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Basic Things To Do After You Have Installed WordPress

This article is part of a tutorial series called How To Create Your Website In 6 Steps

1. Choose A Theme

a) Choose a proper theme.
Either from The Big List Of Premium WordPress Theme Sites or The Big List Of Free WordPress Theme Sites.

b) Install the theme.
Simply go to “Appearance->Themes->Install Themes->Upload” and then upload the zipped theme.
After uploading click on “activate”

c) Delete all unused themes.
Go to “Appearance->Themes” and delete all themes that you are not using (for security reasons and to keep your installation small)


2. Install Plugins

a) Go to “Plugins->Add New->Search” and search for the below mentioned plugins.
b) Click “install now”
c) Click “activate”

Essential Plugins:

  • Akismet (helps against spam comments)
  • WP Maintenance Mode (when you activate it your visitors will see a custom message like “scheduled maintenance… site will be back in x hours”)
  • Google Analytics for WordPress (makes it easy to integrate Google Analytics to your blog… after signing up with Google Analytics you just need to enter the Google Analytics code into a field and that’s it)
  • W3 Total Cache (really good caching plugin that makes your blog faster and helps to cope with bigger traffic spikes by serving cached files)

Security Info:

Note: Try to minimize the usage of plugins because they can slow down your site and can cause security issues. Also delete all plugins that you don’t need and use. When they are sitting around unactivated they slow down your site and could potentially have security holes. Simply delete them.

In case your blog should crash due to the usage of a plugin you can uncrash your site with these 5 steps: 1.) Login to your FTP Client. 2.) Go to your plugin folder. 3.) Sort the plugins by “last modified”. 4.) Delete the plugin that caused the crash. Done… once you have deleted the plugin your blog will work again.


3. General Settings

  • Custom site title and tagline.
    Go to “Settings->General” to change your site title and tagline.
  • Proper permalinks structure.
    It’s good to have a decent URL structure that makes sense and is easy to read (instead of numeric numbers).
    Go to “Settings->Permalinks” and select “Postname” (alternatively “Day and name” or “Month and name”)
  • Static Homepage.
    Instead of displaying the latest blog post by default you can also set a static page as your homepage.
    Go to “Settings->Reading” and click “A static page” and then select a page or post.
  • Comments settings.
    Go to “Settings->Discussion” and “Enable threaded (nested) comments”.

4. Widgets (Sidebar)

Here is how you add/remove widgets from the sidebar:
Go to “Appearance->Widgets” and add/remove widgets from the sidebar via drag and drop.
To add a widget to the sidebar simply move it from “Available Widgets” to “Sidebar”
To remove a widget simply move it from the “Sidebar” to “Available Widgets”

Essential Widgets:

  • Links (you can modify the links on “Links” from the WordPress dashboard…also get rid off the default WordPress meta login stuff)
  • Recent Comments (displays the latest comments)
  • Categories (displays the categories of your blog posts… this is the “games” section on PixelProspector)
  • Social Media (in order to add twitter, facebook, youtube buttons simply move a “text” widget to the sidebar and use basic html to display your preferred social media icons)

5. Setup RSS With Feedburner

If you don’t know what RSS is consider to read this article called What is RSS

a) Sign up with Feedburner to get feed statistics and make it more convenient for people to subscribe to your blog.
b) Type your feed adress into the field and follow the process by clicking “next” etc.. (It is usually http://yoursitename.com/feed)
c) Now your new feed adress that you can use on your site will be http://feeds.feedburner.com/yoursitename
d) Use that link on your blog


6. Contact And About Page

Go to “Pages->Add New” and create a contact page with your email adress.


7. Write Content And Add Your Games Page

Blog
Go to “Posts->Add New” to write a blog post.
Just enter a title, write some text and add pictures or video…
after clicking “Publish” your post will be shown on the frontpage.

Games
Go to “Pages->Add New” and create single pages for each of your games.
After that create a overview games page that shows all your games(and links to the individual game pages).


8. Add Logos, Icons, Favicons, Stock Photos for Blog Posts etc.

Spice up your blog with additional visual stuff…