Top 10 initial things that you should do after installing WordPress for beginners

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Done with installation of your WordPress site. Now, would u like to write the content for your website? Please, be cool. There are still some important things you should do after installing WordPress site and before to write any content for your website. After install the WordPress site, it has some default settings as well but you should be change those settings to improve your WordPress website.

“What can I do after installing WordPress website?” – This is a comment question for the beginners. In this article, I want to present the most important things that you should do after installing WordPress for beginners. So staying with us to this journey.

1. Change the Title, Tagline and Time zone

After login your WordPress admin panel, you should change the “Site Title”, “Tagline” and “Timezone” for your website. To do this, go to Settings>General and change the text for the relevant field.

Title, Tagline and Time zone setting

After change those, don’t forget to save your changes.

2. Add a favicon for your WordPress website

Favicon or Site Icon is the tiny image that appear next to your website title in the browser. It helps your users identify your website and more frequent visitors of your site will build an instant recognition for that tiny image.

Every theme has as option to set or change favicon for your website. For example for the “Twenty Sixteen” theme you can set an image for the favicon for your website is as following,

Favicon setting for the website

When active a theme you should find out the theme options to change the favicon for your website.

3. Change Permalink Settings

Unfortunately, the default permalink structure — the URL structure that tacked on the end of your site name — of WordPress is not very Google friendly. As that is the case, you should be sure to alter this to something else.

Website permalink settings

Go to the “Settings>Permalinks” and you will find a few different choices for setting a new structure. The best ones to use are either the “Day and Name” or “Post Name” radio button option.
Select the one you prefer and then save your changes.

4. Check your login username

In the time to install WordPress site, you should not select the username as “admin”. If you’re using an auto-installer supplied by your hosting company, make sure you don’t have a username of “admin”. It’s becoming more common for hosting companies to automatically set you up with something more cryptic, but double check just to be sure.

Your login details

Another good idea is to make sure you’re not using your administrator account for non-administrative tasks. If you’re publishing post or pages, create a separate account with author privileges. If you want then you can create an user with “Administrator” role.

5. Configure the Reading Settings

When in your WordPress website, you have some pages and you should determine that what page you want to set “Home Page” and what page you want to show the “Blog Post”. By default WordPress shown the blog post as a home page. But I think, it is not supposed to be a good looking. And you should create a page which you want to “Home Page”.

And now, you should set the “Front page” and “Post page” that you want to display in your website. And you can set it by the “Settings>Reading” and select radio button “A static page” and select the “Front page” and “Post page” by the dropdown menu.

Reading settings configuration

6. Complete your profile

Your profile is also an important to know about active users on your blog. It also helps you in online branding of your website. It creates relationship between you and your visitors so it is very important from you and your visitors.

To change your profile just go to “User>Your Profile” and fill the input field by your information. You should also change your profile picture by the Gravatar. A picture that you will set in your Gravatar profile that will automatically set in here as your profile picture.

Your user profile

7. Select appropriate theme and delete unused themes

After fresh install the WordPress, you will get 3 theme with your fresh WordPress site. You can active a theme within it or choice anyone by uploading theme .zip file by the clicking button “Add New”.

There are thousand free theme has WordPress theme store. To choice a free theme from the WordPress store, just click “Add New Theme” and choice a free theme to use in your website.

Theme option for the WordPress blog

You should keep only one theme in your theme panel. And you should delete the unnecessary theme from this panel.

8. Delete unused plugins

After install WordPress, back to your WordPress dashboard and check the plugins by clicking “Plugins>Installed Plugins”. Remove the unused plugins like “Hello Dolly”. “Hello Dolly” is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Louis Armstrong.

Hello Dolly WordPress plugin

9. Remove default content and comment

When your WordPress installation is completed, I want to say you notice that by default there is a “Hello World” post, “Sample Page” in the page section and an “A WordPress Commenter” in the comment section. This is dummy content and is of no use. Hence, you can remove these page/post/comment before you start adding your content.

Default Post, Page and Comment for a fresh WordPress blog

10. Check the theme options of active template

After active a WordPress theme, should customize your template by the theme options that is provided by the theme. For example, if you active the “Twenty Sixteen” theme then you will customize the them by the following,

Theme options for the template.

Here, you can change your site identity like Name, tagline and also you can change the color of this theme, Header image, Background image, Menu, Widget and set the front page for your website.

So each theme has a theme option like this. You should customize your theme by those options.

Here I have discussed very basic things for the beginner that you should do after install WordPress. So if you have any query about these then you can comment below, I will try to answer it.

Next I will discuss about the most vital matter to be secured your admin dashboard form hack and protect your admin area. So staying with me to do this awesome journey. Hope you enjoy…

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