So, you have finally installed your WordPress website! Congratulations! What next? Don’t tell us you are leaving the website the way it is! After all you would definitely want it to look more promising to your audience, you would definitely want it to perform better on search engines, right? This article is going to summarize top ten things to do once you are done with installing your WordPress website :
Update title, tagline and timezone :
The first thing you need to do once you have installed WordPress is to change the title of your website. When a user lands on your website, it is the first thing he is going to notice. It also helps in branding. Follow best practices and use a title that defines best your niche. Also change tagline. To do that, move to the setting sections and then to General section. Once you are done with title and tagline, go for the timezone updation as most of your website elements like plugins, scheduled posts, etc will rely on the same.
Get rid of the ugly default permalink structure :
Permalink is the url of the content you publish on your website so make sure it is both user as well as search engine friendly. Don’t stick to the default permalink structure and update it with some more readable url structure. For eg./
WordPress default permalink structure : http://www.abc.com/?=n
Custom permalink structure : http://www.abc.com/post-name
Of course the second option is easier to read and remember. To change permalink structure, go to settings, select permalink and checkmark the structure you want to use and you are done!
Select the theme best suitable to your business :
If you want to make your website look more appealing, the next step is to change the default theme and find a theme that suits to your style. There are numerous themes out there both the free ones and premium ones. To install theme, go to appearance and then on themes in WordPress admin panel. One thing you need to make sure here is that the theme you choose must be mobile friendly.
Install Necessary plugin :
There are a handful of plugins that every WordPress site owner should install in order to handle the website more efficiently. Here are the most important ones :
W3 Total Cache : Speed matters! A website that doesn’t load faster can never succeed. So the first step is to install this plugin that speeds up your website with caching.
WordPress SEO by Yoast : An awesome plugin that will make sure that your website is optimized for search engines and can be easily found by your target audience.
Akismet : The plugin is helpful in keeping that spam traffic away from your website. A premium anti-spam plugin that makes sure your website remains spamfree.
Include Social Sharing buttons :
You must be wondering whether this step is really that important, well absolutely it is! After all why would audience bother to find out the ways to spread your content? Instead provide them a quick way to share your content within their social networks by installing wordpress social sharing plugin. This will convert your website visitors into brand ambassadors and bring you social referrals.
Remove sample content :
Now that you have finally customized your website for both users as well as search engines, the next step is to remove all the sample content that includes sample pages, sample posts, sample comments, etc and you are done!
All done, go ahead and write your first post! Obviously there are many other things to do but these five should be your priority! If you like the article, do share it with your friends too.