HERE ARE THINGS YOU SHOULD DO After Installing Your WordPress Blog [Take Note]

by PaulSolid Banned
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1. Adjust your time zone under ‘general’ settings.

2. Change “Other comment settings” and check the “Enable threaded (nested) comments 5 levels deep”, in ‘Discussion’ settings. This helps highlight any replies to any comments and is easier for the visitor to read.

3. Get yourself a Gravatar that will be displayed whenever you comment. Having a Gravatar helps promote you and your brand across the internet.

4. Get and install a personally designed header banner. Personally designed header banners make your blog stand out.

5. Change the “Display name publicly as” field to your name – under the “Users” menu tab. Doing this will display your name as the author of the blog posts you publish.

6. Delete the default “Blogroll links” and “Mr Wordpress comment” – Under the “Blogroll” and “Comments” menu tabs.

7. Set up and install Google Analytics. The best free tool around to monitor your traffic stats.

8. Create an About Me page. You want to share a little about you and what you can do for your visitors.

9. Create a Contact page, so visitors can easily make contact with you.

10. Have a Favicon designed and installed – it’s all about your personal branding.

11. Delete the “hello world” default blog post.

12. Add a Privacy page. This is the page where you tell your visitor what you do with any data they give you.

13. Add a Disclaimer page. You also need to add a ‘Disclaimer’ page. This is the page that stipulates what you mention on your blog may not suit everyone and not everyone will get the same results.

14. Add an Affiliate Disclosure page. I believe in being totally open and honest with my visitors. If I am going to make some income from someone clicking on a link on my site, I like to tell them and so should you. This page should tell your visitors that you make an income using affiliate links on your blog.

15. Move to a premium theme. Those free WordPress themes are very ‘clunky’ – hard to change, difficult to maintain and restrictive in their design.


16. Add a blog title and tagline that includes your primary keyword phrase in the ‘General’ settings.

17. Change the ‘permalinks’ (‘permalinks’ under ‘settings’) structure to a custom structure: /%post_id%/%postname%/ This structure is deemed the best for SEO purposes.

18. Set up your categories using your keyword phrases.

19. By using the Google Webmaster tools, you can quickly get your blog indexed. Verifying ownership of your Blog via the Google Webmaster Tools.

Must Have Plugins

* Akismet
*Google XML Sitemap
* Subscribe to comments
*Broken Link Checker: Identifies bad links anywhere on your site
* And other Relevant Ones.


28. If you have used FTP to upload WordPress – store/remember your ftp login details. You can waste hours looking for access details.

29. Change the password of your WordPress Admin login. Some hosting sites provide the password when you first install WordPress – change it – you just never know who has also seen it.

30. Change the WordPress admin username – most hackers know that ‘admin’ is the username and then they only have to guess the password. Make it twice as hard and change the admin username to something other than ‘admin’

31. Keep WordPress and your plugins up to date. Often WordPress and plugins are updated due to security reasons. Keep your site updated on the latest versions. Make sure you backup before you upgrade and test after your upgrade.

I Hope it helps.
#installing #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Great list - thanks!

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    • Profile picture of the author PaulSolid
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      Great list - thanks!
      @Will, Alright.

      @Others. There is a mistake on the Headline.

      Correct Hand line is: Things YOU SHOULD DO After Installing WordPress.

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  • Profile picture of the author Byrt M
    WOW - thanks for such a great check list! Your post has come at a perfect time for me!
    Under 'Must Have Plug Ins' you mentioned "And other Relevant Ones" - care to mention what they are? Thought I'd ask
    Great list!
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    • Profile picture of the author PaulSolid
      Originally Posted by Byrt M View Post

      WOW - thanks for such a great check list! Your post has come at a perfect time for me!
      Under 'Must Have Plug Ins' you mentioned "And other Relevant Ones" - care to mention what they are? Thought I'd ask
      Great list!
      The important ones are the ones above but you can still add more
      depending on your blog niche and how you want it. some people prefer
      having some few important plugins on their blogs.

      OTHERS Plugins can be:

      •Zemanta: Making your blog posts richer
      I've been using Zemanta for more than a year now and it's one of my favorite plug-ins. It offers supplemental links, tags and images to your blog post -- even before you're done composing it -- by listing on-the-fly with content suggestions relevant to the current text. See at bottom of this post for an example. Zemanta draws from Creative Commons images, Wikipedia, YouTube, Amazon, BBC, CNN and elsewhere. It's also available as a Firefox plug-in.

      •AddThis: This lets folks bookmark your post on virtually any social media site. It helps you see how people share your content (which sites they're sharing on and which posts are shared the most.
      Another good choice: ShareThis.

