12 Things To Do After Installing WordPress [Checklist]

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Istiak Rayhan
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WordPress is the most popular CMS. WordPress powers more than 40% sites on the web.

If you’ve installed WordPress on your web host, you have done a great job. But installing WordPress is just starting, you need to do few more things after installing WordPress.

In this post, I will be sharing a list of things to do after installing WordPress. You can consider it as a checklist.

If you’ve just installed WordPress but don’t know what do next, this checklist is for you. Every time I start a new WordPress blog, I follow this checklist.

Let’s dive into the details.

1. Active the Akismet Plugin

If you are new to WordPress, you may not be aware of comment & trackback spams. These things are really annoying.

But the good news is, WordPress has a pre-installed plugin called Akismet that helps you to get rid of these spams.

All you have to do is activate the plugin and enter the API key. Now go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Installed Plugins and activate Akismet plugin.

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To active your Akismet account, you need to use an API key. Here’s how to set up Akismet With free API key.


2. Delete the Sample Contents

By default, WordPress creates some sample contents to help you to understand different things. You should delete them right away before start building your site.

Here are 4 types of contents that need to remove.

1. “Hello world” Post: To remove this sample post, go to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > All Posts and click on “Trash” under Hello world post.

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2. “Sample Page” Page To remove the sample page, go to Pages > All Pages and click on “Trash”. And it will be deleted.

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3. “Mr. WordPress” Comment: This comment will be deleted automatically once you delete the “Hello world” post.

4. “Hello Dolly” Plugin WordPress also comes with default plugin named “Hello Dolly”. This plugin is not necessary.

To delete the plugin, go to Plugins > Installed Plugins and click on “Delete”.

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This will delete the plugin.


3. Set Title, Tagline and Timezone

Setting Title, Tagline and Timezone is extremely easy. But most of the newbies neglect these things.

Title and Tagline make it easier to understand what’s your site about. Proper timezone is essential for scheduling your posts.

You can set all of these from the same page. Just go to Setting > General and enter your Site Title and Tagline. If you are not sure what to write on Tagline, do it later. Then scroll down and choose a city in the same timezone as you.

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And click on “Save Changes”.


4. Choose WWW or Non-WWW

WordPress lets you choose WWW or non-WWW version of your site. You have to choose one for your site. There is no much difference between the version. But the problem will be raised if you change it later.

If you choose the non-WWW version, then your blog URL will be http://yourdomain.com, and if you choose WWW, it will be http://www.yourdomain.com.

Search Engine will consider both as two distinct addresses.  So if you change it frequently, a lot of duplicate pages will be created in Google Index. It is very harmful for SEO.

Here at RoadToBlogging, I am using the non-WWW version. By default, WordPress keeps it as non-WWW. If you want to add WWW in your WordPress blog, go to Setting > General and add WWW to WordPress Address and Site Address.

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And click on “Save Changes”.


5. Change Your Default Theme

WordPress Installation comes up with some default WordPress themes. Those are good for personal blogs.

But if you’re going to create a professional blog/site, you should consider using a better theme.

WordPress has a huge collection of free and premium themes. You can get started with a free theme when you are just started. But if you want to invest some money, then go with a premium theme.

Here are some popular WordPress themes –

  • Astra
  • GeneratePress
  • Divi
  • Thrive Themes
  • Kadence

You can get to learn about more WordPress themes here.

Once you’ve found the right theme for your WordPress site, check – How to Install a WordPress Theme.


A site icon is a small icon that shows on the browser tabs and bookmarks mostly. And a logo is the small design that represents your site around the web. It’s crucial to have unique favicon and logo to increase your brand awareness.

Favicon and Logo

You can create a site icon by using Photoshop or other tools. If you don’t have designing skills, you can use online tools like Favicon.cc or X-Icon Editor.

When it comes to designing a logo, you can do it yourself by using Photoshop or online logo maker tools. Otherwise, you need to hire someone to create a logo for you.

You can hire a designer from Fiverr for as low as $5. If you want to invest more money, you can hire a professional designer from 99designs.

Once you’ve prepared the favicon and logo, go to WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Customize.

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Then click on ‘Site Identity’.

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Then upload logo and site icon.

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Just click on ‘Publish’ and you are done.


7. Install Essential Plugins

The best thing about the WordPress is, you can do almost everything in WordPress by using a plugin.

That means you don’t need to have any coding skills to add functionality in WordPress. And there is a plugin for anything you want to accomplish.

However, there are some common WordPress plugins which are essential for almost every kind of WordPress site. Here are some essential plugins –

Also Read: 20+ Essential WordPress Plugins & Tools for Bloggers


8. Update Your User Profile

Having biographical info and profile picture helps your readers to know more about you and to connect with you.

To update your user profile, go to WordPress Dashboard > Users > Profile. Then enter your name, contact info, biographical info, etc. You need to create Gravatar account to show your profile picture.

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Your biographical info and profile picture will be displayed under every blog post like this –

Biographical info and profile picture

You can also use an author box plugin like Fancier Author Box or Fanciest Author Box to make your profile more attractive.


9. Connect Your Site With Google Analytics & Search Console

Google Analytics and Search Console are the must have tools for site owners. Google Analytics tracks your visitors and Search Console helps you to monitor your site performance in Google Search. Both are free.

You need to connect your site with Google Analytics and Search Console to track your site performance.


10. Add Widgets to Sidebar

Almost all of the WordPress themes have a widget-ready sidebar. It normally placed on the right or left-hand side of the webpage. You can add Social Media widget, Recent Posts widget, Facebook Like Box widget, etc on your sidebar.

WordPress has some built-in widgets. And most of the premium WordPress themes also add additional widgets to your WordPress site.

To add a widget in your sidebar, go to WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets. Then drag a widget (that you want to add) from “Available Widgets” to “Sidebar.” Click on widget and configure the widget setting.

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You can install more widgets from WordPress Plugin Directory or CodeCanyon.


11. Add New Categories

While you can add a new category when writing a post, it’s recommended to add all categories before publishing posts. It will help you to plan your posts properly.

To add categories, go to WordPress Dashboard > Posts > Categories. Then enter your category name, slug (URL) and description. And click on “Add New Category”.

Add New Category to WordPress

12. Create Essential Pages

Like every website, WordPress sites need some essential pages. You should build these pages before publishing posts. These pages vary from niche to niche.

Here are three important pages that you should build immediately.


Over to You

So these are the things that you should do after installing WordPress.

If you’ve faced any issues regarding these things, let us know via comment.

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Istiak Rayhan

Istiak Rayhan is the founder of RoadToBlogging.com, a blog that aims to make bloggers’ journey easier. Istiak loves to help newbie bloggers to build a better blog. Here’s more about him.

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  1. Excellent post as usual Istiak. Starting a WordPress blog is easy but the real challenge starts once it goes live.

    If you’re new to WordPress, doing the essential things like installing important plugins, connecting your site to Analytics, setting up the schema, etc makes a lot of sense.

    Also, focus on getting a premium theme as your blog’s design plays a key role in your blogging success.

  2. This is a very helpful guide. Installing WordPress is just a few minutes task, but after that there a lot of settings to do before writing the first blog post. But many bloggers or newbie forget to do these and later on discover various mistakes. It’s always good to start slow with everything on place. Thanks for sharing this amazing detailed guide.

  3. very nice post for WordPress beginners. I am very proud of you my brother. You’re doing very great Job Vai :)

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