No doubt WordPress is the Best and most use blogging platforms for most of the blogger even who have no idea about web design, development etc. People use this platform because they can easily configure it and use it’s all of the features. Nowadays bloggers quit BlogSpot platform and convert to WordPress because WordPress is more SEO friendlier than BlogSpot. In this post, I will discuss Essential settings to do after WordPress Installation.
Essential settings to do after WordPress Installation.
When you install WordPress first time then you should configure and change some setting for your blog which is very important for your blog. Most of the new blogger do not know what settings they should change and how to change. They also don’t know some configurations which are very important for their blog. Here I tried to put Top 10 Essential Settings after WordPress Installation.
1. Discourage Search Engines from Indexing Your Site/Blog
Yes, You read right You might be surprised that how you can discourage search engines from indexing your blog, but it is important when you install WordPress first time. When you install WordPress first time, then there is no proper setting, theme, plugins and content in your blog and your blog also not user-friendly. If Google index your blog in this condition they will find nothing to your blog and your blog impression may be hampered. If you are willing to make your blog into a brand then you know impression is.
Just Go to Setting=> Reading=> Search Engine Visibility=> Enable Discourage Search Engines from indexing this site.
I recommend that after posting 20 posts then you will enable. This will get good impression to your blog and boost your Alexa rank
2. Change Default Permalink
Permalink is most important fact for a blog/site to get a good SEO score. This is the most important option of off-page search engine optimization. When you install WordPress then the default permalink is like http://www.yourdomain.com/p=1. You should change this permalink to Post Name. When you change it to post name, then it looks like http://www.yourdomain.com/my-first-post. You can also choose a custom structure, but many professional bloggers recommend using the Post Name.
Go to Setting=> Permalink=> Click on Post Name and save.
3. Choosing your Blog/Site URL with WWW or without WWW
There is no major difference between www and non-www but you should select www or non-www the first time and you cannot change it frequently. If you change your blog URL frequently www to non-www or non-www to www then search engines will index your blog with www and without www. It is a major fact for your site SEO ranking. When search engine index your blog posts with and without www then your entire page look like duplicate and it’s harmful to your site. For Be Success Blogger I use without WWW cause small is best to remember. For more see how to Select Domain.
To choose blog URL, Go to Setting=> General Setting=> Choose WordPress address URL and Website Address URL and then save.
5. Disable Users Registration
If your blog does not need to register new people, then you should disable user registration. If you want to register new people to participate in your blog comments or guest posting then it may be painful for you because of huge spam. So be careful about new user registration. If you want to give guest posting facility to others, then you can give permission to others by creating a new user and send them user pass. It maintains the good health of your blog.
Go to Setting=> General Setting=> Membership, unchecked Anyone can register and save.
6. Setting Time Zone, Date Format, and Time Format
Changing default time zone is important for your blog to keep secure your blog from several security reasons. Change the time zone to your local time. It also helps to publish scheduled blog post at desired time scheduled by you. It also gives you some amount local organic visitors.
Go to Setting=> General Setting=> Time Zone, Date Format, and Time Format
7. Updating WordPress Ping List
By default WordPress only two ping service. You can update ping list to notify many sites about your blog post.
Go to Setting=> Writing=> Update Services
Here are some ping services you can add your ping list service
7.WordPress discussion/comment settings:
This is another section that you should setup just after installing WordPress. Just follow the screenshot and put the check mark in front of the field as shown in the screenshot.
- Discourage Search Engines from Indexing Your Site/Blog
- Change Default Permalink
- Choosing your Blog/Site URL with WWW or without WWW
- Disable Users Registration
- Setting Time Zone and Time Format
- Updating WordPress Ping List
- WordPress discussion/comment Setting
So these are Most Essential settings to do after WordPress Installation in the first time. There are also some settings you can change to keep your blog up to date. But these are the most important settings you should do. Stay with Be Success Blogger to get more WordPress tips and trick and make money or Grow your Knowledge.
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