WordPress Killer Checklist – Pre Development

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So where do you actually start?

That’s the first question that’s probably popped in your head. This checklist is the answer to that very question.

Regardless of where you are a beginner or a WordPress expert, this particular checklist will benefit anyone who is in the process of developing a new WordPress website.

Now check your checklist.

 

 

Choose the right directory: Select a directory and install it under public_html. Don’t use root or wordpress.

Change DB table names: Use random letters,numbers_table names instead of the default wp_table names. Checkout ‘Change DB Prefix Plugin‘.

Use Unique Login/Password: Refrain from using admin/admin as login/password. Alternatively, you can follow these examples:

  • Username – ASAP (e.g.)
  • Password – (Use Strong Password Generator Tool)
  • You may use your email as login with WP Email Login Plugin

Hide your Test Website from Search Engines: Make sure you hide your website from the search engines by checking the option under Settings> Reading “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”

Additional Steps-1: Once the installation is complete, here are some of the additional  things you need to do.

  • Create a “Coming Soon” page with the free SeedProd Coming Soon or WP Maintenance Mode plugins.
  • Now, you will need to make some changes in the settings under General category. Choose a www or non-www URL for the WordPress as well as Site Address.

Set Default Date and Time: Don’t forget to update the Time Zone, Date/Time under Settings> General.

Update Blog Title: Very important to update the blog title and tag line appropriately under Settings> General.

Change Media Settings: Under Settings> Media, uncheck the “Organize my uploads into month and year based folders” option.

Change Blog Category: Similarly, under Posts> Categories, rename the ‘uncategorized’ to set up a default category for Posts.

Password Protect Demo Site: Increase the security for your demo website by installing the Password Protect plugin.

Delete Sample Config File: Finally, don’t forget to remove the sample config file. wp-config-sample.php in your root under public_html.

Additional Steps-2:

  • Enable the debug mode “define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true);
  • Use as many WP default-include third-party JS libraries as possible.
  • As the admin, you should able to upload/remove media and install new plugins as per requirements.

 

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