(Adapted from howtomakeyourblog.com by Marko Servic.)
Clean up the generics
- Delete the generic “Hello World!” post (In Posts)
- Delete the generic “Sample Page” page (In Pages)
Fill in “Site Title” and “Tagline” (In Settings > General)
- You don’t want your site to be branded as “just another WordPress site” (the default tagline)
- Write your title in “Site Title”
- Explain what your site is about and why your site is unique in “Tagline”
Make your site visible to search engines (In Settings > Reading > Site Visibility)
- Make sure your site is visible to everyone, including search engines
- Your site is visible to search engines by default but it has happened that bloggers ticked this box and were later wondering why search engines didn’t index their sites
- Make sure the “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” is ticked off
No thanks to email updates (In Settings > Discussion > E-mail me whenever)
- WordPress notifies you via email when there is a new comment on your site
- That might be a bit distracting so I change the default option to no emails
Setup social media accounts and other subscription options
- Create a Twitter profile, a Facebook page, a Google+ page and whatever other social media profile that’s relevant to your audience
- Set up your social media accounts so you can share your Posts. (In Settings > Sharing)
Get a great looking theme design (In Appearance > Themes)
- You may not want the WordPress default theme to be your main design theme.
- Find the theme you like and activate it. Some Themes will cost money.
- A Theme may allow you to add your own unique header image in Appearance > Header
- You can change the sidebar elements in Appearance > Widgets. Just drag and drop the ones you want to use and delete the ones you don’t.