WordPress Checklist

    So, You are working on a New WordPress Website? Awesome!

    It's a big struggle in remembering the steps involved in setting up a WordPress website.

    As a specialised web development company in Mumbai, we soon realized that there were hardly any checklists that covered all the aspects of WordPress together!

    That's when we decided to create 'Killer WordPress Checklist” that would cover everything from the pre-launch directions and development process, to WordPress SEO, WordPress maintenance, and WordPress security.

    We would also like to thank everyone who has translated this checklist in various languages, Here are the version in other languages, Chinese | Japanese | French

    Honestly, this checklist has worked wonders for us and hope it does for you too!

    Bonus: Download free WordPress Checklist PDF that will show you how to tap into the 7 most important WordPress items listed here. It also includes 2 Bonuses, 1. People Worth Reading & 2. Handy Tools

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    We are a leading WordPress Development Company in Mumbai. To this end, Our 'killer' checklist is conveniently divided into 7 detailed checklists, each of which covers every aspect of launching, developing and then maintaining a WordPress website successfully.

    All you have to do is follow each step carefully and we guarantee you'll have the WordPress website of your dreams, ready within no time!

    Getting Started

    We all know the importance of starting right.

    As the digital marketing agency in Mumbai, with expertise in WordPress, we believe that if you understand the basics, right from the beginning of the process, the rest of the exercise becomes as smooth as silk.

    So make sure you make a perfect start by following these steps systematically to get the best end results.

    • Select Web Hosting: Choose the best web hosting company in India depending on your requirements. Some popular options include Bigrock | Bluehost | Hostgator
    • Download Latest WordPress Version: Download WordPress from the official website
    • Use FTP Client: Download FileZilla the best FTP client
    • Online or Localhost?: Select an appropriate development environment and then install WordPress. You can choose either of these two options; Local service like XAMPP, or Host site on a test URL.

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    WordPress Pre Development Checklist

    So where do you actually start?

    That's the first question that's probably popped in your head. This checklist is the answer to that very question.

    As a web development agency in Mumbai, we believe that regardless of whether you are a beginner or a WordPress expert, this particular checklist will benefit anyone who is in the process of developing a new WordPress website.

    • Choose the Right Directory: Select a directory and install the files under public_html. Do not use ‘root’ or ‘WordPress.’
    • Change Table Prefix: Use random letters/numbers_table names instead of the default wp_table names. Checkout Change Table Prefix Plugin.
    • Use Unique Login/Password: Refrain from using admin/admin as admin login/password. Alternatively, you may follow these examples;
    • Hide your Test Website from Search Engines: Make sure you hide your website from the search engines by checking the option under Settings > Reading “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”.
    • Additional Steps: Once the installation is complete, here are some of the additional things you should do.
      • Create a “Coming Soon” page with the free SeedProd Coming Soon or WP Maintenance Mode Plugins.
      • Now, you will need to make some changes in the settings under General category. Choose a www or non-www URL for the WordPress as well as Site address.
        // To redirect from non www to www add this code to .htaccess in root.
        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.
        RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]
        // To redirect from www to non www add this code to .htaccess in root.
        RewriteEngine On
        RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.+) [NC]
        RewriteRule ^(.*) http://%1/$1 [R=301,NE,L]
    • Set Default Date & Time: Don’t forget to update the Time Zone, Date/Time under Settings > General.
    • Update Blog Title: Very important to update the blog title and tag line appropriately under Settings > General.
    • Change Media Settings: Under Settings > Media, uncheck the “Organize my uploads into month and year based folders” option if you would like to save all the images under ‘uploads’ folder. Be aware that large sites with 1000’s of images will make this folder very heavy.
    • Change Blog Category: Similarly, under Posts > Categories, rename the ‘uncategorized’ to set up a default category for Posts.
    • Password Protect Demo Site: Increase the security for your demo website by installing the Password Protected plugin.
    • Delete Sample Config File: Finally, don’t forget to remove the sample config file, WP-config-sample.php in your root under public_html.
    • Additional Steps:
      • Enable the debug mode
         define('WP_DEBUG', true);
      • Use as many WP default-included third-party JS libraries as possible.
      • As the admin, you should be able to upload/remove media and install new plugins as per your requirements.

