WordPress is the best Blogging Platform. It has many features. If you dont like wordpress and looking for an Alternative then read 12 Best WordPress Alternatives.
Installing WordPress is not a difficult task, but the real task is to follow important steps after installing WordPress. You have to change the default WordPress Setting and Install some good Plugins to taste the juice of WordPress.
If you are beginner and want to know the important steps to follow, then read below
1. Change the Default Theme
The first thing you have to do is to change the default WordPress theme. By default WordPress has Twenty Eleven Theme installed. You should install a good looking and fast loading theme which is very important to attract Readers and Gain Rankings. To change the Theme, just login to your Cpanel and change it. If you are looking for good premium themes then click below.
2. Create Categories and Pages
3. Create a Logo for your Blog
Create a Beautifull Logo for your Blog & paste it in Header. This will add more beauty to your Blog. Create a Beautifull Logo, as the Logo shows your Blog Identity.
4. Change the Permalink Structure
After Installing WordPress, it has a default permalink structure which is site.com/?p=123 . You have to change the Permalink Structure to Optimize it for SEO.
See Below to Change your Permalink Structure
1. Login to WordPress Dashboard.
2. Go to Settings -> Permalinks
3. This is what you will see.
4. Choose the Custom Structure & add “/%postname%/” in it without quotes. See the Image below.
Setting this permalink structure will optimize all your posts.
5. Set Up a Profile
Adding the Author or Owner profile is must for every Blog. Add a little info about yourself in About Me Section and show it at the end of every Post. This will create trust in your Readers.
6. Create a Feedburner Account
Create a Feedburner Account for your Blog and burn Feeds.You can set up a Feedburner Account for free. This is must needed for every Blog and you should also make some Effective Plans to Increase Feed Subscribers.
7. Add a Subscription Box
Every Blog must have a cool looking Subscription Box at the Sidebar so as to ease the process of Social Sharing. Add all your Facebook Page, Twitter Page, RSS in the Subscription Box. You can have a look at our Subscription Box on the right Sidebar.
8. Don’t mess Blog with Advertisements
Mostly its seen by me that Newbies are more interested in Earning rather than Posting. they mess up there Blog with Lots of Advertisements, which affects there Blog Loading Time. Also adding lots of Ads can result in Traffic Loss. So don’t add too much of Ads on your Blog, just optimized it to Earn more with Less Advertisements.
9. Make Blog Dofollow
So you have Finally managed to Reach to reach at the most important point. Make your Blog Dofollow, so as to gain Traffic and more Comments. Its not a secret that most readers comment and visit dofollow blogs and gain Backlink. So making your Blog Dofollow will increase your Traffic and Comments.
10. Install Usefull Plugins
So the Last step you need to do after Installing WordPress is to install some usefull WordPress Plugins. WordPress is actually known for its huge number of Plugins. The Plugins that I recommend at the starting are
This plugin stops spam Comments and is the best and free Alternatives of Akismet.
This plugin will generate sitemap of your blog and will submit it to major Search Engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing etc.
This plugin will automatically backup your Blog.
This plugin will add Floating Social Media Buttons for Social Sharing.
This Plugin will Optimise your Blog Post. It is a must have Plugin.
(f) W3Total Cache-
This Plugin will Improve the Loading time of your Blog. You can also enable cdn via this plugin.
This Plugin will Compress all your Images for Improving Loading time of Blog.
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There are many other things that you need to follow after Installing WordPress, but these were the Basics Things.
If you have any Suggestion or Queries, then please Comment.
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