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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 .
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10 of the most important things you need to do after installing WordPress
Change Site Title, Tagline and Time zone. Brainstorm your site title, tagline and modify your time zone.
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.
- Modify Permalinks. Go to Settings>Permalinks. Change your permalinks to ‘post name’ format and avoid dating your blog posts.
- 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.
Complete User Profile. This includes your Personal Options, Name, Contact Info and About Yourself/Biographical Info. Just go to Users>Your Profile.
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 inwith your WordPress.com account or if you don’t have one you can easily create a new account on .
Install Essential Plugins. Some of these are only generic terms and not the actual names of the plugins. I recommend you visit thefor 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 theor upload a plugin in .zip format.
- 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.
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.
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.
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