#WordPressBlog Setup: An Ultimate Guide for WP Blog!

#WordPressBlog setup guide contains tutorials, video demos, and tips about installation, managing, optimization, and securing a WP Blog.

I always wish if there was any mentor who had guided me to start the WordPress blog when I was in college. I literary use to waste my time on social sites and also watch some stupid series. But gone are those days.

If you’re starting with new WordPress blogging, then this guide you to maximize your effort and start a blog from scratch with absolutely no knowledge. This guide is not about how to write and what to write, but it’s moreover about how to set up that can sustain throughout.

Once you watch the videos and simultaneously build the blog on DigitalOcean cloud server at a meager cost. I can guarantee you that even if you receive millions of page views in a month, the starter server cost of $5 will not go up. The server will run as smooth as it was on day one.

Head over and get started with this ultimate guide to begin the WordPress blog —

Install a WordPress Blog with LEMP Stack

I believe the LEMP stack is powerful than any other stacks. You can follow this simple guide to install and setup the LEMP stack on the Cloud server. Once the LEMP is ready, we can proceed with downloading WordPress and installing it on LEMP.

Talking about installation and setup, WordPress needs the entire LEMP stack to run smoothly.

  • MySQL for Database Management where we will create a MySQL database table and a user for WordPress
  • PHP for generating the dynamic content
  • Nginx as a web server that connects between the MySQL and PHP to serve dynamic content when requested
  • Linux (Ubuntu) Server which hosts all the programs

We also need to set up a domain name to listen to our cloud server IP address. For that, we need to make some adjustments to the Nginx configuration file.

Install WordPress with LEMP Stack on Powerful Cloud Server

In the article and video tutorial about WordPress on LEMP Stack, you’ll learn about:

  • How to setup registrar DNS to point domain toward IP address
  • Creating a MySQL database for WordPress
  • Configure Nginx for Domain and WordPress
  • Download WordPress on Cloud Server
  • Install WordPress blog on Server

We will be also setting up the admin credentials while installation.

Login WordPress and Preliminary Settings

Once you’ve installed the WordPress, log in with the administrator login. You will be taken to the WP dashboard which has multiple tabs and sub-menus. Each menu has a separate setup and function.

Here we will walk through the dashboard overview and get accustomed to WordPress. There are also some mandatory settings that we need to do.

WordPress is preinstalled with multiple dummy data as well as default settings. These are not very friendly, hence making these preliminary changes at the start is quite important.

WordPress Dashboard Walk-Through and Important Settings after 1st Time Login

In the article and video guide about WordPress login and basic setting, you’ll learn more about:

  • WordPress Login for First Time
  • WordPress Dashboard walk-through
  • Mandatory Settings after WordPress login

Adjusting WordPress Appearance

Now that we have learned about the WordPress dashboard, let proceed with adjusting the WordPress appearance. WordPress is built on the Plugins and Theme architecture which makes it highly customizable as well as developer-friendly.

We can change the WordPress themes, adjust the colors, create our own theme. WordPress also allows developing the parent and child theme setup making the development quite easy without touching the parent framework.

Taking more about Appearance, in WordPress blog, we can add the menu navigation bar in the header, sidebar, as well as footer. It totally depends upon the structure of the theme. We can add or remove any navigational links from the menus.

The Widgets is another great feature that helps to add the small blocks in the sidebar or footer. Few themes do have their own powerful widgets that help WordPress blog to look stunning.

Installing WordPress Free Themes, Adding Menu, and the Widgets

In the article and video demo about adjusting WordPress appearance, you’ll learn about:

  • How to change WordPress themes
  • Adding Menu links in WP header
  • Add and remove Sidebar Widgets
  • WordPress Customize Appearance

Install WordPress Plugins and Setup

As mentioned, WordPress is built on themes and plugin architecture. The plugins are quite a powerful way to add the function which is missing in WordPress Blog. There are plugins almost for every need that you want WordPress to behave.

I’ve listed out a few of the basic plugins that are needed for WordPress to perform best. Personally, I use WordPress for blogging and these basic plugins are quite helpful in every case.

There are also a few advanced plugins listed that you should consider adding to enhance the WordPress power. I’ve covered all the basic plugins and mentioned the advance plugins in detail.

