8 Essential Settings to Set up WordPress Properly After Installation

In this WordPress guide, I will talk about 8 essential WordPress settings for properly setting your WordPress blog after a fresh installation.

8 Essential WordPress Settings to do


I hope you're aware of:
Now, its time to setup your WordPress blog.

8 Important things to do after Installing WordPress

Most of the default WordPress settings are not SEO friendly and we have to change these settings to set up our WordPress blog properly. In this guide, you will know about 8 essential WordPress settings for your WordPress blog.
  1. Deleting default Post, Page, and Comment
  2. Set up Permalink Structure
  3. Change Title, Tagline, Timezone, Date and Time format
  4. WordPress Discussion Settings
  5. Enable/Disable User Registration
  6. Configure Reading Settings
  7. Update WordPress Ping List 
  8. Install a New Theme & Delete Unused Ones

1. Delete Demo Post, Page and Comment

With the installation of WordPress, by default, a demo post, page, and comment are also published on your WordPress site.

To delete demo post, log in to your dashboard, and go to Posts and delete the 'Hello World' demo post.

To delete demo page, go to Pages > All Pages and delete the default page.

Similarly, click on Comments, and delete the default comment.

2. Set up Permalink Structure

Permalinks are the URLs to all your content including post, pages, categories, and tags of your WordPress website. Permalinks of each post should never change. In WordPress, default permalinks are not SEO-friendly and, you need to change that.

On your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings > Permalinks.

Select Post name and click Save Changes.

Permalinks with Post name help your website to rank faster in the search engine.

3. Change Title, Tagline, Timezone, Date and Time format

 Go to Settings > General. It is a general settings window for your blog.

Here, add a proper site title and tagline for your blog. These settings are very important because Google shows title and tagline in search results. (see screenshot below)

WordPress general settings
Don't forget to change your Timezone, Date format, and Time format. And, save the changes. (see screenshot below)


4. WordPress Discussion Settings

Discussion setting is how your visitor will connect to your site through comments and e-mail. Go to Settings > Discussion and set the settings just exactly like shown in the screenshot below.

WordPress Discussion Settings

5. Enable/Disable User Registration

This is important to understand. In WordPress, you can have a multi-author blog or you can assign yourself as the sole author. If there are more than one people working on your WordPress site, then you can his/her role as a contributor. Though, you will remain the administrator of your account. 

In your General Settings, scroll down to 'Membership' section and tick the 'Anyone can register' checkbox. Now, you have to assign a role to every new user who registers on your website. For example, if you want to accept guest blogging, change the New User Default Role to Contributor.

'WordPress User Settings


If you don't want any user registration, uncheck the 'Anyone can register' box.

6. Configure Reading Settings

By default, WordPress displays latest posts on the homepage. But, if you want to display a custom homepage, go to Reading settings and change Homepage displays to 'A static page'  and select the pages and posts you want to show on the homepage instead of the latest post.

Set up WordPress properly - reading settings

7. Update WordPress Ping List

By default, WordPress uses only one Ping service. But, we can add more Ping services by adding them to the list. List of Ping services for WordPress.

8. Install Theme and Delete Unused Ones

Now, its time to install a new WordPress theme. Find a right theme for your website that looks professional, beautiful, and is fast and SEO-friendly. If you haven't yet found the best theme for your WordPress site, then get a theme from MyThemeShop. MyThemeShop community offers the fast and SEO-optimized theme for free. Click on this link to get your free MyThemeShop account.

Read this guide to learn how to install a theme on your WordPress website.

After installing a new theme, make sure you delete the unused theme as you won't need them. Go to Appearance > Themes and hover over a theme you want to delete and click Theme Details. Click Delete at the bottom-right corner.

All these settings mentioned above are important for setting up a WordPress blog properly. If you know of other WordPress settings, please mention them in the comments below.

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How to Create Custom Navigation Menu in WordPress

In this WordPress guide, you will learn how to create a custom navigation menu in WordPress. Almost every WordPress themes allow users to add a menu to only one location on their site though if you're using a Premium theme you may add custom menus to multiple locations.

