When you first create your blog, there are lots of things you need to do. There are plugins, themes, writing pages and setting up social media. One of the first things you need to do, however, is fix your WordPress. Below are 6 wordpress tips when you are a new blogger.
WordPress is INCREDIBLY user friendly. It has everything a new blogger could need to be successful. There are some things that are better with just a smidgen of tweaking.
WordPress tip 1:
CHange Your Admin Username and PassworD
Your account may automatically default to “admin” when you begin on WordPress. You may not think it’s a bad thing, but think about it.
If it sets YOUR username to admin, it will set it that way for everyone with a new WordPress blog, making it easier for hackers because they KNOW that WordPress sets them up this way.
It’s a super easy fix, though.
From your WordPress blog dashboard, you’ll go down to users and select “your profile”. Change your email address to a different one or make one up.
Then you’ll go to users and “Add New”. Put in your username, email adddress and password. Remember, don’t use a generic “password1234” because it’s really easy to guess.
Also make sure you change your role from “subscriber” to “admin”. Otherwise you won’t be able to finish.
(Yes, I know I have a weak password. I checked the box.)
Once you’re done, click “add new user”. Once it’s done, you’ll be redirected to the User page and will see both usernames listed there.
Log out and then log back in with your new username.
Once logged in, you;ll go to Users and select “All Users” again. Select the box of the old username, go down to “bulk actions” and then click apply. You’ll be redirected to a “delete users” screen.
Here’s the most important thing about this entire lesson. You’ll see a box that says “Attribute all content to”. Make sure you select your NEW USERNAME for this. If you don’t, all of your current content will be deleted.
AGAIN, ATTRIBUTE ALL CONTENT TO YOUR NEW USERNAME OR IT WILL BE DELETED.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you if you miss this step.
But that’s it. You have successfully changed your username from the generic “username” to your own username.
WordPress Tip 2:
Change your permalinks
Another small, irritating default of WordPress is how it sets up your permalinks. Your permalinks are the “path” to your website. For example, in yourwebsite(dot)com/interesting-article, “interesting-article” is the permalink.
WordPress automatically defaults these to incorporate the date. This isn’t good for ANYONE, as far as I’m concerned. If I find a website that has a date on it, and that date is over a year old, I automatically discredit that website. It’s also not good for SEO purposes.
Luckily, this is another easy fix. Simply head to your dashboard and go to SETTINGS>Pemalinks. Then you’ll switch it from whichever one it has picked for a default to the “post name” permalink. This gets rid of all the dates in your permalinks.
ONLY DO THIS IF YOU DON’T CURRENTLY HAVE ANY PUBLISHED POSTS.
If you already have posts published, you’ll want to find another way to do that.
WordPress Tip 3:
CHange your tagline
Another wonderful default of WordPress is the site tagline. It comes with the standard “Just Another WordPress Site”. PLEASE CHANGE THAT. That’s horrendous.
Go to Settings>General and put whatever you want in the tagline.
WordPress tip 4:
Add Categories and Set a New default
WordPress puts all of your uncategorized blog posts under an “uncategorized” category when they are published. Uncategorized is such an ugly way to describe your precious posts that you worked so hard on.
Click on the “uncategorized” category and change it to something that sounds better. “Latest News” or “Updates” is what I would go with.
wordpress tip 5:
Check your security
This one should be right to begin with, but when it comes to security, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Head to Settings>Reading and make sure “Search Engine Visibility” is NOT checked.
On the note of security, adding a security plugin is never a bad idea, as long as it’s a good one.
I have Wordfence. It’s free, super easy to set up, and has over 3 million active installations.
WordPress tip 6:
Backup Your SIte
Even if your host says they do it.
Because you work HARD on this blog. Do you really trust just ONE backup?? I personally have backups of backups of most digital things in my life.
I recommend the Updraftplus plugin. It’s super user-friendly AND free. It also has tons of backup options (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc).
It is recommended by tons of bloggers and, as of the date of this post, has a 5 star rating and over 2 million active installations.
Good enough for me.
That’s it. There are 6 tips when your a new WordPress Blogger.
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As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to message me.