WordPress Blog Launched? 10+ Steps to take After Launch

Want to know what to do after Launching a WordPress Blog? How to keep it safe? How to bring more Organic Traffic to Your WordPress Blog? 

Today I will tell you 10+ recommended things to do right after launching a WordPress blog or website plus my favorite plugins you can use for free to boost your overall WordPress experience.

So now your site is finally available to the world and that’s great. You can start using it to expand your goals and finally grow your blog, business, portfolio or anything else you want. But there are still a handful of things that you should do to set yourself up for success. Here I’ll do my best to let you know what to do next with your new WordPress Blog or website so keep reading.

 

1). Allow Google to index your WordPress Blog / site

Wordpress Blog

The number one thing you need to do is to allow Google to index your WordPress site even though in most cases WordPress sets this up correctly on its own during installation. Checking if the important things are in order can never hurt you, isn’t it? Just go to your WP admin then go to the Settings, then click Reading. Look for the search engine visibility and make sure that the checkbox labeled discourage search engines from indexing this site remains unchecked.

 

2). Speed – Activate Cacheing

Wordpress cache pluginsSpeed is one of the most important factors to keep your visitors on the site. I think nobody likes to wait for a page to load. In fact, if a page takes more than 3 seconds to load, 40% of people leave it according to Kissmetrics. How to avoid this? One solution is to install a caching add-on to reduce page load times in general. There are free caching add-ons, for example, W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache.

3). Integrate your site with Google Analytics

monster insightsGoogle Analytics is an important tracking and marketing tool that every website owner should use. The plugin tracks your audience and the actions taken by them on your site. It includes detailed information about everything related to the content and visitors to your site, such as the most viewed pages, conversion rates, number of visits per day, detailed profiles of users, bounce rates and many other essential statistics. The tool is free and can be easily integrated with your WordPress blog or site through an embedded code provided by Google. Alternatively, you can use a plug-in like Google Analytics by Monster Insights.

4). Install a Backup Plugin

backup pluginBackup plugins will keep the contents of your site in a safe place. I really can’t emphasize this enough. God forbid, if you need to restore your site to a previously working state due to anything bad happening to your sites, the Backup plugins are truly invaluable. Sure if your site is new you don’t have much content to back up for now. But just for your knowledge, I will shortly publish a new post especially to cover this subject.

 

5). Hook your site with a CDN

cloudflare pluginAnother recommended step is to hook your site up to a Content Delivery Network (CDN ). It 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 are 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 a CDN which is free, it’s CloudFlare.

 

6). Improve The Security Of Your Site

There’s a lot of bad things that can happen to a WordPress blog site. Hacker attacks, malware, viruses etc. Protecting your website from all that with a firewall or some kind is always a good idea. Sucuri is one of the best sucuri security plugiWordPress security services out there. The Sucuri Security WordPress Plugin is free for all users of WordPress. It is a security suite designed to complement your current security posture. It offers its users a set of security features for their website, each designed to have a positive effect on their security posture. Security activity audit, File Integrity Monitoring, Malware remote scanning, Blacklist monitoring, Effective hardening of security, Post-piracy security actions, Security notifications, Firewall website (premium).  Another free solution is Wordfence Security or iThemse Security. Both quite good at what they do.

 

7). You Should Change Your Logins

The easiest way to break into your WordPress site is just a guess of your login and password. As abstract as it sounds, it really is the case. There are software scripts and BOTS that go through hundreds of thousands of passwords and try their luck with each one. That’s why you should make sure your login data is 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, go to Users,  add new. You should limit the logging events allowed before the site is locked down. You can easily do it with a plugin like WP Limit Login Attempts.

8). Set Up Google Search Console

Google search console should be a must-have item on your list. It will help you in optimizing your site’s SEO 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 Google search console, you can learn about things such as the health of your internal link structure, external links pointing to your site, any sitemap problems, popular keywords, the status of indexing of your site, any crawl errors and stats, security issues and much more. A true goldmine!

 

9). Change Your Site’s Basic Information

permalinks
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, then General. Also, change your permalink structure to something that is friendly and describes the content of each individual page. If you want to change your site’s permalink structure go to Settings again and then click on permalinks. You will see a couple of possibilities there the best option is to use your post names in the URLs.

 

10). Create a Sitemap XML File

google xml sitemapSitemap XML is a file that lists all of your websites URLs. Google use this file to understand how your site is organized and what sort of information is there which helps Google to easily index everything. To create a sitemap all you have to do is install a plug-in called Google XML Sitemaps. Just a few clicks here and there and you are good to go.

 

Some of My Favourite Plugins for a WordPress Blog or Website:

As I promised here are my favorite plugins I use on every WordPress blog or website I own or I build for my clients. Jetpack by WordPress is simply is one plug-in that can play a myriad of useful roles in supercharging your WordPress website. And being created by none other than Automatic you can expect it to be continuously developed and supported in the long term.  I love to use Jetpack and it has helped me to automate some things like social publishing and related posts insertion under every blog post. Wordfence Security is arguably one of the most full-featured WordPress security plugins available. It enables users to micromanage the security of their site from top to bottom and even automated it in the case of premium users. The sheer number of features in the plugin offers can be overwhelming at first. But luckily for us, it comes with excellent documentation and you can watch the recommended the video above to see some basic instructions. Search engine optimization 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 will cover all the SEO basics and all your pages and posts are properly optimized.
You must have already provided for social sharing of your content. But if by chance you have not installed the social media share buttons plug-in now. The more the number of times 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 number one contact form and SMTP plugin for WordPress is Contact Form and SMTP Plugin by PirateForms. This plug-in makes your contact page more engaging by creating a good-looking simple WordPress contact form. PirateForms 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 logging customizer plugin Custom Login Page Customizer allows you to easily customize your login page straight from your WordPress customizer. You can see a preview your changes before you save them. Awesome right?
Google Maps Plugin by Intergeo is a simple easy and quite powerful google map tool to create, manage and embed custom google maps into your WordPress blog posts and pages.  I use it on some of my other blogs 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. Do you want to know more about how you can create maps and integrate them into your site’s content? Please write down your queries in the comment section below.
These were just a few of my recommendations for a WordPress blog or website. But I will constantly make more and more posts for you. This is a  good reason for you to subscribe to my blog. Please put your name and email id in the subscription field to get all notifications every time I upload a new post.

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