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After Installing Wordpress What's Next?

vahlcode profile image Valentine Elum ・3 min read

In this post, I'll be giving tips on what to do after installing Wordpress to enable you build awesome websites.

Wordpress as we know is an awesome and one of the most used content management system. With good practices, designers and developers build fast, secure and good looking websites in a short period of time.

I have been doing it and I'll be showing you how I've been able to build awesome websites with Wordpress. Let's get started.

After Installation

I uninstall the default themes

After installing Wordpress, the first thing I do is cleaning up the default themes.

Why do I uninstall the default themes?

There are many reasons I do this, in fact it's a good thing to do. It allows me have only the theme I need to build my website.

For instance, I normally use the Elementor page builder to build custom websites with Wordpress, using Elementor automatically requires a theme that gives you the flexibility to build on top of it and also light in weight.

For the above reason, I either choose Astra or Hello theme, both themes are light in weight and gives you the flexible feature you need to build on them.

Like I said, I do that because I need something that allows me to easily build with Elementor. Some of you will likely use ready-made themes. It's up to you. But whatever theme you choose to use be mindful of your site performance.

Installing essential plugins

I love my website when they're fast and secured enough.

I can deal with not-so fine interface, but when it comes to security and experience, I'm very careful.

After installing Wordpress, I must get rid of useless default plugins, install the ones that are useful to me. I do this to clean up my website, keep it secured and fast!

Below are the list of plugins I make use of.

1. WordFence or iThemes Security.

Both of them are the Wordpress plugins I recommend for your site's security. Choose any of them.

2. WP Optimise or Smush

I use one of these plugins to clean up my database, compress images and cache my site. They're really awesome and has free plans.

3. Updraft.

Did I mention that you can use iThemes for backup? Yeah you can. But I recommend using Updraft. It's an awesome Wordpress plugin for backup. One of the best and most used out there.

4. Really Simple SSL.

I use this plugin to ensure that I maintain https across my website. I strongly recommend this.

5. WP Mail SMTP.

With this plugin, I configure WP mail SMTP to send emails from my website. It's very easy to use and it's configuration is magical.

6. Elementor.

😍😍😍😍 I so much love this plugin. With it, there are so much to achieve as long as sleek user interface with Wordpress is concerned. It has a very large community and I choose it over other page builders. Try it out.

These are the most essential plugins for my Wordpress site. I must say that you can use Wordpress plugins to achieve more with Wordpress but more plugins can affect your website in terms of security, speed and entire experience.

You should be mindful of the plugins you make use of and the amount of plugins installed on your website at a time.

Conclusion

From what I've written above, it's obvious that my actions after Wordpress installation are channeled towards making my site secured, backed up and optimised for speed.

I advise you do such. Thanks for reading this post ☺. Your contributions are welcomed.

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Erick Ruiz de Chavez

Good tips, thanks for sharing! A couple of comments if you don't mind:


I uninstall the default themes

Do not remove all default themes, leave at least one. If something breaks on your theme, WordPress will attempt to use one of the official built-in themes to fallback so you can recover your site.


iThemes Security

Definitely a must have 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!


Really Simple SSL

You do not really need a plugin for this. Setting up an Apache or nginx rule to always redirect your site to https is fairly simple. If you can't though, iThemes Security also has an option to force all traffic though https, it is under SSL.

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Valentine Elum Author

Thanks for contributing to this article.