If you are a blogger then you know what is WordPress and how important it is for bloggers. So today we are going to learn about the WordPress essential setting. That everyone must do after installing WordPress on their website.WordPress is a CMS that stands for Content Management System which lets you manage your blog and upload content directly from WordPress. Click To Tweet
In WordPress, there is not even a single line of code a blogger has to write.
However, you have to option to customize it the way you like by adding some lines of code or you can easily do it with plugins. Plugins are app for WordPress which are built to provide certain functionality to the website.
However, there are some settings and steps that should be done to make the WordPress website more secure. WordPress is the most popular CMS for building blogs. So hackers also know this fact and they try their best to penetrate the system. So it is very important to make WordPress secure and safe.
Now, let’s see these settings.
WordPress Essential Settings – Top 6 Things To Do
1. Change Website Title
The first thing that you must do after installing WordPress, is to change the blog title just like we have changed of our own blog which is E Design Groups. You have the option to do it at the time of installation as well. But it doesn’t matter when you change. Most of the bloggers do the quick installation with the default title and tag line and then later change it.
the site title will be located in the Dashboard –> General settings. In that section, you will see the option Site title and tagline. You can change it to the name of your website and put a simple tagline if you want or can leave it blank.
2. Site URL
The next step is to check if your website is using Https or Http. This setting is located on the same page( General Settings). So you don’t have to go anywhere. Just look below of tag line and there you will see the option of WordPress address and site URL.
In both fields, there should be Https if you have an SSL certificate installed on your server. Otherwise, it will show Http. The difference between them is that Http is not secure for user data and Https is secure for data transfer.
So that hackers will not be able to read the data that is being transferred on your website. For getting Https you need to install or activate the SSL certificate. However, you don’t have to worry about the setting as it is done automatically if you have SSL.
3. Change Time Zone
Moving forward, the next we have to do is to change the time-zone of WordPress. So you will find the setting on the “General Settings”. At the bottom, you will see the time-zone settings.
Just find your country time-zone and select it from the drop-down list. Once all the above setting is done. Just click on the Save button at the bottom to save all the settings.
4. Change Theme
Now, we have done some basic settings. Now we are going to install a theme and delete the rest. go to the “Themes” tab in the WordPress left sidebar. There you will see a few themes already installed.
These themes are provided by WordPress by default for free. You can keep using these themes if you like or you can add a new one. for installing a new theme just click on the “Add new” button on the top.
Now, you will see different types of themes available there. You can take time and select whichever you like or a simple search for a theme type in WordPress. Like news, blog, technology, etc.
Once you have decided on the theme you want. Then click on the install button of that theme and wait for it to get installed. After the installation is done then click on the “Activate” button. Now, the selected theme is installed on the website and you can view your website with the new theme.
Now, click on the “Themes” tab again and you will see all the installed themes on WordPress. Now you can delete those themes which you don’t want. This will reduce the size of the website and will make it faster. Click on the theme you want to delete. Then it will expand and there you will see a delete button, just press it.
4. Delete Post & Pages
The next thing we have to do is to delete the default post and pages. Go to the “Post” tab of WordPress and there you will see a default post “Hello World”. it is installed with the theme for demo purposes.
So, we don’t need it as we will be adding our post here. So click on the trash button of that post and it will get deleted.
Now, go to the “Page” tab of WordPress, and there you will see default pages. So move them to trash to delete these pages as you will be adding your pages there. It is better to keep only the things which you want to use. Otherwise, it will only eat your hosting space.
5. Optimize Post links
Moving forward, the next step is to optimize the WordPress for google search engine. So that our website’s post can get rank on their search engine. For that, go to the setting and you will find the “Permalinks” tab, click on it, and will display a bunch of fields.
Select the “Post name” from the option and that all we have to do here. Now the links will be displayed based on the post title. So it becomes easier to rank in the search.
6. Install Essential Plugins
The next step to improve WordPress is to install essential plugins. You will need plugins to add some features and functions to the website. So add the Akismet spam plugin for spam protection.
Contact form 7, Jetpack, and which ever you like to install. You can search for the best plugins and install them to make it fast.
We have seen some WordPress essential settings that everyone should do after installing WordPress on their website.