5 Must Do Things after Installing WordPress

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Must Do Things After Installing WordPress

After installing WordPress, you assume that you are almost done with creating a blog. Now, you create some content and wait for Google bots to come and index your blog but this is not the right approach. Well, creating a new blog doesn’t take much time and effort but there are some things you must do just after installing WordPress for better optimization, indexing and better results. So this post is about 5 things you must do after installing WordPress. Below are the things you need to do after finishing WordPress installation.

1-Delete the Hello World Post After Installing WordPress

You should delete the Hello World post as soon as you finish installing WordPress. There is no special reason for this but you must not get this post indexed on Google or any other search engine as it provides no value to your readers. So go to your dashboard and put it into Trash just after installing WordPress.

2-Change the Permalink Structure (for Better Optimization) and Some Settings

WordPress permalinks are a great way to increase your SEO. WordPress 3.5 comes with default /%postname%/ permalink structure and I suggest you to use the same for better optimization. You know, closer the keyword is to the beginning, better your SEO results will be (don’t forget to put your keyword in the URL for better SEO). But, if you are using older versions of WordPress then change the permalink structure to /%postname%/ instead of the default structure because this is the best permalink structure for SEO. Changing permalinks in WordPress is easy, Go to settings>>permalinks and change it to /%postname%/.

NOTE-Change Permalink Immediately After Installing WordPress

There is a reason behind this. Once your posts get indexed, changing permalink structure will result in not found errors and you will have to do a 301 redirect and i bet you don’t want to mess up with all these things.

Also, you should go to General settings and change the following settings.

Site Title: Put your site title here.

Tagline: Put your tagline here.

Membership: select “anyone can register” and new user default role as “subscriber” or whatever you want.

Time zone: Select your time zone.

3-Delete Akismet and Hello Dolly Plugins

I hate Akismet more than any other plugin and there is a reason behind it. Thanks to Ana Hoffman for writing a detailed post on Akismet and its negative effects, you can read it 

target="_blank">here. Well, Akismet sometimes marks human comments as SPAM. I remember when it marked a well-known blogger’s comment as SPAM on my blog. That was the last time I used it.

Hello dolly is of no use, so I suggest you to delete it. More number of plugins will increase the load on your server, this will result in slow loading and we know that Google now considers page loading speed as a part of SEO. So there is no reason to keep these plugins installed. So delete these plugins after installing WordPress, if you want to have good page loading speed.

4-Install Few Must Have Plugins and Themes

You should install some useful plugins after installing WordPress. Below are the plugins I use on almost all of my sites and they are really very useful. So, these are some must have plugins for a WordPress blog.


I love this plugin, I suggest you to use CommentLuv premium but if you cannot afford it, you can use the free version. This plugin will increase the number of comments on your blog.

Google XML Sitemaps

This is an awesome plugin to generate and submit sitemaps automatically.

SEOPressor or SEO by Yoast

Applying SEO on your posts will give them a chance to perform well on search engines. You can choose an SEO plugin for your blog according to your needs; I suggest two plugins – SEOPressor (if you can afford it) or SEO by Yoast (if you like to have more options and free plugin).

You can choose anyone of these two. They both are awesome, one is premium and other is free. SEO by Yoast gives lots of options like Taxonomies etc. and SEOPressor is specially designed for on page SEO.

GASP (Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin)

This is the solution for spams if you have removed Akismet. GASP adds a check box after comment box. Robots cannot check this box so you won’t get bot spams.


Shows the mobile version of your site on Mobile devices like Android, iOS etc.

Also, you should install WordPress theme for your new blog if you don’t like the default WordPress theme. So install these plugins and themes after installing WordPress.

5-Create Few Backlinks and Share links on Social Media

Now, you need to get your blog indexed on search engines. This depends upon how fast you can share your blog’s link on internet? Try to comment on few well-known blogs, share your blog’s link on social media and submit it to web directories. This will increase the chances of getting indexed quickly. Google bots visit top web pages more often so they will crawl your link from these sites. I have applied the same tricks and my sites got indexed within the day I bought them.

