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What things should I do before writing my first post?

  • Change your permalinks from the standard (in WordPress)
  • Change your time zone in wordpress
  • Create a new user (with different username than admin). Login with the new username and then delete the admin account.
  • Add all the standard pages (see below for list)
  • Create your header. Use http://www.freewebpageheaders.com/ and customize it with http://www.bannerfans.com/banner_maker.php . You may end up changing this later, but an image is important to have. Using this image to create a square image that you can use as your avatar. Create one by going to gravatar.com.
  • Install plugins (see below for suggested list). You can add plugins later, but it is nice to get this out of the way.
  • Create facebook page and twitter account. Your twitter handle should be similar to your blog name and easy to remember.
  • Create a feedburner RSS account

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