Now you’ve decided to give blogging a try, having a checklist is essential and would help you to prepare for any primary challenges before launching your WordPress site. It makes the arduous and lengthy process of website development less stressful and more productive.
Below is a quick checklist of the important to-do before launching your site.
- Install your WordPress backup solution. There are plenty of good plugins that you can set up on your site within minutes. WP Engine platform has automatic back-up support feature that ensures your data is kept safe.
- Secure WordPress Admin area by installing a security system to prevent hacking into your site and use a unique username and password. Don’t stick with the generic username ‘admin,’ that makes it an easy target.
- Remove all Ipsum text. These are the dummy texts used as page fillers on the site.
- Proofread your site for grammatical and typographical errors.
- Check that images, videos, sliders used are properly formatted and functioning.
- Check that all links are working correctly.
- Test installed social sharing icons to make sure that they are working properly.
- Setup Email for your website. Setting up your email up and your subscription forms as soon as possible will help you to start building an email and subscriber list right away. MailChimp plugin offers a simple way to integrate your emails and save your mailing list.
- Test that all your forms are working as they should: contact forms, subscription forms, comments.
- Preview your site in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari.
- Check for mobile gadget friendliness and responsiveness.
- Add your site to Google Webmaster Tools/Google Search Console.
- Install Google Analytics. It’s important that you install google analytics before you launch to help you keep track of your performance and to learn how your readers interact with your site. It will also provide information on how your site has grown as time goes on.
- Check your SEO settings. Search engines are the top traffic generators for most websites and optimizing your site for search engines can help to grow your blog consistently. WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast is a comprehensive optimization plugin for WordPress.
- Check the site for 404 errors through google crawl report and fix them.
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