Ready to start your web business ? . Your newly installed WordPress blog may be your new source of income or a big step in your business.
These important settings will definitely help you to power up your WordPress blog.
Pick a Nice Theme
The first impression is the best impression . So your theme will definitely helps you to create a good impression in your users. Always pick a theme that matches your niche. You can make your site memorable with best fonts, colors , navigation ( menus and widgets) and images.
Changing themes often is a big pain and create a bad user experience. So make a decision in the beginning. Get an easily customizable premium theme . Woothemes and dythemes offers best themes and good support. You can easily brand your site with a nice theme and unique settings.
What You Want – A Static Front Page or A Blog Page ?
Make your home page attractive. Decide which one you want? – A static front page or a normal blog page (showing your latest post). If you want your blog looks like a static site and it’s based on one niche, you can choose a static front page.
If you are regularly updating your blog and your blog has more subscribers , then the second blog page option is better for you. So you can easily show the updated stories on your front page.
WordPress is the most SEO friendly blogging platform on its own. We can easily optimize our WordPress with correct settings .
The very first step is to change your default permalink. In this blog I use %postname% permalink structure . You can either use ‘category/postname’ or ‘postname ‘ structure .
WordPress SEO by yoast is the best free SEO plugin , which helps you to set up a better search engine optimized WordPress blog.
Make your WordPress Comments Spam Free
Don’t allow spammers to live on your blog.Don’t allow boats to comment on your WordPress blog. Why you need a blog with full of spam comments? .
With the right configuration you can easily make your WordPress comments spam free. Install Akismet & conditional cache plugin . Always moderate your comments.
Secure your WordPress Blog
Every year thousands of WordPress blog got hijacked. So It is very important stay vigilant . Your site security must be an ongoing process and take it as a high priority item.
Always update your WordPress to the new version and make sure that you are using the updated version of plugins.
Better WP Security is a good plugin which helps you to secure your WordPress blog. This is a free plugin and it will show you a list of major items you should do to secure your WordPress. You can easily block spammers IP and you can track the activities in your blog (like updating files , 404 errors , bad logins etc.) .
If you are planning to install this plugin , please backup your database first. If you found anything broken during installation , you can restore all your data from your database backup.
This plugin won’t remove any infection from your site. So for that you can use Securi, the best web monitoring and malware cleanup service. Securi not only catch the malware but also clean your infected site .
Power Up your WordPress With Essential Plugins
One of the most powerful feature of WordPress is its easy to install plugins. Power up your WordPress blog with essential WordPress plugins. I have already shared a list of WordPress plugins for beginners .
Backup Your Blog Regularly
Your site backup will help you to restore your posts, pages and all settings while your site is crashed or hijacked. WP-DBManager is a free plugin which allows you to back up your site regularly.
Optimize your WordPress Blog
For creating a better user experience and search engine visibility , you need a fast loading site. You can easily optimize your WordPress site using W3 Total Cache plugin . Configure this plugin carefully . After installing this plugin , my site shows improvement in overall site performance.
Always keep a backup of your blog to ensure high security . Now your WordPress blog is ready. Publish some nice posts and attract more readers.