WordPress Checklist: 7 Things to Do After Launching Your Website

WordPress Checklist

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.

Strong Password

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

Shifting WP Config Location
Shifting 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

Find and install a basic security plugin like WordFence or Sucuri this will be enough to stop basic hacking attempts.

Step #2: Embed Your Google Analytics / Tag Manager Snippets

If you are using tracking software like Google Analytics or Facebook Pixel,  you will need to add these tracking code snippets into your website on Day 1 of launch to ensure proper tracking.

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

You will need to find and install a basic SEO plugin like Yoast or All-In-One-SEO to ensure all Meta Titles and Meta Descriptions are properly filled up. I

f 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

Google Search Console: Add Sitemap
Google Search Console: Add Sitemap

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

You can speed up your website for free! All you need to do is to find a good image compression plugin like WP Smush and a good cache plugin like W3 Total Cache; install them and you are good to go.

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.

Need Help with Web Design / SEO Services?

Launching a website can be a nightmare or a peaceful trip, depending on the experience of your web designer.

I hope you find the above WordPress checklist useful for you.

If you are looking for good WordPress web designers or SEO consultants, do hit us up with a request for consultation and we will get back to you soon.

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