After the first 2 posts in Starting with WordPress we arrived to the topic of basic setups. If you followed the steps in the previous posts, you already have a domain, a database and you installed WordPress to your domain and now you can log into your wordpress admin account.
If you followed my previous post about installing WordPress then you are at the moment when you can already access your site and are ready to do the necessary setups.
In the first Starting with WordPress post we discussed how to manage domains in cPanel, how to create a database and a user for it: https://www.designyouneed.com/starting-with-wordpress-domains-subdomains-databases-and-users/
In the second post we covered how to install WordPress to your domain and link it properly so you can use your site: https://www.designyouneed.com/starting-with-wordpress-2-5-download-install-and-connect-to-database/
Today I am going to show you the following wordpress setups that are fundamental to have a healthy and converting website – and also for google bots to find and crawl to it.
Settings / General
In the General settings you can change the following:
- The Site Title appears across the top of every page of a site. The site title might be the name of your company or organization, or a brief description of the organization, or a combination of the two.
- The WordPress tagline represents a short description of your entire website. Some people use the same tagline as the WordPress title, while others set separate taglines to describe their websites more accurately.
- WordPress Address URL and Site URL – should be the same unless you want your site home page to be different from your WordPress installation directory.
- Administration email address – the email address you want to receive any site related notification to.
- Membership – here you can decide whether you allow anyone to register to your site as a member
- New user default role – when they subscribe, what their roles would be automatically. Leave it to Subscriber if you want to give just regular roles to them.
- Timezone: set here your time zone
- Date & time format : decide the date and time format you want to use
- Week starts on: which day should the week start with. Sneak peak, here in Europe we start with Monday, but folks in the US start with Sunday.
Always make sure you press Save when doing any changes.
Settings / Writing
Here you can find the main setups for writing purposes.
- Like the default post category – if you will create several categories for your posts, here you can decide, which one should be applied automatically to newly generated posts.
- Default post format – usually is standard
Settings / Reading
This is one of the most important setups in your website, because you can decide which page will be your home page and your blog page. In my next WordPress blog post we will cover how to create pages and then we will come back to set the home page and blog page – if applicable – here.
If you want your newest post to show on your website on the home page, you can select “your latest posts”. This means that when someone goes to you site, they will see the latest blog post on the home page, in the original Wordpess layout.
The second most important setup is “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”. This checkbox drives whether Google bots index your site or not.
Meaning: if you don’t want your site to show up in google searches, you need to check this checkbox.
Please note that it is recommended to check this checkbox until you are fully ready with the site. The simple reason is that you don’t want google to index your site with half-ready information as it might harm your ranking.
Settings / Discussion
Under the Discussion you can control some settings to your posts and the comments.
For instance you can allow users to comment on your posts freely or just after logging in; you can tell WordPress when to send you notifications and you can also decide to manually approve every comment before it appears on your post.
Settings / Permalinks
Permalinks are important for SEO reasons and also to make your website page and posts easier to find. It is recommended to use the post name, so your post’s URL looks like www.yourbusiness.com/my-first-blog-post which is a lot better than yourbusiness/sgjr%ec02341
These are the basic setups for WordPress you should know when building your website.
Now I would like to hear from you: Is there any setup you use that wasn’t listed above and you consider as super important?
Leave a comment and let me know. 🙂