      Tweetmeme ReTweet Button: Adds a "retweet" icon and link to every post and page

      List category posts: List Category Posts allows you to list posts from a category into a post/page using the (catlist) shortcode.

      Google Analyticator: Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics.

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      • Profile picture of the author Sweetestmiracle
        Wow!! This is a awesome post. Thank you so much for sharing it since I was pulling my hair out on what to do with my WordPress. I will definitely be going down this list of to-do's, WAHOOO!! You made my night
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Good list!

    I don't agree with #15. I have still to find a theme that is as compatible with the v.3 features as is the present default (TwentyTen), which comes free with your WP package.
    I always found the paid themes more complicated than the good free ones!

    Since version 3.x.x #30 should be done before/during the install

    @others: don't go overboard with plugins. Keep it minimalistic. The more plugins the slower your blog and the more chances to install some poorly coded gizmo that will ruin your blog!

    My typical example is the G. Analytics code. You highlight it, copy and paste into the footer.php of your theme, right above the closing </body> tag. Done. - Why would you need a plugin to do it for you? (not that there is anything wrong with the plugin)

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  • Profile picture of the author cosmoslad
    Great tips-very helpful!
    I agree with Istvan--don't add too many plugins unless you actually use them and they are helpful. They can really slow down your site.
    Thanks again for the great WordPress tips!

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  • Profile picture of the author Aabayommy

    This is a complete wordpress configuration tutorial. Wordpress installation and settings basis can't be more than that. Great post. I enjoy the outlines.

    Warm regards,
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  • Profile picture of the author Rock Solid
    These are excellent, a great checklist for any new WP install (which for me seems to be 5-10 times a day!)
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  • Profile picture of the author iw433
    Well done. That's what makes this forum so great!

    Bill Skywalker Edwards

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  • Profile picture of the author pista05
    Amazing List Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Alchemium
      This list comes handy! - Thanks a lot

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  • Profile picture of the author crystalq
    Great post! this is almost the exact same method I do every time I make a new blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken
      An excellent list that could and should be printed and posted above every
      newcomers computer.

      I agree with Istvan about #15. I've tried most premium themes and found
      them too time consuming, but 30 out of 31 ain't too shabby.

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  • Profile picture of the author xiaoayuan
    Actually I didn't install the plug in "Broken Link Checker". I use Xenu Link Sleuth to automatically check broken links on my websites. The important thing is I will get a report including:

    • Broken links, ordered by link
    • Broken links, ordered by page
    • List of redirected URLs
    • List of valid URLs you can submit to a search engine
    • Site Map of HTML pages with a Title
    • Broken page-local links
    • Orphan files
    • Statistics for managers

    It is free to use.

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  • Profile picture of the author anions
    Here are the contents of my wordpress cheatsheet.txt file that I have saved.

    install wp
    permalinks tab - /%postname%/
    reading tab - page
    general tab - ping.txt
    name and description
    activate plugins
    all in one seo tab
    post articles on pages (if you're building minisites)
    build sitemap

    Hope that helped
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  • Profile picture of the author ericbthe1
    Thanks for the post. Was exactly what I was looking for. Copied and saved to desktop
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Barrs
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    • Profile picture of the author plifter
      thank you for posting this I always wanted to know how to set up a blog I am following step by step and I am enjoying setting this up. thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author PaulSolid
      Originally Posted by Paul Barrs View Post

      Great post PP.

      In the these, I'll second it only to say that I modified the theme to make it at least somewhat unique. I think that's important.

      PS. For anyone else who's up to it - why not post the link to some of the techie things for the newbies. ie. HOW to change the default 'Admin' username.
      Hello Paul, thanks for dropping in. Any other Contribution, suggestion and other helpful tips are welcome too. THANK YOU ALL.
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    • Profile picture of the author PaulSolid
      Going through All your comments, Suggestion and Gratitudes ...I'm so happy and will be glad if some one out there will not only read this but also put few of them into practice.

      So I have decided to add some other remaining Tips:


      Add Your Categories and Change the Default
      Setup Categories: At least one. No, you don't have to know the entire category structure at this point, but it is helpful to have at least an idea of the categories you will use most often. Once you have created your most often used category, change the default category to this.
      Change the default post category to your newly created category

      When you install WordPress the default category is 'Uncategorized' and this just looks ugly. Assume at some point you're going to post an article and forget to select a category - what would you want that post to come under by default? I tend to use News or something general like that.
      Go to Posts > Categories
      Click on 'Uncategorized' to edit it - change it to what name it is.
      Add your other blog categories

      Create a Contact Me Page:
      Do not over look this important step. You want to be accessible. You want them to feel you are a real person they can reach out to. If you don't provide a way to *connect*, they won't. And they will wander off, never to be seen or heard from again.

