Hi friends, welcome to WordPress tutorial for beginners and this is 7th part of the WP tutorials series which shows how to set up WordPress blog just after installation for the first time. This is very important things you have to do just creating WordPress blog for the benefits like search engine optimization, blog online visibility, organic search engine traffic, fast indexing, better communication and promotion of your posts. Let us learn WordPress tutorial for how to set up main WordPress settings for fresh time.
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WordPress settings provide full control of your WP blog setting and set up is very easy to do. There are certain things you have to do before start blogging in your newly installed WP blog. Because some of the junky items like default post, pages, comments, plugins, permalinks etc. First you have to made changes in it. Here I am going to show you each one of them down below. All of the main idea is to create useful content to your readers or public and don’t irritate them by showing low quality contents.
Let us begin our essential WordPress settings tutorial.
Remove Default Post, Page, comment, Plugin
First you have to login to your WP dashboard and go to post manager in WP user interface. Here, you can see the “hello world” default post. Click the “trash” button just below the post to delete it. Similarly, you go to page manager section and delete the sample pages too.
After that go to plugins section, and delete the “hello dolly” default WP plugin also.
Time Zone in General Settings
To access this section, go to Settings -> General
After installing WordPress on HostGator, you have to change your time zone of your blog. These settings will help; when you are start to write new posts and scheduling in it for publishing. It ensures that your posts published according to your time zone.
Also in the General settings page, you can edit the site name and tagline (first set when you were installing WordPress) of your blog. It is also an important set up which will show default on search engines while searching your website/blog. Do not think too much about it. Just fill it with your main keyword and write tagline by splitting the niche topic into two three words.
You can also change the email address given in the installing process into another one. Because the admin related mails and notifications are come to the entered email address only. So, keep it with currently using email and will help to respond to users comments and messages immediately, resulting better growth of blog.
Disable User Membership Registration
One of the paining option is that “Anyone can register” which allows to register to your blog for writing on it. But, you should DISABLE this option for avoiding the SPAM posts. If you are running a personal blog, no need to invite others to write on it. After getting good authority and readers, you can try Guest posts invitations in future.
Click on “Save changes” button and it is at the bottom of the each WP settings page.
When you are publishing a new post or article, WordPress ping or update service have a ping url by default to notify site update services. There is lot of other site update services or ping urls which helps to notify about your new posts to others. By pinging, actually you are inviting people to read my new stuff.
You can add different ping services in this section; one url per line. Here I am also providing new and lot of update services urls, you can download and add it your blog: WordPress ping list
To access this section, go to Settings -> Writing.
WordPress Comment/Discussion Settings
Discussion setting is one of the important sections to setup just after installing the WordPress. It helps to set up the about default article settings, comment settings, email settings of comments, approval of comments etc. You can follow the above discussion settings screenshot to set up this section in your blog.
To access this section, go to Settings -> Discussion.
WP Media Settings
The media or image upload is controlled according to media settings as you set up in it. By default WordPress is creating three types images sizes such as thumbnail, medium and large size. When you upload a new image it will add to media library and automatically converted in to these three sizes. That means, for single image it will create three images of different size.To stop this, go to Settings -> Media, section and follow the below screenshot:
Also “disable the year based image upload” option, if you decide to add DMCA watermark to your images for protecting it from copying others.
Note: It will stop the multiple image size generation and affect themes having automatic featured image set up.
Set up WordPress Permalinks
By default WordPress settings for permalinks is like this: http://your-blog-domain.com/?p=123.
It is not search engine friendly, because your WordPress permalink doesn’t include the post topic keywords. When coming to stage of search engine optimization (SEO), it is drawback and you should make it search engine friendly to get in first page of Google, bing, Yahoo and others search engines.
For that, go to settings -> permalinks.
Select “Post Name” and click on save.
Your blog permalink will look like this: “http://your-blog-doimain.com/sample-post”
You can also check it on search engine to ensure the blog snippet is correctly showing the permalink structure as you set up earlier.
Search Engine Visibility
Go to Settings -> Reading.
Ensure that you DISABLED the “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”. If it is enabled, wordpress settings will automatically set to Robot.txt to disable the search engine indexing of your blog content. Due to this, search engine cannot be able to find your blog. So make sure that you disabled it as seen like in the below screenshot:
Also set “article feed show” to “summary” option as seen in the above screenshot. It will prevent the automatic blogging softwares from copying your full content by using your blogs RSS feed.
I think covered almost all essential WordPress settings should be followed just after creating the WP blog. Follow the important settings and set up WordPress blog according to it to get advantages in blogging.
Don’t forgot to set up these settings such as permalink, Timezone, threaded comments, ping list, media settings and reading settings.
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