6 ToDos After Installing WordPress
Famous 5-Minute installation is great! So easy to create a website with WordPress! However, after installing WordPress, you will need to make a few more steps to get the best from your site.
The following WordPress checklist can be used as cheat sheet after installing WP.
Change the Admin Password And Configure the Authentication Settings
Security on the WordPress website begins with the elementary – the creation of a good and strong login. During installing WordPress, users often use the login that WP suggests by default – admin. It is a very bad idea.
It is important for login as well as password (!) to be unique and include numbers, letters, mixed cases (upper/lower case), punctuation, symbols, and so on. Passwords such as – “pass”, “1q2w3e4r5t6y”, “87654321”, “qwerty”, “abc123”, “111111”, “1234”, the date of your birth, etc. – are not reliable. There are a lot of online services that generate passwords, for example Secure Password Generator or Password Generator Tool. It should be reminded that from WP admin panel you can recover WordPress password. To change the username you should go to your cPanel, detailed instruction of which you can read in our post about reasons why you can’t access your WP-admin page.
You can manage users’ settings through the panel Users, here you can open access to the administration of the website to any number of users.
User’s Panel in WordPress Admin Area
Monitoring and Backuping
First of all it should be noted that WordPress offers some basic backup functionality. You can access it in the Tools → Export. Choosing what you want to keep in backup, you can download to your computer/laptop the XML file containing all the text information from your site.
Backing up Content on WordPress Website
Also there are many free and paid plugins for backup backing up WordPress website, and most of them are quite simple to use. They can help out in difficult situations, such as when a site is attacked by a hacker or some troubles are occurred on server side and resource data has been lost.
Make sure you know how to make WordPress Website Backup and how to manually backup your WordPress website.
Change Your Permalink Structure
By default, the URL-addresses of your pages will look like http://website.com/?p=33. This URL structure is poor for SEO and it is absolutely not useful.
By changing the structure of the URL to something like http://website.com/6-todos-after-installing-wordpress/, you can include the keywords post, and it is much more informative URL to users.
It is better to choose a structure of permalink using only the title of the post (http://website.com/title-of-your-post), which will provide keywords for the search engines and will not leave your readers in the dark.
To change WordPress permalink structure, select Custom Structure, and enter /% postname% / in the field. If you want to add a category, you need to specify the /% category% /% postname% /.
Changing permalink in admin area
Remove Default Content
WordPress comes with a small amount of “sample” content what is really not necessary. Here’s what you should also do after installing WP:
- navigate to “Posts” section, select “All Posts” and delete “Hello World” default post
- go to “Pages” and remove all “sample page”.
You have successfully deleted default WordPress content.
Search engine optimization (SEO) helps website rank higher in search engines such as Google.
First of all you should go to Settings section, navigate to Read and find the parameters “Search Engine Visibility”. Make sure that the checkbox is not active.
SEO optimization of WordPress website
While WordPress provides a basic SEO settings, there are still many things you can do to improve your SEO, such as adding metadata (meta title, meta description etc.), creating an XML Sitemap,etc.
For search engine optimization, you can also use WordPress SEO plugins that allows you to set up metadata for your website. The best choice for many is All in One SEO Pack. It’s easy to use and configure WP plugin.
Activate Google Analytics
Google Analytics is the most powerful way to collect statistics on traffic of your website. You can clearly see how many people visited your site for a certain period of time, from what sources most traffic comes etc. This is important data, thanks to it you will be able to evaluate the popularity of your site and make the appropriate changes.
Installing and configuring Google Analytics require only a couple of minutes.
- Setup Google account.
To get access to Google Analytics and start using it, first of all you should create Google account or you can use already created one.
Once you have the account, you should login to Google Analytics.
Google Analytics (GA) account
- Get tracking code
Then you should register a new website and get Google Analytics code. Only after you install this code on the website, you can get information about the visits to your website. Tracking code you can find in Admin area:
GA tracking code in admin area
- Install tracking code
Setting up GA tracking code to a website
After about 6-12 hours you can receive information about the visits to the site on your Google Analytics account.
We hope that you will find our tips on what to do after installing WordPress useful.