    WordPress Development Checklist

    Now comes the most important checklist.

    There are a million settings and changes you need to make during the WordPress development process, in order to build a website that meets all your requirements.

    That's why, we have included even the minutest of steps that are important during development so that you never miss out on anything crucial to your website.

    WordPress Launch Checklist

    Congratulations! You're finally done with the tricky development process!

    Now, you must be ready to launch it successfully, without any glitches.

    Mind you, there are lots of steps to follow before you actually launch your website. So, we have put in every little thing you need to have in place, before you go live.

    Just follow them all and have a hassle-free launch!

    • Take Backups: Once you launch your website, its important to take regular back-ups. You may use these plugins for creating back-ups; BackUpWordPress (Free) | BackupBuddy (Paid) | WordPress Backup to Dropbox (Free)
    • Check Content Structure: Check the structure and content for everything including pages, categories, URL’s, submission forms, etc.
    • Update Admin Email: Also, under Settings > General, check social links, contact info and admin email.
    • Implement Security: Make sure you have all the security in place, like password strength, files and folder permissions, etc. using the iThemes Security plugin.
    • Ensure CBC: Check if your website is cross browser compatible by extensive testing. Free Trial with Cross Browser Testing.
    • Enable Site to be Crawled: Uncheck the option under Settings > Reading of “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” and make website visible to search engines.
    • Disable Coming Soon Page: Launch the plugin SeedProd and disable the Coming Soon page.
    • Test for Responsiveness: Ensure that your website is mobile friendly. Run Google’s Mobile Friendly Test to determine the same.
    • Check Loading Speed: You must also improve the page loading speed with the help of Google’s Page Speed Insights.
    • Compress Images:If you are using free stock images, then make sure to reduce all the image sizes by almost 50% by compressing the PNG and JPG files using TinyPNG, WP Smush it or Short Pixel plugin.
    • Use Latest WP Version: Make sure you are using the latest version of WordPress. If not, ensure that you upgrade on going live.
    • Upgrade Plugins: It is also important to upgrade all the plugins on your website before going live.
    • Open URL in New Tab: Check if all your external links are working by opening them in new tabs. Use code similar to this for links
      <a href='#' target='_blank'></a>
    • Check Broken Links: It is imperative that you check for broken links on your website before going live using Broken Link Checker Plugin
    • White Label (Optional): If you are developing the WordPress website for a client, implement branded WordPress login page using White Label CMS Plugin.
    • Disable Coming Soon Page: Launch the plugin SeedProd and disable the Coming Soon page.

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      WordPress SEO Checklist

      You may have the most alluring and well-developed WordPress website, but if you don’t have proper SEO in place, then it will all be for nothing.

      With our comprehensive 110+ Actionable Steps SEO checklist, you will not have to go anywhere else to learn about SEO. You can also check out our article on How Long Should A Blog Post Be in order to boost your site's ranking in SERPs. For now here are some of the important steps listed below,

      Follow each step carefully and you'll have a fully search engine optimized website ready in a jiffy!

