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5 Essential Tweaks for Wordpress

Updated on September 9, 2012

My First 5 Essential Tweaks I Do in a WordPress Installation

If you follow me closely, i'm a a real wordpress addict, and i'm working with this CMS system everyday with my clients, and sometimes you need some quick solutions for the installation.

Everytime i do a clean installation of Wordpress, i do some changes and tweaks to the standard installation, so that everything is perfect for the customer if the website is in place and ready to run.

I'm going to unveil the first five essential tweaks I do whenever I set up a WordPress blog,,,,

The Google Sitemap Plugin
The Google Sitemap Plugin

1. Install The Google Sitemap Plugin

Always step 1....

Every website has it's first installation/tweak, and if I could only do just one tweak, this would be it.

Google Sitemap Generator

Askimet Spam Plugin
Askimet Spam Plugin

2. Activate the Askimet Spam Plugin

We don't want spam right?

f you don't, plan to be wading in comment spam. Somehow the spammers REALLY know how to find a way to get that spam junk into your blog.

Akismet is a great plug-in to prevent your blog from comment and track-back spam. Akismet is now embedded in WordPress core and come with WordPress by default.

It does a good job of picking up spam.

The Future of WordPress - Interview with Matt Mullenweg

Nice interview about WordPress future in specific and CMS future in general.

Change the Permalinks Structure
Change the Permalinks Structure

3. Change the Permalinks Structure

Super SEO Tweak

I use this format for postlinks : /%postname%/

Personal Blog : Then use also the the category slug and the postname slug :

/%category%/%postname%/

So you can optimize post titles with keywords that I won't or don't include in post titles :)

Corporate Blog : Use only postname please, they do not need category's most of the time....

Burn the Feed
Burn the Feed

4. Burn the Feed

Burd your feed (what's the name?????) with Feedburner of course. I failed to do this with my very first blog, then I ended up moving blog platforms and lost some readers and momentum in the process.

With Feedburner, if you ever move, it's a quick tweak in one place and everybody gets updated to the new feed automatically.

Plugin or Code Tweak?
Plugin or Code Tweak?

I'm not such a coder, and i use plugin more then i tweak the code of the theme/wordpress. What do you use? Plugins, or code tweaks for yourself?

Plugin or Code Tweak?

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Use a Contact Form
Use a Contact Form

5. Use a Contact Form Prominently

I've seen it dramatically increase my correspondence with both my customers and readers.

Most of the time i use this Contact Form plugin and it's been extremely reliable. Some of my friends use the paid version of Gravity Forms.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you, very useful! ;-)

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      Frank Edens 5 years ago

      @MagnoliaTree: Thanx for the reaction...

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      MagnoliaTree 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this info on Word Press plugins!

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