26 Most Essential WordPress Settings After Install

26 Most Essential Settings After Installing WordPress

After installing WordPress in your hosting server for the first time you have to do some settings. Here are the 26 most essential WordPress settings.

So you have decided to blog on the self-hosted WordPress blogging platform. I appreciate it.

The Self-hosted WordPress platform is a must-have component for a successful blog.

For self-hosted WordPress blog, you have to rent a hosting from some hosting service providers.

Most of the hosting service providers offer you a one-click WordPress install option. You can install WordPress easily with that option.

To understand various jargon about WordPress blog like domain, hosting, self-hosted, etc. read the post “What is a Blog?“.

After installing WordPress successfully on a hosting server, the next question comes to mind is, what to do after installing WordPress?

The answer is, you have to do some WordPress settings. In fact, this is a must-do thing.

The question is, Which WordPress settings you have to do?

In this post, I’ll share the 26 most essential WordPress settings you need to do after installing it.

26 Most Essential Settings After Installing WordPress

You can do these settings from your WordPress dashboard. The URL of your WordPress dashboard is typically Yourdomain.com/wp-admin/. Type the URL in your browser’s address bar and hit enter. Now let’s begin WordPress settings…

1. Change Username

After installing WordPress the first thing to do is to change your WordPress username. By default, it is set to admin which is vulnerable for your WordPress security. So immediately personalize it as you want.

For changing the WordPress username…

Login to your WordPress dashboard > User > Your Profile.

You can change your WordPress username here.

Read More: How to change your WordPress Username?

2. Change The Login Password

You should also change your WordPress password. You can do this on the same window where you’ve changed your WordPress Username.

After changing username and password successfully, go to:

WordPress menu > Setting > General

After clicking on the General sub-menu, a window will open. On this window change the following settings.

3. Change site title

Whatever the site title there replace that with your blog’s name.

4. Change Tagline

By default, your WordPress blog tagline is “just another WordPress site” which is not good for branding and also not good for SEO. So replace it with your blog tagline.

My blog’s tagline is “Eliminate Blogging overwhelm“. So I replaced the default tagline with this.

5. WordPress Address (URL)

This is your blog’s URL or blog’s web address. Whatever you call this, put your blog URL here in this field. Your blog URL should be http:// yourdomain. com.

In my case, it is http:// SharpBlogger. com.

6. Site Address (URL)

If your blog’s homepage is different from WordPress installation directory you have to enter your blog’s homepage address here in this field.

7. Enter Email address

On the same window enter your email address in the email field. This email address should be the one where you want to get notification of new users of your blog.

8. Enable/Disable User Registration

If your blog is a single-authored blog then you don’t need this setting. But if your blog is a multi-authored blog or if you allow guest posting in your blog then you need this setting.

Tick off the “anyone can register” tick box under the Membership option in general setting window to allow multiple authors in your blog. Set the New User Default Role as “Contributor”.

Keep in mind allowing multiple authors will also allow the spam registration.

9. Set language

On the General setting window you can set the language also.

If your target audiences are global then set international language like English (us).

If your target audiences are local then set this language as your local language.

10. Setup Timezone

Set your time zone so that your scheduled post goes online timely.

Look for the time zone field.
I’ll recommend setting your time zone as EST (eastern standard time) or as your local time.

11. Set Date and Time Format

On the same window that is WordPress Dashboard > Setting > General set your preferred date and time format.

I found the top most option useful for both setting.

We just have finished the settings of the general setting window so far.

Now lets move for other settings.

12. Update Your WordPress Version

The wordpress installation package of some host providers packets with the older version of WordPress.

If you install older version, WordPress will automatically prompt you to update the version. Update this immediately to secure your website.

If WordPress won’t automatically prompt you to update the version you can click on notification on top of your WordPress dashboard and update it.

