How to configure a freshly installed WordPress blog

How to configure a freshly installed WordPress blog

Installing a WordPress blog itself is a great step towards building up a search engine friendly website and business model. However, there are key aspects from the configuration point of view on which you would need to work for your CMS to deliver the best.

NOTE: Please note that I have ignored or not mentioned not so important or irrelevant settings/ options in this configuration guide, so if you do find other options, simply ignore it or ask me by leaving a comment.

As you might have already installed your WordPress blog, your next step should be configuring the basic settings of your WordPress installation.

  • Login to the WordPress admin control panel
  • Create Categories and pages for your blog
  • Configure the general settings
  • Configure the writing settings
  • Configure the reading settings
  • Configure the discussion settings
  • Configure the privacy settings
  • Configure the permalinks settings
  • Install and configure the WordPress AIOSEOP settings

Configuring the General Settings (Admin -> Settings -> General)

  • Site Title: Have an optimized site title less than 160 characters in length
  • Tag line: Enter a caption or tagline suitable for your website.
  • Site and WordPress URL: Specify the URL of your blog and website.
  • Specify the admin email address to use for your blog.
  • Enable or disable the membership type and role of the member as per your requirement.
  • Specify the date and time zone of your blog.

Configuring the Writing Settings (Admin -> Settings -> Writing)

  • Size of post box: This is the height of the “new post” box for your blog.
  • Select the default post category. (The system accepts this category when category not specified)

Configuring the Reading Settings (Admin -> Settings -> Reading)

  • Front page settings: Choose what your front page should display. (If it should display your latest posts or a static page you have created)
  • Configure the number of latest posts a blog page should show.
  • Specify if summary or full blog post should be shown at a categories page.

Configuring the Discussion Settings (Admin -> Settings -> Discussion)

  • Enable or Disable Ping-backs and Trackbacks (Ideally recommend disabling track and ping-backs)
  • You could modify the commenting and comment approval settings here as well.
  • Rest of the settings need not be altered.

Configuring the Privacy Settings (Admin -> Settings -> Privacy)

  • Make sure that the option to make your website or blog visible to search engines is turned on or selected as this is very important for indexing by search engines.

Configuring the Permalinks Settings (Admin -> Settings -> Permalinks)

  • Permalinks are basically URL rewriting to make your WordPress page and post URLS to be search engine friendly.
  • Select the custom permalink structure and add the bolded text to ensure the best permalink structure is in place for your blog. /%postname%/

Configuring the AIOSEOP Settings (Admin -> Settings -> All in one SEO)

  • AIOSEOP is the short form for: All in One SEO Pack WordPress plugin to setup your SEO settings. This plugin needs to be installed from the “add new plugins” page within the admin dashboard.
  • Once the plugin is added and activated, browse to the All in One SEO settings page to specify your SEO title, SEO keywords and SEO description.

Take Home: we have mentioned all the basic settings that need to be configured and corrected after a fresh installation of WordPress is installed for optimum performance. In addition, you would need to add more categories and pages to proceed further. Hope you enjoyed the post on how to configure a freshly installed WordPress blog.