This serves as a todo list after you installed WordPress on your site or blog

So you have installed WordPress and excited to start your blog or website? Before you start publishing content on your newly installed WordPress site, there are few things you need to do first. Let’s discus each of them:

Delete unused themes:

There are few themes that come as default when WordPress is installed. Apart from those, there may be other themes that you had installed just to try out how your blog looks like.

Once you have managed to choose the theme you are going to use, we recommend that you delete the old unused themes. This not only saves space (especially useful if you are using shared hosting) but also stops the unnecessary update of themes that you are not using.

Before you go further and start deleting themes:

We recommend that you uninstall all the themes except for two: One for which you plan to use on your site, and keep another as a default theme. This will save your life should the theme you are using gets corrupted or any error occurs in it.

To delete themes follow this:

  1. Login to your WordPress as admin
  2. Go to Appearance > Themes
  3. Click on theme you want to delete
  4. This will bring up theme detail page
  5. Select the delete link from the bottom
  6. Repeat for all the themes you want to delete

Delete the ‘Hello World’ Post:

When you first install WordPress, it creates a default post for you. It is a Hello World post which gives you an idea of how posts in your blog look like. When you start blogging, it’s important that you delete that sample post. To do so follow these steps:

  1. Login to WP as admin
  2. Go to Posts > All Posts
  3. Hover your mouse over to Hello World! You will see a link appearing called Trash. Click on it.
delete post in wordpress

What is Trash by the way?

When you trash something in WordPress it goes away and sits on something called Trash. It sits there for 30 days and gets permanently deleted automatically. This allows you to get the thing back in case you need it before 30 days or deleted it by accident.

Delete Sample Page:

Same as the Hello World post, WordPress also creates a sample page when first installed. You can either rename that page to something actual or get rid of it by deleting it the same way you delete the sample post. To delete the page go to Pages > All Pages then delete the sample page.

Wrap-up:

These were the most important things that you would need to do after installing WordPress and before you start working on your blog. This post gives you a reference point and keeps you from forgetting the must-do things right after you installed WordPress.

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