Install and Configure Basic WordPress Plugins for Advanced Features

In the article and video tutorial on WordPress Plugins and basic setup guide, you’ll get to know about:

  • WordPress basic Plugins list and setup
  • WordPress advanced plugins and features

WordPress Security with Fail2Ban

No person on the planet what is online business or account to be hacked. Everyone needs to protect their data and website for theft. Hence, we have a Fail2ban program that works as a shield for any brute force attacks.

Fail2ban is one of the advanced WordPress plugins that help to tackle unauthorized login attempts. It helps in banning the IP address and also protects from the DoSS attack. Fail2ban not only works with WordPress blog but also on the entire cloud server.

You can set up the filters and jails in order to protect your WordPress site. You can customize the ban time and criteria with the jail.

Fail2ban is a must-have plugin and program for every WordPress and cloud server.

Setup Fail2ban to Block WordPress Invalid Login & Brute Force Attack

In the blog post and video guide on WordPress Fail2Ban plugin setup, you’ll learn about:

  • Install Fail2ban on Cloud and WordPress
  • Setup Filters and Jails
  • Customize the Jail for WordPress

FastCGI Nginx Cache for Site Speed

Nginx is a pretty powerful web server that can help in generating the static files out of dynamic content. Nginx along with PHP FastCGI work as caching technology.

Whenever a user has visited any blog post, the cache file is generated in a folder. Later if any user visits the same page, the cached file is served instead of retrieving the dynamic content.

Hence, this improves the overall speed of page loading and reducing the server load.

Enable FastCGI Nginx Cache for WordPress on Ubuntu Cloud

In the following article about FastCGI Nginx Cache, you’ll get to learn about:

  • Create FastCGI Cache configuration
  • Include FastCGI Nginx Cache rules in the Configuration file
  • Adding FastCGI Nginx Cache path
  • Define FastCGI Nginx Cache Rules
  • Test and Restart Nginx Cache on Live site

MySQL hits with Redis Object Cache

You might know that WordPress needs a database to interact and store all the information and post details. Hence, there are very frequent calls between the MySQL database and Web server to generate dynamic content on the fly. This severely increases the load on the MySQL server.

Suppose you have a very high traffic site and imagine millions of SQL requests hitting the database server. This would lead to fatigue and database connection errors. Hence we need an object cache that will essentially store the frequently requested database calls and avoid all the requests hitting the MySQL server.

The Redis Object Cache is one of the most used object caching servers that will eliminate most of the issues and serves the dynamic content request really fast.

Enable Redis Object Cache for WordPress Database Optimization

In the detailed article about Redis Object Cache for WordPress, you’ll learn about:

  • Install Redis Server on Cloud
  • Configure Redis server
  • Setup Redis Object Cache for WordPress
  • Monitoring Redis Object Cache

MySQL Database Optimization

Now that we know the importance of Database in WordPress and also made the database queries faster using Redis object cache, let go ahead and set up the automated way of database optimization.

Optimization includes clean up, remove obsolete data, fragmenting the space and also improving the performance. In the case of WordPress, I pretty much like this popular plugin called WP-Optimize.

The plugins do all the job of optimization and have recently added few additional features like image optimization and even caching. Personally, I use it for image optimization and database clean up activity. The caching part is well managed by the FastCGI Nginx cache.

Setting up the WP-Optimize is really simple and easy. It also has the scheduling option that helps cleaning up the database at set intervals.

Setup WP-Optimize: Free Database Clean Up & Image Optimization Plugin

In the optimization guide and video demo about WP Optimize MySQL database, you will learn about:

  • Install WP-Optimize Plugin in WordPress
  • Database Optimize and Clean up
  • Image Optimization Setup
  • Scheduling the auto database clean-up in WordPress

Free Image CDN for WordPress

This is the best part. I hope you know about the JetPack Photon (aka Site Accelerator). However, to use the photon you need to install the heavy JetPack plugin and also need to register with your WordPress.com account.

This photon or site accelerator will replace the image URL example.com/image.png and host them via WordPress CDN server with {i0|i1|i2}.wp.com/example.com/image.png. Hence, this will overall save the bandwidth used by hosted images and also server them in .webp format.

