WordPress is pretty nice out of the box but there’s a few things you’ll want to do on top of the base install. I’ve been tweaking WordPress 2.7 since the day I installed it. It’s humming just as I like now and I figured I’d share the few things I changed.
- I started with wordpess 2.5 which was my host’s default installation. I immediately upgraded to 2.7. This was as simple as ftp’ing some files across and running a database script.
- I migrated my old data, which was in SQL Server into mySQL using some simple SQL scripts. This took about an hour as I’d never seen the wordpress scheme before. I lost my tags in the process but no big deal.
- Then I grabbed the Arthemia Lite theme (http://colorlabsproject.com/arthemia/) which I’d first seen on my buddy Chris Webb’s site (ckwebb.com). The lite version is free but with reduced functionality.
- I grabbed JCarousel (http://sorgalla.com/jcarousel/) and modified the index.php template to make the featured items scroll in the top right.
- I threw in some Google Adsense ads into the main template.
- I migrated from Feedburner to Google Feedburner and added in Ads into the RSS in the process.
- I did some UI tweaks around the theme but nothing too crazy. E.g. Added an image to the Single Post page, updated the favicon etc.
- As far as plugins go I’m using Akismet for spam prevention, Contact Form ][, All in One SEO and WP Super Cache.
- Modified the Thumbnail script (timthumb) so I don’t have to upload the images to my server and can link to them directly. This makes new posts much much faster.
That’s about it. Last night I upgraded from 2.7 to 2.7.1 which was very easy and took about 10 mins. Pretty happy so far.