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23 Things To Do Right After WordPress Installation

There are top 23 things to do right after you install your WordPress latest version on your domain. This post will guide you step by step. 

The real work starts right after installing the WordPress. 

But often, we miss important steps that later turn into problems for the website. 

These problems could lead your website’s lower ranking, slower speed etc. 

In severe cases, your WordPress website could get attacked and hacked for poor security. 

So, you don’t have to face these problems at a later stage, it is very important you complete the WordPress initial setup effectively. 

I have listed the top must do things after installing WordPress

In addition, this blog will give you a quick preview on how to use WordPress after installation. 

At any point, you feel like asking a question then feel free to use the comment box. I would love to answer you questions. 

Let’s get started. 

 

1. Set the Site Title

Your WordPress website is listed on any search engine or portal, the first thing highlighted will be your site title. It is very important you update the site title at first instance.
Site title field in WordPress

Steps to change WordPress site title: 

Step 1. Go to ‘Settings’

Step 2. Select ‘General’

Step 3. Edit ‘Site Title’

Step 4. Scroll down and click ‘Save Changes’ button

 

2. Set the ‘Tagline’ 

With the title, your website tagline will be added to it. Therefore, it is important to edit. If you don’t have a tagline, then you could add your primary keyword such as ‘top WordPress website development company’.
Tagline field in WordPress

Steps to change WordPress tagline: 

Step 1: Go to ‘Settings’

Step 2: Select ‘General’

Step 3: Edit ‘Tagline’ field

Step 4. Scroll down and click ‘Save Changes’ button

 

3. Add your Administrator Email Address

It is very important that you add an administrator email address. Because if any important update is available, or your website is facing downtime or error, or in the worst case scenario, your website is hacked, you will receive all emails on your registered email address.

Administrator email settings in WordPress

Steps to change WordPress Administrator Email Address: 

Step 1: Go to ‘Settings’

Step 2: Select ‘General’

Step 3: Edit ‘Administrator Email Address’ 

Step 4: Scroll down and click ‘Save Changes’ button

Step 5: Click the link in confirmation email to change

 

4. Update the Timezone 

Timezone setting is very important for the news site, as inaccurate time could lead to low Google and Google News rankings. You could either set UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) or you could select the timezone based on the city.

Timezone settings in WordPress

Steps to change WordPress Timezone setting: 

Step 1: Go to ‘Settings’

Step 2: Select ‘General’

Step 3: Click the drop down and select City or UTC

Step 4: Scroll down and click ‘Save Changes’ button

 

5. Set the WordPress Homepage and Blog

Do you want to run a WordPress blog or create a WordPress website with a blog or without a blog? You can set this in WordPress homepage display settings. 

Homepage displays settings in WordPress

Steps to set WordPress homepage and blog setting: 

Step 1: Go to ‘Settings’ 

Step 2: Select ‘Reading’

Step 3: To keep a blog only then select ‘Your Latest Posts’ option 

Or Step 3.1: To create a website without a blog select ‘A Static Page’ option and in the ‘Homepage’ drop down select the homepage, and leave ‘Posts Page’ empty. 

Or Step 3.2: To create website with blog, complete step 3.1, and select the page from drop down to display your blog in ‘Posts Page’ field

Step 4: Scroll down and click ‘Save Changes’ 

 

6. Remove unnecessary plugins

There are default plugins that often come installed with the new WordPress installation. For example, you will find Hello Dolly, Akismet, Limit Login Attempts etc. 

Manage plugins in WordPress

In order to uninstall default plugins, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Hover pointer on ‘Plugins’ 

Step 2: Click on ‘Installed Plugins’ option 

Step 3: Scroll to the plugins, which you want to delete

Step 4: Click on ‘Deactivate’, then click ‘Delete’

 

7. Remove useless widgets

There can be default widgets already uploaded on your new WordPress installation. These widgets are often added in the widget sidebar sections. You should delete them from there as they are not necessary or valuable.

Widget section settings in WordPress

Steps to delete widgets: 

Step 1: Hover mouse pointer on ‘Appearance’ 

Step 2: Click on ‘Widgets’ option

Step 3: Go to the widget section on the right hand side

Step 4: Click on the widget, which you want to delete

Step 5: Click ‘Delete’ option at the bottom

 

8. Delete default comments 

Often, there can be one or more default comment(s). That is just extra load, which you should remove from the comment section.

