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Best practices

WordPress is an amazing tool when properly setup with the right extensions.

Quick-start guide

Follow the WordPress quick-start guide to get going.


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Other options and performance tradeoffs

Know how to optimize WordPress


Get a proper theme

Follow the Mystique build for an extremely customizable WordPress theme.


Get the best extensions for your site.

Windows Live Writer

Get Live Writer, the best free WYSIWIG WordPress editor on Windows.


Add at least one image

This gets automatically added as the post thumbnail next to the title and featured posts.

See the screenshot on the right.

Write an excerpt

Write a summary of your post in the "excerpt" box. If you don't WordPress will show the first 50 words.

See the screenshot on the right.

User permissions

Don't make everyone administrator.

Set appropriate permissions for every user
  • Administrator - Somebody who has access to all the administration features

  • Editor - Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages as well as manage other users' posts, etc.

  • Author - Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts

  • Contributor - Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish them

  • Subscriber - Somebody who can only manage their profile