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Favorite Settings

General:

  • Ensure you update the tagline away from default value “Just another WordPress site”.  Consider putting your service, product type, location or similar.
  • Membership (Anyone can register): Leave this unchecked if you are not subscription/membership site.
  • Timezone: Update this to your timezone. (For Hawaii we are UTC-10)
  • Week Starts on “Sunday” not Monday

Writing:

  • Mail Server

Reading:

  • Front page displays:  Update this to ” A static page” and select your Homepage from the dropdown.
  • Ensure “Search Engine Visibility” is NOT checked if you are a live site.

Discussion:

  • “Users must be registered and logged in to comment” should be checked.

Permalinks:

  • Common Settings > Custom Structure:  Enter in (without the quotes) “/%category%/%postname%/”

 

Favorite Plugins

 

Disqus Comment System

Centralized comments, anti spam, easy of commenting.

 

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Enhanced WordPress features.

  • Monitor: Be alerted if your site goes down.

Google Universal Analytics

I used to recommend Google Analytics by Yoast but it has been a year without him upgrading to support Google’s Universal Analytics tracking code.  So I switched to this plugin by Audrius Dobilinskas.

WordPress SEO

This will handle your XML sitemaps

 

Gravity Forms (Paid)

For the contact us form.