1. Akismet

Below is the complete installation and setup of Akismet plugin:

  • Install Akismet plugin to the site
  • Activate and enter the Akismet.com API key
  • Select “Always put spam in the Spam folder for review.” on Strictness option

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2. BackupBuddy

IMPORTANT! Do not setup Backupbuddy if the site is on development server. Setup BackupBuddy plugin on live sites only.

Below is the complete installation and setup of BackupBuddy plugin:

  • Install and activate BackupBuddy plugin to the site
  • Go to the Settings > General Settings and set ImportBuddy password
  • Scroll down to Local Archive Storage Limits then set the age limit number of backups to 150 days
  • Keep 4 full backups and 30 database backup
  • On Schedules Settings, schedule weekly complete backup and daily database backup

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Database Backup

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Full Backup

3. Jetpack

Below is the complete installation and setup of Jetpack plugin:

  • Install and activate Jetpack plugin to the site
  • Click the button on the top right that says “Connect to WordPress.com”
  • Login with your WordPress.com account and click “Authorize Jetpack”

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4. WP Smush Plugin

Below is the complete installation and setup of WP Smush plugin:

  • Install and activate WP Smush Plugin
  • Make sure that all images are smushed and up to date.
  • Go to the Settings and enable automatic smush of the images

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5. Google Analytics

  • Access Google Anlytics account
  • Click Admin on main navigation.

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  • Click the admin dropdown then select create new account.

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  • Set account name, website name and website URL the click Get tracking ID button.

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  • Get the tracking ID.

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  • Access WordPress dashboard and install Google Analytics by MonsterInsights plugin
  • Go to Insights > Settings > General.
  • Click Authenticate with your Google account button
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  • Paste Google Authentication code
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  • Paste Google Authentication code
  • Select the website

6. Search Console

  • Access Google account
  • Go to Google Search Console Dashboard
  • Click add property.

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  • Select Website as property type and add the www version of the site.

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  • Next click the Alternate methods to verify the ownership.

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  • Select HTML tag on the Alternate methods and copy the content value.

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  • Access the wordpress site and go to Yoast SEO > Dashboard > Webmaster Tools.

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  • Paste the code to the Google Search Console Field then click Save changes.

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  • Go back to Google Search Console then click verify.

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  • A confirmation message must show up then click continue.

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  • Go back to Google Console and add the non-www version of the site.

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  • Click the Alternate methods tab, select HTML tag and click verify.

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  • On the non-www version of the site, click settings icon and select the option Site Settings.

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  • Select the non-www on Preferred to domain then click Save.

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7. XML Submission

  • Access WordPress site
  • Go to Yoast SEO > XML Sitemaps > Post types
  • Make sure that the XML sitemap functionality is enabled.

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  • Go to Yoast SEO > XML Sitemaps > General and click the XML Sitemap link.

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  • Get the XML Sitemap link
  • Access Google Console accountm, go to Dashboard > Crawl > Sitemaps.

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  • Click Add/Test Sitemap button.

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  • Paste the XML Sitemap link then click submit.

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8. W3 Total Cache plugin

  • Install and activate W3 Total Cache plugin.
  • Go to Performance > General Settings.

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  • Scroll down to Page Cache then check Enable.

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  • Scroll down to Browser Cache then check Enable.

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  • Click Save Settings & Purge Caches.
  • Go to Performance > Browser Cache > General
  • Make sure this 3 options are checked.

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9. Wordfence Security plugin

  • Install and activate Wordfence Security plugin.
  • Go to Wordfence options in the side menu and email address to receive alerts.
  • On Basic options, uncheck Enable Live Traffic View.
  • How does Wordfence get IPs: From the drop-down menu, select “Use PHP’s built in REMOTE_ADDR…”.
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  • Under Scans to include, select all options.
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  • On Login Security Options, set the option same as on the screenshot
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10. Monarch plugin

  • Install and activate Monarch plugin.
  • Go Monarch Settings > Social Sharing > Location, then select Inline
  • Go Monarch Settings > Social Sharing > Networks, then add Google, Facebook and Twitter
  • Go Monarch Settings > Social Sharing > Inline, scroll down to post type settings then select Post


  • Access Facebook for Developers account
  • Click Add New App on My Apps button
  • Add Website Title to Display Name field
  • Select approriate category
  • You’ll be redirected to the Dashboard of Apss
  • On Dashboard, click Choose Platform then select Website
  • Scroll down to the page then add Site URL
  • Go back to the App Dashboard then go to Settings > Basic
  • Add the domain to the App Domain field then save changes
  • Go to App Review then select Yes to make the app public
  • Go to Dashboard then get App ID and App Secret key
  • Go to wordpress site, Tools > Monarch Settings then add the
  • App ID and App Secret key
  • Facebook Authentication
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11. AMP and Yoast SEO AMP glue plugin

  • Install & activate the AMP plugin and see what the AMP pages look like by adding /amp to the end of each posts.
  • Install & activate Yoast SEO AMP glue plugin.
  • Go to the SEO > AMP settings menu, design tab, and change the styling to fit website brand.