In my last post which was “Blogger to WordPress migration“, I made a video tutorial the very first time, my first video. I explained the basic steps one need to migrate from Blogger to WordPress. I kept my tutorial limited to installing WordPress and logging in to the WordPress dashboard and importing our Blogger blog.
But what next after this migration? Though, we are ready to start publishing on our new WordPress blog but it still needs some fixes and some plugins to make our blog look good and work better than before, maybe for what we switched to WordPress. 🙂
In this article, I’d be sharing my experience, which problems and bugs I met, how I fixed them and which plugin I used. Basically, what steps you should follow just after the migration.
I’ll break this post in different parts so that I can explain about a single topic in one post properly. I’ll talk about basic WordPress settings here.
Before doing anything after the import, I’d suggest to change you theme first.
Get a good theme: After importing your blog to WordPress we get default theme. It’s simpler to get started but one can easily download a good colorful theme from the options in left sidebar in the dashboard – Appearance->Themes. After clicking on themes you will see two tabs like in the picture below.
Manage themes tab will show which themes you currently have and which one is active. You can search/upload and install new themes by going to the second tab, Install Themes.
Check the boxes with the keywords relevant with the theme style you want and hit the search button. (Problem in installing? let me know)
What to do just after Blogger to WordPress migration? – Settings!
Adjust Settings: You can find this option in the left side bar. It has some sub options.
- General: These are the basic settings. Fill all the information there, Site title, tag line email and other options. And if you want to let people register on your blog (for guest posts) then make sure to do what is shown into the picture below:Remember to set the default role to Subscriber. Subscribers can just login to dashboard and fill up their profile. It’s good because you can review the guest and then manually upgrade his or her account with role of Contributor. Understand about all roles here. Save changes.
- Writing settings: Next is writing settings. Nothing to do much here. Better if one can change the default category from Uncategorized to something else like News, updates or something relevant so that your all posts can have a default category in case you don’t provide any. Next, scroll down to the bottom to “Update Services” and add the following list there:http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2http://api.moreover.com/RPC2http://api.my.yahoo.com/RPC2http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/pinghttp://rpc.twingly.com/
All these sites will be notified whenever you’ll publish a post. Save changes.
- Reading settings: Only a single change needed here (I’d prefer) is to change the default option “Blog pages show at most”. Change it to a little less, maybe 6-7. It’s the number of post to show in one page. Save changes.
- Discussion settings: Here, the first important setting is in “Default article settings” on second number (Pingbacks and Trackbacks). You can un-check this if you don’t want to get annoyed by spam emails. Next, in the comment settings section, you can check the second option if you want only register users can comment. (I’d not prefer this, leave this unchecked). Next, increase the number of comments in a thread (I love long conversations, :)). Another setting, if you want to moderate every comment before publishing on your blog then you can check “An administrator must always approve the comment “. Save the changes if you made any.
- Privacy: It’s good to check this option. In case, this one is set “not index your site in search engines”, change it to allow search engine to index your site.
- Permalinks: This one is important for SEO purpose, changing you permalinks structure. It means, how your links will appear to readers. Basically, we have to change it from default to any other. I have set it to “Post name” as you can see it in the address bar. It’s good for SEO.
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