14 Important Things to Do After Starting Your WordPress Blog

Update 2020: Originally this post had 17 things to do, but 3 of those things are outdated, so there are only 14 things to do now! 🙂

So, you’ve got a brand new wordpress blog!wordpress-logo-stacked-rgb

Now what?

This post will tell you what you need to do after you start your wordpress blog.

If you already have a wordpress blog, you can still do these things if you haven’t done them yet 😉 .

So, here is my checklist of the 17 important things to do after starting your wordpress blog! Enjoy! 🙂

(Psst…If you’re thinking about why you should start a blog, >> 22 Reasons for You to Blog
And if you don’t use wordpress, click here to read about why you should use wordpress).

1. Decide whether you want to ‘www’ or not

www If you have noticed, some blogs, like, don’t use the ‘www’ in their address. And some blogs, like, use the ‘www’.

So if you type, it will redirect to, and vice versa.

One advantage of having a www is your blog address will look more formal.

And if you don’t use the ‘www’, your address would be shorter.

To decide, go to and change both the ‘WordPress address’ and ‘Blog address’ to, or vice versa.


WWW Image by bull3t

2. Set up a feed so people can subscribe to your blog

If you are wondering what a blog feed is, it is a slimmed-down version of a blog that is created to be easily syndicated. You can subscribe to it using email or an RSS reader. A feed is represented by the orange RSS icon.

This is the orange RSS icon. Many people prefer to get updates of your new blog posts through this easy way.

You can set one up at feedburner (Here’s how mine looks like). It’s free and easy! Just type in your blog address and click Burn Feed 😉 .

After that, set up email subscriptions, which enables your readers to subscribe by email. Go to Publicize >> Email Subscriptions in order to activate it and get the form.

Not setting up email subscriptions is a big mistake when it comes to getting subscribers to your blog because most people don’t know about RSS readers. Also, about 50% of my blog subscribers subscribe by email, so email subscriptions is a must!

After that, put the form and the RSS icon on your blog and link it to your feed at feedburner so people can subscribe.feedburner

3. Install Feedburner Feedsmith

Feedburner Feedsmith is a plugin that detects all ways to access your original wordpress feed and redirects them to

This plugin is needed for feedburner to track every possible subscriber to your blog by redirecting those who access to feedburner. So, click here to install this plugin!

4. Subscribe to your own feed via RSS and email

It’s important to subscribe to your own feed, because it lets you see what your subscribers see, and when something is not right with your feed, you’ll notice. Besides, it boosts your subscriber count by 1 too 😉 . Hehe.

You can either use an RSS reader or email to subscribe to your feed, but it is best if you subscribe to both of them.

If you have a google account (which you most probably do – if you use Gmail, you have one), you can go to Google Reader. After logging in, click ‘Add a subscription’ and type in your blog address there.

5. Get your blog a favicon

A favicon is the icon you see next to your browser address bar and in your browser bookmarks. Gloson Blog’s favicon is .

It helps you brand your blog and also helps people locate your site more easily in their bookmarks.

To do this,

1. Create a square image and upload it to to generate a favicon.

2. Download it and upload the .ico file it using an FTP client to /wp-content/themes/yourthemefilename.

3. Go to the wordpress administration area and then go to Appearance >> Editor.

4. Click on “header.php” to edit it.

5. Add this code on the line just before </head>:

<link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”wp-content/themes/yourthemefilename/favicon.ico” type=”image/ico” />

(Be sure to replace ‘yourthemefilename’ with your theme file name 😉 )

6. Press Ctrl + F5 (Clear cache and reload) on your homepage. You should see it now! 😉

6. Change the permalink structure

A permalink is the address of a blog post. This post’s permalink is

By default, the permalink structure is like this:

Instead of the post ID, I suggest changing it to in order to gain SEO benefits. Also, if  a visitor looks at it, he will know what the post is about before clicking it.

To do this, go to and then, type in   “/%postname%/” in Custom Structure.


Don’t worry about broken links because the default structure will redirect itself to the new structure 😉 .

For example, this post’s old permalink structure is Click it and see what happens 😉 .

Link photo by cindy47452glosont

7. Write Your About Me page

An ‘About Me’ page is essential for every blog. When your readers are interested in your content, they want to know who wrote it. That’s when they go to the ‘About Me’ page.

Basically, it is just a page that tells who you are, what is your blog about, interesting things about you, and of course, a picture of yourself.

It really helps your readers to know you and your blog better! (Here’s my ‘About Me’ page by the way.)

8. Set up a contact form

A contact form is an professional and easy way for your readers to contact you. It also protects your email address from spammers.

There are some wordpress plugins that allow you to put up a contact form. I recommend Contact Form 7, a very popular contact form plugin.

