Welcome to the Net Income Workshop (NIW) Part 4.
In Part 3, we talked about How to Install WordPress on Your Web Hosting Account .
Now that you have installed WordPress, what next?
Basic and important initial WordPress setup
…you should perform before you proceed with writing and posting articles or creating pages.
1. POST SECTION
Go to “All Posts” Subsection
What to do: Trash the “Hello World” Post
Posts >> All Posts >> (hover over title) Trash
Once you trash the post, you will see Trash (1) near the top of the page. Click on that to go to the Trash section, and then hit the “Empty Trash” button.
2. CATEGORIES SUBSECTION
What to do: Set Default Category
With a new WordPress install, the default category is called “Uncategorized.” You should change this to something more appropriate for the theme of your site. Ours is set to “GENERAL”
Posts >> Categories >> (hover over title) Quick Edit
After changing the title, remember to hit the “Update Category” button.
3. LINKS SECTION – Found in “All Links” Subsection.
What to do: Delete Links.
WordPress comes with a number of links in your Links section. All of these can be deleted.
4. PAGES SECTION – Go to “All Pages” Subsection
What to do: Trash “Sample Page”
WordPress comes with a published “Sample Page” to show you what pages look like. You should delete this page in the same manner you deleted the “Hello World” post – trash it and then go empty your trash.
Pages >> All Pages >> (hover over title) Trash
5. PLUGINS SECTION – Go to “Installed Plugins” Subsection
What to do: Delete Hello Dolly Plugin, leave akismet
Currently WordPress comes with two plugins by default – Akismet and Hello Dolly.
Hello Dolly is plugin that inserts random lyrics from the song “Hello, Dolly” on your blog. Why do you need this, you ask? You don’t. It’s a holdover from the very beginning days of WordPress. And while it can be configured to do other things, you probably won’t ever get around to it. That being the case, it’s better to say, “Goodbye, Dolly.”
Plugins >> Installed Plugins >> (check the “Plugin” box to select all – or manually select what you’d like) >> (choose “Delete” from pull down menu titled “Bulk Actions”) >> Apply
We will talk about plugin and theme installations later on
6. SETTINGS SECTION
…Subsection, that is: Settings >> General
Make sure the title of your site is what you’d like it to be.
The tagline is typically printed just below your title in the header section of many themes if you choose to use it. The tagline is a good place to put keywords related to your site and/or a USP (unique selling point) – a slogan that sets you apart from your competition.
c. Set Your URL to WWW
On the General Settings page you will see your site’s URL listed twice (“WordPress address” and “Site address”). There is a good chance that your URL is NOT the WWW version. In other words, it probably looks like this:
Your site will work either way, but it’s better to have only one version of your site (www or non-www). One reason for this is that if others link to your site’s homepage in two different ways, the authority of those links may get diluted. (Some of the authority will go to the www version, and some of the authority will go to the non-www version.) The reason to choose the www version of your site is that many people naturally think of web addresses as being www.something.something.
There’s no use fighting the tide. It’s better to change your site’s address to the www version.
Remember, there are TWO places to change this:
Settings >> General >> WordPress address (URL)
Settings >> General >> Site address (URL)
You will need to decide if you are going to let visitors register for your site or not. In most cases for its okay to allow people register on your site.
You will want to make sure your site has the right timezone for you. By default, you will see your Timezone set to UTC. (UTC stands for Coordinated Universal Time. It is a standard by which time is regulated worldwide.)
Your time zone is either 0 UTC (if you live in Greenwich, England, for example), or it is number ahead or behind 0 UTC (such as UTC-5 or UTC+7), depending on where you are in the world.
Settings >> General >> Timezone >> (use pull down menu to select a city in the same time zone as you)
>> CLICK “SAVE CHANGES” – Most likely, you have made a lot of changes in this section. Don’t forget to click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page!
Allowing Comments or Not
By default, WordPress is set up to allow comments. If you do not want to allow comments (or don’t want to allow them yet), you will need to edit this section.
In this section, you can also put other parameters on commenting such as requiring visitors to register in order to comment.
Settings >> Discussion >> (Check or uncheck the boxes according to your preferences.) >> Click Save Changes
iii). Permalinks” Subsection
a. Set Up Permalinks / Pretty URLs
Turn your URLs from ugly web addresses (like http://www.example.com/?post_id=2) into web addresses that make more sense to both your visitors and the search engines (like http://www.example.com/top-5-recipes-for-chocolate-cake).
WordPress currently gives you a way to easily change your URLs three different ways. However, there are many more ways to set up your URLs if you use the “Custom Structure” option available to you.
One of the biggest advantages to have a “pretty permalink” is that it can help (at least somewhat) with SEO. Because of this, most people like to include at least their title in their permalink, like the example above:
In this case, the title of the post was “Top 5 Recipes for Chocolate Cake.”
We’ll go over a few common permalink structures that many people like to use. If you find one that suits you, then you can just copy these tags into the “Custom Structure” box on the Permalink Settings page.
i. Postname only (Best option)
Looks like this: http://www.example.com/top-5-recipes-for-chocolate-cake
Tags (put this in the box): /%postname%/
Looks like this: http://www.example.com/desserts/top-5-recipes-for-chocolate-cake
Tags (put this in the box): /%category%/%postname%/
Looks like this: http://www.example.com/desserts/top-5-recipes-for-chocolate-cake/2011/10/20
Tags (put this in the box): /%category%/%postname%/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/
You can obviously switch any of these tags up in any order. Just remember to put /% before the tag and %/ after the tag (but DON’T DOUBLE the slashes //).
Settings >> Permalinks >> (choose permalink structure or create your own) >> Click Save Changes
25 Advanced Initial WordPress Setup ( Also Recommended)
You’ll need to be careful with these ones. Its highly recommended that you know what you are doing or ask someone to help you.
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The Advantages of Following This Guideline.
Checklists are great. They keep you on track and keep you from wasting time trying to remember everything.
This checklist may not be suited exactly to your tastes, but it should at least provide a starting point for you. I’d encourage you to go through it the next time you set up WordPress and edit it to your liking. Every install you do thereafter should go at least twice as smooth.
If you have a point, tell us about it in the comment section.
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