Basic Tips to know before Starting a WordPress Blog

WordPress is a well-known platform for Blogging and it is being used by millions of webmasters and bloggers. It is a self-hosted blogging platform. MBT is hosted on but, there are hundreds of other popular blogs which are hosted on WordPress. So therefore, WordPress can’t be ignored for Blogging. It is also called WP in short words by webmasters. It is a CMS (content management System) which provides you the opportunity to set up your blog easily. And it is totally developed in PHP, a popular web programming language. In this post I will give you some basic tips before establishing a blog with WP. My tips will be for securing WP, optimizing WP and designing WP. But before going straight to my tips I would like to give you some information about WordPress features and benefits.

What are the Advantages of WP?

If you choose WordPress for your Blog you will benefit from the many features WP provides. There are tons of free and premium plug-ins, Themes you can use to design and optimize your blog. WP blogs have professional themes and frameworks. The installation of WordPress is also easy and can be done in minutes. There are many companies and individuals who make WP themes and plug-ins for WordPress users. Also, WordPress is SEO friendly by default.

Disadvantages of WP

There aren't many disadvantages, but in my opinion; WordPress is a web development environment with complex coding of PHP. And that’s a big problem for newbies, because new bloggers can’t customize WP themes or templates easily. While blogger is a platform where even an absolute beginner can easily manage/design their blog. But without having sufficient knowledge of PHP you can’t do anything complex. The security for WP blogs is also an issue for newbies, because WP blogs are hacked most often if they are not well secured. These are some issues which can be handled by learning the basics of WordPress and here now I am going to share my tips with you.

Tip # 1. Change User Name & Password

The very first thing to do for WordPress security is to change the default Admin details. You can change your default user name & password by going to users page on your WP dashboard. You must change the default user name and password in order to secure your blog from being hacked. While installing WP script from your cPanel you’re given a default user name and password. So your first step is to change it with a strong one. You can select a strong password by using a combination of different characters like this one: [myname123is!^*(#] and it is necessary for security reasons. Also, change the default user name to a better one.

Tip # 2. Change the Registration Status

If you go to your WP dashboard and click the general option under the setting tab; you will find a check box saying “Any one can register” which is already checked by default. At the beginning of your blog you need to uncheck it. Because someone can register to your blog and can harm you. Later on, you can once again check it and assign a role to the new members. Never assign the Administrator role to new members. Always assign a subscriber or contributor role to new members. This way, you will only be the Administrator of your blog.

Tip # 3. Allow Search Engines to Index Your Site

In your WP Dashboard there is a link called “Privacy” under the setting tab, click that and check if the radio button is selected or not which says “Allow Search engines to index this site” if not then instantly select that and save the setting. This way, Search engines will follow your blog and will index it.

Tip # 4. General & Reading setting

This is very easy step, when you get your blog’s dashboard. Visit General Option under the setting tab and make the necessary setting. In site title insert your Blog title which shouldn’t be more than 3 or 4 words. In Tagline, just insert a little bit description about your site. WordPress Address URL and Site Address URL are same, leave them as default. Put your email in Email box and make the date and time setting according to your country/region.

Next go to the reading setting. If you want to show your latest posts on home page then do nothing. But if you want to show static page on your blog’s main page then select the radio button “A static page”. Also you can select the number of posts you want to show on your blog’s home page; there will be 10 posts by default and you can select minimum or maximum posts to show on main page.

Tip # 5. Important Plug-ins that you must install

In order to set up your blog successfully on WordPress you must consider installing some free plug-ins that are exist in WordPress library itself. I will give you a list of plug-ins which are about securing your blog, optimizing your blog and socializing your blog. In order to install a plugin; just click on the plugin link located at left side of your WP dashboard and search the plugin you want to install.

Plugins that secure your blog


Akismet is a plug-in that protects your blog from spam comments and track back spam. It is 99% effective. It detects the bad comments and saves your time.


AntiVirus plugin is a smart security solution for your blog which saves your blog from different malicious attacks and spam injections.

AskApache Password Protect

AskApache is an advance security plugin which blocks the attacks on your password & Installation.

Login LockDown

This plugin blocks an IP address from a given range and blocks the hacking attempts on your WP admin.

Replace WP-Version

Hackers mostly attack by knowing your WP version, if you hide WP version then your blog will be more secure. Replace WP-version hide your WP-Version from all.

Secure WordPress

It checks all the basic security measurements of your blog.

Semisecure Login Re imagined

Sometimes your WP blog get hacked when hacker gets your password, so this plugin encrypts your password when you login to your WP admin.

WordPress File Monitor

This is also a very good plugin which informs you by email that what happened to your blog. If someone deletes something or adds something to your, it will instantly inform you. Even if your blog got hacked it will inform you about the activity.

