Recently I have discussed the How to install WordPress locally using the XAMPP server?
Along with the above topic, you can learn the installation process of WordPress on the Bluehost hosting
Once you installed the WordPress on your hosting, then there are few things which you need to check and update it.
By default, you will see the default settings everywhere in your WordPress dashboard. Sometimes the default setting is not proper, or we don’t need that setting. To make it better we need to update it.
Here, I am going to tell you the things to do after installing WordPress to make your blog smooth running.
Uninstall unnecessary plugins
By default, your hosting will install the few WordPress plugins at the time of installation. You can check these plugins first, if you find important and necessary you can keep it otherwise you can deactivate/delete it by going Plugins>Installed plugins
Delete default themes
By default, your hosting will install the default WordPress themes for you. If you are installing your theme, then you can delete the pre-installed themes. It will take unnecessary hosting space. You can remove the themes by going Appearance>Themes
Note- You won’t be able to delete the currently activated theme if you want to delete it first activate another theme and then delete the theme.
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Delete default post and comment
By default, WordPress is come up with the few post and comment for the demo purpose. We don’t need this stuff so we can easily delete it by visiting post>all post
Select all the post and click on the delete, it will go to the trash, so delete it from the trash as well.
General setting update
The next task is to update the general setting for your blog like your blog info, your info, etc. You can do this in the setting>General tab.
Here, you can find the update information for the blog and some other typical setting like date and time format. You can set which you want. Make sure that you have unchecked the ‘Anyone can register’ tab because this tab will allow the readers to register on your blog without any approval.
In this section, you can see most the home page for your blog. You can also keep the default setting as it is but I recommend you to update the number of post on the home according to your theme space. If you want to update it go to Setting>Writing
This is the essential setting for your blog SEO. By default, the permalink setting is set to the Month and name. I recommend you to set it as post name as it is SEO friendly URL. You can refer the below screenshot of my setting.
By default, WordPress will create the different size of thumbnails for each media which you upload. This is not necessary, and it will take some space also. You can stop the WordPress to create this extra thumbnail. You can do the same here Setting >Media
To stop this, you should update all the size as ‘0’. Refer the below screenshot
User profile update
The next part is to update the user profile. In this, you have to set your name and the display name which will appear as the author of all your post. In this setting, you can also set the social handling page, the profile of author(means you) and the contact info. You can update this setting here User>My profile
Install the plugins
Once all setting updated, the next task is to install the plugins as per your requirements. I would recommend you to install the essential plugin first like Yoast SEO. Here is the list of plugins which I am using for my blog.
Once, you update the above setting, and then you are ready to write and customize your blog.
If you know essential settings after installing WordPress then let me know. Do comment and share this.