If you are a web designer or if you set up many WordPress websites, you probably already have some processes that you do with your every new WordPress installation. If not, I will explain you in this article what I do with every WordPress install that I create. In my opinion it’s really good to take care of these 7 steps, as it will make your work with that particular WordPress website easier in the future.
Most Important Things To Do After Installing WordPress
Installing WordPress is easier, but are you using it properly? Here are 7 things to do with every new WordPress install to get the maximum results.
1. Set the Permalinks
The first very important thing to do is to set your permalinks URL structure. In your WordPress admin panel go to Settings > Permalinks and I recommend you to choose the “Post name“ option. So choose this and then click the “Save Changes“ button at the bottom.
If you will be publishing a higher number of blog posts, you might like to include the date in your permalinks structure as well. So then they might look like e.g. http://www.yourwebsite.com/2017/03/sample-post/
2. Set the Comments
To prevent some annoying comments notifications I always set my comments in the following way. In your WordPress admin panel go to: Settings > Discussion and in the Default article settings I deselect the first 2 options (“Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article” and “Allow link notifications from other blogs on new articles”), because I don’t want to receive these kinds of notifications. Then I also tick the following settings:
- Comment author must fill out name and email
- Comment must be manually approved
After that, in the Comment Moderation section I always change the 2 to 1 in the “Hold a comment in the queue if it contains 2 or more links.” setting. I do this to prevent spammy comments that contain 2 or more links in them.
Lastly, in the avatar settings at the bottom I select the “Gravatar Logo” as the default avatar that will show next to the commenter’s name.
3. Delete Unused Themes
Go to Appearance > Themes and delete all themes that you won’t be using. However, don’t delete the theme that you will be using. And I also keep one other theme in reserve if anything goes wrong with my main theme, so that I have an alternative one. I usually use the WordPress-default Twenty Seventeen theme for this. So, in my case I keep the WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme and the Divi theme that I use for most of my projects. Divi is a really popular premium WordPress theme sold by Elegant Themes. It is my favorite theme. It is very flexible and you can build with it virtually anything. However, the are also many nice free themes, so you could start with a free theme and upgrade to a paid one later, when your business grows.
4. Delete Unused Plugins
In the Plugins section delete the plugins that you won’t be using. For example, I always delete both Hello Dolly and Akismet plugins, as I don’t use them. You will most likely don’t need a plugin like Hello Dolly to show you some inspirational quotes in your WordPress admin panel, as you need to concentrate on other things.
And to prevent the comments spam I use a different plugin for that – I use WP-SpamShield and am happy with its features. It blocks quite a lot of spam comments on all my WordPress blogs.
5. Delete Pages
The next step that I do is to delete the default WordPress pages, because obviously you will be creating different new pages. So just move them into trash and then go to the trash and don’t forget to empty it. You should do this if you don’t want some “sample page“ pages appear on your WordPress website.
6. Delete Posts
Now we will do the same with the default WordPress posts. Move them into trash and remove them. This is pretty simple. If you don’t do this, and you would set up a blog on your website, you could see some “Sample post“ article excerpts appearing on your blog page.
7. Change your default category
By default, the default WordPress category name is “Uncategorized“. So I would recommend renaming it to something different. For example, if you will be blogging about cars, simply rename it to “Cars“. Or if you will need more categories, simply create them. For my example it would be e.g. BMW, Audi and Honda.
So this is the end of my WordPress to-do list. If you do some other things that I have not mentioned in this article, feel free to let me know it in the comments section below this article.
There are some other things that I do with WordPress installations as well, but usually only when setting up websites for web design clients. However, this includes installing premium, paid plugins. For example, I almost always install the Monarch plugin. It is a social sharing plugin from Elegant Themes. And I also install the Bloom plugin sometimes, too. Especially if it’s a blog. Bloom is a premium email opt-in plugin from Elegant Themes, too. You can create some nice fly-ins and popups using this plugin. However, these 2 plugins are paid and WordPress is open-source, so I have not included them in my list.
Also, it is important to always have a working backup solution of your WordPress website, especially if you put a lot of effort into it. It can save you many troubles, because if anytime anything goes wrong, you always have a backup to which you can revert. For this I use the plugin BackupBuddy. It is a premium plugin, but there are free alternatives to it as well. For example, Duplicator or Updraft.
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Pure Digital says
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Emmanuel Nonye says
Great tips I must say, I’ll try it out on my site… Thanks
Thanks so much for this great information
Good tips, you’re right about them. Nice article.
AJAY PRASAD says
Thank you for basic idea on wordpress.This is really useful for me.
Phagun Bou says
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Zoya baloch says
Thanks these are the first things to do for every blogger.
