6 Key Things To Do When You Very First Log In To Wordpress

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There’s a lot of settings within WordPress, and it can be difficult to know what are the key things to do to get your site up and running as quickly as possible.

So I thought I’d share today the 6 key things you need to do when you very first log in to WordPress – these are all things that, if you do early, will help your website SEO in the long term.

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So, you’ve just logged into WordPress for the very first time, what now?

1. Set your Site Title, Tagline and timezone when you very first log in

Dashboard > Settings > General

Item number one that you will need to do when first logging into Wordpress is heading to Settings, then to General. What you’ll need to do next is set your Site Title and Tagline. We obviously want to make sure that it says your website name or business name, so that will be what goes into Site Title.

The tagline will then explain the site name. For example, if your site title was something related to yoga, then the tagline would be something along the lines of ‘For Over 50 Women To Stay Flexible’, for example.

These also obviously need to have some sort of SEO focus to them. So, for the same example, if it’s a yoga site, then having the word yoga in there somewhere is going to be important! You could also include things like who your service and business is for and your location as well.

Other things that you’ll want to check in your General Settings is the email address listed, as this will be the email address that any notifications and things like that will go to. You can also adjust your time zone here too as well as the site language. This will affect things like the formatting of dates and times on your website.

Once you edit these settings and you’re happy with how everything is looking, all you need to do is just click save.

2. Change your url structure (Wordpress permalink structure)

Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks

The second thing you need to do is still in your Settings, but we’ll go a bit further down to Permalinks and click on that. The permalink is the URL of a post, an image, a category, and anything like that on your WordPress site.

There’ll be a few options here, but the one I would suggest doing is “Post Name”. By default, WordPress will put the date as well as the post name into your permalink URL. For SEO purposes, getting rid of the dates and just keeping the name is best.

What that’ll then mean is if you have a page called Yoga Classes Timetable, then that’s what the URL will say at the top. It keeps it really plain and simple – it looks good, people can read it, and of course, Google likes it.

3. Block search engines while you build your site

Dashboard > Settings > Reading > Search Engine Visibility

Whilst you’re editing your website, you’ll want to make sure that you are blocking search engines, so that Google and Bing don’t start showing people your site before it’s ready!

Go to Reading, and you just need to check Search Engine Visibility and make sure that’s ticked. That will make sure that WordPress is discouraging search engines from indexing the site.

As with all these changes in your settings, make sure you click Save when you’re done!

4. Remove unwanted themes

Dashboard > Appearnce > Themes

The next thing we need to do is to go up to Appearance and Themes. WordPress likes to give you lots of different theme choices, but we only want to keep one as a fallback/default.

You’ll want to remove the other default themes here as well, as it uses up resources in your WordPress account.

Remember to keep the theme you are using active, otherwise it won’t work!

5. Remove unwanted plugins

Dashboard > Plugins

The next thing we need to do is go to Plugins and get rid of all the generic plugins. Sometimes WordPress includes some default/generic ones, which you can just get rid of.

The fewer plugins the better to ensure better website performance and poorly developed plugin compatibility issues.

I always recommend a good security, back up and SEO plugins as a minimum.

6. Remove default posts, pages & set your homepage

Dashboard > Posts
Dashboard > Pages

You’ll see that in Posts, there will is a generic post that WordPress puts in. We can delete that by clicking on the bin icon.

Also in Pages there is a Sample Page. This sample page we can just remove/bin. Remember to keep the default privacy policy page though because that is a legal requirement!

Set your homepage

And the last one is an exciting one – we’re going to add our first page!
Dashboard > Pages > Add New

Click Add New, and to get your Homepage up and running in the quickest way possible, call your new page Home and click Publish. Once the page is published go to Dashboard > Appearance > Customise > Homepage Settings > Select Static Page and select the Home page you just created

And there you are 6 things to do when you very first log in to Wordpress, you’re now ready to go and start building your website, exciting!

Sarah x

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