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pins and paperclips So you have completed your WordPress installation and you might be wondering about the next steps. Below I will walk you through the essential things you need to do to avoid the common mistakes most of the new bloggers make.

Researching online is a crucial part of your blog’s pre-launch phase. There are tons of online resources telling you the tips and tricks of blogging that makes it quite overwhelming.

Starting a blog includes choosing your niche, domain name, web hosting provider and blogging platform. If you want to start off on the right foot, be sure to check out this guide.

Let’s jump in!

10 of the most important things you need to do after installing WordPress

  1. Change Site Title, Tagline and Time zone. Brainstorm your site title, tagline and modify your time zone.

  2. Delete Sample Page and Sample Post. A newly installed WordPress site has sample content by default like page and post which you need to delete first and foremost.

  3. Modify Permalinks. Go to Settings>Permalinks. Change your permalinks to ‘post name’ format and avoid dating your blog posts.
  4. Set Up Front and Blog Pages. Go to Settings>Reading. Choose whether you want a static page or display your blog posts as your homepage.
  5. Complete User Profile. This includes your Personal Options, Name, Contact Info and About Yourself/Biographical Info. Just go to Users>Your Profile.

  6. Set Up Your Gravatar. What is a Gravatar? Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. You can sign in here with your WordPress.com account or if you don’t have one you can easily create a new account on Gravatar’s website.

  7. Create Mandatory Pages. This is very important. Creating your About Page, Contact Page (you can add a contact form), Disclosure Statement, Privacy Policy, Terms of Use and Disclaimer and Hire Me Page (this is a great way for clients to find and connect with you).

  8. Install Essential Plugins. Some of these are only generic terms and not the actual names of the plugins. I recommend you visit the WordPress Plugin Directory for the complete list of choices of plugins.

    Plugins to install: Yoast SEO, Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights, Caching Plugin, Backups Plugin, WordPress Security, Akismet for Spam Protection, Social Media Plugin, Link Checker, Related Post, Image Optimizer and Login Limit Plugin.

    How to install plugins: Go to Plugins>Add New. You can choose whether you want to upload a plugin or search for plugins from the WordPress Plugin Directory. You may automatically install plugins from the WordPress Plugin Directory or upload a plugin in .zip format.

  9. Upload Your Site Icon. Simply go to Appearance>Customize>Site Title/Tagline/Logo. Site Icon will add a professional look to your blog/website and a great way to boost your personal brand.
  10. Set WordPress Themes (create a child theme). You can find free WordPress themes from the WordPress Theme Directory or purchase a premium theme of your choice. When installing free themes make sure that the theme is design and mobile responsive.

FINAL TAKEAWAY

When your blog is ready to go live don’t forget to let the search engines know by unchecking the Search Engine Visibility box. Just go to WordPress Dashboard>Settings>Reading.

Congratulations! You can now publish your first blog post and start building your email list.

What other steps do you take after installing WordPress? 

Categories: Blogging

Precious Gan

Precious Grace Gan is a spunky virtual assistant and lifestyle blogger. She hopes to inspire creative entrepreneurs and helps busy small business owners. Precious loves to share her learnings having transitioned from years on the corporate world into the digital space...read more. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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