Congratulation! you just installed a wordpress blog on your live hosting or even on your local computer. Now you’ve 10 steps to follow to make sure your blog is ready to use. Following are the steps define what you should do after installing WordPress.
Change your admin Password
You must have to change the password of administrator account that you can remember because it is too difficult to remember WordPress default password. You should go to “Your Profile” for change default password and other profile information.
Always use latest copy of WordPress
Make sure your WordPress is up-to-date, if not you should update your WordPress copy by using FTP or use Automatically Upgrade option.
Change WordPress defaut theme
You should change WordPress defaut theme to your favorite WordPrese themes. Download WordPress Themes Free
Change the format of your blog your
By default WordPress offers the url format that is not SEO friendly, You should change it using “Settings > Permalinks” links and choose the url that you like or want. But remember, after choosing url you’ll have to check either your selected url format is working or not because in linux hosting most of the format are applicable but in windows hosting many format except WordPress suggested url format will not work.
Do you want to avoid SPAM? I know you do avoid. Just activate Akismet pluging as wordpress is already installed it for you. Akismet is one of the best effective solution to avoid SPAM. To activate this plugin you’ll have to get WordPress API Key from wordpress.org. Create your account there and get an API key.
Setup statistical tools
You always want to know who came on your site on which keyword and from which search engine. There are many free statistical tools on web but I like two of them: StatCounter and Google Analytics.
Create a Sitemap
Do you really want to search engine get all webpages spiderd of your website. You should create sitemap. For that purpose you may have to use feedburner and Google XML Sitemap.
Activation of the site in Google Webmaster Tools
Do you want to target your website in specific region or just want to see how many other websites are linked to your website and your top keywords in google search engine then you should use Google webmaster tool.
Change the image size
Depending on your theme, you’ll have to change default image size that you want to upload with your article, it is convenient and also allows to manage thumbnails which is important if you use image galleries using the thumbs.
Install additional plugins
To get efficient work with WordPress you may have to install some plugins that ease your posting like SP Super Cache, WP Database backup, Advertisement Manager, PageNavi, Related Posts, cFormsII, All in One SEO Pack, WP-PostRatings etc