As you may be able to see, this is the first post for my new blog – Internet Wealth Master.

Coincidentally, Darren Rowse has started a new group writing project about writing lists for blog posts.

So I thought I would write my first post by taking part. My list is about How I Set Up WordPress.

Now when I set up a blog, I have a checklist of stuff to work through which I use in an attempt to try and get it right first time.

Over the months I have found that as I refine this list, I can get a WordPress blog set up pretty quickly.

So here is the list. I’ve tried to put it into an order of importance too!

  1. Change Permalink Structure – This is very important for SEO. It tidies up your URL so that it is relevant to your content and easy for search engines to read. I set my permalink structure to /%postname%/ – Apparently it appears more accessible to search engines if you do not have such a deep file structure like /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/.
  2. Set WordPress Template – Next I will upload and select the WordPress template that I want to use.
  3. Configure Title Tag For SEO – This is more important than uploading your WordPress template, but can not be done until you selected the template you want to use. To configure the title tag, you will need to hack the header.php file of your wordpress install. You need to find the line that will probably look like this :<em><title><?php bloginfo(’name’); ?> <?php if ( is_single() ) { ?> » Blog Archive <?php } ?> <?php wp_title(); ?></title></em>What I want to do is set the structure of this code to spout out something like this:The Post Name | About 3 or 4 Keywords About My BlogSo I will change it to something like this:

    <title>
    <?php wp_title(“”); ?>
    <?php if(wp_title(” “, false)) { echo ” | “; } ?>
    My Blog Keywords
    </title>

    Substitute My Blog Keywords for the keywords of the blog.

  4. Set the Blog Title – This is taken care of during the install, but I like to remind myself of it in case I want to change it
  5. Set the Blog Tagline – I don’t always make the Blog Tagline appear on the blog, but it is something I like to check off the list so then I don’t get ‘Just Another WordPress Blog‘ appearing anywhere by accident.
  6. Delete the Default Page – and while I’m at it, I will get rid of the default post and comment.
  7. Change Default Category – I always change my default category to something that is general and topical for the blog subject. If I set up a blog about cars, then I would probably change the default category to Cars.
  8. Set Up Some More Categories – While I’m at it, I will set up some more categories now.
  9. Install Plugins – Now I like to get tooled up with my favorite plugins. These include:
  10. Set Text Box Size for Writing Posts – This is just a personal thing I like to do. I generally use the web interface to manage my blogs and I find that 20 lines are the perfect size for writing my blog posts.

And that’s it.

My checklist does extend to some other stuff, but what you see above is what I generally do as soon as I have completed the WordPress Install.

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