You can just start using a standard WordPress installation as it is – but just by making a few changes to the settings, adding and amending the layout, (theme), and adding a number of enhancements, (plugins), you can greatly improve the professional look of your website.
This post shows you the most useful changes you can make to the WordPress settings menu.
Setting the WordPress Settings
One of the first things you should be doing is to make some adjustments on the WordPress settings:
|Make your post headings easier to read by both humans and search engines. The default WordPress heading is something like blogbasics.com/?p=13 whereas setting up the Permalinks this is automatically changed to a representation of the post title |
|Adjust the tag line of your blog. |
Check default email
Set data and time format
|This allows you to set the default sizes of images uploaded into your post and you can select whether to have your images are stored in the same place, which I recommend, or leave the default storage of images in year and month order.|
Check Privacy Settings
|Make sure your blog is visible to Google and other search engines. Some WordPress installations set the default to not visible. You may want to leave your site not visible while setting up – I advise you not to do this.|
Enable Windows Live Writer
|If you want to use Microsoft Live Writer, (Something I recommend), then you will need to enable the Remote Publishing facility XML-RPC or you will not be able to upload your posts.|