      • Manage 301 Redirects: Manage your 301 redirection with the help of user Redirection Plugin.
      • Enable Site to be Crawled: Turn on the site visibility under the Settings > Reading, if you haven’t done it already. Uncheck “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”.
      • Use H1 Tag: Ensure that you have only one H1 tag on each of your pages.
      • Use H2 Tag: Also, make sure you have the H2 tag only within the content for headers
      • Add Alt text to Images: Don't forget to add alt text to all the website images. You may also use the Search Friendly Images Plugin.
      • Test XML Sitemap: Check if the Yoast’s WordPress SEO Plugin’s in-built sitemap is working or else install Google XML Sitemap Plugin.
      • Check Robots.txt: Next, it’s important to have the Robots.txt file in place and ensure it is Optimized. More Info @
      • Compress Images: Reduce the size of the images on your website using WP Smush it Plugin
      • www or non www: Redirect the ‘www’ to ‘non-www’ or vice versa but stick to one
      • Signup for Webmaster Tools: If you have found any issues with the website so far, sign up for Google’s Webmaster Tool and fix those issues. Ensure that you have submitted both the ‘www’ as well as the ‘non-www’ versions.
      • Test Breadcrumb: Ensure that links on Breadcrumb are working.
      • Limit Meta Title (V.V.Imp): Another thing to ensure is that the Meta Title remains only 55 characters long, including the spaces. WordPress SEO has this feature inbuilt for you.
      • Limit Meta Desc (V.V.Imp): Similarly, the Meta Description should only contain 155 characters, including spaces.
      • Use LSI Keywords: LSI Keywords are very important for SEO. Make sure you include enough in your content. Find LSI using Google Keyword Planner, Uber Suggest, LSI Graph or Google Search (hint: look for keywords at the bottom of the page after completing the search query)
      • Check Duplicate Content: It is very important that all your content is original and that you have no duplicate content on your website. Use CopyScape
      • Interlink Content: Interlinking is also a significant aspect of SEO. So make sure you have contextual links within your website.
      • Link to External Links: It is also important to have external links to other resourceful websites, within your content like we have done on this page.
      • Optimize Site: Again, it is of utmost importance that you optimize your website using GTMetrix for HTML and Pingdom for WordPress, as it will help you save some valuable time to clear errors. To achieve this we have created a handy WordPress Optimization Guide, for you.
      • Improve Page Loading Speed:With the help of our most popular Guide on How to Speed Up a WordPress Website, and with the help of Google’s PageSpeed Insights you will be able to achieve your goal of improving your site's loading speed.
      • Ensure Responsiveness: Ensure that your website is responsive and mobile ready by running Google’s Mobile Friendly Test.
      • Use Schema Creator: Smoothly add structured data to the content with the help of the Schema Creator Plugin.
      • Create Short URL: Opt for a shorter URL for the pages, e.g. How To Create a Viral Infographic post.
      • Submit for Local Listing: If your website is about a local business, make sure you submit it to Google Business.
      • Review Analytics: Don’t forget to add & review Google Analytics. We have a created a Google Analytics Guide for your easy reference.
      • Check Onpage Content: Check all the aspects related to OnPage SEO before going live. A Must Read On-Page SEO Guide by Brian Dean from
      • Proofread Content: Make sure you proofread the entire website to check for spelling and grammar errors, before going live.
      • Use CDN: It is advisable to use CDN networks like MaxCDN to ensure better speed and usability.
      • Exclude IP from Analytics: Exclude home and office IP addresses in Google Analytics. Google Analytic Help More information on Excluding Internal Traffic can be found on Google Analytic Help Section.
      • Add Social Sharing Icons: Don’t forget to include Social Media icons on all pages of the WordPress website. You may use any of the best WordPress plugins like AddThis, ShareThis or Share Bar.

      So, here we are done with the WordPress SEO Checklist. If you haven’t managed to implement yet or need help with the above then do let us know. As a SEO Company in Mumbai, our team is hands-on with this process and can help you implement most of them in the quickest time, possible.

      WordPress Security Checklist

      Now let me tell you, security is a very important aspect of website design company in Mumbai.

      Hence, before you present your WordPress website to the world, it is imperative that you have tight web security in place.

      Through this checklist, you will get to learn which plugins and additional settings are required to safeguard your precious website from malicious threats.

