This post is a part of a series post named “Start A Blog“, which contains following parts:
- WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: Which Platform is used to Blog
- How to buy hosting for WordPress Blog
- How to create a WordPress blog
- Essential settings after installing WordPress
- How to install WordPress plugin
- How to install WordPress theme
8 Essential settings after installing WordPress:
After installing WordPress, when you login to your WordPress cPanel you a sample page, post, or comment. So first thing to do is:
1. Delete Default Post, Page, or Comment:
Go to Dashboard and go to Post > All Posts and delete all posts present their.
Similarly, go to Pages > All Pages and delete all pages Present their. And lastly go to comment section and delete all comments if any.
2. Set Up WordPress Permalinks:
The default WordPress Permalink is ” http://yourdomainname.com/p=123 ” this short but not freindly for search engine point of view. Go to Setting > Permalink and select “Post Name” and click on save button. Now when your URLs appear in search engine, some of the keywords will be visible. This will help you to get more traffic and rank higher.
3. Set Your Timezone:
Go to Setting > General, make sure to set your timezone to your local time so that when you schedule posts they will get posted on time according to your time.
Also set Site Title and Tagline, these two thing are very important, this will shows up as your site identity in Google Search.
4. Enable/Disable User Registration:
If you need to have one account or more than one account then if you want to organize every new user yourself so don’t check the box of Anyone can register or if you want to give authority to anyone one then tick the check box.
If you allow Anyone can register then set the New User Default Role as “Contributor“.
5. Set WordPress Discussion/Comments Settings:
Now go to Settings > Discussion, this section is little confusing if you don’t know what to do here. So don’t worry just follow the above Image and you will get all things good.
6. Populate WordPress Ping List:
WordPress by default only pings one service but you can notify many more services by extending the ping list. Go to Settings > Writing and add on more services to the ping list.
7. WordPress Media Settings:
This setting will improve the way of handling images of WordPress. By default, WordPress create multiple sizes for every uploaded images which is a bad practice. This will load up your blog with unnecessary files and your blog will quickly become clumsy. Go to Settings > Media and use the proper configure settings.
I would recommend you to use a plugin which compress images as they are uploaded.
8. Disable Directory Browsing:
For this setting you need to edit your WordPress .htaccess file and add this code to your .htaccess file at the bottom.
Options All -Indexes
This will disable directory browsing which is a very important step for maintaining the security of your blog.
That’s all guys, these are 8 essential settings to do after installing WordPress. Thanks for visiting and stay connected for more updates.