But, using my technique you can still host the images on the WP.com CDN server and get all the benefits without using the JetPack plugin. However, we need a lighter plugin called CDN Enabler that will replace the URL structure of images.

Free Photon Image CDN without installing Jetpack Plugin in WordPress

In the speed optimization guide and video tutorial to get free WordPress Image CDN, you’ll learn to know about:

  • What is Jetpack Photon CDN?
  • Install and Setup CDN Enabler for Images
  • Upload and testing free Image CDN on WordPress

Free CSS and JS static CDN

This is another sweet spot in WordPress optimization that will serve all the CSS and JavaScript files from the Free CDN server. All you need is to install a plugin called NGT jsDelivr CDN.

This extension will automatically replace all the CSS and JS files loading in your themes and plugins with the cdn.jsdeliver.net CDN. There is no settings panel or any customization tweaks. All you need is download > install > activate the NGT jsDelivr CDN from the WordPress repository.

Please note that it only supports themes and plugins installed from the WordPress repository. The extensions bought from external sources are not supported.

Setup a Free CDN for CSS and JavaScript files on WordPress

In the optimization guide and video guide to setup free CSS and JS static CDN, you’ll learn about:

  • What is jsDelivr CDN?
  • Installing WP Plugin for jsDelivr
  • Testing Free CSS and JS CDN

Note: If you club both Free Image CDN and CSS/JS CDN, your WordPress blog loads blazingly fast without any issues.

Google Analytics Tracking Code

We all need to agree that Google Analytics is one of the best tools for tracking the performance of the site or mobile app. Google Analytics works seamlessly with WordPress integration if the tracking code is placed correctly.

All you need is to set up a free Google Analytics account and get the tracking code that needs to inserted between WordPress blogs <head>...</head> tag.

Google Analytics helps you understand what exactly the users are doing on your site and how they get to know your blog.

Easily insert Google Analytics tracking code in WordPress 🌐 without Plugin

In the WordPress stats and video guide about Google Analytics tracking setup, you’ll learn about:

  • How to Sign up free Google Analytics account
  • Get Google Analytics Tracking Code
  • Insert the GA Tracking Code
  • Clear cache and test real-time visitor

WordPress SEO with Rank Math

SEO is a huge topic and also need expertise in all senses. It requires a lot of technical and non-technical knowledge that every beginner will take years to master. Thankfully, there are few WP plugins that make the technical SEO implementation quite easy.

In the past, I had used the popular WordPress SEO plugin know as Yoast SEO. However, I switched to Rank Math SEO and still using it. The reason behind the switch was features availability. The Rank Math SEO plugin offers all the features that are being charged by Yoast SEO as Premium.

I’m not saying the Yoast SEO (free) is bad, but it lacks the features that I desperately need and Rank Math is providing at no cost. And I didn’t see any major flaw in the Rank Math or even drop in SEO after migration.

Basic WordPress SEO Setup with Rank Math Plugin

In the SEO guide and video tutorial about Rank Math WordPress SEO setup, you’ll get to know about:

  • Installing Rank Math Plugin in WordPress
  • Dashboard and Wizard walk-through
  • General ON-page SEO settings
  • Titles and Meta Settings
  • XML Sitemap settings
  • 404 and redirection monitor
  • Site-wide WordPress SEO analysis

Remote Backup for WordPress Blog

Backup plays a really important role in keeping your mind stable if anything goes wrong with the blog. If you’re running the WordPress blog on the DigitalOcean, then you can enable the weekly backup that will charge 20% of droplet cost. But, these backups are stored within the DigitalOcean account and still contains the risk.

Hence, I strongly recommend having a regular backup of your WordPress blog remotely on any external drive. Drive like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc.

To ease the process, we have a free plugin in the WordPress repository called WPvivid Backup. The plugin has all the features including the scheduled backup based on your requirement. It can remotely sync and retain the files in the storage account.

Free Remote Backup for WordPress with WPVivid Backup

Follow this WordPress backup guide and video demo about WordPress remote cloud backup, you’ll learn about:

  • Install WPvivid Backup plugin
  • Configure Off-site remote backup
  • Scheduling an auto-backup for WordPress site
  • Test a Manual backup on Google Drive

Closing comments:

I hope you’ve learned some interesting stuff today, and also hoping that you will implement few tips on your WordPress Blog.

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