So these were some of the things you must do after installing WordPress. Hope you liked the post, Happy Blogging.



  1. Twitter:
    Well Prabhat..Great job on writing this awesome post.Yes these are really must do things just after installing wordpress.It is good to see you at comluv.Thanks for sharing this nice post.
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  2. Twitter:
    Hello Prabhat, Nice post.
    The step by step instructions, you have given here, are really good. Yes Akismet is not as good as it seems to be. Comment luv and SEO by Yoast are few good plugins. Can you please tell me which one is better among SEO Pressor and Yoast?
    BTW nice post.
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  3. Twitter:
    Thank you, so much for the post! Being new to WordPress and blogging, in general, this is some great advice. I look forward to reading the rest of your posts on your website. Is there a good rule of thumb for length of posts and for how often a blogger should post?
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  4. Thanks for the sharing of the useful tips,
    But unfortunely, I missed to changed the permalink.
    I know the importance of the permalink after I posted 20++ article.
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  5. Really very nice share bro.
    I just installed all above suggested plugins and option, thanks for sharing them.
    Keep sharing!!!
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  6. Twitter:
    Fantastic, this is something very great, I mean your article is very much detailed for those who are newbie in this field.
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  7. Twitter:
    LOL I delete Hello World all the time. Whenever I upgrade. I don’t know why that thing is even in WordPress.
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  8. Chiranjeev says:

    Well written Prabhat.
    These are the really 5 most basic things to do just after installing WordPress. Deleting Hello World post is a must do things in the above list.
    Nice post, Worth reading.

  9. Thanks for sharing this useful guide. Wordporess is one of the best CMS, no doubts and the variety of WordPress theme is simply rocks!!!
    A great security plugin I’d recommend is Better WP Security by Bit51.
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  10. Twitter:
    Hi Prabhat !
    Thanks for sharing these common but important points which new bloggers forget to do. I already did almost all the things which you are explaining in this post but i did not delete akismet and hello dolly plugins. so now i am going to do this. once again thanks for this.
    Chetan Gupta
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  11. Hello Prabhat,
    I have seen your earning reports for March and April and know how successful you have become in such a short span of time. I am definitely going to implement these into by blog once I as soon as I migrate to WordPress.
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  12. Twitter:
    While I love GASP, It’s still not caching a lot of SPAMMY comments I think I’m receiving from programs like SENuke.
    I just deleted Akismet because of Anna’s post, but I’d like to know if you have any recommendations aside from GASP.
    I also install W3 Total cache, Limit Logins and Broken Link Checker since day 1.

    Additionally, I always install Al in one Webmaster, and instead of WP Touch, I use Mobile Responsive Themes.
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  13. Twitter:
    then its great for you servando. well GASP is my favorite and i do not get a single spam with gasp
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  14. Twitter:
    I agree with most of the points, but few of premium plugins are not absolutely necessary. Well for just “blogging” probably yes, but let’s not forget that WordPress is not just a blogging CMS!
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  15. Twitter:
    a very nice article Prabhat..,
    you’ve given very nice set of tips for newbies, it would turn to be a great help to them.., the anti spam plugin you’ve mentioned is the ultimate way to keep spams away from the blog..,
    thanks for sharing such kind of information.. :)
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  16. Twitter:
    i saw u the 1st person in my life for disgracing akismet plugin..i find it quite useful !
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  17. Twitter:
    I agree with everything except for deleting akismet which is a tool used to surf out spam and can be integrated into most comment plugins you might find for instance the diqus one we use. Other must have plugins you’ve overlooked include, advertising management, contact 7 and wysija newsletter.
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  18. delete hello article? haha.

    Yap, i also do that.

  19. Twitter:
    You also want to know if your page load performance is still on fine tune. You can use Google Insights tool which is a great tool to know which part of your website that needs improvements, moreover if you have tons of plugins installed.
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