      • Prevent Directory Access:Prevent access to all directories, place this code inside your .htaccess file.
        # Prevent folder browsing
        Options All -Indexes
      • Monitor Site Performance:Get regular reports of your websites performance with the help of the P3 – Plugin Performance Profiler Plugin.
      • Delete Install & Upgrade Files:Be sure to delete /wp-admin/install.php and /wp-admin/upgrade.php after every WordPress installation or upgrade.
      • Limit Suspicious Login Attempts:Limit the number of login attempts possible both through normal login as well as using auth cookies by using Limit Login Attempts or Login LockDown Plugins.
      • Use iThemes Security:We strongly recommend that you use the most comprehensive security plugin, iThemes Security plugin, because it’s free and takes care of almost all the security issues on a website.
      • Protect your wp-config file: As wp-config.php file contains all the confidential details of your site, so it’s pretty important that you protect it at all costs. An easy way to protect this file is to simply place the following code in your .htaccess file on your server.
        <files wp-config.php>
        order allow,deny
        deny from all
      • Disable Theme and plugin Editor: If you want to stop the editor links from appearing in the admin area you can add the following to your wp-config.php file so people cannot edit the theme directly in the admin area.
        define( 'DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT', true);
      • Hide your WordPress Version: It is important that you hide your current WordPress Version from the hackers. Add the following code to your function.php
        function remove_version() {
          return '';
        add_filter('the_generator', 'remove_version');
      • Hide Login Error messages: Error login messages may expose your website and give hackers an idea if they've gotten username correct/incorrect, vice versa. It is wise to hide it from unauthorized login. To hide login error messages, simply put the following code in functions.php
        function wrong_login() {
          return 'Wrong username or password.';
        add_filter('login_errors', 'wrong_login');
      • Go Live: Once all these things are in place, you may either go live at this stage and follow the SEO Checklist after or vice-versa.

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      WordPress Maintenance Checklist

      There! You’ve finally taken care of everything for your WordPress website.

      Now, you need to know how you can maintain it efficiently.

      This maintenance checklist will give you stepwise information on how you can run your website smoothly and conduct regular checks to make sure it functions impeccably.

      • Clean Spam Comments: Tackle an attack of thousands of spam comments with the help of Delete Pending Comments Plugin.
      • Test Forms: Test the functioning of your Contact form by sending an inquiry through it.
      • Check Broken Links: Look for broken links on your website with the CheckMyLink Extension for Chrome & Broken Link Checker for WordPress.
      • Post Revision Control: Gain total control over your post revision system with Revision Control plugin.
      • Reply to Comments: Make sure you check your comments section and answer questions & interact regularly with your readers.
      • Update Plugins: Keep a tab on plugin updates and upgrade them regularly.
      • Take Regular Backups: Don’t forget to take backups of the latest databases and files using BackUpWordPress (Free) | BackupBuddy (Paid) | WordPress Backup to Dropbox (Free).
      • Check Google Analytics: Check Google Analytics regularly.
      • Review Webmaster Tools: Similarly, check Google Webmaster Tools periodically.
      • Check Resources Used: Keep an eye on your resources with the P3 – Plugin Performance Profiler.
      • Monitor Statistics: Use WP Statistics plugin to monitor your WordPress website’s statistics.
      • Ongoing Security Checks: A good plugin which scans your WordPress installation and gives you suggestions accordingly is WP Security Scan. This plugin will check for below things:
        • Passwords
        • File Permissions
        • Database Security
        • WordPress Admin protection
      • Additional: If you have all these things in place, and still wish to add some additional characteristics to the website then follow these following steps, when using WP-config.php;
        • Disable the Debug mode:
          define('WP_DEBUG', false);
        • Disable WordPress Updates: (Should be used by Experts Only)
          // Completely Disable Automatic Updates
          define( 'AUTOMATIC_UPDATER_DISABLED', true );
          // Disable all updates to the Core
          define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true );
        • Control Post Revisions:
          // Limit the number of saved revisions. limit to 10.
          define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', 3); 
          // Disable the post-revision feature completely.
          define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false); 
        • Clear Trash:
          // Empty every 7 days
          define('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 7);
          // Disable Trash Completely
          define('EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS', 0); 
        • Increase Memory Limit:
          // Set Memory Limit to 64MB
          define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '64M');
          // Set Memory Limit to 96MB
          define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '96M');
          // Set Memory Limit to 128MB
          define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '128M');
        • Define Auto Save Interval:
          define('AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL', 300 );

      Hope you liked our WordPress Maintenance Checklist. If you’re looking for such services for yourself or your clients, do have a look at our WordPress Services page and contact our team for further help.

