You can create a WordPress website easily. Installing WordPress is a single click process as we have a WordPress installer on our servers, and from there, your site is ready to go.
You should make a few changes before you start publishing your content or setting up your online shop.
If you do some quick tweaks to your default WordPress settings, you can optimise your website speed and load time from the very beginning.
Check these default WordPress settings that every website owner requires to change just after installing WordPress. This guide is useful whether you’re a blogger, business owner, or an e-commerce store owner.
1. Reset Your WordPress Password
Our WordPress installer will generate a strong password during the installation.
However, changing the default admin password of your WordPress website is one of the simplest ways to make your WordPress website more secure.
To change your WordPress password, navigate to Users > Your Profile in the WordPress dashboard. Scroll down to the Account Management section.
Then, click the Generate Password button to get a new password.
Copy and save this newly generated strong password for your future use. If the password is hidden and you need to see it, click Show to reveal the password.
Now click the Update Profile button at the bottom of the page to save your new password. From now onwards this new password will be the one used to log into your WordPress dashboard.
You can also reconsider changing the WordPress admin username from the default admin username like admin. This step will help you from brute force attacks and other threats trying to hack into your account.
2. Change the WordPress Site Title, Tagline, and Timezone
In the WordPress dashboard, navigate to Settings > General. You will notice a bunch of various settings that, by default, have been set for you.
Here you will want to focus on three settings: The site title, tagline, and timezone.
Few of these settings can set during the installation.
You will see “My WordPress Website” as your default site title. You will have to change this title to something more relevant to your site.
This site title will help your website visitors to know what you have to offer and helps you to brand your business. This change will boost your search rankings significantly.
“Just another WordPress site” is the default tagline for a WordPress powered website. And you see this is not meaningful.
Adding a short and meaningful tagline will further explain to your site visitors what your site is all about and what they can get from your website.
Next, you have to change the timezone from the default Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). You can switch to the timezone you and the most of your site visitors live.
This change in timezone will minimise confusion when it comes to your eCommerce management. The time and date of the posts published, uploaded media, comments left on your blogs, and even countdown timers are also relying on this settings.
Do you want to make a few more changes? You can Uncheck the Membership checkbox. This setting will limit the unwanted site visitors like spammers from registering on your website and obtaining access to your site user login page.
Furthermore, change the default date and time format and pick the day to start the week based on your geography.
3. Delete Default Post, Page, and Comment
WordPress comes with default sample content that works as placeholders before you add your content. You will see a sample post, page, and comment on your WordPress website.
You will have to delete this sample content before the visitors start accessing your website.
For removing the sample post, go to Posts > All Posts in your WordPress dashboard. There you will see a post called “Hello world!”. Click on the Trash link next to it to send this post to your WordPress trash.
Next, go to Pages > All Pages and trash the “Sample Page” as you did with the sample post.
Go to the Comments, and from there you can delete the default comment added by WordPress.
4. Remove Unused WordPress Themes
You will want a properly-designed and fast loading WordPress theme. Then only your website can impress your visitors.
You will have to test and install a bunch of WordPress themes before you choose on the right one for your website.
If you did not delete any theme that you don’t intend to use, these not-used themes would take up unnecessary space from your server space.
More importantly, abandoned themes are potential security risks to your website.
So how do you uninstall an inactive theme?
You go to Appearance > Themes. Hover over the theme that you wanted to remove and click on Theme Details. Then, on the bottom-right corner, press Delete.
5. Optimise Permalinks for SEO
Permalinks are the URLs your website visitors see in their browser when they access your site.
An example WordPress permalink would be http://example.com/p=1234.
This link is short, but it is not SEO friendly at all, not good for humans either. This URL structure doesn’t make much sense to your visitors.
Now let’s make your permalinks short and SEO friendly.
For that go to Settings > Permalinks. And select the Post name option there.
Post name option will create a permalink that displays part of any post name in the URL. These URLs would be easily visible to search crawlers indexing your site, and at the same time understandable to site visitors visiting on your website.
You know creating attractive permalinks will help you drive more traffic to your site? You can add relevant keywords in the URL, and boost overall SEO if you choose pretty permalinks.
6. Make a Better Default Category
When you publish any posts on your WordPress website, these posts required to have at least one category assigned to the blog post.
WordPress will automatically assign it to the “Uncategorized” category If you don’t select.
You will always have to categorise your posts suites to them, so your website visitors can accurately understand the content of your blog posts.
Open Posts > Categories. Here let’s create a new category.
After that, go to Settings > Writing. The Default Post Category drop-down menu will be here. Choose the new category you have created.
Now go back to Posts > Categories. Click on the Uncategorized category checkbox. And click Delete.
7. Switch the Default Gravatar
To display photos in author bios and WordPress comments, WordPress uses Gravatar. WordPress will use the default mystery man if you don’t have a Gravatar to use.
You can easily use Gravatar on your website, or any other sites support Gravatar service. You have to create an account on Gravatar’s website. Make sure you use the same email address on Gravatar’s website and your WordPress website.
You can upload your profile picture here. This picture will also show on any other sites where you leave comments or publish posts.
What if you need to change the default avatars used for people that don’t have a Gravatar and left a comment in your site?
Go to Settings > Discussion and scroll down to the Avatars section.
Here, choose the avatar you like most and save your changes.
8. Customise Your User Profile
Usually, the username you use to log in to your WordPress site will be the username presenting next to your comments and blog posts.
You can change this to your real name or your preferred nickname.
Go to Users > Your Profile. And scroll down to the Name section. Here, input your First Name, Last Name, and Nickname.
Then, go to the drop-down labelled Display name publicly as. Then select the name you want appearing on your website.
9. Change Your WordPress Email Address
During the WordPress installation, you probably used your not so official email address, something like your Gmail address.
This email address would be the default email address which will use to contact both internally and externally.
Means, if you are running an e-commerce website, your Order Confirmation email to your customers will go with your Gmail address.
You can change this email address to your business email.
For that go to Settings > General.
Find the Email Address section and input the business email you want to receive the notifications.
Please remember to use an active email address here, because WordPress will send a confirmation email to it.
10. Change the Homepage
WordPress will display your site’s blogs on the homepage as by default.
If you’re running a small business website, you will want to display a separate landing page instead. Or even a static page.
Let’s change our Homepage.
Go to Settings > Reading. Now select the A static page option under Your homepage displays section.
Using a static page as your site homepage lets you create custom layouts. When a visitor land on your website they will see this custom page.
And there you have it! Thirteen of the most basic default WordPress settings that you will want to change just after installing WordPress on a popular web host like Host My Website Online.
Are there any default WordPress settings that have we missed from this list that you think is worth adding? If yes, please share with us in the comments below!