10+ Things To Do AFTER LAUNCHING A WordPress Site

Today, I will show you 10 recommended things to do right after launching a WordPress website plus my favorite plugins you can use for FREE to boost your overall WordPress experience So your site is finally available to the world, and that's great! You can start using it to further your goals, and eventually grow your blog/business/portfolio or whatever else your desire is

But there are still a handful of things that you should do to set yourself up for success Hi, and welcome to our channel! My name is Robert from ThemeIslecom and in this video, I do my best to let you know what to do next with your new WordPress website, so keep watching The no1 thing you need to do is allow Google to index your WordPress site

Even though in most cases WordPress sets this up correctly on its own during install, checking if things are in order can never hurt Just go to your wp-admin, then Settings / Reading Look for Search Engine Visibility and make sure that the checkbox labeled "Discourage search engines from indexing this site" remains unchecked Google Analytics is a tracking and marketing tool that every website owner should use It tracks your audience and their actions on your site

It comes with detailed information about everything related to your site's content and visitors, such as the most viewed pages, conversion rates, the number of visits per day, in-depth user profiles, bounce rates, and lots of other essential stats The tool is free and can be easily integrated with your WordPress site through an embed code provided by Google Alternatively, you can use a plugin like Google Analytics by MonsterInsights Speed is one of the keys to keeping your visitors on the site Who likes to wait for a page to load, right? No one! In fact, if a page takes more than 3 seconds to load, 40% of people abandon it, according to Kissmetrics How to avoid this? One solution is to install a caching plugin to reduce the overall page loading times There are free caching plugins out there, for instance, W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache

Another recommended step is to hook your site up to a CDN service (Content Delivery Network) A CDN is a solution that takes the content from your site and stores it on a network of servers around the world Then, when a visitor comes to your site, they get served from the locations that's nearest to them Hence, they can see your site much quicker than they would otherwise Some of the most popular CDNs include MaxCDN, CloudFlare and Amazon CloudFront

(If you want something free, it's CloudFlare) Backup plugins will keep your site content in a safe place, in case anything bad ever happens and you need to restore your site to a previously working state I really can't emphasize this enough Backup plugins are truly invaluable! Sure, if your site is new you don't have much content to backup for now, but just for your knowledge, check out one of our videos created especially to cover this subject There's a lot of bad things that can happen to a WordPress site: hacker attacks, malware, viruses, etc

Protecting your website from all that with a firewall of some kind is always a good idea Sucuri is one of the best WordPress security services out there It provides malware detection and cleanup, monitors your site for hacks, mitigates DDoS attacks, and more For a free solution, check out Wordfence Security or iThemes Security Both quite good at what they do

Google Search Console should be a must-have item on your list It will help you optimize your site SEO-wise and point you towards some of the issues with the structure of your site that you should address to make both your visitors and Google happy More specifically, with GSC, you can learn about things such as the health of your internal link structure, external links pointing to your site, any sitemap problems, your popular keywords, the indexing status of your site, any crawl stats and errors, security issues, and much more A true goldmine The easiest way to break into your WordPress site is to just guess your login and password

As abstract as it sounds, it's really the case There are software scripts and bots that go through hundreds of thousands of passwords and try their luck with each one That is why you need to make sure that your login details are strong enough Some things you can do: Create a new user profile for all editing purposes, The role of Editor you can do it in the wp-admin, Users / Add New Limit the login attempts allowed before the site is locked down

You can do it with a plugin like WP Limit Login Attempts Customize your sites title, tagline, time zone, and favicon It's very important to have an identity, Google will appreciate that To do it, go to your WordPress dashboard and then to Settings / General Also, change your permalink structure

Use something that is friendly and describes the content of each individual page To change the permalink structure, go to Settings again, and then click on Permalinks You'll see a couple of possibilities there The best option is to use your post names in the URL's Sitemap

xml is a file that lists all of your website's URLs Google uses this file to understand how your site is organized and what sort of information is there As a result, it will be easier for Google to index everything To create a sitemap, all you have to do is install a plugin called Google XML Sitemaps Just a few clicks and you're good to go

As I promised, here are my favorite plugins I use in every WordPress website I own or I build for my clients Jetpack, to say this simply, is one plugin that can play a myriad of useful roles in supercharging your WordPress website And being created by none other than Automattic, you can expect it to be continuously developed and supported in the long term I love to use Jetpack and its functions help me automate some things like social publishing and related posts insertion under every blog post In order to activate Jetpack, you need to have a free wordpress

com account Wordfence Security is one of the most full-featured WordPress security plugins available It enables users to micromanage their site's security from top to bottom, and even automate it, in the case of premium users The sheer number of features the plugin offers can be overwhelming at first, but luckily for us, it comes with excellent documentation and you can watch the recommended video above to see some basic instructions Search engine optimization (SEO) is easily one of the most important pieces of blogging or website management

One of the best blogging tools for SEO is Yoast SEO, which makes sure you cover all the SEO basics and all your pages and posts are properly optimized You have probably already provided for social sharing of your content, but, if by chance you have not, install the Social Media Share Buttons plugin now The more your content is shared on social media, the more visitors you will get, and the more visitors you get, the better your SEO rankings are Our #1 Contact Form and SMTP plugin for WordPress This plugin makes your contact page more engaging by creating a good-looking simple WordPress contact form

Pirate Forms is very easy to set up You can quickly create an engaging contact form by using a shortcode and copying it where you want it to appear I love to use it! As its name implies, Login Customizer plugin allows you to easily customize your login page straight from your WordPress Customizer! You can preview your changes before you save them! Awesome, right? This is a simple, easy and quite powerful Google Map tool to create, manage and embed custom Google Maps into your WordPress posts and pages I use it only on my contact page but you can build other pages with interactive maps as well I definitely pick the PRO version for my online business because of the unlimited maps, markers, add directions, custom layers, Adsense integrations and more

To know more about how you can create maps and integrate them into your site's content, cliekc the recommended video above These were just a few of my recommendations, but I will constantly make more and more videos for you, good reason to subscribe then tap on the bell to get notifications every time I upload a new video Thanks for watching! You are my reason to publish more and more helpful video content to this channel

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