After installing wordpress, there are certain settings to be done in your dashboard to ensure smooth usage.
In this post we shall list some the important one and show you how you can carry out these settings.
Don’t worry these things are not too complicated – they are easy to execute.
Just follow this guide and you shall be done in a few minutes.
Table of Contents
7 Basic Settings Of Any New WordPress Installation
Delete Default Post, Pages And Comments
Every new wordpress installation comes with their default post, page, and comment. After installing wordpress, if you visit your domain name, you will find these default pages.
The first thing you should do after logging into your new wordpress installation is to delete them.
There have no purpose there and will definitely not be part of your content plan for your blog.
Log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to Posts > All Posts and delete the default “Hello world” post.
Similarly, go to Pages > All Pages and delete the default “Sample Page”.
And finally, click on “Comments” and delete the default comment.
The next step after deleting default posts and comments is to set your permalink.
Someone might ask the importance of setting your permalink, well the simple answer is that it helps with your SEO.
It is all about how your link displays in search results. It also helps you rank higher in search engines.
Choosing the right permalink give your posts clean urls and helps search engines understand what your posts are all about.
Keywords of your title tags are displayed properly in your link which makes ranking pretty easy for you when other important SEO factors are put in place.
How you can change your permalink.
Go to Settings > Permalink and select “Post name”.
You will always find your default permalink to be this format – http://yourdomain.com/p=123.
From the image above you should change it to the “Post Name” option.
Then you click save.
After you have done so, your links should appear in the following format on search results – http://yourdomain.com/title-keywords-for -better-seo/
I believe you now understand.
Set Your Timezone
There is nothing special or technical about setting your timezone in your wordpress blog.
Why most bloggers set their timezone according to their local time is because of post scheduling.
For new bloggers, post scheduling is all about setting your post to auto-publish sometime in the future.
Take for instance, if you are going to be too busy to write tomorrow, you can write your post today and schedule them to be published tomorrow.
This way you don’t have to worry about not having the time to write and publish your post when busy.
You can schedule as much posts as you want for as long as possible.
When you set the time zone correctly, your posts will be published exactly the time you want it published.
From the image above you can find timezone settings by going to Settings > General.
When you are done you can click save to update your settings.
Enable 0r Disable Registration On Your Blog
Depending on how experienced you are with wordpress and also based on why you want to use your blog, you can decide if to allow users register with your blog or not.
Allowing user register with your blog is based on your decision to allow them post articles that you can preview for quality before publishing them.
It is common with popular blogs that have high ranking and strong following.
If you are inexperienced about these settings I recommend that you disable them until you learn more about it.
Even at that, without proper captcha settings, enabling it might result in lots of spam registrations.
These registrations are most times done by bots and not real humans.
Currently I believe they come unchecked as default but there is nothing wrong in verifying that this capability is not checked on your blog.
You can check if it is enabled by going to same Settings > General.
From the image above you should find the button to check or uncheck
Set Discussion And Comment Settings
As the owner of your wordpress blog, you have the power to allow users leave comments or not.
By default most blogs allow comments, but when their traffic becomes too high that they can no longer moderate thousands of comments per day, they disable it.
That said, it is recommended that you allow comments because it improves interactions with your posts.
Comments also increase word count in your blog post which can help you rank higher in search engines.
More words in your post help Google understand what your posts are all about and rank you for diverse keywords.
You can enable or disable comments in your blog by going to Settings > Disussion.
The image above should enable you know what the page looks like.
Click save after making your changes.
Populate WordPress Ping List
For newbie bloggers, I assume that you’ll want search engines to crawl your blog anytime you post something new so you can start ranking almost immediately.
Well, that is the job of pinging your blog.
You have the options of pinging search engines manually after every posts but the problem is that there are lots of sites where you can do this.
You’ll have to visit them one after another to ping your blog and this process can be tiresome.
The good thing about wrodpress is that they have enabled the feature of automatically pinging search engines and all these sites.
With the right list, you don’t have to visit these sites one after the other to ping your link anytime you post contents or update your blog.
Copy them and go to Settings > Writing.
You should find the column where you can populate your list.
Paste them there and click Save.
Search engines will now be automatically notified anytime you post something new to your blog.
You don’t have to do it manually, one after the other.
WordPress Media Settings
This is the settings that help you condition your images before they appear on your posts. Even when you upload large images, this setting compresses them to your desired size so they don’t become too heavy for your post.
Large image file can slow down the load time of your blog posts and load time is also another ranking factor.
So you should find a size that suits you best and apply it to your media settings.
You can find it by going to Settings > Media.
While this is just one means of minimizing image sizes for your blog, there are plugins you can install in your blog to further compress image sizes.
This can further improve load time for your blog posts and improve your ranking.
What Next After These Basic Settings
The next step after carrying out these settings is to install necessary plugins for your blog.
You also need these plugins to ensure that your blog runs smoothly, even in ways that you can’t imagine.
You can also read out full guide on how to start a business blog that makes money. Hopefully you can learn something new about running a blog the way that makes money.
I believe that this post is simple and descriptive enough for you. The settings here should be easy to implement and not too complicated for you.
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