WordPress is currently one of the most common CMS (Content Management System) platforms for website development. The ease with which professional websites can be built on the platform has made it very popular. If you are planning to open your website using WordPress or you have just opened one, here are the first 11 WordPress settings you might consider changing.
General WordPress Settings
Every WordPress user knows the default login URL for WordPress. If a person or entity were to attempt to attack your WordPress account, they will start by using that URL to access your login page. Changing the URL of your login page can make it impossible for bots and scripts to access it. This can subsequently save you from such malicious attack.
Name and Tagline
Your website is going to need a name and tagline that shows up on the browser tab. You can use the name of your company or the main reason for the website as the title of the site. You can subsequently use a short description such as your motto as your tagline.
The default permalink structure for a WordPress website makes use of numbers, which is okay but it’s not SEO friendly. You can change the structure of your permalinks from the settings page to post name or day and name. This will make the address of your web pages more visitors’ friendly. Some people also argue that it can boost your SEO ranking by a huge margin.
Remove Plugins and Themes You Don’t Use
There are a number of plugins and themes that come pre-installed on the WordPress platform. This is because they are important and are commonly used. This, however, does not mean you must make use of them. When you have plugins and themes that you are not using, then it would be best to remove them completely, even though deactivating them is just fine. You can always get them back should you need them in the future, even when you remove them.
Set Your Favicon
The Favicon is a small picture that shows by the title of a web page on the browser tab. It mostly acts as a sort of logo for your website. Anybody who knows your favicon can easily link it to your website. Thus, most companies use their company logo as their favicon. You can visit the customize tab under appearance to upload a picture that would serve as your favicon. WordPress requires the size to be 512×512 Pixels.
Default Sizes for Images
It is important that the images on your website are of high quality. Furthermore, it is better to keep the sizes in check as bigger pictures will mean bigger file sizes. This can slow down the speed at which your website loads. Furthermore, those without access to unlimited data transfer will be wary about visiting your site if you always have large and download heavy pictures. Setting a default size for your images will automatically reduce the size of bigger pictures. You can achieve this using the media tab under settings.
Settings for Comments
You might want registered users to be able to comment on your website. You can set this by changing the WordPress settings for comments. Also, you can activate nested comments so that replies to a particular comment remain under that comment. This makes it easier for people to know who replied to their comments.
New Users Settings
There are various levels of users on your website, with each level having specific privileges. For example, Administrators have more privileges than Editors. Other levels in descending order of privileges include Author, Contributor, and Subscriber. You should determine which privileges new users should have on your website and set the corresponding WordPress role as the default role.
Blog Feed and Home Page
You can set whether your index page is a blog page with all your blog posts or a static page with preset content. You also need to determine the number of blogs posts on a page as well as how they are arranged. Furthermore, you should also ensure that your home page is attractive, not too busy and has enough information to keep your audience glued.
Defaults for Posts
You should work on your default post format and default post category. The default post format will determine how your post will be formatted including titles, date, and the body of the article. The default post category will be the category for the article if no category was specified by the author.
In WordPress settings, it is also important to personalize your user account. You might want to edit features available to you while you are about to make your post. Examples of such features include syntax highlighting and the visual editor. You might also want to add your picture and give a brief biography that will show under each article you upload.
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