Initial WordPress Settings: Things To Do After Installing WordPress

After installing a WordPress site on a hosting, There are many initial steps which we need to look at.

I am planning to start a new blog on my blog network so recently installed a new WordPress on my hosting Cpanel. I did some settings on that freshly installed WordPress site. And I think all those settings were essential for every fresh WordPress site.

Installing a WordPress website is not a tough task but after this, there are some settings which you take care of to gain SEO benefits.

This post is for the beginners who just planning to start a WordPress site so this post will help them to understand some essential settings of WordPress.

In this post, I am going to share things to do after installing WordPress site on Cpanel, this will make understand about WordPress initial setup settings.

Delete Default Page, Post, Plugin and Comments

When you install a fresh WordPress it comes with a Default Post, Page, Plugin and also with a default comment which doesn’t mean anything for you. So, you should first delete them before creating your own.

Delete the default post named “Hello World” by going Posts>All Posts and delete that.

Delete Default Post

Do same as you did for the post, A Default page named “Sample Page” so delete that also.

Delete Default Page

A default plugin named Hello Dolly, And you know what to do with that.

Delete Holly Dolly

Initial Settings For A New WordPress Site

Here are some settings listed, you just need to follow them after installing a fresh WordPress site…

Let us start first from the General Settings Tab

Site Name & Tagline

Site Name And Tagline WordPress

Maybe, you don’t need to make any changes in this because you already did at the time of installing WordPress. But if you still want then have a look at these settings.

Here you can write your Site’s Title, this will appear on the browser’s tab when someone visits your website. And the tagline is like Slogan, which will be shown after your Site Title like “StayMeOnline-Bloggers Calling“.

The tagline should be few words which can explain your website is all about.

You can find this setting by going Settings>General Settings in your WordPress dashboard.

User Registration

Enable or Disable Registratio

Are you starting a Multi-Author Blog? Or Will you allow users to submit Guest Post on your blog?

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If the answer is YES for the above two questions then you must tick this option to enable the registration on your WordPress site.

You also need to select the default users role, make sure to set it as Contributor if you allow Guest Posting.

Users Default Role

You can find this setting by going Settings>General Settings in your WordPress dashboard.

Note: You will get many spam registration but don’t worry, you can take care of spam using plugins for this.

Date & Time Settings

Date And Time Settings

You can find these settings by going Settings>General in your WordPress admin panel.

Select your local time correctly because whenever you will publish a post it will be live according to your timezone. And Select the format of Date & Time you like to show on your WordPress website. And then Select a day for Week Starts On.

You’ve completed General Setting’s all initial settings, now move to Writing settings. You can find by going Settings>Writing

WordPress Ping Services

You can find ping services settings on the bottom of the Writing Setting’s page.

WordPress Ping Settings

What is Ping Services?

According to Wikipedia, Ping in blogging is an XML-RPC-based push mechanism by which blog notifies a server that its content has been updated.

WordPress Ping is very useful update service. Whenever you write and publish a new blog post then It will help Search Engines to know that you have updated your blog content, and the search engine will send their bots and crawl your new content.

You can read more about the WordPress Ping Settings from here.

Now go to the Reading Setting by clicking Settings>Reading

Blog Post Structure 

No. Of Blog Post Show on A Page

Here you need to decide no. of blog post to be shown on one page, and how you want to show post on blog page i.e. Full Text or Summary.

You have done on Reading Settings Page, Now go to Discussion Settings by clicking Settings>Discussion. You will find other initial settings there for your WordPress site.

Comment Settings

Comments Settings

If you forget about this then you will lose a lot of things, your blog will be filled with spam comments which will make your blog look spammy.

Scroll down the page to get the “Before A Comment Appears” and tick the “Comment Must be Manually Approved” as I did in above image. This will allow you to approve and reject the comments.

Commentor Avatar Settings

Comment Avatar Settings WordPress

When a visitor comment on your blog post, So that comment, shows the profile image if they are not using GRAVATAR then it will shows as Mystery Person. You can change it to Gravatar Logo or any other you want.

Media Settings

Media Settings WordPress

This will allow you to control your blog’s images, You can set sizes for each type of images from the Media Settings. If you don’t have much knowledge to set custom images size for your blog’s images then I recommend you to leave it default.

You can get this by clicking Settings>Media in your WordPress Dashboard.

Permalink Structure

Permanalink Settings

Here is the most important settings comes in which you can’t forget about. WordPress comes with default “Day and Name” Permalink structure which make URL very long which is not good for SEO.

BUT, I and many other WordPress users recommend using “Post Name” Structure because it makes your URL short and SEO friendly.

Go to Settings>Permalink to change this setting.

Add New Theme

Add Theme WordPress

After making all initial settings on your new WordPress site, Now it’s time to add a new theme. WordPress comes with the default Twenty Fifteen theme. Maybe, you want to use that default theme, but in the maximum cases, everyone wants to upload their new theme.

You can add new theme to your WordPress site by going to Appearance>Add New and search for the theme you want to install or you can upload your theme’s zip file..

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Install Important Plugins

Plugins are the power of WordPress website, after making all these setting your website is still needed many things. Without plugins your website is not completed, you should install some important and necessary plugins before writing posts.

Plugins will give you more control on your WordPress website and also help you to customize your website.

Here is the list of the must-have plugins that every WordPress website should have: 10 Must-Have Plugin For A WordPress Site.

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All these settings will be helpful for you in SEO and also for a good users experience.

I hope that this post gives you a clear idea of things to do after installing WordPress site, these all are initial settings which you should make just after installing a fresh WordPress.

I am sure you liked this post and found this helpful if you did then must share it with others beginners who just planning to start a WordPress site.

Things to do after installing WordPress

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