I wouldn’t normally use a beta version on a production website, but the full release will be available before that site is fully live, giving me a chance to test some new features.
Site installation continues to be simple, and I took the simplest option of using the automatic script provided by my server host. This has the nice option of changing the default admin username to something less guessable – always a good idea for improved security.
Settings are the same as version 2, so I made the usual adjustments:
- General Settings
- Tagline and Email. I also ticked the membership so anyone can register, but it would be better to leave this until you get the membership plugins organized (more on this soon).
- Discussion Settings
- Enabled threaded comments, with depth set to the maximum of 10. Set moderation to hold comment if 1 link. More on discussion settings when someone asks for it.
- Privacy Settings
- Always a good idea to make sure your site is visible. If you can think of a situation where you would set it to block search engines, please tell me.
- Permalink Settings
- Vital to select the Custom Structure and change it to
/%post_id%/%postname%/(we can discuss why this is so if you like). I usually change the category and tag base to something more site specific – there might be a slight search engine advantage, but I just think it looks better.
Other WordPress Configuration
It really should be categories and plugins next, but I could not resist investigating the new default template – Twenty Ten (surely not a tribute to Windows Ninety Five?). This seems to be a great improvement, but I have yet to find a WordPress theme that does not need a quick makeover with the editor. I think the essentials of WordPress themes needs a separate topic, so I’ll do one soon.
There also used to be essential modifications to wp-config.php. I’ll check this, and report back tomorrow.