      Bonus: Download free WordPress Checklist PDF that will show you how to tap into the 7 most important WordPress items listed here. It also includes 2 Bonuses, 1. People Worth Reading & 2. Handy Tools

      Pheww! That was long, right?

      But that's exactly how we wanted it to be! An exhaustive WordPress checklist that will come in handy to all web designers, developers and users out there!

      You can download one or all of these checklists, depending on your requirement and follow it every time you work on a WordPress website.

      We have shared all our WordPress knowledge through this checklist. Now, its your turn to tell us;

      Which checklist did you find most helpful?

      Do you think we should add something more to any of them?

      If you have anything to add to these lists, your suggestions are more than welcome! Just drop in your ideas in the comments section and we'll be delighted to extend this list with your helpful suggestions.

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      Blog Author
      Nirav Dave

      Nirav Dave is the Co-Founder & Partner at Capsicum Mediaworks, an SEO Agency based out of India that specializes in all things Web Design & WordPress Development. He Worships WordPress and Loves to read anything and everything about this exceptional CMS.

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    • Samir Samir October 3rd, 2019

      Hey Nirav, This is one of the best and most exhaustive checklists I have found on the internet, to be honest. Thanks a lot for help novice like us to understand and get a grip on WordPress.

    • Mauricio Mauricio March 30th, 2018

      This is such a great checklist, thank you! It says “Updated” but is it updated for 2018? I’m wondering if there are any major changes or plugins that have simplified any of the tasks in the list.

      Thank you for putting this awesome resource together!

    • The Blog Forest The Blog Forest December 21st, 2017

      Awesome step by step checklist.So helpful post.

    • Photography Photography June 28th, 2017

      What an awesome agenda!!! Have effectively spared this out as a PDF for less demanding reference in future. A marvelous substance and an incredible commitment, Nirav! Much obliged !!

    • Rossie Rossie September 24th, 2016

      What a great checklist!!! Have already saved this out as a PDF for easier reference in future… An awesome content and a great contribution, Nirav! Thanks 🙂

    • Miara Pedersen Miara Pedersen September 23rd, 2016

      Fabulous post, Nirav!!! I have added a couple steps to the checklist that i use… This is very informative and helpful post. Keep up the good work!

    • Roger Vaswani Roger Vaswani September 21st, 2016

      this is simply awesome. Everything I NEED to know about creating a perfect WordPress website in one article. A wonderful step-by-step guide. Thanks Nirav and team!

    • Brandbazooka Brandbazooka September 2nd, 2016

      Wow this is mind blowing post. Its very useful thanks for sharing.

    • Tarun Tarun September 2nd, 2016

      Hi Nirav and Team This is awesome and extremely useful post for me and sure for others too. All the things are at one place. Keep going friends!

    • john mark john mark August 23rd, 2016

      Thanks for your informative post.

    • Richard Richard August 12th, 2016

      This is the best list I’ve read so far. I’m new to blogging and I’m going to follow every step. Thanks a lot.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave August 22nd, 2016

        Hi Richard!

        I am glad you liked this. Please do let me know if you have any questions.

        Nirav Dave

    • Santanu Santanu July 16th, 2016

      Very useful guide. Building a website takes time in case one is sure about the necessary steps to be taken. In case you are new, then this article will definitely help you to build a good website over the period of time.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave August 22nd, 2016

        Hi Santanu!

        I am sure.

