5 Things to Do after Installing WordPress

If you search for the same titles on Google, you will have loads of similar topics. They are either outdated, or are basically talking about the same things (no offense), so, I would like to make it a bit different.

1. Edit the Settings

After installing WordPress, go directly into the back-end and navigate to the Setting page. Make sure whether you want to keep “www” for your domain, whether to enable user registration, the date formats, reader comments. Basically you can find all the on-and-off switch of your WordPress functions.

5 Things to Do after Installing WordPress

2. Plan and Set up Your Taxonomies

A bit quick? Did I just skip something? No, definitely not, I just started. This is a very important step, it will save a lot of time if you take serious consideration before implementing any changes. The term taxonomies I mentioned includes Category and Tag. These are important tools to help you organize your content display and structure. If you take a look at ThemeFortress, you will find that Tags are not used here. Yes, I use only Category to manage all the posts. This is basically Tag is useless for my blog and later on will generate loads of SEO troubles. Using Category only can also keep your blog structure clean and less confusing to your readers. Of course, you can still use Tag and later install some SEO plugins to avoid duplicate contents.

First you should list out all the categories and topics and organize them according to certain order. Once you decide which way to use, you can get start. If you use Category only, the best practice is not inflate them. Limit the number under 8 and you will tasted the benefit in the future when you blog grow. One thing to point out is, never overlap your categories and tags.

3. Edit Blog Permalinks

This is another important step. There are lots of articles talk about the best practice of permalinks structure and I have listed two of them. Those are good articles, if you want to learn more about the topic, make sure to read them. Structure used by most blogs are either Year/Date or Year/Month which are generally not the best practice, as always.

There are two most preferred structure which are recognized by SEO exports. The first one is what I used here on ThemeFortress:

/%postname%/

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4. Turn off Post Revision, Change Autosave Interval

You can assume that post revision is a feature “borrowed” from MediaWiki (or Wikipedia). Most people don’t need it. If you need it, you can install plugins to have more control on it. Also it’s easy to turn it off. Go to your wp-config.php file and enter the following: (Always backup your database before making any changes!)

If you have already had some revisions in the database and want to remove them, try the following MySQL query:

The above query only delete posts that marked as revision. If you are facing similar situation as below, you can check out the snippet that will help you WeblogToolsCollection or here.

If for some reason you associated a revision with a tag or a category that was then removed when the final post was published, you will have extra entries in other tables such as terms.

You can change the autosave interval while writing posts using the following snippets (wp-config.php).

5. Manage Your Media

Now let’s come to the media and images management part. You can change the directory for storing your images, determine the size and so forth. If you don’t have tons of images, I would recommend you to store them in a single folder, and don’t let WordPress to store them under year and month structure.

Alternatively, if you are like me, you can use Flickr or other external services to store images and video. In this way, you can save lots of bandwidth. But situation can happen that images are deleted (Yes, even a Pro account on Flickr), so you must have some backup either on your own hard drive, or use cloud services like Dropbox.

Note I didn’t mention a lot about plugins and I will leave the topic next time.