Installing WordPress Is The First Step. Here’s Everything Else You Should Do

Installing WordPress Is The First Step. Here’s Everything Else You Should Do
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There’s no piece of software, be it an application on your computer or a content management system on a server, that you’ll be happy with out of the box. Rather than turn away from the configuration “phase” of post-installation, just find yourself a good guide and get tweaking. In the case of WordPess, Digital Inspiration has you covered with an expansive list of pointers.

Amit Agarwal has compiled 30 possible changes you can make to your fresh WordPress install to boost security, improve SEO and make administration easier.

While most of the tips are recommended, there are a few I disagree with. Disabling post revisions, for example, is going to cause you headaches in the future, especially if your blog has multiple authors.

Agarwal’s other suggestion of a revision limit however is a good idea, though it’s unlikely a few extra text entries in your WordPress database are going to cause speed and / or storage issues.

As for the security tips — you should do most, if not all of them. The important ones require a little bit of PHP, but won’t take long to implement and are worth the peace of mind.

Things You Should Do After Installing WordPress [Digital Inspiration]


  • Almost all of those can be handled with iThemes Security. I manage a lot of WordPress installs and that plugin was well worth the cost for the time it’s saved.

  • My understanding is that the changes won’t survive an update of the WordPress code. This makes the plug in mentioned above even more useful.

    • This is incorrect. wp-config.php will not be overwritten during an update. Nor will .htaccess.

      It is true that if you edit a themes functions.php it will be overwritten by a theme update. However, this is easily avoided by creating a child theme and then adding the code to its functions.php.

      iThemes is well worth the $150 for a developer license. But for personal users it’s not really worth the $80 price tag..

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