Installing WordPress is not a big deal but once the installation is complete there are some important tasks that you must do to get most out of your blog.
Below is the list of check points like installing essential plug-in and choosing the right theme etc.
At the time of installation WordPress usually generates a random password which is very hard to remember. So, you have to change the password, something easier for you to remember. WordPress allows upper and lower case characters, numbers and symbols like ! ” ? $ % ^ &) so, make use of the special characters and create a strong password.
Manage your user settings via the Users panel, and you can also add any additional blog authors there.
By default WordPress is installed with only 2 themes which are just basic themes. There are thousands of free WordPress themes available for you to download or if you need quality professional themes you can try elegantthemes.com
You can also design your own theme matching your current website look and feel.
Permalinks are nothing but permanent URLs to your blog posts and categories. Permalinks plays a vital role for SEO. By default the URL of your blog post will look like below:
The above URL structure does not make sense and not good for SEO. To include the article category and title to the URL that looks like something below,
To do this go to Settings > Permalinks and you can choose one of the pre-defined option or you can select custom structure and make your own URL style by entering,
This is a great plug-in which stops spamming in your blog. If you have enabled commenting in you blog then you must activate this plug-in which comes handy with WordPress Installation. Get an API key and activate Akismet following the below steps:
After WordPress is installed the default category available will be “Uncategorized “. You can add more categories and rename the “Uncategorized” Category following the below steps:
Database crash or data loss may happen anytime so you need to backup your WordPress database time to time. So you need to install a plugin to do it.
Always test your blog with dummy post to make sure things are right.
Sitemap is a XML file that keeps track of all URLs on your blog. Sitemaps actually inform major search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN about new URLs available in your blog for crawling.
Updating XML Sitemap each time is tedious task so here is the Google XML sitemap plugin that will update your sitemap automatically when you add or edit a post. Every time you edit or add a post, the sitemap will modify itself.
Then Login to Google Webmaster Tool using your Gmail account and add your website and follow the instructions to verify your website. Once your website is verified you can add your sitemap through Dashboard by going to Site Configuration > Sitemaps > Submit a Sitemap.
RSS Feeds are the best way to promote your blog with updated content to your visitors. You can configure your RSS Feed from Settings > Reading.
Now you need to add your RSS Feed to Feed Burner for that you need to go to feedburner.com and register yourself with your Google account. Once registered Feed burner will provide you with a Feed Subscription link by which you can replace the existing RSS link.