If you’re a newcomer WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system (CMS) then this post is for you. WordPress is very easy to get the hang of but some of the default settings when you first install it are not ideal. So take a look at these 4 easy tips for WordPress beginners.
1. Change the Admin Username
WordPress is generally a very secure platform. Over 25% of websites in the world are built on WordPress and security is one of the main reasons why. Having said that, there are still some vulnerabilities that are a no-brainer to fix. The easiest one is the default username. It always comes set to “admin.” Hackers know this so if you leave it as admin they already have your username and now they just need to figure out your password.
To fix this go to the users section on the main dashboard. Click add new user and create a new account. Be sure and give it administration privileges. Then use the new login you created to delete the original “admin” user.
2. Change Default Permalinks
The default url scheme on WordPress is not only ugly but terrible for SEO. This is something you will definitely want to change. There are various schemes you can select but the recommended option is “Post Title.” To change your permalinks go to the “Settings” menu in the sidebar on the main dashboard. Then select “Post name” and then click save.
3. Install an SEO Plugin
You’re going to want to have your WordPress site optimized for Google from day one. It will save you a lot of headaches down the road. The easiest way to optimize your site and keep it that way is with an SEO plugin. The two best SEO plugins for WordPress are Yoast SEO plugin and All In One SEO Pack.
I have used both of these SEO plugins and my personal recommendation is that you go with Yoast SEO plugin. It’s fantastic for beginners and experts alike. As a beginner it will take you step by step through your site and help you optimize all your pages and posts. I think it’s the most valuable plugin you can have on WordPress.
For more plugin recommendations read this post from last month.
4. Install Google Analytics
You can’t measure what you can’t see. So if you don’t have Google Analytics installed you’re flying blind. It will allow you to track how much traffic you’re getting, your best performing content, where traffic is coming from, and a lot more. If you don’t install this on day one I promise you’ll wish you had later.
After you register for Google Analytics you will need to install the script they give you manually on your WordPress site. But since this post is for beginners I’m going to assume you don’t know how to do that. Fortunately, it’s no big deal because of course there’s a plugin for that!
After you create your free analytics account I recommend installing Google Analytics Dashboard For WP. Once the plugin is installed go to the settings and it will let you connect your Google Analytics account to your website through the plugin. The bonus to using this plugin is that your analytics will be shown right on your WordPress dashboard.
This post is meant as a bare bones starting point for WordPress beginners. There is so much more you can do to your WordPress site that will make it better. These 4 easy tips will help you start out your WordPress journey on the right foot.