Recently I have discussed How to install WordPress locally using the XAMPP server?
Along with the above topic, you can learn the installation process of WordPress on the Bluehost hosting
Once you installed WordPress on your hosting, then there are few things that you need to check and update.
By default, you will see the default settings everywhere in your WordPress dashboard. Sometimes the default setting is not proper, or we don’t need that setting. To make it better we need to update it.
Here, I am going to tell you the things to do after installing WordPress to make your blog smooth running.
Uninstall unnecessary plugins
By default, your hosting will install a few WordPress plugins at the time of installation. You can check these plugins first, if you find them valuable and necessary you can keep them otherwise you can deactivate/delete them by going Plugins > Installed plugins
Delete default themes
By default, your hosting will install the default WordPress themes for you. If you are installing your theme, then you can delete the preinstalled themes. It will take additional hosting space. You can remove the themes by going Appearance > Themes
Note- You won’t be able to delete the currently activated theme if you want to delete it first activates another theme and then remove the theme.
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Delete default post and comment
By default, WordPress is come up with a few posts and comments for the demo purpose. We don’t need this stuff, so we can quickly delete it by visiting post>all post
Select all the posts and click on the delete, it will go to the trash, so remove it from the trash as well.
General Setting Update
The next task is to update the general setting for your blog like your blog info, your info, etc. You can do this in the Setting > General tab.
Here, you can find the updated information for the blog and some other typical settings like date and time format. You can set which you want. Make sure that you have unchecked the ‘Anyone can register’ tab because this tab will allow the readers to register on your blog without any approval.
In this section, you can see most of the home page for your blog. You can also keep the default setting as it is, but I recommend you update the number of posts on the home according to your theme space. If you want to update it go to Setting>Writing
This is an essential setting for your blog SEO. By default, the permalink setting is set to the Month and name. I recommend you to set it as a post name as it is SEO-friendly URL. You can refer to the below screenshot of my setting.
By default, WordPress will create the different sizes of thumbnails for each media which you upload. This is not necessary, and it will take some space also. You can stop WordPress to create this extra thumbnail. You can do the same here Setting > Media
To prevent this, you should update all the sizes as ‘0’. Refer to the below screenshot
User Profile Update
The next part is to update the user profile. In this, you have to set your name and the display name which will appear as the author of all your posts. In this setting, you can also set the social handling page, the profile of the author(means you), and the contact info. You can update this setting here User > My profile
Install the Plugins
Once all configurations are updated, the next task is to install the plugins as per your requirements. I would recommend you to install the essential plugin first like Yoast SEO. Here is the list of plugins that I am using for my blog.
Once, you update the above setting, and then you are ready to write and customize your blog.
If I have missed anything that we should configure after installing WordPress, then let our readers know. Do comment below.
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