Things to do after the WordPress install

This post will cover some of the steps I take right after installing WordPress.

First things

First thing is to login to the wp-admin page select “Setting” >> “General” on the left nav. Make sure the Title  TagLine, email and Site Address all have the correct info and save any changes you make.

Second select “Users” >> “Your Profile” in the left nav. Set your Nickname, Display name publicly as and email and save the changes.

Robots.txt

It’s a good idea to put a robots.txt file in your document root to keep bots from crawling your WordPress files. This is what I start with.

User-agent: *

Disallow: /feed/
Disallow: /trackback/
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Disallow: /wp-content/
Disallow: /wp-includes/
Disallow: /xmlrpc.php
Disallow: /wp-

http://www.nathanboyce.com/sitemap.xml

You can test that it works by opening http://yoursite/robots.txt in your browser and viewing the file.

Example http://www.nathanboyce.com/robots.txt

Install Plug-ins

I like to start with SEO Smart Links,  and  W3 Total Cache plug-ins.

You might also want to look at the Use Google Libraries plug-in. This plug-in changes your JavaScript paths to a goggle hosted version which should load faster.

Now might be a good time to install the Google Sitemap Generator plug-in. As you add posts to your site, this plug-in will create and update your sitemap.xml which will help search engines find your post.

The Bad Behavior plugin might come in handy if you allow user comments or input on your site . Once I started using it I noticed a reduction of spam comments. I also started using CAPTCHA on comments to rule out some more bots. To do this I installed the  SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam. Its very easy to use just install and activate.

Analytics

If you have a gmail account its very easy to set up a Google Analytic account for your blog and its free.

The first step is to sign up and add your site at https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=analytics&userexp=signup&hl=en

Next install one of the  Google Analytic plugins or add the tag or manually add the tracking code your given at sign up. I prefer the plugin method and like using the Google Analytics for WordPress plug in.  Once you install the plug in you will have a Google Analytics options under settings. I select the Manually enter your UA code option and past in the Tracking ID Google Analytics  gave me when I signed up.

For each blog you will want to create a different tracing ID so  you can track them separately.

Mobil Management

If you have a Android smart phone you should check out the WordPress for Android and Google Analytics apps. WordPress also has a app for the iphone called WordPress for iOS but I have never used it.

On versions older then WordPress 3.5.1 you need to enable XML-RPC access.

XML-RPC access can be enabled by selecting  Settings >> Writing.  Under the Remote Publishing section  click XML-RPC “Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols.” and save your changes.

After that you can open the WordPress app  Add account select “Add self-hosted WordPress blog” and login. Now you can do most the management from your phone.

The  Google Analytics app is very easy and only requires you to accept the permissions. I find the app isn’t as full featured as the site but it still gives you a majority of the info you need at your fingertips which is very convent.

Favicon

I like to set favicon.ico for my sites. A favicon.ico is usually a 16×16 pixel image. I usually use gimp or image magic to create mine. A good post on how to create your own can be found at http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_a_Favicon.

Select a theme

This is what makes your blog personal. Don’t be afried that you are stuck with the one you pick because you aren’t. You can always switch to a different theme int he future. To select a theme select “Appearance” >> “Themes” in the left nav. Once on that page select the “Install Themes” Tab on the upper middle of that page. Once on that page you can search all the themes till you find a them you want to install and use.

Backup

Its a good idea to backup your site.  I found using the BackWPup makes this very easy.

Post

Start posting. This is the most important part and what makes your site a blog. Don’t let sleeping and grammar hold you up becuase you can always go back and edit a post after its been published if you wish. This post has been edited over four times already.

 

Welcome to the world of blogging. Hope you found this informative I’ll try to keep this post updated as needed.

Happy blogging.

 

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