8 Essential Settings to Set up WordPress Properly After Installation

8 Essential Settings to Set up WordPress Properly After Installation

In this WordPress guide, I will talk about 8 essential WordPress settings for properly setting your WordPress blog after a fresh installation.

8 Essential WordPress Settings to do

I hope you’re aware of:

Now, its time to setup your WordPress blog.

8 Important things to do after Installing WordPress

Most of the default WordPress settings are not SEO friendly and we have to change these settings to set up our WordPress blog properly. In this guide, you will know about 8 essential WordPress settings for your WordPress blog.

  1. Deleting default Post, Page, and Comment
  2. Set up Permalink Structure
  3. Change Title, Tagline, Timezone, Date and Time format
  4. WordPress Discussion Settings
  5. Enable/Disable User Registration
  6. Configure Reading Settings
  7. Update WordPress Ping List 
  8. Install a New Theme & Delete Unused Ones

1. Delete Demo Post, Page and Comment

With the installation of WordPress, by default, a demo post, page, and comment are also published on your WordPress site.

To delete demo post, log in to your dashboard, and go to Posts and delete the ‘Hello World’ demo post.

To delete demo page, go to Pages > All Pages and delete the default page.

Similarly, click on Comments, and delete the default comment.

2. Set up Permalink Structure

Permalinks are the URLs to all your content including post, pages, categories, and tags of your WordPress website. Permalinks of each post should never change. In WordPress, default permalinks are not SEO-friendly and, you need to change that.

On your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings > Permalinks.

Select Post name and click Save Changes.

Permalinks with Post name help your website to rank faster in the search engine.

3. Change Title, Tagline, Timezone, Date and Time format

 Go to Settings > General. It is a general settings window for your blog.

Here, add a proper site title and tagline for your blog. These settings are very important because Google shows title and tagline in search results. (see screenshot below)

WordPress general settings

    Don’t forget to change your Timezone, Date format, and Time format. And, save the changes. (see screenshot below)

    4. WordPress Discussion Settings

    Discussion setting is how your visitor will connect to your site through comments and e-mail. Go to Settings > Discussion and set the settings just exactly like shown in the screenshot below.

    WordPress Discussion Settings

    5. Enable/Disable User Registration

    This is important to understand. In WordPress, you can have a multi-author blog or you can assign yourself as the sole author. If there are more than one people working on your WordPress site, then you can his/her role as a contributor. Though, you will remain the administrator of your account. 
    In your General Settings, scroll down to ‘Membership’ section and tick the ‘Anyone can register’ checkbox. Now, you have to assign a role to every new user who registers on your website. For example, if you want to accept guest blogging, change the New User Default Role to Contributor.

    'WordPress User Settings

    If you don’t want any user registration, uncheck the ‘Anyone can register’ box.

    6. Configure Reading Settings

    By default, WordPress displays latest posts on the homepage. But, if you want to display a custom homepage, go to Reading settings and change Homepage displays to ‘A static page’  and select the pages and posts you want to show on the homepage instead of the latest post.
    Set up WordPress properly - reading settings

    7. Update WordPress Ping List

    By default, WordPress uses only one Ping service. But, we can add more Ping services by adding them to the list. List of Ping services for WordPress.

    8. Install Theme and Delete Unused Ones

    Now, its time to install a new WordPress theme. Find a right theme for your website that looks professional, beautiful, and is fast and SEO-friendly. If you haven’t yet found the best theme for your WordPress site, then get a theme from MyThemeShop. MyThemeShop community offers the fast and SEO-optimized theme for free. Click on this link to get your free MyThemeShop account.

    Read this guide to learn how to install a theme on your WordPress website.

    After installing a new theme, make sure you delete the unused theme as you won’t need them. Go to Appearance > Themes and hover over a theme you want to delete and click Theme Details. Click Delete at the bottom-right corner.
    All these settings mentioned above are important for setting up a WordPress blog properly. If you know of other WordPress settings, please mention them in the comments below.

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