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WordPress as Your Choice of a Content Management System

When WordPress first hit the Internet world it was thought to be a blogging platform but it has come a long way and now is used for a general content management system. Of all the different choice for blogging WordPress is now the most used. More and more web site publishers are using it to get their message out.

There are a number of reasons why it has become the first choice. Unlike many other content management platforms it is free. It was developed with many options and allows for others than the principal developers to increase its capacity.

For all the non-techies of the Internet world WordPress is so easy to both install and to use.

It is always changing with new additions that increase its functionality and make it user friendly. With “what you see is what you get” even a newbie can get started with it. For most people if you can word process you can use WordPress.

After your initial installation it is a good idea to do a tour of it to make sure the settings are the ones you need. In some cases the defaults may need to be adjusted so you get the functionality that will give you the best results.

After you install your new WordPress site there is a little checklist of tasks that you should do.

You want to make sure that it is set for your needs and for your security.

Here are the seven things that you need to do as soon as you install a WordPress blog.

1. Make sure you are running the latest version. This sounds odd, but if you have installed via the Fantastico icon in a CPanel, there is a strong possibility that an older version will have been used.

WordPress is very easy to update and will tell you at the top of the screen if a new version is available. You only need to click on ‘Automated Update’ and the system will do all the work for you.

2. Delete the default ‘Hello World’ post and any comments that are attached to it. While you are deleting default stuff, get rid of the list of links that are stored under ‘Blogroll’. You don’t need any of that stuff because your blog needs to be set up cleanly.

3. The developers of WordPress have made it default to a setting that blocks search engines from seeing your posts. Quite why they think that is a good idea is a mystery, but you can easily correct things. Go to Privacy (under the Settings menu item) and click the radar button to make your blog visible to everyone.

4. Activate the Akismet plugin. It is already installed by default, but you have to get a key code from the developers to make it work. It only takes a moment (and for personal blogs is free) but it can save you from being bothered by a ton of spam comments.

5. Again in the Settings menu area, go to the Permalinks page. This controls the way your links are created and is important for SEO purposes. None of the four preset options are particularly SEO friendly, so click the Custom radar button and type /%category%/%postname%/ in the text box. Alternately you can type /%postname%/ and this will eliminate the category showing in your url. You will have to decide which you prefer. This will change the way your links look and will be a big improvement as far as the search engines are concerned.

6. Install a free plugin called WordPress Database Backup. This is very handy tool that not only makes a backup copy of your blog’s database at pre-set intervals, but it also can be set to email the backup to your inbox. While WordPress is a pretty robust program, it never hurts to be safe. A backed up database can be a lifesaver if a meltdown should ever happen to your blog.

7. Do a search for a theme. There are many free themes out there and most of them are free. If you spend some time searching for a theme that you like it will give your site your personal touch. Make sure when you are choosing a new theme that it has been recently updated. Check the dates to see when it was developed and has it been updated recently. If you download one that you like and install it then decide it is not quite right it is easy to swap it out for another.

If you are having trouble with any aspect of WordPress you can find hundreds of YouTube tutorial videos. Jump in and use WordPress and you will quickly love all its options. There are endless plugins that will help your site function to a high level. WordPress gets better and better every day.

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