After installing it, make a new page called ‘Contact’ and insert the form into it. (Here’s how it looks like on this blog 😉 )

9. and don’t forget the archive page too!

An archive page (here’s mine) is where people can find all the posts on your blog, from the first post to the latest post.

An archive page is important because it lets people discover your older content easily (and generate more pageviews).

To make an archive page, I recommend SRG Clean Archives, the one I’m using now. It’s clean and displays all your posts neatly.

If you are looking for a more creative and fun archive plugin, you should try Snazzy Archives, and here’s how it looks like.

10. Find a free theme and tweak it to make it unique

or hire someone to design it or design one yourself 😉 .

A theme (design) is really important to a blog because it represents the blog’s brand. Because if content is king, the design is the shiny robe and crown.

So I recommend you to find a not-so-common theme that you like. Then tweak it and make it a little (or better, a lot) different than the original.

One way is to change the structure of the theme by going to the Theme Editor ( in wordpress.

Another easier way is to change the images of the theme. The images are located in the theme’s folder.

After editing the images (like changing its color or texture), you can overwrite them to your blog using an FTP client like Filezilla.
(In the directory /wp-content/themes/yourthemefilename/images)

Be sure to press Ctrl + F5 to clear the cache to see the new design.

11. Set up your ping list

A ping list is a list of services that will be pinged each time you post. The services will notify sites and directories that you have posted a new post, thus giving you more exposure.

To set up your pinglist, go to the Update Services section in

And paste the sites you want to send a ping to. Note that the more pings you list, the more server resources your host has to use. So you might get suspended on a shared hosting if you use too much server resources.

This is a short recommended list of pings.

12. Install Google Analytics (or any site stats counter you want)

GoogleAnalytics Site statistics counters are important for you to monitor, analyze and study your blog’s traffic, so you can get to know your visitors better

I recommend Google Analytics, because it’s quite advanced and has lots of features. It’s free and all you need is a Google Account.

Google Analyticator, a wordpress plugin, allows you to easily add a Google Analytics tracking code.

Note: And please don’t become a stataholic! Write more posts!

13. Install WordPress DB Backup to schedule blog backups

WordPress Database Backup, a wordpress plugin, allows you to schedule blog backups (hourly, twice daily, daily, weekly) easily and have them automatically sent to you by email or stored in the server.

Backups are really important because if anything ever happens to your blog, you have the backup, your best defense.

14. Change the admin username

Most of the login usernames of wordpress blogs is ‘admin’. If your wordpress blog’s login username is ‘admin’, too, you should really change it to something that can’t be guessed easily because the default name makes hackers’ lives so much easier.

Changing it is super duper easy. Here are the steps to do it:

1. Go to the wordpress admin area.

2. Go to Users >> Add new

3. Fill in the details with a different username and give it administrator privileges.

4. Log out and log in with the new username.

5. Delete the ‘admin’ user.

6. When you do so, it will ask you whether you want to move the posts and links of ‘admin’ to another user or delete them. Attribute the posts to the new username you have just created.

Photo by Darwin Bell

15. Install the All-in-One-SEO Pack Plugin

All-in-One-SEO-Pack is a really popular wordpress plugin to do all the basic SEO things on your blog like page titles, post titles, meta tags, descriptions and those kinds of stuff. By default, the browser title of a wordpress blog post is:

Blog Title >> Blog Archive >> Post Title.

If you install All in One SEO, the structure will be changed to (or you can customize it):

Post Title | Blog Title

Which looks simply much better and shorter.

It also noindexes the date and category archives so that it won’t appear in search engine results pages and won’t receive duplicate content penalty.

16. Create your own 404 page

404error A 404 page is what your readers see when they go to a non-existing page on your blog. Like this:

By default, the page is just a ‘404 error – Page not Found’ 404 page that isn’t much help to your readers. Why not make it more helpful instead?

To do this, go to the wordpress admin area and then Appearance >> Editor. Click on 404.php to edit it.

Find the part of the code where it says <h2>404 Page Not Found</h2> or something like that. Then overwrite that line with this code (My version of a 404 page).

Be sure to make a backup of your old code before overwriting. It will probably work on most themes, but in some cases, it won’t, then you need to have a little bit of HTML knowledge in order to make it work.

<h2>404 Page Not Found</h2>
<p>Oopsie! The page you are looking for cannot be found! It might be renamed or removed. Please check your spelling or return to the homepage.</p>

<p>Or, you can also view our latest posts below. Hope you’ll enjoy them. Thanks! ;-)</p>

<h2>Latest Posts</h2></p>
if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<li><a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” title=”Permalink for : <?php the_title(); ?>”><?php the_title(); ?></a>
<?php endwhile; endif; ?>

Feel free to edit and customize the code! 🙂 Do tell me if this code doesn’t work!

