I’ve installed 2 WordPress blogs lately, my wife’s blog and the photo blog. I’ll just share some of the things I setup when I installed them. This will serve as my reference when I install another WordPress blog in the future.
1. Delete the default admin account. After initially logging in as an administrator with an admin username, I always create another user with an admin privilege and delete the default admin account. Why? For security purposes. Read more info on this. 😉
2. Settings. Here are some of the settings I changed after initial install. Those that are not mentioned are set by default. Some explanations in italic.
- Timezone: UTC +8. To reflect Philippine time.
- Week Starts On: Sunday
- Uncheck: Break comments into pages with… To avoid duplicate content.
- Uncheck all options on: Before a comment appears… so that people can already comment without my intervention.
- Custom Structure: /%category%/%postname%/
3. Themes. Installed an SEO-friendly WordPress theme.
4. Install Plugins. I installed and activated the following plugins.
- WP-Super-Cache. For caching, obviously.
- Add-Meta-Tags plugin. For including description and keyword meta tag for each post.
- Related Entries plugin. For including related entries after the post. Good for SEO internal linking.
- Sitemap Generator. For generating sitemap compatible with the 3 search engines.
- Login Lockdown. For extra security.
- Akismet. Spam protection.
5. Edit .htaccess file.
- Disabled hotlinking of images to conserve bandwidth.
- Disabled directory browsing.
- Blocked some IP addresses with history of attacking my sites.
- Blocked known bad bots from accessing my site.
6. Edit robots.txt.
More things I plan to do later.
Just follow the links for specific steps. Basically, those are how I setup my WordPress blog.
About the permalink structure, I just don’t like messing my permalink structure on this blog, that’s why it’s different from the one I recommended above.