        Nirav Dave

        • Marsh Marsh October 15th, 2016

          Amazing post Nirav. As always you come up with the great post.

          I have also subscribed your website for future posts. Keep up the good work.

          Thanks 🙂

    • Gen Guerrero Gen Guerrero February 8th, 2016

      Hi, are all the tasks on the checklist meant to be implemented prior to installing your WordPress theme, or just after? Also, can you please explain why a WordPress website needs a MySQL database? I know what a database does (stores information) but I was wondering what information from your website is stored in it, if all you want to do is create landing pages?

    • Carlos Sánchez Carlos Sánchez January 20th, 2016

      I didn’t receive the email to download the PDF 🙁 (I checked the spam folder in my mail)

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave January 21st, 2016

        Hi Carlos,

        Strange. Please check your email please. I have just sent it over 🙂

        Nirav Dave

    • chetan mohan chetan mohan December 30th, 2015

      Nirav. You are doing a great job. Thanks for this PDF

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave December 30th, 2015

        Hi Chetan,

        Thanks. Hope you enjoy it!

        Nirav Dave

    • Cath Cath October 19th, 2015

      Amazing and thorough list mate, well done. Thanks so much for sharing

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave October 19th, 2015

        Hey Cath!

        Thank you so much. Really appreciate your kind words!

        Nirav Dave

    • RonD RonD September 7th, 2015

      Excellent! A+ I am working on a WordPress website and thanks to you I will avoid a lot of problems that others have with the system.

      Thank You,


      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave October 19th, 2015

        Hi RonD,

        Thanks man! I am glad this checklist is helping you.

        Nirav Dave

    • Anh Tran Anh Tran August 31st, 2015

      Awesome resource! It’s very helpful when working in the freelance work when we need a comprehensive checklist for everything.

      Thanks for making it.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave September 1st, 2015

        Thanks for your kind words Anh Tran.

        Nirav Dave

        • Dhruv Sharma Dhruv Sharma November 13th, 2016

          Covered all basic WordPress things in short. Thank you for this infographics.

    • Diane Janda Diane Janda July 31st, 2015

      I’m a newbie to WordPress. This list is absolutely wonderful! Great job!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave August 6th, 2015

        Hey Diane,

        I am glad it helped you. Thanks.

        Nirav Dave

    • Jeff Jeff July 28th, 2015

      Very complete and helpfull document.
      Many Thanks 🙂

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave August 6th, 2015

        Hi Jeff,

        Thanks for dropping by and leaving your feedback.

        Nirav Dave

    • domez domez July 27th, 2015

      Useful and well done! Thank you so much mate

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave August 6th, 2015

        You’re welcome Domez!

        Nirav Dave

    • Dorigo Dorigo July 2nd, 2015

      Wow, I like this.
      very nicely done!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave July 2nd, 2015

        Hey Dorigo

        Thanks! Hope you enjoy it!

        Nirav Dave

    • Ben Ben June 25th, 2015

      That is #AWESOME!
      Brilliant work 🙂

      Is this checklist also available as a public Wunderlist???

      THANK YOU!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave August 6th, 2015

        Hi Ben,

        Thank you. Its not available anywhere else at the moment.

        Nirav Dave

    • Nishant Thakur Nishant Thakur June 23rd, 2015

      We are a team of WordPress theme developers and found this checklist extremely useful. All the requisites collected and described so perfectly. The infographic went directly on our wall. Great work Nirav and team. Thanks for this incredible resource. Keep up the good work. Hats off!!!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 24th, 2015

        Hi Nishant,

        Glad its helping you and Thanks for your kind words.

        Nirav Dave

    • Sussie Thomsen Sussie Thomsen June 23rd, 2015

      Just want to say well done and thank you SO MUCH! And I just noted that the look of the PDF is very nice, witch surprised me. Perfect for both a handy reference and for checking off as you work on your project. You should include a small picture of the “inside” of the PDF in the download area. I cant wait to print it out!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 24th, 2015

        Hi Sussie,

        Thank you so much for the suggestion. We will implement it in the next update.

