There are quite a few administrative things to do when setting up your WordPress blog for the first time. Some of these items may be on your to do list and others may not. So here is my basic list:
The Basic Security & Back-up:
- Check to see that “your display as” name on your blog isn’t the same as your WordPress login/username. This is done for security reasons.
- Setup basic security: This is an important issue for every WordPress admin. WP Security Scan, Better WP Security and Website Defender are all great plug-in candidates to get you started. Generally, I don’t worry about security too much because my site is hosted on WP Engine. You can read my review on WP Engine here.
- Upload and active essential plugins including Akismet which usually comes installed with your installation by default. Yes your blog can receive spam from day one, so to nip it in the bud set up Akismet right away. You don’t want unwelcome links or bots sniffing around on your site.
- Set up caching so WordPress loads pages faster.
- Setup a backup system for your blog. Again, If you go with my host WP Engine you wont need a back up system or caching, because they provide back-up and caching for you.
Basic SEO (Most Can Be Found In The Settings/General Tab):
- Erase or replace the “just another WordPress blog” tagline. That’s unless you want to keep it that way. I’d rather personalize my site with another tagline of my own or just leave it blank.
- Change your permalinks to “Postname.” Otherwise the URL posted with the default settings will generally be your URL followed by the post number(s). Changing your permalinks to Postname will generally change the end of your post URL to