I’m around here again to show you how to set up WordPress in the best possible way to position, personalize and secure your blog. In this first article about the configuration of WordPress, you will see what are the best options that you can define and the best plugins that you can install.
If you followed the steps of the first article Here is born Bloggersfunda.me you can access the control panel of your blog by accessing <url of your blog> / wp-admin / which is the default address used in WordPress to enter the panel of administration of your blog.
In this case for My Positioning Web would be https://bloggersfunda.me/wp-admin/ although if you try to access this URL you will see that you will get a message warning you that this page does not exist (404 error). This is because I have configured another URL other than the one that comes by default to prevent an intruder from accessing the control panel. Do not worry that now I will explain how it is done, that here there is no trap or cardboard :-).
Surely you find yourself with a control panel very similar to mine where you can see the following:
- Main Menu: this is where the interesting thing is, because from here you can access any WordPress configuration, among which you can highlight Settings (general configuration of your blog), Entries (your articles), Pages (the pages of your blog), Appearance (themes, widgets, and design in general) and Plugins (the features that you can add to your blog).
- Desktop: this part will show the selection you made in the main menu. By default, it shows us the main desktop with several little windows or widgets that you can move and configure to your liking. In my case, as you can see I have for example a summary of the content of My Web Positioning, the latest comments, statistics (it’s not a bad thing!), Etc.
- Others: I have marked other options that you probably do not have (for the time being) in the control panel of your newly installed WordPress but you will surely end up having :-). In general they are new menus that appear when you install certain plugins such as Jetpack (a plugin that adds many features to your blog), Yoast WordPress SEO (another plugin that adds the SEO menu and is vital for the positioning of your blog on the Internet) or Better WP Security (this plugin adds the Security menu and with it you can configure many security options).
Let’s get to the point! The first important settings that you must configure in your WordPress are in the Settings-> General menu :
- Title and a short description of your blog
- WordPress address: URL where you have installed your WordPress. Be careful about touching this that we have!
- Site address: URL of your web hosting accessed by everyone (or so you try :-))
If your WordPress is installed in the root folder of your hosting, surely these URLs match, if not, it is simply because your WordPress is installed in some other folder of your hosting.
And in this same screen, we can configure the administrator’s e-mail, the time, the date, its formats, etc.
Another screen of important settings that we must configure is
in the menu Settings-> Permanent Links. Here comes one of the most important SEO keys for the positioning of your articles, because here you define the format that will have the final URL of your article:
It is very important that the URL contains the title of the article and of course the keyword of that article, although this topic of the keyword will be discussed later when talking about how to “design” the articles. So as you can see in the image, the URL of the articles in this blog is formatted by Month and name, which allows them to contain the title and also organize them by month and year.
Another good option that is used a lot is the entry name, which simply adds the title of the article, without month or year. But what you should NOT choose is the Default or Numeric option, because the URL that it contains only contains a number, without the title of the article, and that is the most ANTI-SEO that exists :-).
We are already entering “the big thing” of WordPress, where it proves to be the best content managers that exist, in the Plugins. They are like mini-applications that you can install/uninstall in your blog and that provide new options or functionalities. In addition, there is a huge amount of free plugins circulating on the Internet and for anything you can think of.
If you access the plugins screen from the main menu, you will see a list of those installed on your WordPress and you will also see that some are shaded in a darker gray because they are disabled and you can activate them whenever you want. Most plugins can be configured right here, but others create a new option in the main menu as you saw earlier.
The most interesting thing is that you can add new plugins from the menu Plugins-> Add new and you can search for them or upload them yourself if you can not find them (which is rare if the plugin is moderately famous).
Once installed, just activate it and configure it if necessary.
I’m going to show you the most important ones and of course, they are installed in My Web Positioning.
It’s THE WordPress PLUG par excellence. In truth, it is a mega-plugin that contains several at the same time that can be activated and configured independently. Once you search for it and install it, you will see that to configure it you have to access from the main menu with the new Jetpack option that was created when installing it.
As you can see, with Jetpack you can add very interesting features to your blog, such as statistics, that users can subscribe to receive notifications by mail, add a “Like” button to your articles, add contact forms, add the famous ones “Boxes” of Twitter and Facebook on one side, etc.
It even has some “automatic” plugins that you do not need to configure, such as Enhanced Distribution, which literally says: “Share your public entries and comments with search engines and other services in real time, ” and that’s what It is a great help for the positioning of the blog.
Better WP Security
Another great plugin and very necessary for the security of your blog. Once installed and activated, we can configure it directly from the plugins screen or from the main menu with the new Security option that was created when installing it.
As soon as you enter the configuration, you will be asked to create a backup copy of the database, which is highly recommended. Then it will guide you step by step and in a very simple way to establish the best security options:
- It allows you to change the name of the user “admin” that comes by default in WordPress
- You can also change the administrator user ID that comes by default as 1 to another random user
- It lets you activate the “absent” mode to block the control panel during the time or dates you define.
- Blocks harmful search engines, users and servers by defining the IPs that you do not want them to access
- It gives you the option to enable or disable this blacklist of blocked IPs whenever you want
- Here you can change the location of the wp-content folder that WordPress creates by default to save the content of your blog
- You can create backup copies of the WordPress database at any time
- You can also plan backups automatically when you decide and send them by e-mail
- With this option, you can change the prefix of the tables in the WordPress database and that by default is “wp_”. If you followed my first article, you would see that this option usually comes when installing WordPress in your web hosting
- This is the option with which you can hide the administration URL of your blog (here is the reason why you can not access https://bloggersfunda.me/wp-admin/ as I mentioned at the beginning of the article :-))
- It also creates a key in case some plugin needs to access the usual URL but adding that key to the URL to reinforce the security
- It lets you enable the detection of many 404 errors (the typical Not Found error ) because it is a clear symptom that someone tries to look for weaknesses in your blog to access it
- You can activate and configure the number of attempts made by a user to access your blog. Another clear sign that someone is trying to “steal” you
- With this option, you can activate the use of the SSL security protocol. For this, it is necessary that the server of your web hosting allows the use of SSL
- Here you can protect files from the server so that visitors can not read them, filter suspicious URLs that try to access your blog, etc.
- Improve headers generated by WordPress to hide information from intruders
- You can also hide different notifications of WordPress updates so that other users do not see them.
- Enable forced use of strong passwords for users who register
- And other options such as deleting SPAM messages, deleting write permissions to certain files, etc.
- In this tab, you can see the logs (information records of your server) about the number of access attempts, 404 errors, etc.
- It also allows you to delete old logs
For logical reasons of security of My Web Positioning I cannot put captures of all the security options that I have activated, but I can show you the most important ones:
This is going!
Basically, with these settings, you will have your WordPress configured, secure and translated :-). In the next article, which will be the 2nd part of this, I will teach you more important configurations and WordPress plugins to launch your web positioning among other things. We read!