        Nirav Dave

    • Benny Benny June 17th, 2015

      I have not come through a comprehensive checklist on WordPress development recently. Well done compilation. I wish we could take color prints and keep it on our pin board.
      Thank you.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 17th, 2015

        Hi Benny!

        Thank you so much. You surely can take a print of the pdf checklist and use it for every WordPress project!

        Nirav Dave

    • Annemarie Nordman Annemarie Nordman June 16th, 2015

      Hands down, the best checklist I’ve seen to date. Thank you for sharing such valuable content!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 17th, 2015

        You are welcome Annemarie!

        Thanks for your kind words.

        Nirav Dave

    • ovjho ovjho June 15th, 2015

      Should go live not be closer to the end? The majority of the SEO you mention can be done before going live

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 17th, 2015

        Hey Ovhjo!

        Thanks for the suggestion. You’re right. Will consider this change in the next update soon!

        Nirav Dave

    • Mary Mary June 13th, 2015

      Hi Nirav,

      I got your email promoting this post. I wrote a WordPress checklist a few years ago but yours is very comprehensive and thorough. I like the list better than the infographic. You have 101 items which make the infographic very crowded. Other than that, great info. Thanks for sharing!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 16th, 2015

        Hi Mary,

        Thanks for your feedback. The infographic could have been smaller only with titles but we thought, the info on it will be very handy for some users who would like to refer to it instantly.

        Nirav Dave

    • Ivan Ivan June 8th, 2015

      This is a very nice checklist. Especially, for people who work on a variety of jobs. You can cross off what doesn’t apply and focus in on what matters. Keep the updates coming as you find changes to terminology to keep it current but in the meantime give yourself(ves) a round of applause for a job well-done.

      I’ve collected a few checklists (general use and task-based) and this one is tuned perfectly to WordPress. I think the idea of an online version is great bu I am guessing there could be an account/cookie issue which may not be worth the trouble (what’s the use in a checklist if you have to run through the entire list again and again to see where you left off). Just my two cents which is worth far less in the current economy.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 16th, 2015

        Hi Ivan,

        Thanks for your suggestion. This is the reason we have broken it down into sections so users can bookmark the links for various checklists on the page.

        Nirav Dave

    • Paul Paul June 8th, 2015

      Really great, makes things easier and less likely to miss something out. Thank you thank you

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 8th, 2015

        Hi Paul,

        I am so glad you like it. Thanks!

        Nirav Dave

      • Kamruzzaman Kamruzzaman February 20th, 2017

        Thaks alot for this nice sharing.

    • Ryan Ryan June 6th, 2015

      Wow, now this is a list!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 8th, 2015

        Hi Ryan,

        Thank you!

        Nirav Dave

    • Damir Zubovic Damir Zubovic June 5th, 2015

      Very nice checklist. I need to check this website everyday.
      Thank you.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 8th, 2015

        Hey Damir,

        Please do keep on visiting. Thanks.

        Nirav Dave

    • nicolas nicolas June 4th, 2015

      Never received the PDF link

      • Michael Michael June 4th, 2015

        +1 Neither have I.

        • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 5th, 2015

          Hi Guys,

          Sorry to hear that you are having problems. Please do check your spam folder. Nevertheless, we will resend it you soon.

          NIrav Dave

    • terrylan terrylan June 4th, 2015

      Wow! Truly, the internet has everything. I was just thinking about this a few minutes ago. Lo and behold, I’m redirected to this page. I will have to say that this is amazingly done. I’m sure a lot of collective effort was put to this. Kudos to those people.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 4th, 2015

        Thanks Terrylan for your feedback! Means a lot to us.

        Nirav Dave

    • Sky Caserotti Sky Caserotti June 1st, 2015

      As an old timer to web and html and a newbie to WordPress, i found this article quite helpful and informative.

      very nicely done!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

        Hey Sky!

