WordPress how to Tweak Your Theme
Once you’ve got your blog theme installed, most people are going to want to tweak it a little.
This might just be as simple as replacing the default images with those of your own (you just replace the original image files using your FTP program)
Install Some Essential Plugins
Nearly every WordPress blog has Akismet installed – and it is one of the first plugins you should install on your blog. In a nutshell, Akismet helps to stop spam comments on your blog and saves you the hassle of manually deleting them all.
Spam is a real problem on blogs – and whilst this plugin doesn’t eradicate the problem completely it is generally pretty effective.
Online Backup For WordPress
A lot of work will go into your blog – so imagine waking up one day and losing it all – or accidentally deleting something crucial and finding your blog doesn’t work any more! It’s definitely not something you want to happen to you, so it makes sense to back up your blog regularly – and this little plugin makes it easy to do so.
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin builds a sitemap of your blog and then submits it to Google. Quite simply a site map is a list or directory of all the pages and posts on your blog – and it makes it easier for search engines such as Google to crawl the pages and index your site faster.
All In One SEO Pack
Aweber Web Form Plugin
Your blog is a great way to build a list. If you use Aweber (one of the most popular providers of email marketing solutions) then the above plugin makes it easy to install an opt-in box onto your blog.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but the plugins mentioned are a must have to get you started.
Coming Next Time: Getting some content into your Blog.
I hope this has been of some use to someone and if you have any other tips or comments please share them with us.
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