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11 things to do with every new word press install 2017

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11 Things you should do with a new WordPress install

1. Have a Solid Backup Strategy
2. Take Important Security Measures
3. Delete Default Content
4. Combat Spam
5. Optimize Your Site’s SEO
6. Change the Site Tagline
7. Set Up a Contact Form
8. Don’t Forget Settings
9. Connect Email Lists
10. Start Tracking Metrics with Analytics
11. Make Site Updates Easy

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11 things to do with every new word press install 2017

  1. 1. 11 Things To Do With Every New WordPress Install. By Steve Heuser @heuserst BrookWebWorks.com
  2. 2. A bit about me... ● Owner of Brook Web Works. ○ I have about 50 clients with about 70 websites. ● I have been building websites since 1996 using different tools like Fusion and Dreamweaver. ● I started using WordPress in 2012 and I love it! ● I have been going to WordCamps for the last 4 years!
  3. 3. ● I have been leading the Appleton WI WordPress MeetUp for the two years. ● I Love to Fly Fish! flyfishingwis.com
  4. 4. ● I am a iThemes ToolKit member. ○ 60+ Powerful Plugins ○ 200+ Easy-to-customize WordPress Themes ○ 500+ Hours of Essential Web Design Training ○ iThemes Sync Pro Sites ○ Toolkit Members-Only Perks ● I am not affiliated with iThemes in any way. I just love their products. ● This presentation is inspired by a iThemes blog post.
  5. 5. So you just installed WordPress!
  6. 6. 1. Have a Good Backup Strategy Backups are like an insurance policy on the work you've put into creating your site. WordPress doesn't have a built-in backup solution! You will need a plugin. Don’t rely on your host. Have a backup rotation scheme, Grandfather-father-son, 3-2-1 Backup. Keep your backups on different mediums. Host, Cloud, Network Storage, Flash Drive, DVD, ect.
  7. 7. Not if, But WHEN, You will Crash! Schedule your backups to run automatically. Test your backups! Do a restore make sure it works! Use a subdomain to test your restore. Use your backups to clone sites, and to test sites.
  8. 8. Backup Plugins ● BackupBuddy by iThemes ○ Complete Database & Files Backup. ○ Convenient to Create, backup schedules. ○ Quick & Easy to Restore. ● UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration ○ Backup and restoration made easy. Complete backups; manual or scheduled. ● VaultPress ○ VaultPress is a subscription service offering real time backup, automated security scanning. ● BackWPup (free and paid versions) ○ Easy to use and allows you to schedule. Backup Buddy Demo.
  9. 9. Do you need Security?
  10. 10. 2. Take Security Measures Some things to look for... ● Provides protection from Brute Force Attacks ● Renames the default 'Admin' user account ● Enforces strong passwords for all account ● Monitors files for unauthorized changes ● Many more... WordPress sites are often targeted by hackers and bots that can exploit some common default settings.
  11. 11. Security Plugins ● iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) ● Complete Database & Files Backup. ○ Convenient to Create, backup schedules. ○ Quick & Easy to Restore. ○ Much more... ● WordFence ○ Free & Premium version, Country Blocking, Scheduled Scans, Password Auditing, more... ● BulletProof Security ○ One-Click Setup Wizard, Login Security & Monitoring, .htaccess Website Security, more… iThemes Security example...
  12. 12. 3. Delete Default Content Your default WordPress installation comes preloaded with default content like a "Hello world!" blog post. You'll want to delete the default comment that comes with your WordPress installation as a WordPress best practice. Do a search for “Lorem Ipsum” and replace or remove it. Add in your own unique content!
  13. 13. 4. Don’t put up with Spam! Save yourself a lot of time and use this plugin. From your Plugins page, click the blue Activate your Akismet Account button. Then you can enter your API key, or get one from WordPress.com. Spam comments are a pain. Akismet comes pre-load with WordPress now! It’s a good tool for fighting spam. Without it you will get a lot of spam emails and comments.
  14. 14. 5. Set Up Your Site's SEO Make sure your site can be found online. Setting your site up to be SEO-friendly is a great way to get more traffic to your site. WordPress SEO and All-in-One SEO plugins are the two top plugins that will help people find you online. These plugins do the work for you by suggesting edits, keywords, titles and forcing meta text for search engine crawls. Use Goolge’s Adwords keyword tool.
