I personally recommend the below mentioned to do steps after fresh Installation of WordPress
There are few steps that need to be considered right after installing WordPress website or before writing any content to the site. It is advisable to change the default settings to improve the performance and security factor on the website.
The steps are bifurcated in below-mentioned subcategories –
· Generate Authentication keys
WordPress is a platform which uses authentication keys and salts to encrypt the information stored in WordPress cookies and prevent account from the potential hackers. In a nutshell, it can be said that authentication keys and salts play the chief role in securing WordPress site. For further information, click on:
i. Get new authentication keys and salts from below link:
ii. Open wp-config.php file in text editor and tick for Authentication key area and replace that content with the new one.
· Configure backups
Backups are important backbone for any site. It helps to recover the site in case if the server crash or when at time of new host. There are a wide range of free and premium backup plugins available that creates a backup of website and keep the site safe and robust.
· Edit Permalink Structure
Permalinks are nothing but the URLs of the content one publishes on their website. After installing WordPress, first step recommended by most of the WordPress developers is to edit default Permalink structure. It looks something like this:
The above-mentioned link is not searched engine friendly. In order to make the URL SEO friendly, change the Permalink structure. The common permalink structure is the post name. Simply click on Settings >> Permalinks in WordPress Admin Panel and change permalink and set it accordingly.
· Install Google Analytics
Google Analytics provides the detailed information about who visits site, how visitors are responding to site, what they are actually looking in site and how long visitor stays on particular webpage or information. Sign up and integrate Google Analytics to your site. This gives a detailed information regarding the website traffic.
· Prevent Google Indexing the wp core files & scripts
Google and other search engines crawl and index WordPress theme or scripts pretty easily resulting in reduce page rank or SEO value. In order to fix this, a developer needs to create or open the robots.txt file from the root of the WordPress and by adding following code:
- User–agent: *
- Disallow: /wp-admin/
- Disallow: /wp-includes/
- Disallow: /wp-content/themes/
- Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/
Captivating WordPress site
· Select an appropriate WordPress theme
To make WordPress blog look more attractive change default style to any of the best-looking WordPress themes that suit blog. There are plenty of free and premium looking themes available for your blog. To install themes, click on Appearance >> Themes. Choose a theme which is attractive as well as in match with your blog talking point.
· Activate Caching
Quick responsive site is necessary to keep visitors engaged on the site. By installing a caching plugin like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache, one can reduce the overall page load times. Caching is a fairly complicated process but in a layman’s language it can be defined as fetching the dynamic output of a WordPress site which is ultimately stored in the cache and served to each and every new visitor from that cache in particular.
· Keep updating your profile
Update or add as much information as possible to your potential visitors to gain more and more visitors to your website. Change the passwords and contact details by updating your profile. This helps users to fetch more information and a bridge of trust is developed, helping in business enhancement.
· Activate the Antispam plugin
Comment spamming is the most irritating factors available on the freshly installed WordPress site. Comment spams, pingbacks, trackbacks can be deal in two ways. One is to remove spam comments manually or by installing the Antispam plugin. The plugin ends up saving an adequate amount of time and keeping your website away from such comment spam.
· Install essential plugins
Plugins are implemented to add-on extra features in website. There are some important plugins every blogger needs to install for better performance of their website. For example:
i. WordPress SEO by Yoast – One of the highly ranked plugins, Yoast provides a great way to sell all the pages and post for search engines to find the content of your website. Most of the WordPress developer believes the plugin to be best to optimize the site.
ii. W3 Total Cache – Another important plugin used by most of the WordPress development companies to improve the page speed and user experience of the website with caching is W3 Total Cache. The plugin caches all the static content of your website and improves the speed of your website.
iii. Contact form 7 – A simple and popular plugin for WordPress used to manage multiple contact forms.
iv.– The plugin helps in compressing images without losing their quality to reduce page load time and speed up the WordPress website.
v. Security plugin – In order to protect as well as secure the site from malicious attacks. Although there are ample of security plugins available that help you protect your website from such attacks.
Mentioned points are more important than other steps to be executed after a fresh installation of the WordPress site. Faster reach, highly secure, attractive and extensive plugin based features are main benefits of following the steps.
This are just my suggestions, feedback and recommendations are most welcome!