Creating a navigation menu is easy in WordPress. we will show you, how? First, you should know that a custom menu can improve your site structure. A navigation menu is placed at the header location of any theme. Even at this website "HowToArtice", you can navigation menu items at the top. You can do the same on your website. Moreover, you can add important pages, categories, and custom links to a navigation menu.

Create Custom Navigation Menu

1. To create a custom menu, login to your WordPress dashboard and go to Appearance > Menus.

Open WordPress Menus

2. This will take you to the Edit Menus screen. Enter a menu name and click Create Menu button.

Create Navigation menu in WordPress

3. Now, you have to add items to your menu. As you can see in the left column (see screenshot below), you can add pages, posts, custom links and categories as a menu item.

Add Navigation menu in WordPress

Add Pages to a custom menu

First, we will show how to add pages to a menu. Click on Pages and select the page which you want to appear in the menu. Click Add to menu.

Add Pages to WordPress menu

If you want to rearrange the order of the menu items, just drag and drop them accordingly.

arrange menu items

After doing this, select the menu location to Primary or Top to add the menu to the navigation bar and click Save menu.
save custom navigation menu

Similarly, you can add posts and categories to menu items and arrange them to your desired position using the same drag and drop technique.

Add Custom Links to the WordPress menu

What if you want to add a link to an external website or your facebook or twitter profile? This can be done using the custom links option.

Click on the Custom Links option in the left column.

add custom links to menu

Add the link you want to add in the URL section and in the Link Text field add the text which will appear in the menu. Click Add to Menu.

I hope u this tutorial helped you to learn how to add a custom navigation menu to your WordPress website. If you have any doubt, please ask them in the comments below.

How to Insert Facebook Like Button on Blogger

In this Blogger tutorial, you are going to learn how to add Facebook like button on Blogger. Having a Facebook like button on your blog allows your visitors to promote/share your blog content on the Facebook wall and Newsfeed.

Facebook like button is a great way to get more visitors to your website from Facebook. It also allows them to like your Facebook fan page. To show a like button on all your Blogger posts, you have to insert the like button code into your theme's template.

Read: Embed JW Player in Blogger to play Videos

Generate Code for Facebook Like Button

Step #1. First, make sure you're logged into your Facebook account. Then, enter the following URL into the address bar and open it.
https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/like-button
Step #2. Now, add the URL of your blogger blog in which you'd like to add the Facebook like button. (see screenshot for reference)

Facebook Like Button Configurator for Blogger

Note: Under Like Button Configurator, you can also set the width, layout, and size of the button. Change according to your preference.

Step #3. Click Get Code to generate the code.

Step #4. Select the IFRAME code and copy it.

Facebook Like Button Code

Now, you have generated the Facebook like button code for your Blogger blog. It's time to add it to your blog. You can add the code using two ways: the first way is using the gadget method and second way is to insert the code into the Blogger template. I have mentioned both ways to add Facebook like button to Blogger.

Note: Do Step 5 ---> Step 7 to add the code using the Gadget method. Most of the time it adds the like button at the sidebar.

Step #5. Now, login to your Blogger dashboard and choose Layout from the left navigation bar.

Step #6. Click on Add a Gadget link and add the HTML/Javascript gadget.

Step #7. Paste the code generated in Step 4 above and click Save. (see screenshot below)

add facebook like button on Blogger

That's it.

Perform Step 8 ---> Step 11 to add the code to the blog post.

Step #8. On your blogger dashboard, go to Theme > Edit HTML.

Step #9. Click Hide warning if it shows any HTTPs warning.

Step #9. Place your mouse cursor anywhere inside the code and press Ctrl+F to open the Blogger search box.

Step #10. Inside the search box, type <data:post.body/> and hit enter.

Step #11. Paste the Facebook like button code just below the <data:post.body/> and save the template.

insert like button code in Blogger template

Visit your blog to see the Facebook like button on every blog posts on blogger.

