WordPress Configuration Checklist

Use the WordPress configuration checklist below to make sure that your WordPress website or blog has been professionally set up and expertly configured.

WordPress Configuration ChecklistThis tutorial is part of our WordPress Configuration tutorial series. In this tutorial, we provide a WordPress configuration checklist to make sure that your WordPress website or blog has been professionally set up and expertly configured.

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WordPress Configuration Checklist

As discussed in this tutorial, installing WordPress literally takes no more than a minute or two when you know what to do. Configuring your WordPress settings can take a day or more, especially if you are following our WordPress Automated Traffic Generation Blueprint.

Why Use Our WordPress Configuration Checklist?

Our detailed step-by-step tutorials show you how to get your WordPress site expertly configured. This is important if you plan to build a successful digital presence.

Our WordPress configuration tutorials cover the WordPress setup process in great depth and show you how to set up your WordPress website or blog to help you get better search engine results, generate more traffic, convert more visitors into leads and sales, and so much more!

Whether you choose to build and configure your own WordPress site or outsource this task to web developers, it’s vitally important to make sure that your website or blog has been setup correctly to provide you with the most beneficial returns and the best results for your efforts as a WordPress user.

The checklist follows the WordPress Configuration process shown below.

The WordPress Configuration Process

WordPress Configuration Process

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WordPress Configuration Checklist

Use the checklist below to make sure that your WordPress site has been setup and configured correctly:

 Configuration StepCommentsTutorials

Put your WordPress site on maintenance modeOptional - add an 'under construction' page

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Review our 'WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint' tutorialsLearn how to configure WordPress for traffic generation!

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Clean Up New WordPress Installation

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Configure & Customize WordPress DashboardOptional

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Configure WordPress User ProfileOptional - Add Bio to User profile

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CONFIGURE WORDPRESS SETTINGS

Configure WordPress General Settings

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Configure WordPress Writing SettingsSee additional tutorials on how to index or prevent indexing of site.

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Configure WordPress Reading SettingsSee additional tutorials on how to set up home page, blog page, etc.

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Configure WordPress Discussion SettingsSee additional tutorials on how to set up gravatar, etc.

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Configure WordPress Media SettingsSee additional tutorials on how to set up remote file storage system, etc.

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Configure WordPress Permalink SettingsCreate search-friendly URLs

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INSTALL & CONFIGURE ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Configure SSL For WordPressOptional - Add if site requires 'https' instead of 'http'

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Install & Configure WordPress Theme & Theme Settings

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Install & Configure WordPress SEO Plugin

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Install & Configure WordPress XML Sitemap

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Install & Configure WordPress HTML Site Map

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Install & Configure WordPress Contact Form

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Install & Configure Google Analytics

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Install & Configure Security Plugins

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Install & Configure WordPress Backup Plugin

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Install & Configure Additional PluginsOptional (e.g. Admin, Management, Reporting, Maps, Testimonials, e-Commerce, Membership site, etc.)

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CONFIGURE ADDITIONAL SETTINGS

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Configure WordPress Post Categories

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Configure WordPress Post Tags

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Configure WordPress Custom Menus

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Configure WordPress Widgets

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Set Up WordPress Legal PagesMake sure that your site is fully compliant!

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Set Up Broken Link Detection System

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Set Up Link RedirectionsOptional

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Set Up Custom 404 Error PageOptional

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Set Up Custom Maintenance Mode PageOptional

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CONFIGURE EXTERNAL SERVICES

Set Up Additional Email Accounts & ServicesOptional - Set up autoresponders, opt-in forms, etc.

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Set Up Webmaster AccountsGoogle Search Console, Bing Webmaster Tools, Yandex Webmaster, etc.

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Set Up Social AccountsFacebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, GooglePlus, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.

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Set Up Additional ServicesIntegrate WordPress With Social Media, Reporting & Traffic Generation Services

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Add Initial Website ContentCreate this content ASAP to avoid website launch delays.

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Check & Test SiteReview everything including security & make sure your site is OK and ready to launch.

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LAUNCH WEBSITE

Download The WordPress Configuration Checklist

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Next Step

Congratulations, you have completed our WordPress configuration tutorials …  your website or blog is now ready to launch!

The next step is to learn how to use WordPress.

To learn how to use WordPress, see the tutorials in the training module below:

WordPress Configuration Checklist

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of WPCompendium.org and the author of The Small Business Digital Manager. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE detailed step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to use WordPress to grow your business online at minimal cost with no coding skills required!

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