So, you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and have just installed a WordPress unit on your brand new, shiny website.
Congratulations! And let us bid you hearty welcome to the 21st century (better late than never).
Powering over 27.7% of all the websites now out there, I think it’s pretty safe to say that WordPress is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular choices to indulge in when it comes to maintaining your website afloat and managing all of its content properly.
Furthermore, it also serves as a popular client for the more mainstream websites out there (like Tech Crunch, Variety, BBC America etc…) that you typically tend to visit every single day.
Be it for fashion, news or entertainment – but, why so though? Why is there so much love for WordPress?
Because WordPress happens to be the best at what it does – and that is to help you build a site that will have a great foundation, an awesome set of flexibility and finally, a greater chance at being a true-blue success story.
I mean, who could really say no to something like that? I know I wouldn’t
A simple WP installation doesn’t mean that your job is done – far from it.
Okay, you have just gone through the infamous “5-minute” installation process and now have got a brand new version of WordPress running merrily on your shiny new website.
Let us ask you a quick question; provided that the installation process has gone through buttery smooth and everything is fine and dandy, what are the next steps that you are going to want to take?
What do you need to do before you can start creating your content and start setting up your themes?
In this article, let me share with you some of the most important things that you want to do right after installing WordPress for the first time.
As trivial as some of them may seem, they are going to be truly essential if you want to make the most out of your WordPress game.
Furthermore, these “important steps” that I am going to lay out here can also help you a lot in the long run – by serving as a base on which you can confidently build your site and maintain it.
Interested? Let’s go!
Top 5 most important things to do after installing WordPress – never forget these!
1) Create and add a contact form
A common requirement, a relatable contact form is something that no website should ever do without.
Aside from just acting as a bridge between you and your site’s visitors, a contact form is what that’s going to help alert you if something goes wrong with your website.
Is a banner not working? Broken links? Crappy UI bugs?
The visitors can use the embedded contact form to reach you better and alert you if something is not right with your site.
Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t really offer any inbuilt contact form templates to work from.
However, you can use third-party WordPress plug-ins like WPForms (freely downloadable from the WP repositories) to create and install you’re your own original contact forms to your site.
2) Setting up your own site title and tagline
Aside from scrolling up and down on your site merrily, the title and the tagline are what that’s going to tell the people and the search engines what your site is all about and to whom it really caters for.
Always make it a point to choose a title and a tagline that are easy to comprehend, a breeze to remember and a joy to pronounce.
Modifying your site’s title on word press is pretty easy. The first thing that you have got to do is to access and open the WordPress dashboard. From there, go to settings.
Then access the general submenu. On the next window that opens up, you can edit both your sites name and tagline.
3) Setting up your own time zone
Having your site running on the correct time zone can not only help it flow more efficiently but can also help you better manage and control it with.
Furthermore, this little process can also help you make sure that the timing is going to be always correct whenever you want to make scheduled tasks, such as pinning a post to be published or enabling an auto-backup system.
To change the time zone; go to settings, access the General panel and scroll down till you see a sub-menu named Time-zone.
Double click on it and you can enter a menu where you can change the time zone for your website as well as the date and time formats.
4) Optimize your site with SEO
The number of visitors often determines a website’s value it tends to gather. Therefore, it’s never too late to spruce up your site with SEO and optimize it for the search engines.
Using specialized WP plug-ins like Yoast and more, you’ll definitely find it more easy and fast to optimize your website, even when it’s being done on a page-wise basis.
Furthermore, this handy plug-ins can also help you write up new content that better adheres to the SEO themes so that you won’t have to face the hassle of converting it later.
Additionally, these kinds of SEO plug-ins can also allow the SEO concepts to better bore into the very nitty-gritty of the site, making them stronger from the inside.
5) Ensuring the safety of your WordPress website
Fortunately, the WordPress platform itself is pretty safe, to begin with.
However, it’s never really a bad idea to have extra precautionary measures (like investing in a VPN, enabling encryption etc…) to ensure the safety of your site better while it’s online.
Always make it a point to invest in safety plug-in like Sucuri, which can offer you a secured firewall that can help block malicious and dangerous contents from finding its way on your sites.
Furthermore, always use encryption and other such things whenever possible so that you can better shield your sites against online phishing and other attacks.
6) Setting up backups and root points
Data loss can be a really big threat and every single year; millions of dollars are lost in data damages. Since, people can’t really seem to grasp the idea of making timely backups.
To help avoid leaving your site’s fate to the chances and to better safeguard them from the perils of the web, always make it a habit of churning out backups as often as needed.
Even though WordPress offers plenty of backup plans with their web hosting ones, they are not really that good and are not something that could be termed viable in the long run.
Therefore, I suggest that you download WP plug-ins such as updraft plus, backup-buddy, and the likes to make regular, scheduled backups to the cloud at definite intervals.
Furthermore, you can also make manual backups of your site’s data and store them on websites like Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon, and many others subscription-based cloud storage options.
Setting up a WordPress unit is not an easy thing to do. However, if done properly, it can literally pave a ton of ways for you to gather a lot of visibility for your sites and businesses.
If this isn’t really your first rodeo, or have plenty in terms of experience under your belt, you are bound to know what “having better visibility and a larger set of audiences is going to mean?”
It means that you will have more of a chance at making sales, leading you to better business practices and even helping you to a healthy dose of online goodwill – something which I think you are going to find quite handy in the long run.
At the end of the day though, content is still the king. Always remember to offer good quality, relevant content at regular intervals without lagging out with the competition.
Even with all the coding, tech stuff and other things that go into making your site alive, it is the quality of the content that’s going to attract the visitors and keeping them coming back for more.
I am a professional blogger, web designer, and an entrepreneur. I am Sathish Arumugam, the founder of Trafficcrow and SGS Mediaosft. I am enthusiastic about blogging and share my thoughts related to streams like Blogging, WordPress, SEO, Traffic Generation and more.