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 ThemeIsle.com 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 no.1 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
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