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.
- 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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