Installing WordPress – Top 10 Most Important Things To Do

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Change Admin User in Wordpress - Select USER from the menu

Starting a website for your home business can be intimidating and it can be expensive if you don’t watch closely.   One solution that is well worth considering is Installing WordPress – WordPress Open Source Software.

WordPress is free (for the most part) open source software that started as a blogging system and has developed into one of the best content management systems on the web.

This 10 part playlist will help with the key things you need to do after you install WordPress for your business website.

Installing WordPress Tips

But for now, here are the top 10 most important things to do after installing WordPress:

Change the WordPress Admin User

Changing your WordPress username is one of the first things you should do as you set up your small business website.      Many installations default the username to ADMIN which is an open door for hackers to attempt to break into your site.  Add another layer of security by changing your admin username.  For detailed instructions, check out Changing the WordPress Admin Username.

Change Permalinks

Oddly, for all WordPress does right, this is one that puzzles us.   WordPress defaults its “permalink structure”, the URL that is tacked on to your site name, with one that is not SEO or Google friendly.   Or user friendly.  The default looks like:

http://startingasmallhomebusiness.com/?p=123

The add on, ?p=123, is not intuitive.  It is best to change the structure to one that will complement your site’s goals.  WordPress gives you several options.

installing wordpress - changing wordpress permalinks structureFor our site, we are going to use post name so you will see an SEO-friendly page name like http://startingasmallhomebusiness.com/top-10-most-important-things-to-do-after-installing-wordpress/.

Change The Title, Tagline and Time Zone

Change the default title and tagline to reflect what your site is about.   Select SETTINGS and then GENERAL from the menu to change these settings.

how to change a wordpress site titleTo change the time zone, Select SETTINGS and then GENERAL from the menu to change these settings.

how to change a wordpress time zone

Configure the Reading Settings

While you are in the Settings area of your dashboard, you should also configure the Reading settings. Here you can set what your front page display will display—posts that you write or a static page.

Improving WordPress Security

Add a WordPress plugin to protect your site.   We suggest reviewing Wordfence for its robust set of features.

Install a Cache Plugin

Why do you need a cache plugin? Because it can help speed up your site when it loads for your users.. Caching helps take the load off your server and make your site faster. This is good for SEO, especially with Google.

Install A SEO WordPress Plugin

Search Engine Optimization is an important part of any website for your small home business. After all, you want to be found on search engine results.   Using plugins like YOAST SEO will help you to move towards better SEO for your website.

Change the Default Login

Many WordPress installations set up your login page as http://www.domainname.com/wp-admin.   Once a hacker determines you are using WordPress and using the default login page, they can attack you through brute force and try to break in.   Eliminate this as an option by changing the default login.

Install Google XML Sitemaps

Google uses XML sitemaps to help it browse your website and index it for search engine results.   The plugin, Google Sitemap, can be installed and it will create a Google-friendly sitemap of your site whenever an update is made.

Start Scheduling Regular Backups

Now that you’ve spent all that time setting up and customizing your WordPress site, you should create regular backups.  There are several plugins available to do this for you automatically.

Finishing Touches

The ten steps above are crucial to setting up your site and making it ready for publication.  Taking these steps first can save you a lot of headaches in the future.