So you have finally installed WordPress.There are so many things to try but you are not sure where to start. Well, I got you covered, this could be your ultimate checklist.
First, there are few things to do to properly set up your website before your big launch. Here’s a list of a Must definitely do after installing WordPress.
Complete your user profile
WordPress edit the site by default, you can check in to make sure its what you wanted.
You can go to the name section and replace the user profile because WordPress will show your username next to your posts and comments by default.
by simply visiting Users»your profile
Provide your email address.
Scroll down to Your Contact information. Change your email address to
one of your emails’s addresses or get a new email with your domain like email@example.com.
It will look more professional. Make sure your email is active. (this is where you will be contacted with installation details)
Provide your website link And also share a little about yourself on your bio profile.Readers will use this to learn more about you. Save changes
Prevent hacking by changing your username and password
If you hired someone to install your site or you set your username to admin by default when setting up, the best thing to do is change your user admin and password.
Go to users » add new users .
You will then be redirected to add new users page
- Add your username but make sure it’s not obvious.
- Add your password
- Add your email address.
- Change your role to the Administrator(To make it possible to make further changes).
Edit the rest if necessary and save the changes. You will be redirected to the users’ page
Log out from your current username and login with your new username and go to all users and delete your old user name.
Warning. Check and double check and triple check and check again that you “.Attribute all contents to” your username or your entire contents will be deleted.
Then Confirm deletion.
Your username is listed will show up with a post count instead of zero and also the contents You attribute to this username will be shown.
Edit Site title and tagline
Go to Settings » General settings
Change the settings here if necessary, most of the settings should be configured automatically.
Make sure you change the Site title from My blog.
Change tagline from Just Another WordPress site because of this what your readers will be viewing when they open your blog. And will be a missed SEO opportunity too.
Also change your timezone, date and time format.
Then click save changes.
Go to » Reading
Next, configure your sites custom layout.But first, make sure the search engines visibility box is unchecked.
if not search engine will be discouraged from indexing your site(your site will not be visible online).Unless you’re running a demo site, well you don’t need to be live. So I will repeat, leave the box blank.
A static front page is necessary if you are running a small business website, but most blogs use static front page as their homepages.
Also, edit how many blog posts to shows, pick a high number but not so many. Most bloggers recommend about 20.
choose how your feed should be shown either in full text or summary.I recommend summary because it will not only expose the detail of your posts but visitors will also have to click through to access your posts. It also makes your post more organized.
Configure your permalinks before creating any posts or pages. Go to settings
Choose a Format in
It’s also very simple and easy to read and understand
Delete Default Content
WordPress comes with default content, a blog post- Hello world, a sample page and comment. You have to delete these placeholders items by simply scrolling to
Post» all posts and click the trash link to delete the blog post.
Then scroll to pages » all pages and delete the sample page.
Next, go to Comments and delete the default comments.
Delete unused default WordPress themes
Delete at least one of the unused themes. Simply because even inactive themes would also be updated.
Go to Appearance » themes page and select the theme you want to delete and delete on the link. Repeat the process on other themes that you want to delete too.
theme and Setup a child theme.
There are tons of theme options for your blog and the search can be endless.
WordPress comes with a default theme. if you are already set on a particular theme by now. Your good but if not click here
How to decide on a theme
Think of what you will want site to have:
- A simple theme
- Able to split long posts
- Plenty of white space
- Your own images and graphics and they should be readable
- Check your title and search button position.
- use large fonts
- The content layout should include lists and bullet points
- The sidebar should be simple with images and links and limit external links
- Change to your preferred color scheme
- Social buttons that are easier to find
- Have clickable landing pages
Creating child themes
A child theme is a theme that is based off from functionality to looks of the parent themes or original themes.
A child theme allows you to make changes without modifying it directly, therefore, keeping all the core files of the parent themes safe.
So why do you need to go through all this trouble to create a child theme while you can just use the theme you have and modify it.
Well, a good theme will be updated regularly, changes will be made and your old files will be deleted and replaced with new ones.
This is good right, but all the changes you made on the theme will be lost including your modification.
With a child, theme updates are only made on parent theme so all your changes will be safe on a separate folder. And the best part is that there are plugins for that.
- Child theme configurator
- Child theme wizard
- Child theme Generator
- Child Theme Creator by Orbisius
- Generate child theme
- WPS Child Theme Generator
- Childify Me
Add contact form
Wpform contact form plugin will be needed. Its beginner friendly and also has a prebuilt form templates. (blank or simple contact form).
You can use this to create any type of contact form you like.
You can also use a drag and drop builder to create beautiful contact forms with Wpform lite.
create Menus and widgets
Menus are placed close to the header or the center of the sidebar in most WordPress themes. They help users find information easily by browsing through the different sections of your site.
Simply go to Appearance » menu then start adding and adjusting menu items.
Create a menu that makes sense, centrally located and comes with a search button.
Widgets allow you to add features and functionality to your sidebar with no coding needed.
Appearance » widgets page and simply select the sidebar where you want to add the widget and click on add to add it.
create favicons and logos and graphics
Replace the existing texts by adding your own message and when your done playing with your graphics you can either Download, print or by clicking publish or download.
Canva uses its free resources from
Install essential plugIns
Plugins add some functionality to your site. and WordPress plugins are best for this, These plugins will improve your site ranking and improve your site performance.
- Updraftplus automatically create backups after setting it up. It’s great for small businesses.
- All in one SEO Pack optimize my WordPress site for SEO.
- Akismet anti-spam protects your blog from spam by filtering all your WordPress comments.
- WP Super Cache it’s a very fast caching plugin for SEO.
- Wordfence security adds security to your website security also provides an antivirus, malware and firewall scan.
- Envira gallery lite allows you to create responsive image galleries.
- Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin for WordPress by MonsterInsights easily finds how people find ad use your websites