WordPress Killer Checklist – Development

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Now comes the most important checklist.

There are a million settings and changes you need to make during the development process, in order to build a website that meets all your requirnments.

That’s why, we have included even the minutest the steps that are important during developnet, so that you never niss out on anything crucial to your website.

Remove Default Content: Here, the first thing you need to do is remove the WordPress default content like posts, comments and more.

Create a Sitemap: Next, create a logical sitemap in Notepad, Word or Excel and add pages like About us, Contact us, etc. according to this sitemap.

Use Dash for URLS: Make sure you use “-” in your URL’s insteade of “_”.

Add Blog Categories: Under Posts> Categories, add appropriate blog categories.

Add Tags & Media: Once you’ve added the blog categories, include suitable posts, tags and media files.

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Update Menu: Then, as per the site map, add Menu under the Appearances> Menu section.

Add Newsletter Subscription: Include the Email Opt-in Form for newsletter subscriptions. We use MailChimp List Subscribe Form Plugin.

Make a Plugin List: Make a list of all the plugins you wish to install. Few recommended Plugins

  • SeedProd Coming Soon
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast
  • Google Analytics by Yoast
  • BackUpWordPress
  • WordPress Backup to Dropbox
  • Broken Link Checker
  • Redirection
  • Contact Form 7
  • Contact Form 7 reCAPTCHA Extension
  • BBQ: Block Bad Queries
  • WP-Optimize
  • WP-PageNavi
  • WP Super Cache
  • iThemes Security
  • Revision Control
  • Error Log Monitor

Add Social Icon: Add social media icons/links for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, etc. You may use AddThis, Share This or Share Bar Plugins.

Add Social Feeds: Also include feed posts for

  • Facebook Page Plugin
  • Twitter Plugin
  • Google Plus

Create Social Profile:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Plus
  • Pinterest

Style Sticky Post: Style the sticky posts well and make sure they function well.

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Check for Content Over Follow: Make sure there are no posts with pictures that break the content layout or are too big for the content column. In that case, make Overflow: Hidden.

Highlight Author’s Comments: Ensure that the author comment is highlighted differently. CHeckout How to Highlight Author’s Comments by WP Beginner.

Use Gravatars: Check that the User Avatars or Gravatars are displayed porperly.

Add Comment Closed Massage: The comments display form is replaced with a “Comments Off” massage or something similar.

Create 404 Page: Another important thing is to ensure that the 404 page is created and customized. Check how to create a custom 404 page in WordPress.

Test Search Page: Please check if the search page is accessible to user. You can check by navigating to http://yoursite.com/?s=Test.

Use & Test Pagination: Test the pagination using WP-PageNavi plugin.

Add Favicon: Add Custom Favicon using Custom Favicon plugin.

Use Breadcrumb: Don’t forget to use Breadcrumbs for easy navigation. It is a part of WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin.

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Link Logo: Link the company logo to the homepage.

Remove Lorem Ipsum: Lastly, make sure you remove all the lorem ipsum text on your website.


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