10 Things To Do After Installing WordPress

Things to Do in WordPress Dashboard

1. Delete the default WP admin account

By default when installing WordPress Creates ‘Admin’ as a username for your Blog. So a hacker can easily guess your username and try to get your password. To avoid this, create a user with any other name and give administrator privileges to that account.

Logout and login using your new administrator account. Delete your old admin account and before that assign all posts of the account to other users. With this simple technique you have extra WordPress protection.

2. Change the permalink structure

The WordPress default permalink structure is like a forum style. It is not great for SEO either. Since the URL doesn’t have any readable words. So change it to the pretty permalink structure.

Go to Settings – Permalinks. From here you can select any predefined permalink structure. You can also use Custom Structures.

3. Activate Akismet

Akismet comes with WordPress as default which eliminates comment and trackback spams without your interaction. To activate that, you need to retreive an API key from Akismet. It is free and you can get it from Akismet.com/get.

Go to the Akismet Configuration and enter the API key to activate it.

4. Upload your WordPress theme

To change the default WordPress theme, install your WordPress theme for your site. You can get premium high quality themes from Themeforest. You can also get free themes from the WordPress depository too.

5. Delete unused WordPress theme and plugins

After you have installed your WordPress themes and plugins, delete all the ones that you are not using. It will improve your website’s performance as well as reduce the server load.

Things to Do in WordPress Functions.php

6. Remove WordPress Meta Information from header (wp_head)

By default WordPress generates some meta information in the HTML header section. No one needs that information except hackers. So why would you want to leave that code in the header?

Remove it by adding the following code in the functions.php

remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wp_generator' ); 
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'rsd_link' ); 
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wlwmanifest_link' );

7. Remove Extra Feed links from header (wp_head)

WordPress generates many feed links in the header like your main rss feeds, comment feeds, single post feeds, category feeds and archive feeds. Search engines also uses these links to find new content from your site. You can remove those extra feeds with out removing your main feed

remove_action( 'wp_head', 'feed_links', 2 ); 
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'feed_links_extra', 3 );

8. Change or Hide the WordPress login errors

If you type a wrong password or wrong username when you login to the WordPress dashboard, you will get a generic error like your username is wrong and this password does match match this username. You may think it helps you. But it helps hackers too.

To fix this, you should create your custom login errors.

function themepacific_login_errors(){ return 'Nice Try!! Go Away!!'; 
add_filter( 'login_errors', 'themepacific_login_errors' );

Things To Do in WordPress Core files and .HTACCESS

9. Stop Users Accessing your WordPress Folder Structure

Users can access your WordPress folders like opening the folders in your computer. It exposes the files in your site directly to the public. You should prevent users accessing your WordPress folders. For example : your-domain.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/ will open all the contents of your uploads folder!

To fix this, you have two options, one looks simple but if you haven’t done it correctly, it will break your site. Open the .htacess in the WordPress root and add the following code. Before editing the file, be sure to crearte a backup to avoid any damage to your site.

Options All -Indexes

The second option is also easy, you can create an empty index.php file and put that in wp-content subfolders.

10. Disable Post Revision

By turning off the post revision, you can save your database a lot of memory. Revision is the record of each change you make to your pages and blog posts. If something goes wrong in the original post, you can revert to the older version of that post. If WordPress creates many revisions, the size of your database increases, because each revision is stored like a post in the database.

To turn off the revision feature, edit the wp-config.php file (open it from the root folder) and add the below code.

define( 'WP_POST_REVISIONS', false);

If you have any problems configuring any of the above tweaks on your website, drop us an email and we can guide you in the right direction.

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