So, now that you are done with the installation of WordPress, are you wondering what is next in line? Well, WordPress is generally prepped-up the moment it is installed. But there are certain things that you need to do so that the WordPress site looks complete with all the necessary customization’s that you will need to do.
You need to configure a few basic settings, add or install an extension in order to customize, and prepare the content before you roll it out. You will also need to modify the URL structure and add the time-zone. Setting up a strong backup policy is necessary too so that your WordPress site remains safe. So, all of these things you need to take care of. For this, you can either hire WordPress developer and trust them with all these alterations, or you can do it yourself. Also, if you are hiring a professional, having the basic idea won’t hurt much. Read on the following points to know about the essential things that you need to do immediately after installing WordPress.
Get Familiar with the WordPress Dashboard
Once WordPress is installed, you need to get familiar with the dashboard. This is the back end of your website and as long as you are using this site, you will be spending most of the time here. So, you need to get completely acquainted. To access the WordPress dashboard of your site, you need to login. The login URL will be yoursite.com/wp-admin. The main dashboard will give you the basic summary and the sidebar menu will offer you some additional area access. These menus will have sub-menus too.
For creating new content, make use of posts and pages. While posts will let you upload new content, pages will let you create static pages like ‘About’ or ‘Contact’. The appearance will let you create the site the way you want with themes and styles. The plugins will let you add the custom functionality that you need. And finally, the setting menu will let you customize the site even more. Now, you can explore the other things too. Before hiring a company for WordPress development services in India, exploringthese basic steps is very useful.
Change Permalink Structure
The structure of your website’s permalinkplays a vital role in the SEO of the site. Permalink structure actually controls the website URL, the part that comes after the domain name. For example, if the post URL is “yoursite.com/things-to-do-after-installing-wordpress” then things-to-do-after-installing-wordpress” is the permalink. This part is important for SEO as well as for user experience too. If you are using an un-optimized permalink then it might look like yoursite.com/p=456 which you need to change from the settings. For most of the websites, the post name is generally used as the permalink structure. This gives the user a clear idea as to what the post is about in the first place. However, if you are dealing with a website that publishes time-sensitive news and posts, then choose a structure that includes the date. However, there is a catch. Adding date is not a good idea because if you decide to update a blog that was written back in 2017, you will be doing that in 2020 but the URL will still read 2017.
Choose the Time-zone
WordPress websites and blogs let you schedule a post for publishing in the future. And it will get published exactly when you want. And this is where the time-zone comes into the picture. For scheduling and automation, generally, you need to set the time-zone to your own or the time-zone of the target customer base. Go to setting menu and from there select time-zone, and choose from the drop-down. For example, if you are a business that targets the market in the USA, set the timezone according to that.
Create a User Profile
When you are setting up your blog section, creating a user profile is necessary. Think about it, when your readers are reading your insights in some particular industry or market, don’t you think it will be easier for them to connect with if they could put a face to the content? Most WordPress themes let you add a small box below that lets you share your picture and information about you. For the blog author section, WordPress generally pulls information from the user profile. Go to “Users” and then to your profile and add the information you need to add. For the profile picture, you will need to login with Gravatar using the email Id that is linked with your website on WordPress. To directly change the profile picture, from WordPress, you will need to use the plugin WP User Avatar.
Install and Customize Theme
The WordPress theme will control how your website will look. It is almost like the clothing of your website. Now, while choosing the theme, you need to think of the niche of your business, your brand’s color that you have used on the logo and other places, and the aesthetics. WordPress lets you choose from hundreds of free themes. You can also purchase premium themes as well. Go to “Appearance” and then to “theme” and “add new”. You can also upload the premium one you have purchased.
After installing the theme, you can customize it. When you are on the process, WordPress will show you the changes in real-time. Some themes can have preinstalled demo content. For changing that or uploading new content, take help from professionals. If you are hiring a company for WordPress development services, it is most likely that they also offer content writing too. So, consult about this with them as well.
So, now as you know what you need to do once you install WordPress, what are you waiting for? Choose an agency that offers an affordable package with a remarkable reputation, and set the ball rolling.