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How to Set up WordPress Blog for First Time

 WordPress blog configuration

Previously we talked about how to install WordPress on Bluehost, and if you have finished installing WordPress, we will move on to the next article in this series. After installation, the next thing to do is set up the WordPress blog for optimal use and security. There are many add-ons, which will help you make your blog safe, fast and add more features. But, here we will see some of the changes and default settings that we must make to set up our first WordPress blog .

Set up the WordPress blog in 5 minutes:

In this guide, I will add screenshots and explain each WordPress configuration that you must configure. You can skip certain settings, depending on your requirement, for example, if you are creating a membership site or a WordPress blog of guest blog, you can open the user registry. So, let’s start with our WordPress configuration guide and learn how to set up the WordPress blog. Especially, for beginners, this guide will help them understand WordPress and understand how to work with WordPress.

First things first:

Once you install the WordPress blog, you will get a default post “ Hello World ” and a default comment. Delete them and follow the rest of the tutorial:

Settings > General

 WordPress Settings

This is where you will configure your homepage name and tag line This is very important, since by default this is what appears in Google search. Email address will be the email address of your site administrator and this is where you will receive all email notifications related to your site.

Now, for security reasons, if you have only one author’s blog. that disable WordPress registration . Otherwise, if you create a membership site or implement guest blog opportunities, you can enable it and assign it a susc role riptor by default. To allow a registered member to send a blog post, you can change the default registration permission to the contributor . Also, be sure to set the time zone to your local time, this will ensure that your scheduled publication fits your time zone.

Configuration> Writing

At this stage, we will establish the WordPress configuration related to writing. By default, WordPress adds an “Uncategorized” category that doesn’t seem so ideal. Here you can change the default category to any other category. You can go to Publications> Categories from the left side panel and add a new category. Go back and change the default WordPress category to the newly created category.

WordPress ping list:

One of the main differences between a static website and a blog is the ability to ping. By pinging search engine robots, our WordPress blog notifies search engines about a newly published blog post. You must update your ping list with all major ping services. You can get a list of WordPress ping services from here. Add all ping service URLs and click on the update button. I also recommend that you use the PushPress plugin to ping the cloud ping servers.

 XML RPC WordPress Service

Also in Settings> Writing, you can enable or disable atomic publishing and XML -RPC Services. If you are using any desktop blog editor such as Windows Live Writer, you must enable the XML-RPC service .

Settings> Reading:

Now, in this WordPress configuration page, you can configure Many things like what your blog homepage should be. For example, here at WPSutra, we are using custom homepage and not a normal blog page. Therefore, we change the home page to the custom page we design. For a normal blog, you can let the settings be “ Your latest posts ” as shown in the screenshot.

 Configure WordPress reading

You can also configure the number of maximum blog entries to display on the home page and in the feeds. In addition, you can configure whether you want to publish full content or only partial content in the source, I prefer to offer partial sources (Summary), since I want more activity to occur on my site and also to prevent RSS theft.

Settings> Discussion

 WordPress comments settings

Here we configure the settings related to comments on our blog, and also an important configuration that happens due to comment pagination. Here are the settings I usually use in my blogs: I’m writing down the settings that must be activated.

  • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)
  • Enable comments (nested)
  • Anyone posts a comment
  • A comment is maintained in moderation
  • An administrator must always approve the comment

Avatar Settings: [19659034] WordPress Avatars ” width=”550″ height=”421″ />

Now, if you are new to WordPress, I suggest you go to Gravatar.com and create an account and upload your image for your email address. And here, you can make changes such as gravatar classification and default gravatar. If you want to use a custom gravatar, you can consult this guide.

Bonus tip : If you are paranoid about the loading speed of your site, we recommend that you disable gravatar.

> Media

 WordPress image size

Although you can skip the configuration of this part, but I generally suggest that users make the necessary changes to avoid a large number of files of pictures. By default, when you upload images in WordPress, create images in 3 different sizes. Here you can set the sizes as 0 * 0 and keep only the desired size enabled along with the size.

Settings> Privacy:

 WordPress privacy settings

This is the settings tab, where you can configure whether you want the search engine like Google to display your blog in searches or not. Usually, I keep it off until I have completely finished with WordPress configured and ready to write my first post. If you are done with the configuration, select the option that says “ Allow search engines to index this site “.

Permalink settings:

 Best permanent WordPress link

This is one of the initial settings, which every new WordPress user should change. The default WordPress permalink is not compatible with search engines, and we should select one of those options that offers us the maximum advantage in search engines.

I prefer to keep it as the name of the publication

when you plan to submit your site in Google news, and the second is simple and very effective for SEO. Go to Settings> Permalink and change your permanent link to /{} postname{} / and click on update. Be sure to perform this step before posting any new blog posts. You can get more information on WordPress permalink here. If you want to change the permanent link of an existing blog, you should read: How to change the permanent link of WordPress with redirection 301.

With all these changes, you have finished with set up the WordPress blog . Now, we must make more changes such as adding add-ons, submitting the site map, installing theme, customizing the appearance and ease of use of our blog.

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