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Self-Hosted WordPress – Laying the Groundwork

When it comes to starting a website you have to get some basic groundwork in place. WordPress is an easy platform to work with and it’s flexible enough to use with just about any kind of site concept.

So in order to do it right, you have to put some basics in place to get things going.

Here are ten things you will want to do to get things started the right way.

Set your title and tagline

Make sure you’ve got the site title and tagline set for of your new WordPress site by going to Dashboard > Settings > General.

Create your contact form

Get your contact form set up. This can be either Gravity Forms or Contact Form 7, or really any contact form plugin you’d like. You will also want to install Google reCAPTCHA. For convenience, you can now use invisible reCAPTCHA.

Make sure your timezone is set

Go to Settings > General and make sure your timezone is set correctly.

Set up your sitemap

Create your sitemap using Yoast SEO and submit it in your Google Search Console account, and Bing Webmaster Tools.

Set up Google Search Console

Get your site set up to use Google Search Console which will provide you a wealth of information about your site and how your visitors use it.

Set up Akismet

Get Akismet setup to fight spam. All you need to do is activate the plugin and insert your Akismet API Key.

Set up Bing Webmaster Tools

Bing has its own tool, similar to Google’s Search Console, that provides similar info on your site ‘s performance in their search engine.

Set up Google Analytics

Get Google Analytics installed using the plugin mentioned previously. You will also want to make sure that you connect your Google Analytics account with your Google Search Console account to make sure you’ve got the most complete information possible available to you regarding how users work on your website.

Set your comment and pingback policies

This is really a matter of preference, but you want to decide one way or another how you are going to manage comments and pingbacks.

Check and evaluate all settings

Check the settings under Settings > General, Writing, Reading, and Discussion to make sure everything is set the way you want it to be set.

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