Ekijah Jackson says
Great article, thank you very much
Jon Ogah says
This article is very helpful. I will make sure i have followed all the steps
good posting i like to work on wordpress
Samuel Adeniyi says
Thank you for this comprehensive list. I also consider installing SEO plugins like yoast or all in one seo if getting traffic from search engine is part of the focus.
Using a minimum number of plugin is also advised. Again, thank you for sharing.
George ben says
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George Caputo says
This post is very helpful for me, as I have recently installed WordPress on my new blog. I have noticed slightly longer time of page loading. Deleting Unused themes, unused or unnecessary plugins help me to improve page loading time.
Mr. Gunjan Singh says
Great post for wordpress lover. Beginners must read.
sudarsan panda says
This is a perfect post for new WordPress user who have no idea after first time install WordPress..so thanks for share a great content…
Flash Isaac says
8. Install the yoast seo plugin and don’t fail to also install Akismet to fight spam. You could also decide to install Jetpack or it’s alternatives..
Nice write up…
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Raj Singh says
Awesome post as usual
It’s very necessary things to do after WordPress installation.
I agree with that unused plugins and unused themes cause site’s loading time. btw thanks for sharing
Very good list. I myself faced lot of issues but after reading this i understand what could I have done. Thanks for sharing!!
thanx bro this article is really good
Nice Post Sir, Thanks for sharing
Absolutely will put all of them to my required checklist for my next wordpress development.
I also would like to recommend to create google analytic account for better site monitoring.
Great post, this is exactly what i do with a new WordPress install. Changing the permalinks are the first thing i do.
again a great tutorial… this is my second read… thanks for sharing… very useful blog nilantha
karishma srivastava says
W D M Tharaka says
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Nazrul Islam says
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Kishan BK says
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Ayesha Malik says
Thanks for this clean and user friendly tutorial.
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Kapil verma says
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Really very helpful article for me.
Yasser Moosa says
This is very useful, I have been annoyed so many times with setting up a blog for a client and then the client running out of bandwidth because of comment spammers. So I’ve made adding Google Recaptcha a part of my blog setup process to try to fight this, especially if the customer does not want to switch comments off. The bloom plugin looks good, will check it out. Thanks!
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This is a very informative post, There is a lot of things that should know every new blogger. Thanks for sharing.
VERY HELPFUL INFORMATION. NICE WORK
Bruno Mont says
There are so many things to do and your post helps a lot!
Bruno Mont says
There are so many things to do and your post helps a lot! Thanks
Ankit Jha says
i am new on wordpress and your post helped me a lot
Good Idea & Article For Sharing,
Haneet Singh says
Great post, Very useful and informative.
Haneet Singh says
Great post, This information is must for new Bloggers or WordPress users. Keep it up
Roon Cook says
Thank you so much for spending time writing tips about wordpress install.
Nikhil Makwana says
Great list of tips for any new blogger. Setting up necessary things is very much important to secure and keep engaging your visitors on the blog. Apart from these all, there are few more things we can list over here which are required too.
1) Optimize WordPress to speed it up. WPSuperCache, W3Total Cache and few more are popular plugins to make it happen.
2) Change by default /wp-admin login URL to some secure URL to prevent from hacking
3) Install popular SEO Plugin like Yoast or All in One SEO to make your blog search engine friendly.
And there are few more things to keep in mind while setting up WordPress for the first time.
Big Vision Marketing says
I would highly recommend BackupBuddy as well because of its simplicity and affordable pricing. Something valuable you may want to add to the list is a cache plug. W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache are great options.
Your article is very deeply giving guideline about wordpress install. i really need this type of information so thanks ? Very Useful and Informative Thanks for share
Odira Ndubuisi says
I already have a habit of doing all this things whenever I install WordPress on a new site 🙂
This serves as an encouragement. Thanks.
Really informative post and we will try to improve our site.
I am a newbie to word press and blogging i really don’t know about all these. However surely i will try to do these things to my site with your references. Thanks for telling.
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دانلود آهنگ جدید says
Great article thanks
Hello, great tips on essential settings every after new WordPress installation.
Don’t forget also to install necessary WordPress plugins like (SEO plugins, Caching plugins, backup plugins, etc…)
This can help a lot.
Aysha Haque says
Yes, i agree with that, unused themes and plugins cause site’s loading time. Which is not good for our site performance. We should delete those unused things! And, filtering spam comment is really a good practice though 😛
Anyway, thanks for the share!
MINHAJ UDDIN says
Very useful post you have shared! Yes, it is very necessary to set the permalink structure very carefully, we do the wrong here most of the times!
By the way, great post indeed!
Keep it up!
Jakub Grigar says
Good tips, great article/
Jakub Grigar says
Good tips, you’re right about them. Nice article.
James Huon says
Thanks for step by step guide on WordPress. It’s completely clear. BTW, could you please recommend me some useful plugin?