  15. 15. 6. Change the Site Tagline ● It's not just another WordPress site, it's your WordPress site. Your site is unique and your tagline should reflect that. ● Nothing says "I'm a WordPress Noob and forgot to customize my site" like leaving the default tagline in place. ● Remember, this tagline will show up in your site's search results. Research your keywords and choose your tagline carefully! ● If your client already has a tagline or special motto, this is the perfect place for it. If you don't have a tagline, just leave it blank. Just be sure to update/delete the default text.
  16. 16. 7. Add a Contact Form Make it simple for people to communicate with you if they have questions! A contact form can be something that can be easily forgotten. Consider using your contact form to sort customer service questions from leads by having the user identify the reason for contact in a subject line or message body. ● Caldera Forms ○ Easy to use. Many of free options. ○ Paid add ons. ● Ninja Forms ○ Ultimate FREE form creation solution. ○ Premium extensions available. ● Gravity Forms ○ Tons of features, Fee based.
  17. 17. 8. Set your Settings! WordPress has a ton of settings, so make sure you review them. The following settings are especially important (and often overlooked), so don't forget to update them: Permalinks - In your WordPress Dashboard, navigate to the Settings page and find the Permalinks tab. Check out the common settings and choose one that is best for you. Note that having the name of the post or page in your permalinks helps your SEO efforts. Timezone - From the Settings menu, click General. Make sure the timezone is set to your local timezone. This will ensure the timing is correct when you schedule posts to be published or other scheduled events such as backups. User Profile - Don't forget to update your User Profile. Navigate to Users and click Your Profile. From here, you can choose how your name will display on the site and which email address to be used for site notifications. This is also where you can update your password if needed.
  18. 18. 9. Email List Email is still an important component of potential revenue generation and the best way to deliver content directly to someone's inbox. Getting your site visitors to subscribe to your email list is key. It's one of the best ways to make sure they stay engaged with your content or products. Add a subscription box to a footer or side widget and watch your email list grow! Sweeten the optin-in incentive by offering coupons or free resources (like an offer free item). We recommend using MailChimp, Constant Contact, Aweber to build your email lists. They have WordPress integrations to make the process of connecting your site to your email lists simple.
  19. 19. 10. Make Site Updates Easy Whether you manage one WordPress site or a hundred, you will want a quick and easy way to update your plugins and themes. You shouldn't have to login to WordPress every day to check for updates. Using a WordPress management tool makes managing multiple sites easy by saving you time and a lot of unnecessary steps. Update all your sites from one convenient dashboard, and even from your phone! ● iThemes Sync, offers features like bulk installation of themes and plugins, comment and user management and more. ● InfiniteWP, is a free, self-hosted multiple WordPress management platform that simplifies your WordPress management. ● ManageWP Worker, allows you to efficiently manage your websites. iThemes Sync Example...
  20. 20. 11. Track with Analytics Put the Google Analytics tag on your site now! By using it, you can track important data like the total number of site visitors, how long they stay on your site, where your traffic is coming from, conversions - and a lot more! Google Analytics also offers real-time tracking, so you can see how many people are on your site right now. By installing the Google Analytics tag, you'll get all the wonderful data from day one. Setup reports to be emailed!
  21. 21. More things... 12. Connect to Google Search Console. (Webmaster Tools) 13. Connect Analytic to Search Console. 14. Check your sites speed. Google Page Speed, ect. 15. Run through your Check List. 16. Turn on your Cache Plugin. 17. Bill the Client.
  22. 22. Thanks for coming! Questions? Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/Heuserst/11-things-to-do-with-e very-new-word-press-install

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