I have just bought a brand new domain and have just installed WordPress on it. Installing WordPress was as simple as pressing a button in the GoDaddy admin screen. So simple. No FTP necessary. The customer support at GoDaddy even installed WordPress for me by phone once too. I would recommend this if you are having trouble.
Ok so once you have WordPress installed what are the first 10 things you should do?
1. Install your new theme
I am using PlatformPro from Pagelines. It offers tons of customisation with loads of features. It cost me $97 I think. Which is pretty good. It has a great unique drag and drops ability that allows moving the different page sections by simple drag and drop. Very powerful. Link on the right if you want to check out Pagelines.
2. Configure your Theme
Set up how you want your pages to look. Add pages and set a home page. Add logos, posts and pictures. To create the logos I used Keynote form Apple. It’s amazingly quick to create a (fairly) good logo. Can always add a more professional one at a later date. A good tip when configuring your theme is to do one thing at a time. Save. Then view your site. Sometimes changing certain things will screw up your graphics and you need to control what you changed to revert.
3. Edit the page permalinks
This one took me a while to realise. I couldn’t work out why my pages were like this www.profitablenicheblogging.com/?p=23 what the heck! I don’t want that. I want it to be SEO compliant and read like another website i.e with the post name after the .com.
After a bit of messing around, I found that these are called permalinks. This was a complete trial and error on my side. Here is how to set them up if you don’t know. Super!
- Go to Settings > Permalinks
- Under ‘Common settings’ choose ‘Custom Structure’
- Enter %postname%/ in the field
- Or if you prefer to have the category in the URL as well, enter %category%/%postname%/
4. Change your login name and password
I suggest changing your username to something other than Admin and changing your password to something you will remember. The last thing you want is your site hacked.
5. Add the SEO All in one plugin
This plugin allows you to easily add your meta Keywords, title and description of your blog. This just allows Google to easily read through and understand what your content is all about.
6. Configure the Google analytics tool.
You will need a Google account to do this. I use Google analytics tool by Joost De Volk. I found this to be the easiest to install and configure. Just search the plugins in your wp-admin area.
7. Set up the Askimet
comment spam filter You will get spam comments. Fact. Askimet will block these for you. It’s a great tool I recommend you use. You need the key which you can get from your profile on WordPress.com.
8. Add the Google XML site map plugin to your blog
Google XML Sitemaps generates a compliant XML-Sitemap for your site, allowing the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Ask, MSN) to easily index your site. Every time you edit or add a post, the sitemap will modify itself.
9. Create a WordPress back up
Always good to have a backup in place. Things may go wrong with your server or hosting, or you could even make a mistake yourself.
WordPress Database Backup will backup your WordPress blog, and you can even set it so it will email you a backup every week, so you don’t have to do anything yourself but activate it.
10. Create your first post and test out your new blog!
Hope this was of some use. I know I will use it when next setting up my next site. RobM