WordPress is a popular blogging platform due to ease of usability and rich in features. Installing WordPress is not a big task but what to do after installing WordPress ? Should I go ahead and use default settings for my website? If you want to optimize performance and make your website secure you have to tweak WordPress settings I will show you what you should do after installing WordPress. Let’s get Started.
Following Task You have to do After Installing WordPress
Delete Default “Admin” Account
After installing WordPress, It creates default account with username “Admin”, you should not use this account as administrator because that way your blog becomes vulnerable to hackers and they just need to find out your blog password to get access of your blog .
Create a new account with different username and assign that account administrator role. Logout and Login with new administrator account then either you change the role of this “Admin”account to subscriber or delete this account.
Change Permalink Structure
Permalink Structure should be user friendly but wordpress use this default structure http://techmazic.com/?p=1289 which is not good for SEO . You should change to Post Name Structure or custom structure both are good as SEO perspective . I use Post name structure in Techmazic .com
Go to Settings -> Permalinks-> Post Name
Improve WordPress Security
Hackers are continually looking to breach WordPress security, any time hackers can take down your blog and all your hard work to set up website goes into vain. Thanks to WordPress plug-in directory which provides large number of security plug-in which will secure your blog . You must be wonder which security plugin you should use for your website so check out this article and decide your self.
Stop WordPress Folders Access
Probably you would not like if people are able to access WordPress folders or files of your website in browser view. For example to access files inside uploads folder you can type this address https://yourwebsite.com/wp-content/uploads.
In order to prevent access to WordPress folders you have to add below line in .htaccess file which is present in WordPress root directory. Be careful while editing .htaccess file, if something you removed or added unintentionally , it will take down your whole website, add this below code to file.
Options All –Indexes
Hide WordPress Login Errors
In WordPress admin panel, when you enter wrong username or password it will give you detail information about which parameter you have entered wrong . Expose of this kind of detail information may put your site at risk of malicious hacking attacks. In order to avoid these details and provide some other message you can add below code to Functions.php file of your theme.
Navigation of file :- Appearnce -> Themes->Editor -> functions.php
return ‘Please try again !!!';}
add_filter( ‘login_errors’, ‘remove_errors’ );
Disable Post Revisions
WordPress provides an important feature of post revision, it keeps track of all changes which you have made in post. If some information you posted in post which is no longer in use, you can revert back the post to its old version. Although revision has impact on database, each revision of post means increase in memory in DB because each revision is stored as full post in database. In order to save memory either you can stop post revision or limit it .
To Stop post revision add this following code in wp-config.php which will be present in WordPress root directory.
define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false);
Or you can limit post revision by adding following code
define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, 3);
Remove Unnecessary Plug-in and Themes
WordPress is popular due to plugins which provides additional functionality and integration with themes make site more powerful and attractive, But unnecessary plugin or themes just increase server load and effect on site performance.
Add a Favicon to Your Website
Favicon (favorite icon) is small image, which represents your website over web. You can see Favicon in address bar next to URL or in tab-based browsers, it appears next to, page’s title on the tab. Check out this article How to add Favicon to Your Website.
Redirect Feed to Feed burner Account
Feed burner is free service provided by Google to manage RSS feeds in much more sophisticated format, apart from that feed burner provided services to optimize and provide statistics about your feed. To redirect feed to and set up feed burner account check out this article Set Up FeedBurner.
Akismet is best plugin to prevent your website from spam . Akismet is an advanced hosted anti-spam service aimed at thwarting the underbelly of the web. It efficiently processes and analyzes masses of data from millions of sites and communities in real time. To fight the latest and dirtiest tactics embraced by the world’s most proficient spammers, it learns and evolves every single second of every single day.
To install Akismet, Go to Akismet Website and register yourself to get API key. While sign up they will ask you for plan, sign up using Personal Plan.
After entering details and click on sign up, you will get screen like below,on the right hand side you will see bar “what is Akismet worth to you” drag that bar left side and make payment $0. Enter your first and last name and click continue.
You will API key, copy that API key.
Go to WP-Admin and install Akismet Plugin. Click on “Activate Your Akismet Account” -> Click “I already have a key” -> Enter Your API key and its done .
Submit Your Website to Google Webmaster Tools
A Google webmaster tool is a free service provided by Google that helps you to monitor activities on your website. Registering your website at webmaster tools helps you to understand how Google view your site. Webmaster tools allows you to submit XML Sitemaps so that search engine can better understand the structure of your site by crawling through URL’s mentioned in XML Sitemap.
Generate XML Sitemap
Sitemaps are nothing but XML files which gives information about pages of your website so that search engines will discover it. It helps crawlers to crawl your website easily and get website pages indexed properly.To generate XML site map check out this article Generate Sitemap.
Add Google Analytics to Blog
Google Analytics is free service provided by Google, it gives detail statistics on how visitors are interacting with your website. Knowing your audience better helps you optimize your site content ,appearance, topics in which they interested in and no doubt boost in traffic also.To add Google Analytics Click Here.
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