Configure your WordPress site

If you are just getting started with WordPress, here are some tips to help you set up your WordPress site.

Before proceeding you should understand the difference between a WordPress.com and WordPress.org site.

http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

For WordPress.com and WordPress.org sites

WordPress Site Cleanup

  • Go To Posts and Move the Hello World! Post to the Trash
  • Go To Links and Delete all the Links
  • Go To Pages and Move the About Page to the Trash

Recommended WordPress Settings

  • WordPressGo To Settings > General
    • Update Timezone
  • Go To Settings > Discussion > Avatars Section
    • Change Avatar Display to Show Avatars
  • Go To Settings > Sharing (if you are using WordPress.org you must have the Sharedaddy plugin installed)
    • Enable the Sharing Services you would like to appear on posts

Recommended Content

Useful External Tools

  • Sign up for a Gravatar
  • Sign up for FeedBurner and Burn your feed
    • Go To FeedBurner Settings > Publicize
      • Activate Email Subscriptions
      • Activate Pingshot
      • Activate Socialize (Twitter)

For WordPress.com sites

Recommended WordPress.com Settings

  • Go To Users > Personal Settings > Personal Options – Proofreading Section
    • Enable Automatically proofread content when: a post or page is first published
    • Enable All English Options for proofreading grammar and style rules
  • Go To Settings > General

For WordPress.org sites

Recommended WordPress.org Plugins (WordPress.com already includes the functionality provided by these plugins)

Recommended WordPress.org Settings

  • Go To Users > Your Profile > Personal Options – Proofreading Section
    • Enable Automatically proofread content when: a post or page is first published
    • Enable All English Options for proofreading grammar and style rules
  • Go To Users > Your Profile > Personal Options – Name Section
    • Update your First Name, Last Name, Display name publicly as
  • Go To Settings > Permalinks
    • Update Permalink Settings to Day and Name

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