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A Simple 7 Steps WordPress Checklist to Ensure You Have Everything Covered.
So you are finally ready to launch your brand new website after weeks of designing and working on the content.
So what is next? Is there anything you need to do after your web designer pushes your WordPress website to live server?
Below is a WordPress checklist detailings some steps for you or your web designer will have to do to ensure proper setup.
Step #1: Basic WordPress Security
The first thing to do is to ensure the basic security of your new WordPress website is tighten up.
Use an Unpredictable User ID
Do not use admin, administrator, your name, your brand name, your company name as the userid.
By making it hard to guess your userid, you are making things difficult for the hackers to brute force their way into your backend.
However, if your website has a blog section, regardless of what userid you use, there is still a way for the more technical people to figure out your userid.
Do use a plugin like Edit Author Slug to change your author link, so others will not be able to know your login ID.
Make sure you use a strong password as hackers WILL brute force their way in if you use an easy password.
Yes, it happens to me before, please learn from my lesson.
WP Config Location
Do you know you can put your WP Config file outside of the public_html folder or the httpsdoc folder.
WP Config is a very important configuration file for your WordPress website, by moving it out of the main folder, you are making it harder for the hackers to gain access.
If you are unsure, check with your web designer and show them this.
Do note, not all web designers are well versed with WordPress CMS so they may not understand this issue.
Install a Basic WordPress Security Plugin
Step #2: Embed Your Google Analytics / Tag Manager Snippets
You can either embed directly into the Head section of your codes or you can use a plugin like Insert Header/Footer if you or your web designer are not very good with codes.
Step #3: Install SEO Plugin and Ensure Indexability
If you are more aggressive in your SEO efforts, you can make all your images in media library have some form of ALT description.
To ensure your website is indexable, in your admin backend, go to Settings > Reading and make sure Robots.txt is not blocked for crawling.
Step #4: Submit Your Website to Google Search Console / Bing / Yandex
The SEO plugin you find should be able to generate some form of sitemap in an XML format link.
With that link, you can submit your website to major search engines.
This is like announcing to them, you have launched your website, please come and take a look.
A simple guide can be found here: Guide for Submitting Your Website to Google Search Console
Step #5: Speed Up Your Website
Step #6: Browser / Mobile Check
Do check through your website from major browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and IE.
Check them from different mobile devices in both landscape and portrait orientation too.
If anything looks out of place, let your web designer knows.
Step #7: Share It On Social Media
Finally, share your website on major social media websites and look at how the sharing is presented.
How the website sharing look in social media can be tweaked by using popular SEO plugins, that allow you to edit the Open Graph Information.
Facebook has a useful debugging tool, in case Facebook is caching the old information and you can refresh it.