Things to Do With Every New Website

Make sure Google can index your website
Google needs to index your website, so make sure you do not have the code <meta name=”robots” content=”noindex, nofollow”> in your robots.txt file or in the header code of your website. Do not select “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” option in the WordPress (Settings > Reading) section. Make sure this option is deselected.

Make sure you’re receiving emails from your website
If you want to avoid having your email going to SPAM make sure to use an SMTP service. Enable the SMTP plugin and configure it. You can use any email service like Gmail.

Don’t use admin as your WordPress username
It is recommended to not use “admin” as your WordPress username, as that is the first login username that hackers will try when trying to log into your website. I also recommend to not use your real name as your WP username either. Use something generic and then add your name or a nickname in “Users > Your Profile”. Then you will be able to have your name as the WordPress author, but your WP login username will be different.

Enable Google Analytics
If you want to track the visitors of your website, the best way to do so is to use Google Analytics. You will need a Google account to be able to use it. Then activate the Google Analytics plugin. Note that you may need to take additional steps to ensure that your use of Google Analytics is compliant with the European GDPR privacy laws. A plugin such as WP GDPR Compliance can help with this.

Connect your website with Google Search Console
If you want to have access to some other search analytics data of your website that are not available in Google Analytics, you should use the Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools). You will need create an account and add your website into it. Then you will need to verify your website. You can choose an option to upload a file to the root folder of your website.

Activate an SEO plugin
If you want to get traffic to your website from Google, you should also use an SEO plugin. Activate the SEO plugin and configure it.

Setup Divi Theme Options
Go to the Divi Theme Customizer and set everything as you need. For example, choose your background color (or upload your background image), setup your header & footer. Choose the fonts for your standard texts and headings and hyperlinks.

Create standard page layouts
Design a layout using the Divi Builder that you will be using for most pages (or even posts as well) of your website. Then save it into the Divi library. This way you will save a lot of time and will make your work much easier, as you can load your layout(s) from the Divi Library for each one of your pages.

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