Good to hear that you Install WordPress and start Blogging. Long way to go but don’t worry I am here to help you and follow Sizlomedia the best place of WordPress tweaks. WordPress Setup the crucial and most important part and it is a one-time job only in the beginning.
Let’s go to the main topic by default few things already installed when you open up WordPress admin dashboard for the first time. The purpose of this just to test how everything looks and of course, it is a dummy stuff.
What to look after WordPress Setup:
Step No. 1 POST, PAGE & Comments:
After logging in you will see the WordPress Dashboard.
Go to Post category Post>All post>Select the “Hello world” Dummy post>Click Trash
Following the same Procedure and Go to Pages > Select All Pages > there you see a default page “Sample Page” select and click trash
The last section is Comments repeat the process Go to Comments>Select the Dummy Comment>Click Trash
Step No. 2 Permalinks:
In this section, you have to decide the URL structure of your WordPress Blog. By default permalinks structure is something like this < http://yourdomain.com/p=123>. Which is not valuable for visitors even for SEO of your WordPress blog. Go to the Settings>Select Permalinks>Select the option Post name and don’t forget to save it.
Why we are changing this because our KEYWORDS are not visible in search results and everything looks awful. See the example below after changing the URL structure.
Step No. 3 Timezone:
Set the time zone because you need it for scheduling your post. If you don’t set this your post go live by default.
Go to Settings>General > Set the Timezone, choose from the list.
Step No. 4 WordPress Discussion/Comments:
Quick go to Settings>Discussion> Follow the settings I configured in the image below
Step No. 5 Generate WordPress Ping List
WordPress ping service is unique and uses for search engines and web directories whenever you update your blog or post a new article, very handy.
Go to Settings > Writing there you will see a box which is use for PING list, Put your desire list and save.
Step No. 6 WordPress Media Settings
In media settings, you see some sizes and settings WordPress uses by default. It is not good for any blog. Uncheck all and install WordPress Plugin WP Smush, it reduces and compresses all your WordPress Blog images.
Step No. 7 WordPress User Registration:
You will find this option in Settings > General and uncheck it.
Step No. 8 WordPress Page Settings:
WordPress setup point of view bloggers usually ignore this or maybe they don’t know about it. I will tell you the importance of this method. Finishing WordPress Setup there are 2 options to show your WordPress Blog to the visitors. One latest Post and the Second Static page. Latest Post option just shows your blog post page but currently, the style is changed and bloggers are using static page option frequently. See the example of Sizlomedia.com. In the home page, you can give your visitors option to subscribe or you can offer free services there. In page settings, you will also notice that there is an option to limit the post numbers.
I hope this is enough for beginners to properly setup WordPress blog before going live for the FIRST time. If you need to backup your WordPress blog or looking for cheap WordPress hosting read detail articles here.
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