Changing WordPress Settings after new installation

WordPress new installation has few pre-configured settings that should be changed immediately. I have made these settings on BeingBlog.

New fresh WordPress installation comes with many pre-installed themes, plugins, setting. To make WordPress suitable for first time use you must change few basic settings and remove unwanted themes and plugins.

Being Blog First Look

Being Blog First Look

Here are few of the changes which I made immediately after installing WordPress to make it work better for me.

Changing Settings:

  • General Settings: WordPress installation will have pre-configured site title and site description — Tagline. This is the first thing I have changed from My Blog to BeingBlog as site title and tagline as The Blog Stories. There are also few basic setting such as Time Zone, Date Format, Week Start, etc that can be changed. As I am from India, I only changed time zone to UTC+5:30 keeping dates and other formats un-touched. Once changes are completed, commit them hitting Save button.
General Settings Site Title Tagline

General Settings Site Title Tagline

  • Writing settings: If you want to change default post category and post format to something else, writing setting will allow to do. But I haven’t changed anything here. Kept my setting as it is. In writing section, there is something called Post via e-mail which I don’t prefer to use because it will directly publish my article when sent from email without making any SEO changes.
WordPress Writing Settings

WordPress Writing Settings

WP Writing Post Via Email

WP Writing Post Via Email

  • Reading settings: I haven’t changed anything in Writing section because I want to keep my new blog articles on home page. Writing section allows user to select different homepage from blog page. For me, blog will be OK as I will be keep on writing that will be shown on homepage. There are few other settings like Blog pages to show, search engine setting, and few setting for blog feed. I haven’t changed anything here.
WordPress Reading Settings

WordPress Reading Settings

  • Discussion settings: It will handle the comments which your reader will be posting in future. I have made few changes for spam protection. I have disabled pingback and trackbacks by un-checking option. And also I have changed option for comment approval — Comment must be manually approved. At bottom, there are options to chose avatar for non-gravtar user, I selected MonsterID.
WordPress Discussion Settings

WordPress Discussion Settings

Comment Avatar Monster ID

Comment Avatar Monster ID

  • Media settings: In media, I disabled month and year based upload. I wanted my files to be under single folder instead of creating multiple folders for years and months.
WordPress Media Settings

WordPress Media Settings

  • I will be also changing changed default the upload folder name to /files/ using a plugin which I will post in future had mentioned in modify media upload folder article.
Media Settings Folder Upload

Media Settings Folder Upload after modifying folders

  • Premalink settings: This is considered as one of the most important setting in-terms of blog SEO. Be careful which choosing premlink for blog post as it should be changed only once while first time setup. I had changed my permalinks to display post slug url instead of default post id. You can also change the slug url for category and tag to something you desire.
WordPress Permalink Custom

WordPress Permalink Custom

WordPress URL Permalink Change

WordPress URL Permalink Change

So this was complete Settings setup which I done immediately after installing WordPress blog. In-future, I will modify few settings again to make my blog more secured and SEO friendly. Currently these are setting while writing this article.

Themes Settings:

By default, WordPress new installation comes with few default free WordPress themes. If you want to start using any one of these themes, then I would suggest to use the latest one — Twenty Fifteen. Even I am using the same theme on BeingBlog to time being. I may be changing theme in feature, but currently Twenty Fifteen is our default theme activated.

WordPress Default Themes

WordPress Default Themes

What about other themes apart from Twenty Fifteen? Should I delete it?

Answer to this question is — YES. Keeping unwanted themes will decrease the performance of WordPress processing and also occupy space in web host. So it is always recommended to delete unwanted themes. If you need it in future, then you can download and install from WordPress Theme Directory for free.

Plugins Setting:

Like WordPress themes, new WordPress installation has few pre-installed Plugins. Plugins like, Hello Dolly, Akismet, and Jetpack comes pre-installed in every new installation.

Should I delete this plugins? or keep it for future use?

In my case, I have removed Hello Dolly and Jetpack plugin as I might not be using them. Jetpack is good plugin if you want to get features which are available in WordPress.com but missing in WordPress.org dashboard.

I have configured the Akismet plugin which is a spam protection plugin that will help in reducing and removing spammy comments on any articles. Detail about how I configured Akismet for spam protection will be is published soon.

Post, Page and Comments:

WordPress new installation has one sample post, page and comment. Removing these default or editing them will be good opinion.

For BeingBlog,

I have modified default post — Hello World! Welcome to BeingBlog :). Modified Sample page to About MatruDEV and trashed the sample comment. Thus at the end of the day I got completely clean and new WordPress installation.

Conclusion and final words:

Now I have modified and changed setting of fresh WordPress installation to my desired settings. BeingBlog is ready to go live with good content and more updates.

I will updating further changes that will be done on BeingBlog. Stay connected with us.

Note: I will be adding have added images, and will modify article if required with changes in security setup.

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