend that you should provide maximum information to maximize your WordPress site.

Go to “Users” > “Your Profile” and fill up your profile information.

WordPress User Profile

 

Now WordPress settings and installation is completed and ready to go. I Hope above tips will help you. If you have some helpful tip please share and comment below.

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