The Killer WordPress Checklist

The Killer WordPress Checklist

Our “101+ Killer WordPress Checklist” will benefit all WordPress Designers, Developers and users, and save them from suffering through long, tiring hours of web surfing for the right WordPress guide. Here we go!

Quick Overview of what is covered:

Our ‘killer’ checklist is conveniently divided into 7 detailed checklists, each of which covers every aspect of launching, developing and then maintaining a WordPress website successfully.

All you have to do is follow each step carefully and we guarantee you’ll have the WordPress website of your dreams, ready within no time!

#1: Getting Started

#2: WordPress Pre Development Checklist

#3: WordPress Development Checklist

#4: WordPress Launch Checklist

#5: WordPress SEO Checklist

#6: WordPress Security Checklist

#7: WordPress Maintenance Checklist

#1. GETTING STARTED

We all know the importance of starting right.

If you understand the basics, right from the beginning of the process, the rest of the exercise becomes as smooth as silk.

So, make sure you make a perfect start by following these steps systematically to get the best end results.

Select Web Hosting:

Choose a suitable web host depending on your requirements.

 Download Latest WordPress Version:

Download WordPress from the official WordPress.org website

 Use FTP Client:

Download FileZilla the best FTP client.

 Online or Localhost?:

Select an appropriate development environment and then install WordPress. You can choose either of these two options; Local service like XAMPP, or Host site on a test URL.

#2. WORDPRESS PRE DEVELOPMENT CHECKLIST

So, where do you actually start?

That’s the first question that’s probably popped in your head. This checklist is the answer to that very question.

Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a WordPress expert, this particular checklist will benefit anyone who is in the process of developing a new WordPress website.

Choose the Right Directory:

Select a directory and install it under public_html. Do not use ‘root’ or ‘WordPress.’

Change Table Prefix:

Use random letters/numbers_table names instead of the default wp_table names. Checkout Change Table Prefix Plugin.

Use Unique Login/Password:

Refrain from using admin/admin as admin login/ password. Alternatively, you can follow these examples:

Username CMW (e.g.)

Password- (Use Strong Password Generator Plugin).

 You may also use your email as login with WP Email Login Plugin.

Hide your Test Website from Search Engines:

Make sure you hide your website from the search engines by checking the option under Settings > Reading “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”.

Additional Steps:

Once the installation is complete, here are some of the additional things you will need to do.

Create a “Coming Soon” page with the free SeedProd Coming Soon or WP Maintenance Mode Plugins.

Now, you will need to make some changes m the settings under General category. Choose a www or non-www URL for the WordPress as well as Site address.

// To redirect from non www to www add this code to .htaccess in root.

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]

// To redirect from www to non www add this code to .htaccess in root.

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\. (.+) [NC]

RewriteRule ^(.*) http://%1/$1 [R=301,NE,L]

Set Default Date & Time:

Don’t forget to update the Time Zone. Date/Time under Settings > General.

Update Blog Title:

Very important to update the blog title and tag line appropriately under Settings > General.

Change Media Settings:

Under Settings > Media, uncheck the “Organize my uploads into month and year-based folders” option if you would like to save all the images under ‘uploads’ folder. Be aware that large sites with 1000’s of images will make this folder very heavy.

Change Blog Category:

Similarly, under Posts > Categories, rename the ‘uncategorized’ to set up a default category for Posts.

Password Protect Demo Site:

Increase the security for your demo website by installing the Password Protected plugin.

Delete Sample Config File:

Finally, don’t forget to remove the sample config file, WP-config-sample.php in your root under public_html.

Additional Steps:

 Enable the debug mode.

Define (‘WP_DEBUG’, true);

Use as many WP default-included third-party JS libraries as possible.