WordPress is a popular choice when it comes to online content management platforms.
According to statistics, about 27.7% of websites are using WordPress.
So if you're going to start a personal blog, chances are you'll choose WordPress. Honestly, it's still the best choice available today.
There is a problem:
People often wonder what they need to do after purchasing hosting or installing WordPress.
Obviously installing WordPRess does not mean your job is done.
There are some things you need to do immediately after installing WordPress.
So what are they.
Please continue reading below.
1. Add a contact form
Generally, every website needs a contact form or an English form called a contact form.
This form lets readers or potential customers contact you when needed. By default, WordPress has no contact form available.
You can instead install plugins like Contact Form 7, Ninja Form or WPForms.
2. Change site title, timezone or tagline
Site title and tagline, you have the opportunity to update your content in the WordPress installation.
If you haven't done it already or want to change it, go ahead Settings -> General to change.
Here you also change the Timezone to suit the position of Vietnam. And the language part also changes to Vietnamese.
3. Set up WordPress SEO
SEO is important if you want your website to rank well in search results.
Overall WordPress with many SEO optimized themes also makes your website SEO easy.
Of course you can improve further by installing SEO plugins like Yoast SEO.
4. Install Google Analytics
This is optional. If you want to know more about website statistics such as traffic, which pages are being searched for the most … then you can install Google Analytics.
5. Cache settings
You want your website to have the best download speed.
This is obvious. Everyone wants to be like that.
There are many ways to speed up WordPress website. But the simplest thing is still to install a cache plugin.
There are many options for you from free like WP Super Cache to paid items like WP-Rocket.
6. Backup settings
In general, almost all shared hosting services now have automatic backup. The only difference is the daily or weekly backup time.
However, you should still have your own backup plan in case of accident. The most popular free option must be mentioned Updraft Plus. If you use a VPS, you should install Rclone.
7. Set up website security
Surely you want your website the best security. You only need to perform a few steps as I instructed in this article.
8. Settings against Spam
Spam comments are a serious problem when choosing a WordPress platform. So this is something you cannot ignore.
You just need Settings> Discussions. Set it up so that all your comments must be approved for posting.
You also activate the Aksimet plugin. This is the best anti-spam plugin developed by WordPress itself.
9. Delete unused themes
Most of us have a habit of trying to install multiple WordPress themes to find a suitable theme.
The consequence is:
After we finalize a theme like that, in the Appearance> Themes section, there are countless junk themes you no longer want to use.
You should delete themes that you are definitely no longer using. How to follow this guide.