WordPress: Standard setup changes for new websites

Written By Shane Taubman

August 2, 2018

This article explains the common changes I make ready for a new client website. But before I make these changes I need to make sure the following pages have been created.

  • Landing Page
  • About Page
  • Blog Page
  • Privacy Page (optional)


  • Screen options
    • Disable ‘Welcome’
    • Disable ‘WordPress Events and News’
  • Delete sample comment


  • Set Timezone
  • WordPress Address – no changes
  • Site Address – Change when going live


  • No changes


  • Homepage displays as “a static page” then select landing page
  • Posts page select “blog” page.


  • Disable ‘
  • Enable ‘
  • Enable ‘A comment must be manually approved’


  • No changes

Permalink Settings

  • Common Settings enable ‘Post Name’ displays as “/%postname%/”
  • Privacy settings select privacy page created or click “create new”

Limit Login Attempts

  • Lockout: Allow “3” retries
  • Notify on Lockout: Email to admin after 4 lockouts
This section is what default changes used in Appearance > Customise. This will be different depending on customers needs.


General Settings
Site Identity
Site Icon: Upload (Critical for SEO)
Layout Settings: client specific
Typography: client specific
Background: client specific

Header & Navigation: client specific

Footer: client specific
Bottom Bar: Disable Footer Credits

Buttons: client specific
Blog: client specific

Mobile Styles: client specific
Color Schemes: client specific
Menus: client specific
Widgets: client specific
HomePage Settings: configured from settings
Additional CSS: none


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