Things to Do After Setting Up Your Blog

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Things to Do After Setting Up Your Blog

It really sound great after having a Blog but there are few things to do after setting up your blog.

Note these settings are applicable only for WordPress.org (Self Hosted) and not for any other platform.

There are quite a few settings that you need to adjust when setting up a WordPress website.

There are few basic settings that you must set first before moving onto advanced level. As these setting are the most crucial part for any blogger.

Don’t worry even these steps don’t require any coding or advance knowledge.

Things to Do After Setting Up Your Blog

Here’s a list of the housekeeping items you want to address:

1.Setup Your General Settings

This is basically the first step you will have to follow before starting your first blog post.

Fill out and adjust the following fields:

  • Site title
  • Tagline
  • WordPress Address {URL}
  • Site Address {URL}
  • E-mail Address
  • Update the Date Format to your preference
  • Update the Time Format to your preference
  • Choose the date of the week you’d like WordPress to recognize what day the Week Starts On.

WordPress General Setting

WordPress General Setting

Click ‘Save Changes’.

2. Delete Default Theme, Post and Plugins

Now its time to delete all those default stuffs that you don’t need.

You now need to set up your own blog with your choice of post, plugins and themes. So lets delete all those.

For Themes

Click on Appearance >>Themes >> Add New

WordPress Themes Setting

Choose the one that best suit your Niche.

If you can try to get premium theme designed just for your site but that require some investments.

Now Move to Plugins

If you find any plugins that do not offer any importance to your blog just delete them.

For that you go to plugins option and you will notice different plugins that are installed on your WordPress.

Delete any of those plugins that you don’t want.

You can add plugins also from number of free and premium plugins available in WordPress.

Default Blog post

Lastly, let’s delete the default blog post that WordPress created.

Select ‘Posts’ then ‘All Posts’ in the left side menu.

Delete default blog post

Hover over the ‘Hello World!’ post until the option ‘Trash’ comes up and select that to delete the post from your site.

3. Setup Your Profile

Your profile is your virtual identity.

Setting up your profile is sole importance as through your profile only people will recognize you.

And setting your blog profile is not a difficult task. These setting can be completed over a sip of coffee.

So bring your Coffee and start setting up your profile.

Select ‘Users’ then ‘Your Profile’ in the left side menu.

Fill out and adjust the following fields:

  • Choose the color scheme you would like the WordPress dashboard to have
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Nickname
  • Choose the name you would like your website to display publicly
  • E-mail
  • Website
  • Google+ link {if you have an active profile}
  • Twitter handle
  • Facebook Profile link
  • Biographical Information {short bio}

Setting up user profile in WordPress

Setting up user profile in WordPress

Click ‘Update Profile’ to save your changes.

4.Update Your Permalinks

Permalink plays a vital role and can improve your site search rating.

A well organized Permalink improves SEO and if not managed properly can crush you site too.

There are lot of option for setting permalink but for default use “Post Name” option.

To set you Permalink Go to Setting >> Permalink >> select Post Name.

Setting up Permalink in WordPress

Click ‘Save Changes’.

5. Upload Your Favicon

Favicon is the icon that appears in a browser tab when a website opens.

This is How it Looks.Adding Favicon in WordPressSome themes have a setting under ‘Appearances’ > ‘Customize’ in the left side menu, and other themes require you to add CSS coding to your style sheet to add a favicon.

A couple tips for your favicon:

➽It should be a 16 x 16px image
➽You need to save the image as favicon.ico {‘ico’ is the file format}
➽The best designs are either symbols or an initial, don’t try and put anything more or it will be completely unreadable.

6. Customize Your Theme

There are 6 main visual elements that you need to customize with your branding guidelines:

➽Header {which should include your logo and tagline at a minimum}
➽Fonts
➽Color Palette
➽Decorative elements {which can include patterns, lines/separators, frames, bullet-points, icons, etc}
➽Branded images
➽Social Buttons

You can do by clicking on Appearance then customization.

Appearance >> Customize

7. Add your Pages, Blog Post & Other Content

Till now you have completed major of the WordPress optimization.

You may like to read : How you Can Optimize WordPress Site Speed

Now its about creating Pages for your Blog.

Pages offers better navigation to your product and services plus it also looks good.

Basically all the website should consists of the following pages.

  • Home – Links back to yoursite.com
  • About Us – where you have a long description about yourself including every details as like.
  • Contact Us – this page not only gives user to contact you through contact form but also you can generate leads for your business.
  • Services offered/work with us etc – this will help you to sell your product and services to the customer with one separate page like your services, product or you can even invite guests for some guest post.
  • Advertise – many wants to generate income through their blog. For that you can have a page for advertisement where you will mention your requirements etc to post ads in your site.

8. Install Plugins

The vast number of plugins option makes WordPress a choice for million.

The best use of Plugin can improve your site to almost at any level.

The plugins you should use will be based on your own customization and requirement.

But there are few plugins that every WordPress blogger should use irrespective of the Niche they write on.

Some of the Most needed Plugins that you should use are:

  • Yoast SEO for adding SEO fields into your posts and pages.
  • Google Analytics for connecting analytics to your site.
  • BackupBuddy for setting up automatic backups of your site.
  • Akismet for defending your site against comment spam.
  • WP Super Cache to cache the images on your site.
  • PopupAlly to create free customizable opt-in forms for your posts and pages.

These are the plugins every WordPress blogger should have for basic use.

How to Add Plugins in WordPress?

Adding plugins in WordPress is easy but make sure you select the right one.

Avoid using Plugins which have less or no review as they can be a source to hack into your blog.

To add Plugins just click on Plugins. There you will see list of your installed plugins.

Install Plugins in WordPress

Click on Add new.

You can search for plugins as your requirement or even you can upload the custom plugin.

You can download Plugins from wordpress.org

Add Plugins in WordPress

Save the plugin zip file to your desktop.

Go back to your WordPress dashboard and select ‘Plugins’ then ‘Add New’ in the left side menu.

Upload-Plugin

Click ‘Browse’ and select the zip file you saved to your desktop and then click ‘Install’

When WordPress is done installing the plugin click ‘Activate Plugin’.

Now some of the plugins will need to be setup, so after you install the plugin click “Plugins’ and then ‘Installed Plugins’ in the left side menu and find the plugin you added.

Select ‘Settings’ under the plugin to be taken to the plugin menu. Settings vary depending on the plugin

Conclusion

There are more advance setting and optimization that you were supposed to use for better result.

This is just the basic setting you should be using after setting up your blog with WordPress.

If you have any other basic setting in your mind that need to be included here do let me know in the comment section.

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