i’ve installed wordpress, what’s next?

After your WordPress installation has sucessfully completed you are facing a series of post install configuration steps. Before looking to the milions of plugins available there are certain steps that must be fullfilled before you can effectively begin blogging.

User Management

I suggest to remove the “admin” account and change it with your own to avoid dictionary attack to your blog.

Go to the “Users > Add new” menù and create your own account with the “Administrator” role. Also in “personal option” select the checkbox “Disable the visual editor when writing” because it sometimes screw things.

Log-in with the new account and remove the “admin” user.

Your Profile

If you feel annoying the new admin bar in WordPress 3.1 you can disable it here. In “Show admin bar” uncheck “when viewing site”.



Remember to run off the membership checkbox about “anyone can register” and to fill the other settings about your own taste.


I don’t like Size of the post box, the default of 10 lines is too low for me.

Also remember to disable “Remote publishing”.

And finally to update the list of the “Update Services”, mine is:

If you wish to check the latest official one it is available at list of update services for WordPress


If you don’t want to show the full article content in your RSS feed change the default of “For each article in a feed, show” in “Summary”.


Not much to configure here because we’re going to use Akismet plugin and the Disqus to manage comments rather then the internal WordPress comment system.

Also remember to turn on the Akismet plugin.

Media Settings

I don’t like my image to be store in “wp-content/uploads” so i changed “Store uploads in this folder” with the value of “image”.

And also enabled the checkbox “Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders”.


Just change “Site Visibilit” and allow the blog to be indexed if you’ve finished your work.


This page is very important for WordPress and SEO. In my preference i wish to use the following values:

  • Custom Structure: /%category%/%postname%.html
  • Category base: taxonomy
  • Tag base: tags

Remember to edit your robots.txt and exclude the path starting with:

  • /taxonomy
  • /tags

The .html at the end of the post page is used to implement the Natural SEO friendly Permalink in WordPress article.

Example Content

The wp-candy project makes available some default content very usefull to tune up themes and plugins for an empty wordpress installation.

Once you downloaded postsxml.zip unzip it and use the function under “Tools > Import > WordPress” to select the file and import it.

Speeding Up

Removing post revisions

Edit wp-config.inc and add:

define(‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false);
define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);
define(‘AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL’, 180);
define(‘EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS’, 7);

to disable post revisions and tweak some more usefull variables.

Fixing Problems

On some host you get disconnected after posting updates.

If so, try changing .htaccess appending the following parameters:

<IfModule mod_env.c>




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