Things You Should Do After Installation of WordPress

by Preetha 2012-09-12 12:30:48

Tip 0: Change the Default Image Upload Folder

The default installation of WordPress will store all your images inside wp-content/uploads folder.

You can however use a different folder or even sub-domain on your web server for saving file uploads (screenshot). This offers two advantages - your image URLs become relatively shorter and second, the size of your WordPress folder will always remain small and manageable.

Also deselect the option - "Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders."

Tip 1: Remove version number from from WordPress header.

WordPress by default adds a version number to the header of all your blog pages, posts as well as feeds.

<meta name="generator" content="WordPress 3.4.1" />
This information may prove a goldmine for WordPress hackers as they can easily target blogs that are using the older and less secure versions of WordPress software. To completely remove the version number from WordPress header, add this line to your functions.php file in the WordPress themes folder.

remove_action('wp_head', 'wp_generator');
function blank_version() {
return '';
Tip 2: Prevent people from casually browsing your WordPress Folders

Since you definitely don't want Peeping Toms to navigate your WordPress files and folders using the explorer view in web browsers, add the following link to your .htaccess file that exists in the main WordPress installation directory.

Tip 3: Windows Live Writer Templates & WordPress

If you not blogging via the Windows Live Writer client, add the following line to your functions.php file.

<?php remove_action('wp_head', 'wlwmanifest_link'); ?>
The WLW-Manifest function is used by Windows Live Writer to download the styles / themes used in your WordPress blog. Windows Live Writer users who do not use the live preview feature may also turn off this function.

Tip 4: Turn off Post Revisions in WordPress 2.6

WordPress 2.6 introduced Wikipedia style document revisions where you have access to all previous version of the document making it easy to revert incase you make any mistakes.

This may be a great feature for blogs where multiple authors work on the same blog post but 99% of WordPress users don't need it. Post revisions also increase the size of WordPress wp_posts table as each revision means an additional row.

To disable post revisions in WordPress 2.6, add this to your wp-config.php file.

define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false);

Tip 5: Disable HTML in WordPress Comments

The comment box is WordPress is like a basic HTML editor - people can use HTML tags like ,
add_filter( 'pre_comment_content', 'wp_specialchars' );

Tip 6: Change location of the Plugins & WordPress Themes folder

With WordPress 2.6, you can place the wp-content folder anywhere on your web server. This may come handy when you are upgrading the WordPress installation because none of your existing themes and plug-ins will get overwritten even if you replace all the WordPress files with a tar downloaded from

If you decide to move the wp-content folder to another location, specify the path in the wp-config.php file:

define('WP_CONTENT_DIR', '');

Tip 7: XML Sitemaps - Change the Building Mode

If you using XML Sitemaps plugin in WordPress, try changing the building mode to "manual".

When you publish (or delete) a blog post via the WordPress write panel, the entire XML sitemap is recreated from scratch and hence may increase the overall time it takes to publish a post as you'll have to wait until the creation process is over.

Tip 8: Turn Off Image Thumbnails in WordPress (workaround)

When you upload an image to WordPress, it creates two additional thumbnail images in the uploads directory. I don't know how to prevent WordPress from creating image thumbnails but there's a workaround if you publish posts via Windows Live Writer.

Just use the FTP publishing option for images and this will automatically disable thumbnail creation because the upload happens through a different route.

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