13. Delete Default Post, Page and Comment

When you first install WordPress you’ll see a default post titled Hello world, and a default page and a default comment. You should delete those things to make your WordPress ready to publish your blog posts.

For deleting the default post, go to WordPress dashboard > posts > all posts.

Now select the post and click on trash to delete the post.

For deleting the default page go to WordPress dashboard > pages > all pages.

Now select the page and click on trash to delete it.

At last click on comments and delete the default comment by following same procedure.

14. Create Pages for Your Blog

After successfully deleting default post, page and comment from your WordPress blog, the first step is to create the basic pages for your blog.

The basic pages are Contact page, About page and Privacy policy page.

Creating a contact page is essential for your blog. Because if your readers love your work they may want to contact you directly for some reasons.

After all, you are blogging to solve people’s problem somehow. So show your readers how they can contact you by creating a separate page in your blog.

How to a create contact page?

For creating contact page login to your WordPress Dashboard> Pages > Add New.

Use a plugin named WPForms Lite to create the form and embed it to your Contact page.

If you want step by step tutorial on how to embed a contact form (WPbeginner) in the contact page click the link.

Another basic page of a blog is About page. Go to your WordPress Dashboard > Pages > Add new again.

In the opened blank page write about your blog as you write a post. I’ve talked about this before on the post “how to write a killer about me page“.

Next create a privacy policy page by following the same procedure.

15. Setup Your Blog Menu

Setting up blog menu in WordPress is easy. Just go to WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Menus .

On this setting page, you’ll see two types of menu Primary menu and Secondary menu.

Home page is automatically included in your primary menu. You can include your blog’s Contact page and About page as well as your post category in your primary menu by dragging them.

As a new blogger you don’t need the secondary menu to have in your blog. If you want it to have then you can follow the same procedure as you do to setup your blog’s primary manu.

16. Delete Unused Theme

WordPress comes with a few pre-installed theme when you first install it in your hosting account.

But the default WordPress theme may not suit your blog. So, look for a good-looking theme.

After installing a new theme you shouldn’t leave unused WordPress themes there. Because they’ll slow down your blog.

So delete those unused themes from your WordPress directory.

For deleting themes, go to WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Themes.

Now select a unused theme and hit on the Delete button.

But I suggest keeping at least one default theme. Because if your current theme somehow doesn’t work then the default theme will save you.

17. Delete Unused Plugin

You WordPress installed with some default plugins depending on the installation process and your host provider.

I’m sure you are not going to activate all the plugins. Delete those plugins which you’ll not use. Doing this will increase your blog’s speed and will give you some SEO benefits.

Related: Must Have WordPress Plugin for a New Blog

18. Discussion setting

Discussion setting has four sections.

  • Default article settings
  • Other comment settings
  • Email me whenever
  • Before a comment appears

For these settings go to WordPress Dashboard > Setting > Discussion.
Now, lets set one by one.

Default article settings
In default article setting you should tick off all the checkboxes. For your easy understanding, I’m sharing what those mean.

Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article – If you linked any blog in your post it’ll attempt to send them a notification.

Allow link notification from other blogs – When someone linked your blog in anywhere in their website allowing this will send you a notification.

Allow people to post comments on new articles– This is straight forward. Allowing it will allow your readers to post comments on your post.

19. Setup permalink

Permalink is a url of a post or page. WordPress uses an ugly permalink structure as its default permalink like http:// sharpblogger. com/?p=123

It isn’t SEO friendly. So change it to make it SEO friendly.

How to change the permalink of your WordPress blog?

Go to WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks.

Click on “post name” radio button to change the default permalink.

One thing you should remember that once you published your post don’t change the permalink for that post. It’ll harm your blog’s SEO.

Related: What is a Permalink and How to Use It?

20. Install Google Analytics

One of the most important elements of blogging success is to understand your blog readers. To understand your readers you have to know them well.

And Google Analytics is a must-have tool for that.

Read the following post to know the procedure of installing Google Analytics in your WordPress blog.

