Welcome to the world of WordPress, the most popular Content Management System so far. It's incredible to see you starting off your journey to world of business via internet. WordPress is the widely used CMS platform and around 30% of the websites today are using it.
Millions of budding entrepreneurs like you trust WordPress for the convenience, features and functions it offers. WordPress is an Open Source platform built around PHP and MYSQL. Among all the open source platforms available, WordPress has the most innovative and user-friendly interface, that's why newbie online marketers look around for nothing but WordPress for launching their websites.
I believe that you've installed WordPress successfully, and ready to jump off. However, in beginning, your WordPress setting needs some tweaks on an urgent basis to let your website run smoothly and safely. These changes I am suggesting you are necessary but not mandatory.
Quick WordPress Customization After Installation
Remove the default Admin user account:
'Admin' is the default name that WordPress gives to user who acts as an Administrator. The admin has all the powers to change most of the major settings, and assign roles to other users signed off for that very WordPress account. Since most of the administrator accounts are named admin, hackers and spammers find it easier to manipulate passwords and snatch the administrator rights. So, before going deep into the business, replace default 'admin' with a unique user name, distinct to you.
Disable User Registrations:
Don't leave user registrations 'Enable' by default. It may cause serious security threat to your website. Hackers may take entry into your website just by registering and having login credentials valid for your website. Rather, it's safe to create new user credential from your own admin account.
Remove Unused Themes and Plug-ins:
Unless we end up with a great theme for our website, we keep checking theme and plug-in gallery for a suitable theme or plug-in. This is quite normal for us. Once you've finished customizing a theme whether free or paid, delete all the remaining themes from the theme dashboard. It's also important to remove unused or deactivated plug-ins from your WordPress without delay. They may invite malware attacks or hacking attempts. While installing a plug-in, ensure that it's compatible with your current WordPress version.
Remove The Default Content :
Many a times, WordPress theme comes pre-installed with some dummy text or content for showing you dummy presentation. That dummy content may be placed at various sections in the theme like header, comment, footer or contact us. Before setting off the website for final launch, delete all the dummy content from everywhere. Though, they don't mess much with the user experience, it's better to weed them out.
Set Your Own Time Zone:
Installed WordPress displays a default time zone that can be replaced with your native time zone. You must change it to your local time zone. It helps to schedule your post as per your content calendar.
Select a Suitable WordPress Permalink:
Changing permalink URL is quite essential if you want posts to rank well in search engines. professional wordPress offers as many as 6 URL structures to choose from. Change the permalink structure to one which shows keyword in the URL. Choose post name structure from default.
Turn-off Post Revisions :
The feature enables user to track the number of revisions made to a post or page. Although, it's quite a useful feature, it throws added strain on running SQL files that results in sluggish website performance.
Disallow Indexing Of WordPress Scripts:
While installation, WordPress creates a number of default scripts and PHP files. They needn't to be crawled and indexed as it doesn't serve any ranking purpose. It's enough to get your website posts and pages indexed for rankings in search engines.