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WordPress is a massive blogging platform that is used by 14.7% of the top million websites in the world. It has got so popular because of it is easy to customise, expandable with plugin’s and applies good SEO standards. On the WordPress website they have a tutorial which you can learn exactly how to install WordPress on your site. Now you have installed WordPress on your website, what do you do now? How do you get the most out of this blogging platform? Here is a valuable list of things you should do after you have installed WordPress on your website.

1. Manage Authors And Change Admin Password

To start with WordPress will assign a password to your admin user which will be a auto generated password of random numbers and letters, so the first thing you should do is change the password for your admin user to something easier to remember. While you are changing your admin user you can also make changes to add other authors to your blog. This will allow users to login to your blog to post content. You can set this up to not publish the post straight away but set it to pending review before it goes live, which means the admin user will login to approve the post.

2. Manage Your Blog Categories

When you first install WordPress it will setup a default category called Uncategorized. You should delete this category and create your own. Adding your own Categories will automatically add category links to your navigation. To create new categories go to Posts > Categories and fill in the form.

3. Change The Default Theme

You want your blog to look professional, to do this you need a good theme. There are many choices of themes out there some are free and some are premium. If you can’t afford to have your own custom made theme it is always better to have a premium theme over a free theme, this is because they are easier to customise and have better inbuilt SEO.

There is a good WordPress theme marketplace called ThemeForest which gives you the choice of 100s of high quality themes with well written documentation and user guides. To get an example of the sort of themes they do I wrote an article showing the top 10 themes of July 2011.

From CodeCanyon you can also get some premium WordPress plugins to add that little bit of extra functionality to make your blog even more unique.

4. Edit Your Permalinks

The WordPress default URL for your posts is not very user friendly or SEO friendly, your first post URL will look like This needs to be changed to something which is more descriptive, there are many different options you can choose from so you need to decide on which one you will use.

All blogs should at least have the post title in the URL.

Other combinations are category/post-title or what I use on this blog data/blog-title. The only reason I have my URLs like this is because I like having the date in the URL so visitors will know how old and how relevant the content is. If I write an SEO post which is over 5 years old they will know that it won’t be very relevant now.

To change the permalinks go to Settings > Permalinks and select which format you want as your new links. You can also change how your tags and categories URLs are shown.

5. Install Analytics Plugin

Now that you have the basics of your blog setup you need to start installing some WordPress plugins to add some additional functionality that is essential to any website.

First of all you will need a good Analytics system to keep track of your visitors. The best free analytics system is Google Analytics, they provide lots of reports and give you the ability to create your own reports to capture exactly what your visitors are doing. You need to know where your visitors are coming from and what marketing is working and what isn’t.

I have wrote a previous article about how to install Google Analytics without using a plugin, so if you are able to change the functions.php file on your theme then you can do this.

If you don’t want to go around playing with the blog theme then here are some good analytics plugins.

  1. Google Analytics for WordPress
  2. Simple Google Analytics
  3. Web Ninja Google Analytics
  4. Google Analyticator
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Posted by Paul Underwood

I am a PHP Developer From Bristol, UK. I write tutorials and articles at Paulund for web professionals to get more from their site. I love learning more about Wordpress and seeing all the things you can do with it.


  1. Your welcome Scott

  2. Excellent collection of useful tools and practical advice. I’m fairly new to WordPress and was glad to discover this from the WordPress LinkedIn group and share it via twitter and also on a Facebook page that I keep for sharing social media tips. Looking forward to learning from your other content, Paul! Keep it coming…Ann (Miami)

  3. Thanks a lot! very interesting and helpful.
    I hope more stuff will come soon 🙂

  4. Hello Ann and Gadi

    I have more WordPress tutorials on my site. Go to to find out more.

  5. Very good tips, you even included the backup plugin – you forgot one though; wp super cache.

  6. Great stuff , but I would also like to add that you should also change the name “admin” to one less targetable.

  7. @Brad – thats true you can use a cache plugin but it’s most likely not needed just after installing wordpress because you haven’t got the traffic to need it. But it is always better in terms of SEO to have a cache plugin.

    @Sergiu – Yes good to change the Admin user to something else can keep it more secure.

  8. An excellent summary of the first things to do when setting up an wordpress site, all of which are vital.

  9. Look at this great plugin:
    Many Tips Together
    This plugin compiles many administrative customization tips in one simple interface.
    Tell me what you think of it. Tnks!

  10. please someone help, after i installed wordpress on my site i could not view the first content when i visit the url.

    How can i fix this

  11. Looks like it’s working now, right?

  12. Nice list, thanks. I just wrote a very similar article at my blog mentioning some of the same things!

  13. Good list. Getting a solid start is always going to improve the users experience later.

  14. That’s right doing these thing to start with will make maintenance on your blog easier in the long run.

  15. I was blogging from last few years and my one and only choice is wordpress, but i just feeling that how could i say thanks to you, now i have found the way of managing my all blogs from just one interface, its really great work. Really thanks a lot. I will must check it out.

  16. great article and helpful for me. just need to work a lot with wordpress in the future.

  17. I would throw in ‘wordpress backup’ plugin, recently trialling it and it works well…back up all of the site periodically. Also throw in a SEO plugin and supercache…and bad behaviour, broken links and subscribe to comments plugin…..all the ‘basics’ i my opinion.

  18. I was blogging from last few years and my one and only choice is wordpress, but i just feeling that how could i say thanks to you, now i have found the way of managing my all blogs from just one interface, its really great work.I appreciate this top 10 list. The only thing I’s say is missing is a discussion of automatic posting to Twitter and Facebook. I have struggled to find a decent plug-in for this — particularly one that will post to one of multiple Fan Pages I administer. Really thanks a lot. I will must check it out.

  19. thanks for the ARTICLE,nice to meet you.

  20. Great post Paul I would advise everyone to install the Database backup plugin its a great tool and you shouldn’t be without it, it will help you sleep easy at night!

  21. great info!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Very useful for beginners like me 😉 thanks for all the information!

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