WordPress is a really powerful content management system. And just like with Windows or Mac OS, it has a default form and set of features which are built in the software. Right after installation, be it Windows or Mac OS or WordPress, they are representing just core. At this time, for OS’s, no third-party softwares are installed. Same goes for WordPress, no plugins come installed by default with the exception of Akismet and Hello Dolly (which are deactivated though).
Anyway it is always to have a checklist of items to do right after installing WordPress on a new site. This is that checklist. It does not necessarily involve plugins to install, rather there are tiny advises and settings to configure. Let’s start. Here go 10 things to do right after installing WordPress.
1- Install and Configure Yoast SEO
If you are expecting a dull and simple “install or that”, you’re mistaken to be here. Not only am I suggesting that you install Yoast SEO plugin but also configure it accordingly best standards. It does take time, sure, but it’s worth it in the long run. Yoast SEO is an all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress sites. It lets you generate and customize XML sitemaps (for search engines), set up page title, meta description and pretty much fix all the On Page SEO problems with its Page Analysis functionality.
For a quick-start on Yoast SEO configuration, read this tutorial.
2- Gear up the security
Like with any great software, WordPress has its flaws and limitations. They make it what it is. Security has been notoriously bad for WP’s publicity. With multiple instances of numerous WordPress sites getting hacked, it terrifies people. There have many times WP has been exposed to a vulnerability or two and thousands of sites got hacked. Talk about bad publicity. That’s why you need iThemes Security plugin.
It is not a install it and forget it solution though. You need to configure it as well. Here is just a quick glance of what it does:
- Hides WordPress default login URL (e.g. from www.domain.com/wp-admin to www.domain.com/thelogin)
- Backups SQL database and schedule regular backups sent to your inbox
- Force users to use strong password
3- Change permalinks
This is a crucial step for new sites. It’s probably my favorite thing to do, because it strengthens SEO. By default, you get site links with a pattern like : http://www.domain.com/?p=123. That is not ideal and lets your links make no sense. Instead URLs like http://www.domain.com/how-to-install-wp make a lot of sense. Therefore follow instructions:
- Go to Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks
- There are various patterns for the URLS, click Post name.
- Click “Save Changes”
There you go. With little change, you have got a great SEO now.