When I have first created my blog. I don’t know exactly what I need to do just after installing WordPress for my blog. But by search about it online and in WordPress forums I came to know about it.
New bloggers still face many problems regarding How to create a WordPress blog and what setting needs to be set just after installing WordPress. I have already created a post on How to create a WordPress blog. In today’s post I will tell you what most essentials WordPress settings you need to set just after installing your new WordPress blog.
These WordPress settings are very crucial that it’s very important that you properly set them, right after you create your new blog. So, I strongly recommend that you follow these steps to quickly do these settings.
Now Login to your WordPress Dashboard and….
1. Go to Settings → General
· Fill up your desired Site Title and tagline.
· Enter you site URL in this format “http://www.yoursiteaddress.com”.
· If you want others to have registered with your website, then check “Anyone can register option”, but if you don’t want to have other Users then I strongly recommend you to uncheck this option.
· Set time-zone of your city; choose date and time format you want to be displayed as your post published date.
· Click on Save Changes button to update settings.
2. Go to Settings → Reading
· If you want to show your post on Home Page then choose your latest post as your Front Page Display. If you want to show any other page then your latest post page then Select “A static Page” and select your desired page from Page list found in Front Page drop down.
· Keep other setting default as of now and Click on Save Changes button.
3. Go to Users → Your Profile
· Fill up your details like Your Name, Nick Name, Display Name and Email Id.
· Fill up your Google, twitter or Facebook URL.
· If you want a new password then write New Password and confirm it by writing again.
· Click on Save Changes button to update all user settings.
4. Go to Settings → Permalinks
· Select Post name radio button in Custom Settings.
· Fill custom Structure blank field with“/%postname%/”.
· Click on “Save Changes” button.
5. Go to Settings → Discussion
· Here the first thing you should do is to enable Threaded comments. Threaded comments will help users comment like real conversation. It helps look conversation more real and engaging. Set thread comment level value 5.
· The second thing you want is to enable setting to ask for name and email of a reader, before you let them comment on your site.
· Next Change your Gravatar Settings.
· Upload your image that you want to Show in your Gravatar profile.
· Choose Default Gravatar Image for those who haven’t registered with Gravatar.
· Keep other settings as default and click on “Save Changes” button.
6. Go to Settings → Writing
· Go to Update Services section.
· In this section you need to paste URLs of sites that use Ping services. This list of sites that provides ping services is called Ping List.
· Here is the Ping List that I use for my site.
· Copy it into your Ping List and Click on “Save Changes” button.
Note: These ping lists keeps getting updated frequently. I recommend you to keep updating your ping list after some month’s duration, with the updated ping list at that time.
7. Change Admin Username
You can see your User name by going to Users → Your Profile. By default WordPress administrator login username is admin. Keeping default username of your WordPress administrator user is a very big risk for your website security. Hackers can use your default username to get access to your WordPress admin panel and can cause unimaginable destruction to your website or blog.
You can’t change your username from Users → Your Profile section.
A trick you can use to change your username is to create a user with your desired username, give it admin rights, login with this new user and delete admin user from Users → All Users. Make sure to give complex password for this new user and keep this new password safe.
You can also use this post on shoutmeLoud.com to change your default user name.
8. Change default WordPress theme
To change your default WordPress theme…
· Go to Appearance → Themes
· Click on Install Themes menu on the Top.
· If you know the Theme name then you can find it here.
· Or you can also click on links like Featured, Newest or Recently Updated to see the list of themes.
· Choose your theme from list of themes that you see after previous step. Click on Install Now link below that theme snapshot to install that theme on your blog.
· Now click on Preview link to Preview theme and if you like the preview you can click on Activate to Activate the theme.
· If in future you want to change your theme. You can follow the same steps above to Install and Activate new theme on your blog or site.
I hope this post will help you in setting up your newly installed WordPress blog. You can always subscribe to my Blog via Email to get latest updates of my blog. You can also Follow me on Facebook, Google Plus, and on twitter.
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