So, you are done with installation of WordPress. Now what? It takes few minutes and steps to install WordPress website. There are still some important things you should do after installing WordPress website or before writing any content to your site. You can’t leave default settings as it is. It is necessary to change these settings to improve the performance and security factor on your website.
Remove the default "admin" account
Here is a list of some important suggestions and tweaks that you should do after installing WordPress website to improve the performance, security and productivity of your website.
I don't feel comfortable leaving an account in WordPress with a name that every single other WordPress blog in the world started with, even if it does have a secure password. Go under Users and add a new account with Administrator level privileges. Then Log Out and log back in with the new account.
Now you can go back under Users and delete the default "admin" account. The default "Hello World" post has "admin" as its author, so you'll be warned when deleting that user and asked what you would like to do with that post. Might as well just re-attribute it to your new user.
WordPress time zone
Under Settings> General , Change the time Zone to match your country time zone. If you schedule your blog posts, changing time zone to your time zone will ensure your blog posts will be published in your desired schedule time.
Trash “Hello World” Post
By default, WordPress comes with one post already published titled “Hello World” in order to show you what a post (and a comment) looks like once it’s published. You’ll want to trash this.
Posts >> All Posts >> (hover over title) Trash
Secure Your Login
Automation is being used all day and all night to guess passwords for millions of login forms on the Internet. This is called cracking. Accounts using simple passwords such as dictionary words are cracked first.
Use a different strong password for every online account you have. Google provides some handy tips. Solutions like 1Password and LastPass can help by generating and remembering a complex password for each of your accounts. All you have to do is memorize one master password. Also install the Limit Login Attempts WordPress plugin. It slows cracking attempts to a virtual halt by locking down your login form after a number of failed attempts.
Change Your Permalink Structure
Unfortunately, the default permalink structure — the URL structure that tacked on the end of your site name — of WordPress is not very Google friendly. As that is the case, you should be sure to alter this to something else.
Go back to Settings and then select Permalink from the menu. There you will find a few different choices for setting a new structure. The best ones to use are either the Day and Name or Post Name options.
Select the one you prefer and then save your changes.
Select Appropriate WordPress Theme
If you want to make your WordPress blog more attractive then change default style to any of the best WordPress theme that suits your blog. There are plenty of free and premium themes available for your WordPress blog. I recommend you to choose premium themes because these themes include lots of important feature that helps you to make your site attractive. To install free themes click on Appearance >> Themes in your WordPress admin panel and add theme you want for your blog.
Install Google Analytics
Track your performance with Google Analytics. Sign up and integrate it on your site. Google Analytics will help you monitor your traffic and analyze the behavior of your visitors. It provides details that can tell you what your visitors are looking for in your site.
If you want an easier way, you can install Joost's "Google Analytics For Wordpress"
A new website or blog is subject to a lot of spam comments. You can avoid this by activating a powerful anti-spam plugin like Akismet which is built-in with WordPress. The service automatically detects and deletes spam comments and trackback, so you don’t have to.
Upon activation, you’ll need to get an Akismet API key by connecting with a Wordpress.com account. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for free. While the Akismet service itself is not free, this is one of the things worth investing in exchange for hassle-free spam management.
Make a decision: homepage or blog page?
One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is about how to structure your site. When visitors type in your domain name, will they see a home page, or a blog page? With a WordPress site, either one is easy to create. The question is, what are the advantages of each?
Homepages with some general information about your site and an opt-in form are a great way to welcome new visitors. But suppose you have a blog — won’t it get lost if it’s not on your home page?
Not necessarily. When you talk about your blog posts — either on social media, in an email or on another site — you’ll share a link that goes directly to them. People can find your blog using your navigation menu, too.
On the other hand, if your blog is the star of the show, you may want it to be the first thing people engage with. There’s no right or wrong answer here. It’s a strategic decision that should be part of your overall site planning. And it’s easy enough to change later, so don’t over think it: just choose one and test it out.
Disable HTML in WordPress comments
The comment box in WordPress allows commenters to use HTML tags and they can even add hyperlinks in their comment. The comments have rel=nofollow but if you would like to completely disallow HTML in WordPress comments, add this snippet to your functions.php file.
Configure the Reading Settings
You can change the reading settings whenever you want, but some bloggers decide to change it before publishing the first blog post. Here you’ll find 2 options. The first option is making the front page display the latest posts, while selecting the second option will display a static page at the front page.
Bloggers who have created a custom homepage select the second option. If you too have created a custom homepage, then you also need to make use of the second option. Most of the new bloggers usually decide to display latest posts at the front page as it is an easier option than the second one.
Add Your Categories and Change the Default
Categorizing your post is better way to manage them. That is why WordPress comes with the default Uncategorized category. But it looks odd when we see uncategorized category appear below the post for the user. Also, it’s not very helpful towards your SEO to use the Uncategorized category. So it is time to rename it with the category you want. at the same time also add some other categories in which you may want to add posts to.
Install a backup plugin.
You’ll never understand the importance of this piece of advice until you need to reinstall your WordPress site from a backup because you were hacked or clicked the wrong button and accidentally deleted something important. But trust me, speaking from experience, having a current backup of your site will come in handy and save you lot of time and frustration should the need arise. Personally, I use iTheme’s Backup Buddy. I like it because it is a 3-in-1 tool. Not only does it backup, but it also makes it easy to restore a site and even migrate a site from one provider to another.
Install Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps generates a compliant XML-Sitemap for your site, allowing the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Ask, MSN) to easily index your site. Every time you edit or add a post, the sitemap will modify itself. Now go to Google Webmaster Central and log in with your Google Account. On the first page, there will be a link to “Verify” your site. Follow the instructions there.
Once that’s done, you can then click the “Add Sitemap” link from the first page and put in the URL to your sitemap, which will be http://www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml
Get your SEO On
SEO, or, search engine optimisation, is the process of optimising your website for search engines so they appear as high up in the rankings as possible.
You’ll see a tab in the Theme Options is dedicated to SEO — here you can choose whether or not to use the built in SEO settings or whether to use an SEO plugin such as All In One SEO or WordPress SEO. You might want to do this if you particularly like some of the features in the plugins or think you may change your theme in future; by keeping your SEO settings with a plugin rather than a theme you’ll be able to future proof your updates.
This way we finish all the Things that is very important after installing WordPress. So now it is time to write your post and publish them for the users.