There are some basic steps I always recommend after you have installed WordPress, and before you do anything else.
In this tutorial you will learn how to prepare your WordPress install, some small settings that are best to set up before you staring setting up your theme or creating content and a few things to get rid of.
Highlights from the video
These are the steps from this video. 1. Go to Posts > All Posts — and delete the Hello World post 2. Go to Posts > Categories — rename the uncategorized category to a new category you will be using. For example, maybe one of your more popular categories might be graphic design. Remember, you can change this before you go live.
3. Go to Pages > All Pages — and delete the Sample Page 4. Go to Comments — and delete the Mr. WordPress comment (you may not see anything there, in that case ignore this step) 5. Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins — delete any pre-installed plugins except Akismet. If you hosting requires a plugin, don’t delete those. Also, only do this on a complete new install. 6. Go to Appearance > Themes – if your install gave you a bunch of themes, delete all but two. The theme you are using and the theme Twenty-Fourteen or Twenty-Thirteen for a backup. 6. Go to Settings > General — for now make sure you have:
- A working and accessible email saved.
- The box Anyone can register unchecked. If you need this for a plugin or theme you install later, they will let you know.
- Your timezone selected.
7. Go to Settings > Reading — here you will need to check the box to hide your site from the search engines while you are building it. Just make sure you note to uncheck it when you go live. It really works well with blocking the search engines.
8. Go to Settings > Permalinks — we will be talking more about this setting in an upcoming lesson, but for now set it to Post name.
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