Read More: How to Install and use Google Analytics?

21. Verify Your Site Ownership on Google Search Console

Popular Google webmaster tool is now rebranded as Google search console. It is a free tool.

It helps your blog to be found on Google search result.

Go to this link to create a Google search console account.

To know more about how to verify your blog in Google search console read the following post.

Verify site ownership on Google Search Console

22. Update WordPress User Profile

This is the author profile which we most often see below blog posts.

In this setting, you need to provide your name, email address, display name, bio, Gravatar, etc.

For this setting go to WordPress Dashboard > Users > Your profile.

Enter the required information in the opened window.

Here I want to discuss a little about Gravatar.

You should create a Gravatar profile in this setting window by clicking on the link provided there.

Gravatar is a profile with a picture. Wherever you go, this Gravatar will follow you if you use the email you provided in this Gravatar profile.

Gravatar is very useful for your blog branding. So don’t ignore this. Create your Gravatar profile immediately.

23. Add a Logo

A logo is a major part of branding. Create a logo and upload it to your blog header.

For uploading a logo in your WordPress blog, go to Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Site identity and click on the select image button to upload your logo.

24. Add Favicon

Do you see a small icon in your browser’s tab when you open a website? That is the favicon.

It increases your blog’s brand identity. Different themes have different options to upload a favicon. So look for the option in theme customization to upload your favicon.

25. Install Plugins

After installing WordPress and set up the above-discussed settings, now it’s time to install plugins.

Before installing plugins, you need to delete unnecessary plugins from your WordPress. I discussed this above in this post.

Install the most essential plugins. Most essential plugins are:

Akismet or Antispam bee – It is probably the very first plugin you want to install. This plugin protects you from the spam.

Google Analytics Dashboard – To view your blog’s analytical data this plugin is a must.

WP Supercache – This is a cache plugin that loads your blog faster.

Yoast SEO – It is the most comprehensive SEO plugin available for WordPress. It gives you everything you need in terms of SEO.

JetPack – It is very useful plugin to auto-publish your post on social media.

26. Add Google XML Sitemap

Adding Google XML sitemap to google search console is an essential part to be indexed your blog on Google search results.

You have to create an XML sitemap of your blog to submit it to Google search console.

For creating a Google XML sitemap for your blog you need a plugin.

There are various plugins available for creating Google XML sitemap. We already installed one in the previous step that is Yoast SEO. You can use the Yoast SEO plugin to create your blog’s XML sitemap.

To generate sitemap go to XML sitemap menu on Yoast plugin and follow the instruction there.

Conclusion

I’ve shared the most essential settings you require after installing WordPress. There are some other settings you have to do as you go with WordPress.

As a beginner blogger, you don’t need any further setting or plugin. Go with the WordPress settings I’ve shared in this post. When you gain experience you’ll be able to set up other settings.

I didn’t share those other settings here because those will need some coding. As a new blogger, you may don’t have enough coding knowledge.

So Go with the WordPress settings I’ve discussed in this post and you’re good to go.

If you haven’t started your blog yet, Download my free Ebook:

Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Profitable Blog – the right way (Item#1).

Your Opinion

Did I missed anything? Please share in comments below…

7 thoughts on “26 Most Essential Settings After Installing WordPress”

  1. This is incredibly useful! Lots of tips I haven’t seen before and didn’t know about like enabling link notification. Will be doing some updating per your suggestions!

  2. Hi Liton,
    Thanks for the engagement on my blog earlier today. As a matter of fact, that has helped me discover yours here. Quite exciting content you have. Excellent blogging tips.

    One of the things I do after installing WordPress is change the admin ID from 1 to a random number and of course the admin username. I also often rename the wp content directory for stronger security messages. Changing the db prefix from wp_ to something else too I do often but I know if someone gains access to the db, changing the wp_ prefix may not be a useful point 😉

    Thanks for making it awesome

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