Comments section in WordPress

Steps to delete comment in WordPress: 

Step 1: Go to the ‘Comments’ section 

Step 2: Hover mouse pointer on the comment, which you want to delete

Step 3: Click on ‘Trash’ option 

Step 4: On the top, click on ‘Trash’ section

Step 5: Hover pointer on the comment

Step 6: Click on ‘Delete Permanently’ 

 

9. Delete the ‘Hello World’ post in WordPress

Again the default post is there in your WordPress. Many times bloggers and developers forget to delete, and it just lies there forever. For thin content, it may affect your overall SEO. Therefore, you should delete.

Post section in WordPress

Instructions to delete WordPress post: 

Step 1: Hover mouse pointer on ‘Posts’ section

Step 2: Click on ‘All Posts’ option

Step 3: Hover pointer on the post, which you want to delete

Step 4: Click on ‘Trash’ option 

Step 5: On the top, click on ‘Trash’ section

Step 6: Hover pointer on the trashed post

Step 7: Click on ‘Delete Permanently’ option

 

10. Delete the ‘Sample Page’ page

In the page section, you will find the default ‘Sample Page’ already published. It is useless that you should delete it.

Page section in WordPress

Steps to delete a page in WordPress: 

Step 1: Hover pointer on ‘Pages’ section

Step 2: Click on ‘All Pages’ option

Step 3: Hover pointer on the page, which you want to delete

Step 4: Click on ‘Trash’ option 

Step 5: Now, on the top, click on ‘Trash’ section

Step 6: Hover pointer on the trashed page

Step 7: Click on ‘Delete Permanently’ option

 

11. Choose the right WordPress theme

Before you choose the WordPress theme, I would recommend you to learn everything about the theme. Check whether the theme is compatible with your WordPress version. Check for mobile responsiveness and speed. Check reviews in detail, this way you will learn about pros and cons of it. And finally analyze, whether it meets your current and future requirements for scalability. 

Themes Section in WordPress

Steps to change WordPress theme:

Step 1: Hover mouse pointer on ‘Appearance’ section

Step 2: Click on ‘Themes’ option

Step 3: Click on ‘Add New’ button on the top

Step 4: You can choose the free theme from the library or 

Step 4.1: To upload paid theme click on ‘Upload Theme’ button on the top

Step 5: Click on ‘Install’ button for the choose free theme or 

Step 5.1: Click on ‘Upload Theme’ button on the top

Step 5.2: Click on ‘Choose File’ button and select the zip Theme folder from your PC

Step 5.3: Now, click on ‘Install Now’ button

Step 6: After installing, click on ‘Activate’ button in both free or paid uploaded theme

 

12. Install Required WordPress Plugins 

The newly installed WordPress theme will require plugins for it to function effectively. Install the required plugins, there could be optional plugins as well, which you can skip if you don’t need them.

Plugins section in WordPress

Steps to install and activate WordPress plugins: 

Step 1: Hover mouse on ‘Plugins’ section

Step 2: Click on ‘Add New’ option

Step 3: Search using the search bar on the right side for the required plugin(s)

Step 4: Click on ‘Install Now’ button

Step 5: After installing, click on ‘Activate’ button 

Steps to delete WordPress plugins: 

Step 1: Go to ‘Plugins’ section 

Step 2: Click on ‘Installed Plugins’ option 

Step 3: Hover mouse pointer on installed plugin from the list

Step 4: Click deactivate and then delete (to delete the plugin) 

 

13. Setup Menu in WordPress 

The most important feature in your Website will always be the navigation bar (also called Menu bar). You must edit it to make it easier for you and others to reach certain sections in your website even if it is in the development stage.

Menu section in WordPress

Steps to edit and manage Menu (nav bar) in WordPress: 

Step 1: Hover mouse pointer on ‘Appearance’ section

Step 2: Click on ‘Menus’ option

Step 3: Give name to new menu in ‘Menu Name’ field, e.g. Main Menu

Step 4: Click ‘Create Menu’ button on the right hand side

Step 5: Select the check box for pages that you want to add to menu

Step 6: Click ‘Add to Menu’ button 

Note: Same way you can add posts or categories or create custom links in menu bar

Step 7: Click on ‘Save Menu’ button on the right hand side

Step 8: Select display location for the menu at the bottom (there will be one or more location to select from) 

 

14. Import and Upload Demo Data on WordPress

Many themes, particularly paid WordPress themes, come with demo data. The option to upload demo data makes it a whole lot easier. After uploading demo data, your WordPress website will look all the same as the preview of the theme. Thereafter, all you have to do is remove and add your content. 

