Once you’ve installed WordPress, you might wonder what to do next other than start filling your website with pages and blog posts.
There’s a whole bunch of settings that you would want to change once you have just done a fresh install of WordPress.
Change Your Home Page
Be default, WordPress displays your blog as your Home page. If you prefer to show another page as your home page, go through these couple of steps.
Step 1 – Create a Home page
Go to Pages > Add New. Type ‘Home‘ as the Title. Click Publish
Step 2 – Create a Blog page
Same as the above, but publish a new page as ‘Blog‘.
Step 3 – Change Static Front Page
Go to: Appearance > Customize.
Click on Front page displays – A static page.
Change the Front Page to Home.
Change the Posts page to Blog.
Change Website Title & Tagline
Go to: Appearance > Customize. Change and save the Site Title and Tagline.
Disabling Comments for Pages & Posts
Though comments can be helpful in building a community, not everyone wants to enable comments for their pages and posts, especially if they are operating a business site.
Depending on what your website is about, you may want to disable comments for both pages & posts OR for pages only.
Disabling Comments for both Pages & Posts
Go to Settings > Discussion
Uncheck ‘Allow people to post comments on new articles.’
Disabling Comments for Pages only
WordPress is silly in the sense that they only allow you to enable/disable comments for both Pages and Posts.
What if you want to disable comments for Pages only (and keeping comments for Posts)?
When I installed WordPress, the default Time Zone was set for me to UTC+0.
Especially if you want to schedule posts in future, not setting the correct time zone will mess up your publishing schedule.
Settings > General
By default, WordPress’s link structure ends with a number – e.g. /?p=123, which is both not search engine friendly nor helpful to your visitors.
To change it, go to: Settings > Permalinks.
Select Post Name and save.
Delete Sample Page & Hello World! Post
Once WordPress is installed, a Sample page and a Hello World! post will be created.
Simply go to the Page and Post sections to delete them.
Delete Hello Dolly Plugin
When WordPress is installed, it comes with a silly plugin that does nothing but shows a quote on your Dashboard.
Simply go to Plugins section to delete it.
Delete Mojo Marketplace Plugin
If you installed your WordPress site after signing up with Bluehost, a Mojo Marketplace plugin will be installed in order to upsell you their premium themes.
To get rid of this plugin, go to Plugins and delete it. Don’t worry, you still have a wide selection of great premium themes you can buy from Themeforest, a place of really awesome themes.
Remove Unwanted Widgets
By default, WordPress installs a whole bunch of widgets, that may not be useful to you at all.
To remove them, go to Appearance > Widgets
Simply drag the items out to remove them.
Change Your WordPress Password
Once you’ve installed WordPress through Bluehost, a default set of passwords will be provided to you. If you want to change it to something you can remember (but keep the password strong!), you can change them here.
Go to Users > All Users. Click on your username.
Scroll down the page to Change Password
The above was a list of common steps that I, or anyone who has just started a new WordPress site usually takes. Hope this was helpful for you.
Also, don’t miss out my detailed guide on setting up your WordPress site with quick easy steps here.