Optimization Plugins

All SEO in one Pack

This is the most used plugin on WordPress. By installing this plugin you can write Meta title tags, meta description tags and meta keywords separately for Search engines. It is very useful plugin for SEO.

Google XML Sitemap

This is another important plugin. This plugin generates your sitemap for Google. You will just have to add this sitemap once to your Google webmaster account. It will refresh your sitemap whenever new content will be added to your blog. And will inform Google crawler.

SEO plugin by Yoast

This is another great plugin for WordPress SEO, it is also all in one and can perform better than All in One SEO pack it used perfectly.

Social Plugins

Better Related Content

This plugin is very simple and lovable. It shows the most relevant content below every post when they are viewed by visitors.

WordPress Social Ring

This is an awesome plugin which shows the social sharing buttons below every post of your blog. In some templates, it can also be added to home page.

WP Email-to-Facebook plugin

This  plugin sends your recently added post to your Facebook fan page or profile wall.

YD Recent Posts with thumbnails

I like this plugin and recommended to use. This plugin shows your most popular blog posts image thumbnails; same like Blogger blogs popular posts. It will add attractiveness to your WP blog.

What do you think?

These were just some basic tips from my own experience. You may be having different experience with WordPress. Please share your thoughts in comment section.

This is a gust post by one of our valuable readers and friends, Wali khan. Wali is a web designer, blogger and SEO Analyst. He even writes pashto tutorials and can be found mostly at OnlineUstaad

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  1. That's really helpful to me i am really trouble with WordPress.
    Now i can manage something thanks for sharing this topic and expecting something more..

    Akhil Abraham
    Blog:All Blogging Tools

  2. This is a nice for Newbie Bloggers..

    More Blog Tools

  3. @Mustafa,

    Thank you my lovely brother for publishing my post on MBT. I'm glad and honored to see my post here..

    Well, I'm now the part of MBT's contributors.

    Thanks again dear :-)

  4. @Abdulwali Khan, Very useful post bro, I think you have forgotten to mention Digg-Digg plugin which is very useful and effective in sharing posts.

    Bro you have also made a mistake in last, The heading is "YD Recent Post Plugin" and description is about popular Posts.

    Thanks for this post, really useful for newbies how are using WordPress or want to use WordPress
    Regards: kulwinder Singh

    The Tech Shell

  5. I can't find where to uncheck anyone can register under Settings/General.. it's no where to be found.. Does this mean I already did it?

  6. Ooops, sorry, I forgot to say thanks and my name is Pamela, Thanks so much!

  7. nice tips
    i will lunch my new blog on WP

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  9. Great Tips............
    this will surely help the new Bloggers who are willing to use wordpress..

    and thanks or the security Plugins, i didn't knew that all Plugins, now i will use some of it to secure my Blog:P Blog you will Love..

  10. Thank you for these awesome & very useful tips.

    I want to sell my Domain..

    Can anyone help me selling it.


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  12. @Kulwinder Singh,

    Thanks bro for letting me about Digg plugin, I forgot to include that in the list :-) yeah, the post has not been edited by MBT therefore some mistakes are there..

  13. Hats off bro i was just thinking about this kind of post very helpfull for begginers. latelt lasst month 30,000 wordpress blogs has been hacked you cannot stop hackers there is still a way.

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  16. Great Post And great list :) thanks for sharing.

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  17. Wali khan brother , i am glad to see you at MBT. Really great post . Tutorial Bazaar

  18. Excellent and detailed post! Well, updating the settings in general & Reading settings is important, so as to provide the tagline and description for blog. And installing the wordpress is important for proper maintenance and akismet and login lockdown are the essential plugins for securing wordpress. This post will be very helpful for newbie bloggers. Thanks for sharing :)

  19. Certainly a good post, it will be really helpful.

  20. Helpful post. As i am also thinking to develop a blog on WP.. I have a question how can we design login pages for WP and as soon as anyone registers the Blog he will be redirected to main content..? how is it possible..?? please tell me solution... :( Also visit

  21. Really useful and nice information. I was eager to know about wordpress. And this article helps me a lot.

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  22. thanks you very much for this useful information now i can use wp easily.

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  24. Well I would also recommend Digg Digg and Better WP Security.

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  27. Very Nice Tutorial, i think these tips are very useful for new wordpress user, please share something about Wordpress Security Plugins

  28. @Mustafa,

    Thank you my lovely brother for publishing my post on MBT. I'm glad and honored to see my post here..

    Well, I'm now the part of MBT's contributors.

    Thanks again dear :-)Very much good


  30. Great checklist to make everything safe and user friendly on WordPress blog. Further I suggest Better-WP-Security plugin, as I found it quite effective in updating almost every security aspect for a WordPress blog.
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  31. what is difrent bitween Wordpress and blogger..or pa keya use kar rhy ho????

  32. Great Post. It help me a lot to create a Wordpress blog