      Help Google Love Your Blog:

      It's a sad fact that most bloggers don't do this step until they have been blogging a while and realize there are things they should be doing to optimize for the search engines. You can be ahead of the game if you install Headspace2 or All In One SEO right away, and start completing the extra fields they give you.I won't go into detail here (that's a whole 'nother post), but each of them offers fields for Title, Description and Keywords on the New Post screen. You should complete all three. Make sure you use your primary keyword for the post at least once in the title and description, and place 1-5 keywords in the keyword field.


      Setup Ping Services:

      This one isn't strictly a *do-it-before-you-do-anything-else* kinda tweak, but will go a long way to getting you that coveted traffic. By default, Wordpress added one ping server to the list of possible servers you can use. (Just one?) So, I went out and found some of the best servers. I just copy the list into the area for other update services.

      Change the 'Update Service' under the 'Writing settings' to include the following sites:


      FeedBurner - Ping FeedBurner

      All the above sites will be updated when you publish a blog post.

      * Add a FeedBurner RSS Feed so visitors can be automatically informed when you add a blog post.

      * Also allow subscription to your blog via email.

      * RSS Directories. Performing this will make your blog index quicker in the search engines and can provide a steady stream of organic traffic. RSS Directories hold millions of links to websites and blogs and are some of the most visited websites on the internet.

      By adding your blog's RSS feed to the RSS Directories, every future blog post you add to your blog, will automatically be added to the RSS Directory. And that means it could potentially be seen by thousands of visitors and your blog will receive a powerful backlink from the RSS Directory.

      You only have to add your blog's RSS feed to the RSS directory once and everything is set up to work automatically.

      One of the best RSS Directories for rankings is: | The Best Blogs and RSS Feeds on the Web | RSS Directory

      * Start building your list by giving something of quality, away.

      * Start adding valuable comments on other blogs - get your name out there.

      * Add unique blog posts as least 3 times a week to your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author dcyberpunk
    peepee, what a treasure trove of information! Good Stuff
    Thanks so much for sharing. A lot of people charge big $$ for this much information (membership websites) and drip feed it slowly to their members.
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    • Profile picture of the author plifter
      I went to a webinar and they taught this for free but I learn better with video or a step by step in text. I am still setting things up but getting good use out of this. thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author ijohnson
        Thanks, PeePee!

        This is a great list to have for reference for the newbie and the more seasoned IM'er. So much time is lost fumbling around, researching, and googling how to do all this stuff. It is wonderful having it in a comprehensive list. And, the additional information you and others have shared should really get a newbie on their way FAST!

        I like to have a checklist for everything I do online so I can check off each task as I go and not have to worry about forgetting something because I had committed it to memory or had a "senior moment"!
        Make every day count!
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        • Profile picture of the author barbarajean
          Thanks PP!

          I didn't know I should do all of those things. I use WPDirect, so some of that is already done for me, but there were many things that I should take a look at.

          Thanks again
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  • Profile picture of the author richardbrannan
    FANTASTIC Many thanks for the above

    you mention a product checklist what would be great imho would be showing how to set up a Quality blog

    step by step which not only gives valuable content but also how to monetize it or maybe a few different videos
    1 the friendly blog
    2 the money blog
    3 the auto blog

    I have been searching for lots of info for ages and seen this programme that one etc etc got bogged down and stressed, it would be nice to see a good step by step and the correct order I'm finding that maybe a better order is maybe
    1 market research
    2 Keyword Research
    3 website name/s
    4 hosting
    5 Type of Architecture ie wordpress, joomla CSS etc etc
    6 FTC Docs where and Why!
    7 Creation of content
    8 Traffic Generation methods white grey black hat or Not as the case maybe
    9 Updating and Maintenance

    Please anyone tell us your ORDER and has anyone found a Plugin for the FTC or what is a good idea to protect our sites and us please

    My eratic order was
    1 I first bought domains,
    2 hosting,
    3 wordpress
    4 oh whats seo...
    5 whats keyword research,
    6 how do i cloak links,
    7 how do i cloak links and embed cookies etc etc etc

    Any comments most welcolme and I am nnot going to plug any sites

    Kind Regards

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  • Profile picture of the author wpiercy
    Are the premium WP themes that much better?
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  • Profile picture of the author OfferJunkie
    great list there! Have always wanted to do one myself but never got around to it. )

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  • Profile picture of the author dukelee
    wow,this is great,thanks pp.
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  • Profile picture of the author Guv
    Really, Really glad I took a look at this WSO.
    Cracking information enabling anyone to draw up a comprehensive checklist.

    All the best,

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