WordPress is great. It’s my favorite blogging platform. It’s relatively easy to set up and use. After you’ve got it all up and running, you should change these 7 things in your dashboard before you do anything else.
1. Change your username
Your default username will be admin. It looks like you don’t know what you’re doing when it says “posted by admin”. Go to Users > Add new. Then make one that is your name or something. Then log out of admin, log in with that user you just made, and delete admin.
2. Deactivate WP Super Cache
I’m not saying WP Super Cache is a bad plugin, it’s actually pretty helpful. It generates static HTML pages from your dynamic WordPress site and caches them. This helps lower loading times, but if you just edited the CSS, your site won’t reflect these changes. It just shows you the cached copy. So while your designing your blog, unless you want to get really frustrated, deactivate WP Super Cache.
3. Set the correct time zone
I think this one’s pretty obvious.
4. Give your posts/pages cool addresses
By default, the URLs for your posts and pages will be http://example.com/?p=874. That just doesn’t look good. To change it, go to Settings > Permalink Settings. To make the URL look like this, http://example.com/name-of-post-or-page/, choose “Custom structure” and enter “/%postname%/”. Day/Month and name look fine too if that’s what you like. But I’m pretty sure everyone agrees that /?p=345 is just plain ugly.
5. Limit the number of posts shown on home page
In my opinion, between 5 and 8 looks best. If you have too many full posts all listed on the home page, it makes it extremely long, and takes forever to load.
6. Show the full text of an article in a feed
Under “Reading Settings”, make sure to choose “Full text”. If not, in your email newsletter (if you [are going to] have one) it will only show an excerpt of the post.
7. Install Akismet
An easy way to not have to worry about spam. Akismet.com.
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