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

Add New Page

 

Step 2 – Create a Blog page

Same as the above, but publish a new page as ‘Blog‘.

Add New Page

 

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 Static Front Page

 

Change Website Title & Tagline

Go to: Appearance > Customize. Change and save the Site Title and Tagline.

Change Site Title & 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.’

Disable Comments for Pages & Posts

 

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)?

You can install No Page Comment (free) plugin. (how to install)

 

Change Timezone

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

Wordpress Change Timezone

 

 

Change Permalinks

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.

Change Permalinks

 

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.

Remove Hello Dolly

 

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.

Default Sidebar

 

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.

Change User Profile

Scroll down the page to Change Password

Wordpress Change Password

 

Get Started

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.