WordPress is an Open Source platform for blogging. You can find tons of plugins, themes and much more. But the blogging is not that easy as it sounds and you will have to face a lot of problems with every step. So in this article i am going to cover 7 Essential things your blog should have from Day First. But before you continue, make sure to have a look on the WordPress Tutorial listed below.
So, you have done with the tutorials listed above, lets Get Started with WordPress Essential Needs.
Custom Unique Logo
You must create a logo for your WordPress blog from day first. Logo plays an important role for the branding of your blog. You have to create a custom and unique logo for your blog. Don’t use paint or any common tool to create your logo since you cannot create a Professional logo using such tools. If you are a graphic designer, you can create a logo yourself for your blog. Else you can go to Fiverr and purchase a gig. There are a lot of Expert logo designers on Fiverr, and you can get a logo in only 5 bucks from fiverr.
Favicon is a must for every WordPress blog. It is very important for the branding of your blog. You must install favicon on your blog from Day first. It is also known as Short Icon or Bookmark Icon. You can use Favicon Generator to create a Favicon for your blog. Never Change your blog Favicon/Logo. Below there is screenshot of the favicon i am using for HowUpdates.
Free/Premium WordPress Templates
After installing WordPress on your blog, You should go for a Premium WordPress Template or if you are out of your budget you can install a free WordPress Template because WordPress Blog design matters. Don’t use the default WordPress theme because it left a bad impression on your reader. You can find Tons of free themes in the WordPress theme Library. But if you are going with a Premium WordPress theme, i suggest you to go for
These are the best resources for WordPress Premium themes. Genesis Theme by StudioPress is one of the best Theme. You can customize this theme according to your requirements. Genesis have built in SEO Settings and this theme is extremely fast and Search Engine friendly. Swift theme is developed by an Indian Developer and it is also a super theme. You can customize it also and Swift is also Search engine friendly theme. Elegant themes is a resource of more then 40 themes and you can get all of their themes in only 39$ which worth it.
By the increasing of Smartphones, you will find a lot of visitors reading your blog from there phones and if your theme is not responsive then there are chances that you will loose your smartphone reader. So you have to get a responsive theme for your WordPress Blog. If your theme is not responsive, don’t worry WordPress will take care of it. All you have to do is install a free WordPress Plugin WPtouch Mobile Plugin. Install it and activate it and you are done!
Permalink Settings WordPress
As i explained in my earlier WordPress Basic Settings Post, You have to change WordPress default permalinks setting. Default permalinks are short but not SEO friendly so you have to change the default permalinks, Go to Settings >> Permalinks >> Choose Post name >> Save.
About Us Page
About Us page is a must for every blog. Your blog readers will know more about you if you have About Us page on your blog. Write as much as you can describe yourself and about your blog. You can also write on your blogging journey so far. It is an essential part for every blogger so don’t miss it. Create your About Us page now.
WordPress Contact Page
Contact form on a WordPress Blog is a must. It is a basic requirement of a blog and your blog will be incomplete without it.In order to create a contact form on your WordPress blog you can use a Free WordPress plugin Contact form 7. You can find a lot of alternative WordPress Plugins in the library but non can be compared with Contact Form 7. It is the best free contact form tool.
Do let me know if you think i have missed any important essential part of WordPress Blog. Share this post with your friends on facebook, twitter and Google+ if you found it useful. Let us know your essential part of WordPress Blogging in the comments below.