Its easy to install WordPress and head off the blogsphere to play with themes, plugins or get straight into writing exciting posts to spread your message.
But before getting started on the fun stuff, it’s absolutely essential to take an hour or so to put in a few safety nets so that you don’t lose your hard work. Here’s what I do immediately once a site is live (and I learned the hard way):
Install backup software. I use UpdraftPlus. It’s a free plugin and will make backups, schedule backups and restore backups. Install it via the WordPress repository, connect it to your destination for backup storage – Dropbox, Google Drive are probably the easiest and make a backup. Then schedule backups however often you need them (e.g. daily if you write lots, or weekly or monthly if you update your site less often), you can change this later in any case.
UpdraftPlus offers lots of extremely useful paid add-ons at very reasonable rates so that e.g. if you ever need to you can migrate a backup to a different site. Read more here.
Install protection software. I use Wordfence. Wordfence is free, and will scan your site changes to files from their original format, block security threats, provide firewall features, limit login attempts and much more. It sends e-mail alerts and reports, and has lots of configuration options, as well as optional paid pro-support.
Wordfence will go a long way towards protecting your site from hacking, and will also help you to clean it (by restoring original files) if it is hacked, as nothing is 100% hack-proof.
Installing UpdraftPlus and Wordfence will provide massive peace of mind and protection to your site and make sure that all your hard work is not lost if you do get infected, and additionally provide insurance if you make a big mess yourself, which happens to us all at some stage.
Once that’s done, forget the scarey stuff and go off and have fun. Here’s some fun plugins!