How to Manually Install a WordPress Theme using FTP

This WordPress tutorial shows you how to manually install a WordPress theme using a FTP client. This method is something I will not recommended for beginners in WordPress.

So, if you're new to WordPress or not familiar with FTP, first read this article about how to use FTP for WordPress or you can just go for an alternate easy method for installing a theme in WordPress.


Install WordPress theme manually using FTP

Important: This method is an advanced tutorial guide on installing a theme in WordPress. If you are a beginner or installing a WordPress theme for the first, I advise you to go with caution before using this method.

To manually install WordPress theme via an FTP, you need to have an FTP software installed on your computer like FileZilla Client or you can access FTP using your hosting c-panel.

I'm assuming you have already downloaded the theme (in .zip format) which you want to install. Make sure you unzip the .zip downloaded theme file on your computer. You can use Winrar or 7zip for unzipping any zip files. So, you have unzipped the theme folder. Now you need to upload the theme to WordPress Theme directory which is [wp-content/themes]. 

Follow the step by step instruction to upload a WordPress theme:
  1. Login to your FTP account using FileZilla.
  2. Go to wp-content/themes. Upload the unzipped theme folder here and this will automatically install the theme. Note: Here you can find all your installed theme folders. You can delete any unactivated theme if you want to do so.
    Manually Install WordPress Theme using FTP
  3. Now, you have to activate the theme. To do so, login to Wordpress Dashboard. Then, go to Appearance > Themes.
  4. Here you will find your manually installed theme. Hover the mouse over the theme and click on Activate button. This will activate the WordPress theme.

WordPress theme installation using FTP

That's it for this Wordpress Guide. I hope this information helped you manually install a WordPress theme using FTP.  If you need any help or guidance related to WordPress, let me know in the comment section below.

How to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive for Windows 10

This Windows guide will show you how to create Bootable Windows 10 USB Flash Drive that can be used to clean install Official Windows 10.

Unlike previous versions, Microsoft offers Windows 10 on USB Flash drive too. For that, you'll need a USB Pendrive drive of at least 4 GB (bigger will be better). You can use Microsoft's Media Creation tool or a third-party software like Rufus to create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive.

In this tutorial, we will be covering both methods showing you step-by-step instructions for creating Windows 10 Bootable USB.

Requirement:
  • A stable Internet connection.
  • A USB Flash/Pendrive of at least 4 GB storage. (8 GB or bigger is preferred)
  • If you're installing Windows 10 for the first time, you'll need a valid product key.

Use Media Creation Tool to create Windows 10 Bootable USB

This is the easiest way to put Windows 10 in a Bootable USB Pendrive. Media Creation Tool from Microsoft will download the Windows 10 ISO file and create a Windows installation media that can be used to install Windows 10.

Step 1. Visit Official Windows 10 page and download the Media Creation tool by clicking the Download too now button.

Media Creation Tool

Step 2. Save the tool on your PC and run it. (Click Yes if prompted by UAC)

Step 3. Click Accept to agree to the license terms.

Windows10 setup Agreement

Step 4. Now, select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) and click Next to proceed.

Create USB flash drive

Step 5. Uncheck the recommended settings option if you want to install different architecture, language, and edition of Windows 10 ISO in USB flash drive.

select language, architecture, and edition

You can choose from Windows 10 Pro and Home Edition. And, for Architecture, select 32-bit (x86) if your computer is 32-bit architecture or 64-bit (x64) if your computer is 64-bit architecture.

Step 6. Select USB flash drive and click Next.

USB Flash drive

Step 7. Now, connect USB flash drive (Pendrive) to your computer. Click Refresh drive list and it will show the USB removable drive. Click on Next to continue.

bootable USB flash drive

Step 8. Windows 10 setup will now download the Windows 10 to the connected USB drive. It may take some time depending on your Internet connection speed.

Step 9. Once the download is completed, your bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive is ready. Go and install Windows 10 on your computer.

