This is the 7th post in a series of seventeen posts I’m doing following Kim Roach’s list post of “17 Copy-And-Paste Blog Post Templates“. You can see all the posts from this series on my blogging challenges page.
I use WordPress for almost all my projects, and have installed it over one hundred times over the past few years, and there are certain things that are part of my new install routine that are simple but sometimes forgotten. I would even sometimes forget them, but I made myself a list last year and it has been much easier and quicker to get WordPress up and running once the install has been done.
Here’s the list of things you must do after installing WordPress.
1 ) Replace Admin User
Unless you changed the Admin user when you installed WordPress, which usually isn’t the case, you’ll want to go create a new user with administrator privileges and then delete the Admin username. This is for security reasons, since admin is commonly used on WordPress installations, some people will use password decryption software to login and do some things you probably wouldn’t approve of.
2 ) Remove the Sample Data
When installing WordPress, there is a sample page, a sample post, a sample comment and several sample links, I always go and remove them because nothing screams amateur more than forgetting to take off the sample content from your website, even if it gets buried.
3 ) Go Through the Settings
I take the time to check each page of the settings to see what my blog needs and doesn’t need. Usually the common things you may want to change are the title, amount of posts displayed at once, the permalinks and maybe the different comment settings. These options are usually personal choices, but if you only do one I suggest you change the permalinks from the default numbers to the post name so that your links will look like http://wwww.yourdomain.com/your-post-title as opposed to http://www.yourdomain.com/?p=48, it’s better for your visitors and for the search engines to recognize what the page is about.
4) Install Your Theme and Plugins
I’m not going to go in which theme and plugins to use as they are personal choices, but make sure once you install them you activate them and check their options pages for any settings you may want to change. Also check the appearance of your website after each plugin or theme change since some don’t work well with others.
5) Organize Your Categories and Tags
I like to do this because I like having my posts organized from the beginning, and it also allows me to know which categories need more content to have a well balanced website. You can also go through the links categories if you plan on using them. It’s a lot easier to plan and manage things from the beginning then to try and do it 500 posts later.
There are many specific things that people do, but this is the 5 big things I do on each install, and it allows me not to forget anything because I just do one at a time, and always read every setting to make sure it’s exactly what I want.