Installing WordPress these days is quite straight forward, afetr the installation process there are a few things to do to get you started.
WordPress is currently the most used and popular platform for creating websites and blogs. It has a highly powerful Content Management System that allows editing, publishing and modifying content from a central interface. You can produce awesome looking websites without knowing any code at all, the dashboard is quite easy to navigate around too, not that technical even for the new kid on the block.
In these articles I will detail for you how to optimise a WordPress site from the beginning after install.
1. CHANGE YOUR SITE TITLE, TAGLINE, & FAVICON
The identify of your website depends upon the title of your site and tagline, this will give your website a professional look. The favicon is also way to stand out from the crowd. To change your blogs title and tagline, do the following;
Click on Settings >> General and then change tagline you like it to be.
To change the Favicon, it is a little harder but first open your Dashboard go to the themes tab and then click on Editor and select Header.php add the bellow code to there and click update.
2. CHANGE THE PERMALINK STRUCTURE
This is an SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) trick to get an SEO friendly permalink structure to your blog links. This is the most important thing to get traffic.
The most common permalink structure is post name itself.
Firstly, click on Settings and go to the Permalinks tab in your WordPress Admin Panel and change your permalink.
3. SELECT A THEME
There will be a default theme in WordPress after the installation. If you want to make your site beautiful & attractive you must change your theme and choose an appropriate one for you. Always remember to use a theme that is Responsive, SEO Friendly & easily customisable.
For installing a theme you need to visit WordPress panel Appearance tab and select themes, if you want to install the themes available on WordPress click Add New. You may want to upload a new theme that is not available on WordPress themes menu, simply click Add new and Upload the theme, you can also preview the theme chosento see what it looks like.
4. PLUGIN INSTALLATION
Plugins are one the most important and attractive part of the WordPress platform. The most important and the must have plugins in my opinion are;
WordPress SEO by Yoast : A complete SEO solution for your website. You do not need to worry about on-page SEO after installing this plugin. There is also a premium version plugin of this plugin. This is one of the plugins that have highest rating.
WP SpamSheild Anti-Spam : The best anti spam plugin for guarding your blog against the spammers. Spam comments are one of the most infuriating things for a webmaster to worry about but after installing this plugin no spam messages will enter your site.
W3 Total Cache : This plugin helps to improve the speed of your website and to enhance the user interface by caching. The plugin creates a cache of the website and in doing so the speed of the website increases.
Contact form 7 : This plugin is used to make a contact page where the visitor can contact with the site admin about any subject that is relevant to them.
Backup WordPress : This free plugin will backup your entire website. This is a great safety precaution for making your site safe from accidental errors.
The above are the most important and essential plugins that every one should have, there are many alternate plugins but you simply must always have plugins on following categories too;
Security, Backup, SEO, and cache.
5. CHANGE THE TIME ZONE
You should change the time zone of your website. This is very important that while scheduling your the post for publication. To change the time zone you must go to Settings tab and select General and find the Timezone and then choose your country’s time zone.
6. CHANGE THE DOMAIN URL
Don’t get confused after reading the title, in this step you are going to set a preferred domain address. The default address will be in such a way “http://www.google.com” but when you change it to http://google.com by removing the WWW will help you to get some traffic because this is SEO friendly URL. This is not a must do thing but doing this is better for you or your business.
Firstly, go to settings tab and select General then just remove the “WWW” and the click save.
7. DISABLE HTML COMMENTS IN WORDPRESS COMMENTS
HTML comments is a vulnerability that could be reason for a hack attack. For protecting your blog from hackers you must use this method to disable HTML comments. For disabling the HTML comment you need add the following lines in your FUNCTION.PHP file
add_filter( ‘pre_comment_content’, ‘wp_specialchars’);
8. CREATE PAGES
Creating pages is as simple as creating a word file, no need to worry about programming languages you just need to open your command panel and then select pages and click add new. Then type the name of the pages that you want to create and type the content and then click publish.