This article teaches you what you need to do after creating a new WordPress site.
So you have completed building your site, checked all the contents, plugins and themes. All of it is working as you wanted it to. Before you put your website live on the server do keep these seven things in mind.
Read along to find out what you need to do after creating a new WordPress site
1. Hide Your Login From Attackers
Everyone familiar with WordPress know the default login page of every WordPress site. So, attackers uses automated software which is used to crack the username and password. Mostly people use Bruteforce to crack passwords.
We recommend you to use a plugin called WPS Hide Login.
2. Use a caching plugin
Caching is very important to a website. Studies have shown that even a second delay in the load time of a page would lead you to lose thousands of website visitors every month.
You as the developer of your website would have to see that the page speed of your website is fast and that it can handle large amount of traffic.
In order to load a web page fast caching is very important. What it does is that it serves a cached copy of your page instead of fetching it from your server everytime. This reduces the amount of time it takes to load a specific page for you and in turn helps in improving the page speed of your website.
Though there are numerous plugins at your disposals in WordPress, we recommend WP Super Cache plugin. As this plugin is easy to use and does the work for you.
You will be seeing a major difference in your page load speed as soon as you have install this plugin in your WordPress site.
3. Search engine visibility
What’s the use of creating a website if it does not get ranked on the search engines. If your site is not indexed on the search engine then people searching for your website will not be able to search for your site. This leads your site getting zero organic visitors.
Though WordPress does it for you at the start, make sure that you check it before you launch it.
Go top your WordPress Dashboard and Click on Reading under Settings menu.
In the Reading page go to “Search Engine Visibility” and see that the checkbox next to “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” is unchecked.
4. Setup Backups for your site
Backups for any sites is a must. Whether it be to backup just the images, database or the codes. Having a backup of your site regularly keeps you at ease.
It is also important to backup your whole WordPress site before installing a new theme or a plugin. This helps when even if the new changes breaks your site, you can always go back to the site with the backup you have.
If you have a All-in-One Migrations already installed in your site, you can use this to back up your site. Just go to export and save the site on your computer.
You can always use other plugins to backup your site like BackupBuddy or VaultPress.
5. Make sure you have SSL
Now most of the users are aware of how important an ssl certificate is to have in a website. Also most of the browser now shows warning sign on sites which do not have a ssl certificate on their site.
Also if you do not want Google to penalize you by pushing your site down the search result, you should have ssl for your site.
Check your hosts if they are offering an SSL certificate for free with your hosting cost.
6. Improve site’s security
The more secured your site is the more better. Each day millions of WordPress website are being attacked by malware, viruses and hackers. So, you have to make sure that your site is as safe as possible.
There are lots of plugins for security on WordPress but we recommend only the best. The best WordPress plugin for Security is Sucuri.
Sucuri has been a leader in securing your website, keeps monitoring your site for hacks, vulnerability scanning and also protection from malwares. Sucuri also has a firewall plugin which helps in blocking all suspicious traffic coming to your site.
7. Prevents Spams
If you have a posts page on your site and have enabled commenting on your site, then be ready for spammy comments flowing into your site.
Spam comments is quite a headache on a WordPress site if you do have anti-spam protection for your site. These spam comments contain links to malicious websites which affects your ranking on the search engine and also the reputation of your website.
To protect yourself from spams install Akismet plugin. This plugin does not let comments to be posted directly into your site. Comments posted in your site is kept in moderation and needs your approval before the can show up in the site.
These are our 7 things which you need to do after creating a new WordPress site.