17. Write a post!

Still, without any content, a blog won’t be a blog.

So go on and write a post! Write a unique high-quality thought provoking post on a topic you are passionate about!

After that, promote it on twitter, facebook, stumbleupon, and so on and on. Ask your friends to read it too! 🙂

Photo by KatieKrueger

So here are my 17 things to do after starting a wordpress blog checklist. Be sure to bookmark this post and read it when you start a new wordpress blog! 😉

If you know of another thing to do after starting a wordpress blog, please tell me in the comments!

And if you have any questions, please drop me a comment and I’ll be very glad to answer it! 🙂

By Gloson

Hello, my name is Gloson and I am an 11-year-old kid who lives in Malaysia. Here, I blog about anything interesting that I learn, including how-to's tips, and more.

Besides blogging, I am a funny poet who writes funny poetry that makes you giggle. Some of my funny poems can be found in this blog.

You can also find my cats series, a series of the funny and cute cat photos I took, here.

161 replies on “14 Important Things to Do After Starting Your WordPress Blog”

Wonderful article or should I say it tutorial. I think, I need to follow the No. 16 point as I yet not customize it.
.-= Arafat Hossain Piyada´s last blog ..Uptime Robot – Get Website Uptime Report Via Email & SMS Free =-.

I have to admit I am a reformed stataholic. lol But that was a long time ago and I have control of my stat addiction now. 😉

Regarding #1 www or no www. It’s a good idea to login to Google webmaster tools and set your preferred domain once you have decided which version of the domain you are going to use.

Excellent list of important things to do with a new wordpress blog. As usual great job Gloson! 🙂
.-= Gerald Weber´s last blog ..Breaking: All New Google Search Results? Hello Caffeine! =-.

Hi Gerald. Thank you very much!

I too admit that I was also a stataholic, but I got rid of my addiction. 😛 Thanks for the Google Webmaster Tools tip by the way! I’ve forgotten about it. Will change it now!

Great checklist of things to do for your new wordpress blog! I had just asked the question on Twitter about Ping directories and how many to use – found the answer here.

I’ll probably write something about this at and will definitely source this sweet article. Thanks Gloson!
.-= Nate Moller´s last blog ..Is There Ever an End to SEO? =-.

Excellent suggestions! I already do several of these for my clients, but I’ll be adding a few of these to my bag of tricks.

Thank you for the detailed info.

Happy 2010!
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I am considering starting a WordPress Blog! The post is awsome! But i have some questions:
1.For a WordPress Blog you need a domain and a hosting. Can you suggest some companies that provide such services on a good price 🙂
2.Isn’t it nice to put a ReTweet” Button or “Share in Facebook” Button to increase traffic in some way? Are there any good plugins to do so?
Thanks in advance!!!

1. I recommend HostGator because it is a great hosting with very rare downtimes and a reasonable price. There are other cheaper hostings but are usually of lower quality.

2. I advice you to put the buttons when you’ve got a decent number of shares/retweets because it will give visitors a good impression and will influence them to sahre/retweet your blog post too.

The plugins can be download at

You can also insert the buttons individually on each post using code instead of using the plugins to insert the buttons on all of your blog posts. 😉


These are great tips. I wish that Feedburner could automatically connect any original feed to its Feedburner link for tracking purposes. Changing the permalink structure seems to be one of the most forgotten things when setting up WordPress sites. I see really popular blogs that still have the ?p=54, meaning they are missing out on the SEO benefits of the URL structure.
.-= Kikolani´s last blog ..Best of #SMAZ – Blogging Tips, Social Media ROI, & SEO =-.

I wish that Feedburner could automatically connect any original feed to its Feedburner link for tracking purposes.


That’s exactly what #3 on the list does.

feed smith
.-= Gerald Weber´s last blog ..Google Chrome Extensions 24 New SEO Plugins =-.

Hi Kristi. I guess that’s the reason the Feedburner Feedsmith plugin was created 😉 . Also, I’m surprised to hear that some popular blogs haven’t updated their permalink structures too. 😐

Excellent post on what to do when first starting a wordpress blog! You’re only 12, but already know more than so many adults do about blogging and social media.
.-= Perth Tehcalite´s last blog ..Twitter and the Perth Police =-.

Thanks to post number one (www or no www) I won’t be conflicting with my host settings. Dreamhost allows me to choose which one I prefer. Insignificant as it may be, it would be dumb to conflict between host and WordPress.

Great WordPress post!
.-= Phelan´s last blog ..Remove Connection on LinkedIn =-.

No problem, Phelan. I’m glad to help! I didn’t know dreamhost lets you choose your preferred URL. That means websites not powered by wordpress automatically redirects to the right one.

Ben Lang – No problem!