        Thank you so much.

        Nirav Dave

    • Steve Covello Steve Covello June 1st, 2015

      Wouldn’t it be nice if this list were a “living, breathing” document that could be updated as things evolve and change in the WP ecosystem? As it is, I’ve downloaded the PDF and can’t adapt it to my needs unless I scrape it off into a Google Doc or something.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

        Hi Steve,

        Great Suggestion! Taken a note of it. Will see how we can add an online version of it too!

        Nirav Dave

    • Troy Dean Troy Dean May 31st, 2015

      Thanks for mentioning the White label CMS plugin. I can’t help but think launching a website should be a lot easier than this.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

        Hi Troy,

        No problem. I am sure its a lot easier than most of the people think!

        Nirav Dave

    • Jane Jane May 31st, 2015

      This is so helpful and fantastic, thank you wonderful people at Capsicum Mediaworks!

      I personally agree with unchecking the “organize my uploads into month and year based folders.” If you want to organize your media by dates then name them: 2015-05-31-logo.png or whatever. What is really un-maintainable is all the hellish folders that build up over time (unless you are NBC or something). That said, I sure wish WordPress gave the option for organizing uploads into year based folders alone.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

        Hi Jane,

        I second that suggestion. Rather than having folderd under year + months, it will be a lot easier to have them sorted under yearly folders.

    • Ilya Ilya May 31st, 2015

      Useful! Awesome! Thanks!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

        Ilya! Glad you like it!

        Nirav Dave

    • Katrina Moody Katrina Moody May 31st, 2015

      I’m finalizing my list (specifically for clients, not devs) and came across your list as I was checking for anything I might have missed. Great list – some things I totally do differently, but not tons!

      Nice job!

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

        Thanks Katrina!

        We will keep on updating this list, so please feel free to send us your suggestions, if any.

        Nirav Dave

    • Robert Gibb Robert Gibb May 31st, 2015

      Thanks for the MaxCDN mention! And quite an impressive resource you’ve made here.

      You’re right that storing web content closer to the user is good for SEO. But it’s also great for conversions as integrating a content delivery network (CDN) improves page load times. Significantly. To learn more and get your CDN on, feel free to check out these resources:

      Get a free MaxCDN test account:

      Learn what a CDN is:

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

        Hi Robert,

        Thank you so much! We use MaxCDN ourselves. Its great! We happily recommend it to everyone.

        Nirav Dave

    • Rolands Rolands May 30th, 2015

      do NOT uncheck “Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders”. If You are workinng on the medium to large site, soon will run into issue, where media folder is unmaintable.

      This can happen to smaller sites too after few years.

      • Mickey Mickey June 2nd, 2015

        Came here to say the same thing. The list is awesome, but that piece was odd.

        • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

          Hi Roland & Mickey,

          We personally don’t use month based folders but its a great suggestion to add this as well to the list. I have taken a note of it and will be adding it in the next update.

          Thanks for your time & Comments.

          Nirav Dave

          • Mickey Mickey June 2nd, 2015

            For the sake of improvements to future versions, two other small tweaks:

            1 — You mean alt “tags” a few times, which isn’t accurate. Call them alt “attributes” or even just alt “text”. People say tags, and we know what they mean, but a guide like this should be precise.
            2 — As you know, Google changed “Webmaster Tools” to “Search Console”, so that text should be updated as well.

            It’s a great document!

    • art art May 30th, 2015

      This would be a great reference guide. So thorough. Thanks mate.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

        You are most welcome Art.

        Nirav Dave

    • Jimmy Dalgleish Jimmy Dalgleish May 29th, 2015

      Incredible resource! Anyone looking to start a wordpress site should definitely refer to this.

      • Nirav Dave Nirav Dave June 2nd, 2015

        Hey Jimmy,

        Thank you so much! Enjoy the list.

        Nirav Dave

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