How to start with WordPress after installation
My last post was about how to start with domain name registration and hosting to wordpress installation. In this post i will brief you about what all we need to do immediately after wordpress installation.
After wordpress installation (my last post), we will not directly jump to writing. Before that, we have to give a look and appearance and some finish touch to our blog. also we need to add few plugins to add needed features
Theme Search and Installation
What kind of theme you want to choose depends on your niche, your taste and requirements. For blogs, magazine themes go well. Few things keep in mind whole selecting themes are like theme should be responsive, good looking, have various customization options, side bars, footer options etc
Themes can be free or paid depending on your requirement. Initially i started with free theme on my all blogs. Later i realized that if i want to take my blogging profession to next level, i have to go for better themes with many options which are not available in free themes. Like for my blog chanap.com, i bought this theme from themeforest.
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You need Logo, Icon, Banner to upload to site. Initially as a starter you can design these yourselves using free online logo design applications. Banner you can download from free public domain image websites. icon also you can design or get from public domain image websites. After downloading images from public domain platforms, you need to do some image editing in image like cropping, adding text etc
Later once you start getting traffic and get some idea about blogging, you can move to professional logo and banner. You can either design it yourself using better free and paid services or else you can outsource it through freelancing sites or agencies
Go to customization and appearance tab and based on your choice of look and feel, do require settings like color, button, sidebar, widgets in footer etc. There will several options given and you have to just select from them. You can also see preview on right side based on your selection which makes it easy to decide.
Go to menu tab and create menu with required tabs. Initially yo can keep Home, contact us. Remove same page from menu. Go to page tab -> all posts and remove sample page from there. Create page with title about us, terms and conditions. then go to menu tab and add these pages in recently created menu using drag and drop interface.
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Edit contact us page and add your name, address and mail id (preferably professional mail id)so that anybody can contact you.
Read More – How to create custom menu in wordpress step by step
You need to install essential plugins for cache, subscribers, analytics, security, SEO, affiliate, advertisements, social media icons, backup etc.
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Create social media accounts for your blog like facebook page, twitter, google plus, pinterest etc and link it to social media plugin to link.
You have to create robots.txt.
Read more – How to create robots.txt
Go to Setting -> Permalinks and select the way you want your URL to look. Please set up it initially and do not keep changing further as it will change your existing posts URLs also.
You can turn off comments if yo want preventing yourself from spam. it can be done using following steps –
Setting -> Discussion and select option to turn off comments.
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Now you are all ready to start writing your first post as your wordpress blog is all set.