Arafat Hossain Piyada – Glad to hear that! Be sure to tell me if the code doesn’t work on your site and I’ll help you out 😉 .

pavlicko – Hi! I think wordpress automatically comes with Askimet. So that’s why I didn’t include it in this list.

Diana Adams – Hey there Diana! I’m really glad you like my post! 🙂

Hi Simon! Thank you very much! I agree that we must pay precaution when hosting on a host that has limited bandwidth otherwise your blog will be down. It happened to me once. Since then I bought a hosting with unlimited bandwidth. 😉

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Hi Gloson, great tips. There is another important thing to do: block all the spam comments from bots, as even newly setup site is vulnerable to spam comments everyday.

I am using Wp-SpamFree plugin to block spams 🙂

An About page is one very crucial thing in the life of a blog and sometimes I wonder why people actually leave that out of their blog from the start for a very long. How can somebody actually know what you and your blog are about if you don’t tell them.

Great guide for the starters, Gloson, and I think even some of us who are already into blogging could do with some of the tips in this article :). Great job :).
.-= Shirley´s last blog ..Google Buzz – Google’s New Move Into Social Media =-.

Hi Shirley. Thank you! I also wonder why some bloggers who has been blogging for some time do not have an About page, which is crucially important. Hmmm… 😐 Maybe we need to remind them because perhaps they have forgotten about it.

Thank you for the tips again Gloson,
I think I finally got all 17 things you said done!
It sure is hard work getting all of them done but its harder for you getting this done. Congrats and thank you my friend

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Nice written article! Can be packed as a free report. It sure will be helpful for those who just started a wordpress blog

Hey Gloson,
i searched for some information about “how to” handle a blog and found your blog. i read some of your posts and liked them 🙂 altough they are in englisch 😀 you have to know i am from germany and always trying to improve my englisch and it works, buuut if its to specialized like some smo blogs or blog blogs i understand only words like “and” 😀 but your englisch is very good to understand, so thanks for that and thats because i subscribed your blog already 😉

Hi Andy!

Thank you very much for being my reader and my subscriber! I’m really glad you liked my blog posts and found them easy to understand! 😀

And don’t worry, because I’m from Malaysia and my English is also not perfect. But I have improved my English a lot when I started blogging, because blogging requires reading and writing. 🙂


Some More Must have Plugins which we should install:

* Google XML Sitemap Generator
* WP-Super Cache
* Subscribe to Comments
* WP Security Scan
* Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

.-= Mrinmay Bhattacharjee´s last blog ..Purchase Cheap Storage for your Google Account =-.

Yeah! After that don’t forget to Submit your blog Sitemap to Google Webmasters Tool, Yahoo! Site Explorer and Bing Webmasters

By submitting Sitemap, bots will more effectively discover links and crawl content in your blog 🙂
.-= Mrinmay Bhattacharjee´s last blog ..Purchase Cheap Storage for your Google Account =-.

Hello Jack! I am talking about here, but most of them can also work on

Though, anyway, is way better than .com for a lot of reasons – it looks professional, you have full control, and it is very flexible; you can tweak almost anything. You can also install plugins, which you can’t on .com. 🙂

And, you CAN migrate to Here’s an article that shows exactly how to do that.


Hope this helps! 🙂

Thank you Felix! I’m very glad my post helped you on your new blog!

Yes, I have upgraded to UBT recently and hmmmmm.. it’s not working here too. Looks like the recent posts code doesn’t work on UBT.

Hi Vinayak!

Here’s how

1. Go to /wp-admin/plugin-install.php
2. Search for Contact Form 7.
3. Install and activate it.
4. Then go to its option page at /wp-admin/admin.php?page=wpcf7 – You can customize it.
5. Next, copy the code that looks like this: [contact-form 1 “Contact form 1”]
6. Create a new page on your blog.
7. In the HTML section, paste the code.
8. Publish it, and see your new contact form! 🙂

Hope this helps! 🙂

You’re most welcome, Vinayak! Glad to see that your contact form is up! The only thing you need to do is the remove the comment form below it…lol! 🙂

Gloson, I am so impressed by you.:) Thank you for sharing so much wonderful information all in one place. I’ve been thinking about moving my blog to WordPress and this will be very helpful!

Well.. I recently found out there’s another plugin like SRG Clean Archives in the wordpress plugin directory. So, go to /wp-admin/plugin-install.php?tab=search. Type in “WP-Archives”. Then on the first result, click on “Install now”.

Next, create a new page on your blog called “Archives” and paste this in:

Hope this helps! 🙂

Well, it might look OK in firefox (cause it has a feature that displays RSS codes nicely), but in other browsers (like chrome), it’s just some code that might confuse your readers. Besides, using feedburner allows you to view statistics of your subscribers and email subscriptions too! 🙂

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