Note: it is always recommended to learn about the process of uploading demo data from the theme documentation or theme creator website. There could be a different way suggested by the theme creator or they may have a plugin for uploading demo data. Following steps given below are the most common way to upload demo data on WordPress.

WordPress Import

Steps to important and upload demo data:

Step 1: Hover mouse pointer on ‘Tools’ section

Step 2: Click on ‘Import’ option 

Step 3: Scroll down and click on ‘Install Now’ option given below WordPress 

Step 4: After installing it, click on ‘Run Importer’ option 

Step 5: Click on ‘Choose File’ option and select XML demo data file from your paid theme folder

Step 6: Now click on ‘Upload File and Import’ button below 

Step 7: it will take time, finally check your website after successful upload

 

15. Choose the right page builder WordPress plugin

There are a range of free and paid page builder WordPress plugins such as Visual Composer, Beaver, Divi, Siteorigin etc. If you are using a paid theme, there’s a high probability that you will get the page builder with it.

Page Builder WordPress Plugins

 

16. Install Text Editing Plugins for More Font Styles

The WordPress default text editing settings are limited. That’s why you will always need a text editing plugin for extra help. There are a number of text editing plugins to experiment with, but I recommend TinyMCE advanced text editor plugin.

Best Text Editor WordPress Plugin

17. Use Contact Form Plugins to Collect Customer Data

Next important feature you will need in your website is contact form. You will need a contact form to collect emails of subscribers, create contact forms, or create forms for payment etc. I have few suggestions for contact form plugins that are – Contact Form 7, WP Forms, Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms etc. 

Contact Form WordPress Plugins

 

18. On-Page SEO Optimize Using WordPress Plugin

For your website to rank on Search Engine such as Google, you will need a robust plugin for SEO on page optimization. There are only a few on-page SEO WordPress that I think does all the job such as Yoast SEO, RankMath, All-in-one SEO pack etc.

SEO WordPress Plugins 

 

19. Optimize Image Using Plugin for Better Performance

Heavy images are the major factor behind slow website speed. Image optimization plugins to some extent helps in overcoming this problem. I think the best image optimization plugins are – WP Smush, Optimole, Imagify etc.

Image Optimization WordPress Plugin

20. Increase Your WordPress Website Speed

From the SEO and engagement point of view, speed is extremely crucial for overall performance of your website. In your new WordPress installation, you will increase your speed using Cache and Speed optimization plugins such as WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, HTML Minify, AMP for WP etc. 

Cache WordPress Plugin

 

21. Secure Your WordPress Website from Spammers & Hackers

WordPress has been the center of attraction for hackers and spammers for quite some time now. Often, WordPress websites with weak and poor security or weak passwords are defaced or hacked. Moreover, spammers using bots to push their spam comments and messages to you. So, to keep your website secure from the start I recommend you to use a good security WordPress plugin such as WP Security, WordFence etc. 

Security WordPress Plugins

 

22. Block Google and Other Search Engines from Crawling

Your new WordPress installation is not ready I hope so, therefore if Google crawls the website, then it won’t find anything. Moreover, if your website is not ready with content or may have not followed Google guidelines for ranking then you may get a penalty. So, to be on a safe side, it is ideal to block Google and other search engines from crawling your newly installed WordPress.

Google Crawling Setting in WordPress

Steps to block Google and Search Engines from crawling WordPress: 

Step 1: Hover mouse pointer on ‘Settings’ section

Step 2: Click on ‘Reading’ option

Step 3: Scroll down and click on the check box that says ‘Discourage search engines from indexing the site’ 

Step 4: Click on ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom

 

23. Select the Best Under Construction Plugin

Lastly, you need an under construction banner until your website is ready with content and design. I am sure you don’t want a poor impression on your traffic, who could be interested in your product or services. My personal favorite is underconstruction WordPress plugin. However, apart from it, there are a number of under construction plugins that you could use. 

Best Under Construction WordPress Plugin

So, the list ends here. Do you think apart from these, there are more important things to learn in WordPress? 

Then, why not put that in the comment section, I would love to hear your suggestions below. 

Also, please share with your friends, who would need a list for things to do right after WordPress installation. Maybe, it will make their life easier! 

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I’m a digital marketing expert, entrepreneur, and trainer, who loves to: 1. Help businesses get online and win at marketing 2. Train people in digital marketing 3. Create, experiment, and innovate with new ideas

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