Use Rufus to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash drive

If you're having a problem or getting an error while creating a Bootable Flash drive for Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool from Microsoft, in that case, you can use a third party software - Rufus that is designed specifically for creating a USB Flash drive for an ISO file.


2. Download the Rufus tool and install it.

3. Connect USB pen drive to the computer and run Rufus as administrator.

4. Rufus will automatically detect USB file drive and File system settings.

create bootable USB flash drive using Rufus

5. Select ISO image from the drop-down list and click the CD icon next to it. Select your Windows 10 ISO file location.

Select ISO file to create flash

6. Click Start and click OK and ignore the warning.

7. Rufus will now start creating the bootable flash drive. It may take few minutes to complete the process.

How to Mount or Unmount ISO Images in Windows 10 or 8

This Windows guide shows you how to mount or unmount ISO images (file) in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 without installing any third-party software.

An ISO Image is a file that is an exact copy of a CD or DVD having a file extension of .iso. ISO files are often used by software companies to distribute large programs over the internet such that all the files are neatly wrapped inside a single file. Even a clean install of Windows require an ISO file of Windows 10 need to be download from Microsoft.

There are many ways you can mount an ISO file in Windows 8/8.1/10 OS. Let's cover all of them in this tutorials.

Mount or Unmount ISO Image File using File Explorer

1. Right click the .iso file and click Mount. or double click the .iso file.

mount ISO file using File Explorer

OR

Open file explorer where ISO file is located and select/highlight it. At the top, click the Manage tab and click Mount.

Mount ISO Image


2. The image file will be mounted in a virtual drive in File Explorer. You can see all the contents of the ISO Image in the newly created virtual drive.

mounted virtual drive

3. To unmount the file, just right click the virtual DVD drive and click Eject.

Unmount ISO

Mount or Unmount ISO Image using Powershell

1. On your Start search menu, type PowerShell,  right click on the result (Windows PowerShell) and run it as administrator.

2. To mount an Image at PowerShell, type the following command and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "Path of ISO file"
Make sure you change the Path of ISO file with the actual path of ISO file where it is located. Not. e: Make sure the location path is inside the quotation.

How to Mount ISO using Powershell

3. Once done, you can see the mounted file in the virtual disc (DVD drive) in File Explorer.

4. To unmount the ISO, type the following command in the PowerShell.
Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath "Path of ISO file"
Replace the Path of ISO file with the actual location of the file.

This concludes the tutorial here. As you can see, it is quite easy to mount or unmount ISO files in Windows 10 or Windows 8 OS. After mounting the Image file, you can view its content and install the software without burning it to an actual DVD or USB.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8/10

This Windows guide will show you a step-by-step instructions on how to upgrade to Windows 10 from your existing Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8 or Windows 7.

Requirement:
  • Official Windows 7/8/8.1 or 10.
  • A stable Internet connection.
  • At least 16 GB of hard disk space.

Important Points to read before upgrade:

  • Make sure you backup your PC before you go through the procedure. However, the upgrade process is pretty simple and you won't lose any personal files. But still, it is recommended to back up your files in case if anything goes wrong during the upgrade you can restore back to the previous settings.
  • If you're using any third-party Antivirus software, please turn it off or uninstall it.
  • Windows 10 upgrade process will automatically determine the correct version for your Windows. If your current version of Windows is 32-bit architecture, it will update to 32-bit of Windows 10 version. Similarly, the 64-bit version will be upgraded to the same version. You can't upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit or vice-versa.
  • The procedure will also make sure that you upgrade to the correct editions of the Windows 10. If you're running Windows 7 or 8 Pro edition, you'll be upgraded to the Windows 10 Pro. Similarly, Home edition will be updated to the Home edition, and Enterprise will be updated to the Enterprise Edition of Windows 10.

Upgrade to Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool

Step 1: Download Media Creation Tool by visiting Microsoft Windows 10 Official page. Click the Download tool now button. (see screenshot)

Download Media Creation Tool

Step 2: Save the tool on your PC and run it and click Yes if prompted.

