List of 10 Things To Do After Installing WordPress on your blog or Website. If you are new to WordPress and installed a fresh copy of it, then check this list that will help you to configure WordPress more quickly and perfectly. The default WordPress installation comes with some basic settings which are to be tuned, so that your WordPress blog will rock. After researching well, we composed a list of things to do after installing WordPress, hope you like it.
We are sure that this list is unique and all the mentioned things are tested by us. Note that all these options and functionality is available with WordPress 3.4, hence if you are using a prior version of WordPress we recommend to upgrade it immediately. Now, Lets start with 10 Things To Do After Installing WordPress
1. Change Permalinks Structure
Permalinks are very important to consider and by default they include day and name. Most recommend and widely used permalink structure on WordPress blogs is just including post name in it. It is easy to change the permalinks, go to
Settings > Permalinks select “Post name” and save changes. Custom permalinks will be activated and you can test them on your WordPress Blog.
2. Change General Settings
General settings include some basic things related to your blog title, tagline etc. Assign an unique title to your blog and wisely choose an eye-catching tagline. In case if you are using a logo, then title and tagline will be replaced by it. This page also includes settings related to Date Format, Time Zone etc which can be setup based on the personal preference.
3. Change Admin Password
Immediately after installing WordPress you will be provided with a password, which is automatically generated by the system. Login to WordPress Dashboard using it and go to
Users > Your Profile, change the password there. Also, based upon the past experiences it is highly recommended to replace “admin” username with any other name. This is just a security measure to protect your WordPress blog.
4. Install a Perfect Theme
“Perfect Theme” in the sense the theme that suites well your niche. Based on the type or niche of your blog, select a theme by following this guide on Free or Premium WordPress Theme. Install it by going to Appearance > Themes, also we recommend to use Thesis or Genesis Themes which are worth every penny you spend. Some high quality WordPress themes are available at ThemeForest, do check them.
5. Install Recommended Plugins
Recommended Plugins in the sense “must have plugins for a WordPress Blog”. Fist of all learn how to install a plugin in WordPress and based upon the requirement you can search for free plugin at official plugin repository. We recommend to install some useful plugins like Akismet, Author hReview, WordPress SEO etc. Also check CodeCanyon, where wide range of plugins are available.
6. Change Discussion Settings
Discussion settings is completely related to “Comments Section” on your blog. You will be notified when someone posts a comment on your article or if someone pinged your article. Threaded or Nested comments are also available with WordPress. These options are completely based on personal preference,so do configure them by yourself.
7. Setting Up Blog Feeds
Feeds are helpful in letting your readers know about the new content published on your blog. Several tools are available to setup feeds, but FeedBurner is our choice and its a free service offered by Google. By default WordPress feed URL will be like
www.yourblog.com/feed, you can redirect it to FeedBurner feeds. Signup for FeedBurner using the link below and add Title, Address to your feed.
8. Creating a Sitemap
Creating and submitting sitemap for new blogs in mandatory. In WordPress sitemap can be created by using some good plugins. We recommend to use Yoast SEO to create sitemap for your posts and pages. It is quite simple to use this plugin and if you are looking for an alternative, you can use Google XML Sitemaps also.
9. Add Required Pages
10. Add Google Analytics
It is always good to know about the stats of your website. Google Analytics is a free tool that helps to track the number of visitors, page views etc things based on some factors like Geographic Location, Language etc. It is quite simple to setup Google Anlaytics Account and linking it to Web Master Tools Account. Just follow the link below to signup for a new analytics account.
Add Widgets to Sidebar (Optional)
This last thing is optional and is completely based on your theme. Go to
Appearance > Widgets, if there are any default Widget Sections available with your theme, then try to add some widgets by using Drag and Drop functionality. Widgets like Archives, Calender, Tag Cloud, Recent Posts etc are available by default and some other widgets like Recent Reviews, Top Commentators etc can be added by installing free plugins.
10 Things To Do After Installing WordPress just helped to configure your fresh copy of WordPress. If we missed any important thing to do or if you got any new idea on things to included in this awesome list, dont hesitate to drop your valuable comment. Based on your suggestions we will update this list regularly and keep it fresh.