A website is a place of publicly accessible, interlinked Web pages that share by a single domain name. Websites can be made and maintained by an individual, group, business or organization . Together, all publicly accessible websites build the World Wide Web.
A website is also known as a web identity . A website has lots of content like text, images, videos, info-graphic, ebook, products, forms, etc. There are lots of CMS( Content Management System ) to manage all those contents very easily. WordPress is one of theme and it’s a very popular CMS( Content Management System ). Over 32% website on the world are made by WordPress and WordPress is absolutely free to use. WordPress has a user-friendly dashboard that’s why most of the people use WordPress to create their website.
When a person starts to design or create a website there are few essential things must need to change. Now I am going to describe all the essential changes which must need to do after installing WordPress.
- Change site title and tagline
- Change the default permalink to SEO friendly type
- Change your timezone
- Change media settings
- Change Enable/Disable User Registration
- Change default theme and select a solid theme
- Delete all default posts, pages, and comments
- Create a basic site page
- Set up your header and footer
- Set logo and favicon
- Set up a static front page and blog page
- Set up some top essential WordPress plugin
1. Change site title and tagline
By default, site title will display “My Blog” as a site title and tagline will display “Just another WordPress Site” as a tagline. So it doesn’t tell anything about your site, change it to something that portrays your business site. You can change it by going to Settings -> General and edit the portrays and tagline field.
2.Change the default permalink to SEO friendly type
The default WordPress permalink is – http://yourdomain.com/p=123.
This permalink is called “Plain”. It’s short but not friendly for search engines.
You can change by going to Settings -> Permalink and “Post name”.
Then click “Save”.
Now, when your URLs appear in search engines, some of the keywords of your URLs will be visible. This will help you to rank higher and get more traffic on your website.
3. Change your timezone
You can set or change your timezone from Settings -> General.
After installing wordpress you have to make sure that you have set your timezone to your local time so that when you schedule Posts, they will go live according to your time.
4. Change media settings
This setting will improve the way WordPress handles images.
By default, Wordpress create multiple sizes image for every uploaded image . This is not a good practice. This will load up your blog with unnecessary files and your blog will quickly become puffed.
Got to Setting -> Media, and use the below screenshot to configure the proper settings:
5. Change Enable/Disable User Registration
If you will enable this option, only then users will be able to register on your website. You need to enable these options if you want to use guest blogging on your website. You can set their default role. You can see the introduction from the list of roles and permissions which they will have so that you will be able to decide.
Administrator – Administrator can access to all admin features on the website.
Editor – Editor can create and manage posts of another user as well.
Author – Authors will have the access to publishing and managing their own posts only.
Contributor – Contributors will have the access to write and manage their own posts but they can’t publish them.
Subscriber – Subscribers will have the access to manage their profile only.
6. Change default theme and select a solid theme
It’s time to install a nice looking theme for the website. WordPress provides many free and nice looking themes which you can use on your website. In order to install a new theme, you need to go to Appearance -> Themes
You will see a list of Themes which are installed. If you want to add new a theme then you need to click on the Add new option then you’ll see below this screen :
You can install a theme from this page and you can add your favorite search keyword as well. You also have some filters like Featured, Popular, Latest, Favorites and you can also upload theme from upload theme options. Upload theme option allows you to upload a theme zip file from your computer.
7. Delete all default posts, pages, and comments
When you install WordPress on your site. You will get some default posts, pages, and comments also. In order to delete those things log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to Posts -> All Posts and delete the default post.
Similarly, go to Pages -> All Pages and delete the default page.
And finally, click on “Comments” and delete all default comments.
8. Create a basic site page
To create a new page, click on “Add New” under the Pages Menu and fill in the page title and then fill in the contents then publish the page.
One of the important thing is create your basic pages before create your website menu.
9. Set up your header and footer
Every website must have a menu. To make your website more user-friendly you must add a menu on every page of your website. There are two types of menu
- Primary menu ( header menu )
- Footer menu
Primary menu is your header menu which you can see on top of your website and footer menu is the footer menu which will be seen at the bottom of your website.
In order to create a menu, you have to Appearance -> Menus and then create a menu. After creating a menu you must have to add pages on the menu and most importantly you have to choose an area where you want to show you a menu. If you want to add your menu at the top then you have to select a primary menu option. If want has your menu in the bottom of your page then you have to select the footer menu option.
Similarly, go to Appearance -> Menus create a menu and select the footer menu option for footer menu.
10. Set logo and favicon
Favicon is an icon that appears at the beginning of your domain and makes it easy for visitors to identify your site on the browser when multiple tabs are opened. This small icon should represent your brand and should be well designed and conspicuous even at a small size. There are many online free tools that you can use to create a favicon, but you can also design it with Adobe Photoshop.
‘Adding a logo and favicon gives your website identity and helps you to start creating a brand.
If you want to add a logo, then you should go to Appearance -> Customize -> Site Identity then you can upload your site logo.
You can also create and upload a favicon under theme settings. Different themes have a place to upload your site’s favicon.
11. Set up a static front page and blog page
The reading settings are very important for setting the front page of your website and the blog page. If you have a page that you have created for your homepage, you should set it up under the reading settings.
To configure the reading settings, go to the Settings -> Reading.
Click on the drop-down ‘FrontPage’ option and select the page that you want to set as the homepage. For the blog or post page, choose the page that you have created for the blog page and save the settings.
Then you should save the settings and visit your front-end to see if it works or not.
You should also select a similar blog page and ensure that you have the pages published with the respective page templates which is you like.
Check the illustration below on how to set the homepage and the blog page under the Reading settings:
12. Set up some top essential WordPress plugin
First set up an SEO plugin because Search engines are another big source of traffic for websites. That’s why it’s very important to install a SEO plugin in your website so it’ll be able to drive traffic to your website from search engines. We recommend some SEO plugins which will help you to drive traffic to your website such as:
- Yoast SEO
- All in One SEO Pack