Step 3: Click Accept to agree to the license terms. (check screenshot below)

Media Creation Tool

Step 4: Select Upgrade this PC now and click Next to begin the upgrade process. (check screenshot below)

Upgrade to Windows 10


Step 5: The tools will begin downloading the Windows 10. It might take some time depending upon your internet speed.
Download Windows 10 Upgrade

Step 6: When it finishes the download. Click Accept to agree to the license agreement.
Windows 10 Update

Step 7: Windows 10 setup will check for additional updates and install them.

Step 8: Click Install to start upgrading to Windows 10 and go to step . It will keep all your personal files and settings safe as it was before. 
Install Windows 10

If you want to choose what you want to keep after the upgrade, click Change what to keep link.

Step 9: After clicking "Change what to keep", the setup will ask you what files you want to keep after the upgrade. Select your desired choice and click Next. (see screenshot below).

How to Upgrade Windows 10

After hitting the Next button, you'll be returned to previous screen which you saw in the last step (Step 8) and then click Install to start the upgrade.

Step 10: The setup will now upgrade your PC to Windows 10. Your PC will reboot quite a few time during the update process. When finished, it will start with Welcome to Windows 10 screen showing your user account. Click Next.

Step 11: Now, on the next screen, you'll have to select the Privacy Settings for your Windows 10 PC. Read all the settings and choose accordingly and click Accept to proceed.

Step 12: If you want to turn on Cortana, click Use Cortana or if you want to do it later click Not now

Step 13: The next screen will show you the details of some new apps (default) in Windows 10. Click Next

Note: You can change the default app in Windows 10 at anytime.

Step 14: Now, you'll be able to sign in to Windows 10.

That's it. Enjoy Windows 10 on your PC.

Useful Windows 10 guide:

Use Media Creation Tool to Download Windows 10

You can create a copy of your Windows 10 OS by downloading an ISO file directly from Microsoft by using Media Creation Tool. You can clean install Windows 10 (or reinstall) using the Windows 10 ISO file you just downloaded via a USB Bootable drive or DVD.

This Windows tutorial shows you how to use Media Creation tool to download Windows 10 ISO file directly from Microsoft.

Note: We are assuming you have an Official Windows 10 installed on your PC and signed in as an administrator.

Requirement:
  • Official Windows 10 license.
  • A stable internet connection.
  • Sufficient storage of at least 4 GB on Computer / USB / DVD for storing the download file.


Download Windows 10 ISO using Media Creation Tool

Step 1: Visit Microsoft Windows 10 Official page and download the Media Creation Tool by clicking the Download tool now button. (see screenshot below)

use Media Creation Tool to Download Windows 10

Step 2: This will download the Media Creation tool on your PC. Run the tool and click Yes if prompted.

Step 3: Click Accept to agree to Microsoft Software license terms. (see screenshot below)

Microsoft media creation tool

Step 4: Select the second option - Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and then click Next. (refer to screenshot below)

create ISO file Windwos 10

Step 5: The recommended settings are already set i.e your currently installed Windows 10 OS. Uncheck the box Use the recommended options for this PC if you want to download different architecture, language, and edition. (see screenshot below)

select language, edition, and architecture

Step 6: Now, it asks to Choose which media to use, Select ISO file and click Next.

Select ISO file Windows 10

Step 7: Select the folder where you would like to save the ISO file on your computer and then hit the Save button. (see screenshot for reference)

save Windows 10 iso file

Step 7: It will begin downloading the Windows 10 ISO file. (refer to screenshot below)

Windows 10 iso direct download

Step 8: Once the download is finished, you have two option to select. Click on the file to open the file explorer where you saved the ISO. You can then mount the ISO file to install it directly. However, if your PC is not working properly, you can burn the ISO to DVD or USB Flash drive.

That's it. You have successfully downloaded ISO file of Windows 10 using Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.