After you have installed WordPress now what?
You just develop the website and leave it.
There are lots of things you need to do now like the website is optimized for a user and for the search engine or not.
Your WordPress site is secure or not, whether your website is complete, all the checklist which a user might look for.
Don’t worry here is the ultimate things to do after installation WordPress.
1. Choose a theme for a website
After the completion of WordPress installation first and the foremost thing comes in mind is the Appearance or the theme of the website that suits your style.
You may not like the default theme which comes with WordPress by default. If you’re not going to one of those themes, then you need to change it right.
Simply go to the WP menu, go to Appearance » Themes. Then, choose the one which you like the most. If you have purchased theme then upload by clicking Add New » Upload Theme. Then choose the “.zip” file.
Once the theme selection or uploading is done, click Activate
2. Remove default Permalink structure
Change the permanent URL structure which is your Permalink Structure. Default Permalink structure is plain and looks like yourdomain.com/?p=123 which is you or our search engine don’t like it and simply it’s not a search friendly.
Change it to a readable format from the WP menu » Setting » Permalinks » Select Post name.
3. Install Essential and Delete Unused Default Plugins
There are some plugins already installed make sure you need them or not. If not, then remove it.
Add some plugins which boost your website and add a dynamic look to your site.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
One of the most powerful plugins for Search Engine Optimization is Yoast SEO. The Yoast SEO plugins guides to optimize Meta titles, descriptions, XML Sitemaps & more to help you write better content.
Looking for the best contact form plugins. Below two forms which I suggest you use:
WPForms: The most user-friendly contact form plugin to use. It’s easy to use and powerful.
Contact Form 7: The most downloaded plugins and powerful plugins for a contact form. Basic contact form setup for your site, the beginner may find a bit difficult to set up.
Google XML Sitemaps
If your SEO plugins don’t create sitemap then install a Google XML sitemap. XML sitemap helps search engine to better understand site structure and notifies search engine when you post a new blog.
Install to update your WordPress and other plugins to automatically update in the background. This means that you don’t have to look after each and every time for maintenance and security.
W3 Total Cache
The main advantage of this plugin is to improve the site’s loading speed.
4. Set Blog Title and Tagline
Site Title and Tagline are important elements that identify a site’s message and tell site user and search engine what’s your website is all about.
You can set your Title and Tagline by Go to WP Menu » Setting » General.
5. Setup Google Analytics and Webmaster Tool
Google Analytics is a free tool from Google will help you to track the performance, traffic and analyze the user’s behavior. For that, you have to create a Google Analytics account and integrate it into your website.
6. Remove Default Content
After installing and setting up WordPress you’ll find a sample post “Hello World!”
Don’t worry, you can easily remove and delete the sample post.
WP Menu » Pages » All pages » Trash
WP Menu » Posts » All Post » Trash
7. Change or Remove Default Sidebar Widget
By default, you’ll see some widgets like Search, Recent, Comments, Recent Posts, Archives, and Categories.
You can simply remove or add a new widget to the sidebar as per your requirements.
For that go to WP menu » Appearance » Widget
8. Create a Page
To showcase your website elements create pages like Home, Blog, Services, Contact, and About.
Go to WP menu » Pages » Add New. Name it as Home if you are creating the first page. Now go to Setting » Reading. Under “Front Page Displays” section, choose “A static page“, then select the Homepage which you’ve created.
If you want your new post to display under the particular page, then go to Setting » Reading. Under “Front Page Displays” section, choose “Posts Page“, then select the specific page in which you want to show your new post.
9. Create a Contact Us page
If you want to your visitor to contact you then create a page for it. As we talk about Contact form plugins simply add a new contact form plugins and integrate it.
10. Create a Menu
After you have created pages like Home, Blog, About, and Contact Us now the time is to show it on your homepage for easy navigation.
To create a custom menu, go to WP menu » Appearance » Menus
Click on the pages on the left sidebar, then select the pages and Click on “Add”.
Now you can drag, order, reorder and rename menu items, then click Save menu.
11. Create an Admin
For security purpose, you have to change admin username to a unique one. By default, a username is admin and hackers knows and use it to get into your site. Also change the password to a strong one which includes a letter, number, and special character.
12. Add Author
If you have multiple authors then you must add an Author name. Don’t know how to do it simply go to WP menu » Users » Add New and create a new author profile. Set Username and password and role of the author in your website.
13. Set Favicon
A favicon also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, tab icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon is a quick identification of your website across the web. You can easily set favicon. Go to Appearance » Customize » Site Identity tab from WP menu. Click on the select file and upload the favicon.
14. Set Gravatar
Globally Recognized Avatar is a specific avatar that WordPress uses to show your identity around the web.
You can easily create a Gravatar by going to gravatar.com.
15. Set Homepage Banner
Your website can be judged by the header which may contain text with images. You can set customize image with text to showcase site’s cover page or the first impression. Go to WP menu » Appearance » Customize » Header
16. Site Footer