Last Updated: March 07, 2016
Suffusion WordPress Theme Check List lets you know what to check against when you set up a website and or blog.
Latest News: I have updated the information.
Good News: New version 4.4.9 is out.
The power of suffusion in comparison with other themes is second to none. It has more options than you can imagine. It also means that you need less plugins to have a functional website. However if you don’t enable some of the settings then you will probably need to add a plugin, which could cost you speed, resources and performance.
The list below is a simple guide I put together to help you set up suffusion correctly from the beginning. This list covers the most important part of setting up a website/blog from the beginning using Suffusion.
(There are more options to check and play around with but they are more for personal preferences and or designing purposes)
Making sure you read through the whole list below. This will save time and possible future headaches. Once you have checked your website settings against the list, then you will know that you are on the right path and have covered the most important part of developing Suffusion website. (You might decide to add more to this list to cater for your unique design.)
Suffusion WordPress Theme Check List Important Settings
Settings 1 ) What layout am I going to select? This setting helps you with the overall layout of the sidebars and content. Cosmetic display.
Settings 2 ) You must set up a responsive layout? Nowadays those who don’t have their website set up in a responsive layout will get penalized by Google. So it is very important that you set up this option from the beginning. Extremely Important for SEO, Mobile Display and Google Search Engine.
Settings 3 ) Will I add Google Analytics? You need a Google account for this option. It is also very good for managing and checking the website traffic. Good for management and organizing.
Settings 4 ) Is the Header set up correctly?
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Skinning -> Header)
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Other Graphical Elements -> Header)
Settings 5 ) Is the Footer set up correctly?
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Typography -> Footer)
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Other Graphical Elements -> Footer)
Settings 6 ) Have I added the Follow Me widget? This widget lets your visitors subscribe to it and follow you on popular social networks like Digg, FaceBook, FeedBurner reader, Delicious, Flickr, Google+, LinkedIn, Reddit, RSS, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Twitter and YouTube. Additionally they can subscribe to your blog by email, for which you need a FeedBurner account from Google. (Need to create an account for each service)
Settings 7 ) Will I add a Navigation Bar Above the Header? Good for management and organizing.
Settings 8 ) Will I add a Navigation Bar Below the Header? Good for management and organizing.
Settings 9 ) Will I be using a Child Theme? Important if you will be carrying out major design, implementation, functions and CSS customization. This also means that if you upgrade the theme you will not loose any customization. Important.
Settings 10 ) Will I be using all the Modules? You can disable the following widgets if you don’t intend to use them Query Post, Query Users, Google Translator, Featured Post, Follow Me, Child Pages, Search Twitter and Flickr. By disabling the widgets you will not use, it will reduce the website loading time. Good for SEO and Speed.
Settings 11 ) Will I be setting up the Site Optimization or will I be using a plugin? Good for SEO and Speed. Remember if you use a plugin you need to disable this settings. You can check my recommendations found on the following URL Cache Plugins and the following URL Performance Plugins Important.
Settings 12 ) Do I need the Thumbnail Generation options enabled? Important to check this option. If you don’t intend to use these thumbnails then I suggest that you disable this option. If you don’t you will end up with images that you don’t need. This will increase your backup file size especially when you have 100 or more images. Important.
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Other Graphical Elements -> Miscellaneous -> Thumbnail Generation)
Settings 13 ) Do I need to adjust the Sidebars? You need to set this up to control how you are going to display your sidebars and widgets. Important.
Settings 14 ) Will I set up Breadcrumbs and Page Navigation options? This will allow visitors to know where they are in your website while navigation through your post and pages. Good for organization.
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Other Graphical Elements -> Breadcrumbs and Page Navigation)
Settings 15 ) SEO / Meta Settings This option has been removed in version 4.4.8 and above. It is better for you to use a plugin. You can check my recommendations found on the following URL WordPress SEO Plugins
Settings 16 ) Will I add a favicon? You need to design a favicon. Cosmetic display.
Settings 17 ) Will I setup the User Profiles? This is important if you want to add some information on every post or page regarding the editor or editors. Good for organization.
Settings 18 ) Will I be displaying the search option? This option allows you to choose whether you want your search bar in the header section or will you be using the Widget option in one of your sidebars?
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Sidebars -> Right Header Widgets)
- (Location = Appearance -> Widgets -> Search)
Settings 19 ) Do I need a Sitemap? It is important to have an internal sitemap to help users navigate around your website as well as an external sitemap for search engines to find out all your links and URLs. Must Setup, Important
Settings 20 ) How will I set up the comments on the website or blog? This option allows you to set up how you will display the comments on your website or blog. There are a few areas that you need to check to display comments correctly. There are also a couple of areas in WordPress that you need to also check.
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Back-end -> Comment Settings)
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Typography -> Comments)
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Other Graphical Elements -> Post Formats)
- (Location = Appearance -> Suffusion Options -> Other Graphical Elements -> Post and Page Bylines)
- (Location = Settings -> Discussion) This setting belongs to WordPress
- (Location = While editing a Post click on Screen Options (top right hand corner) enable Comments and Discussion) This setting belongs to WordPress
Settings 21 ) How will I set up the front page and blog layout? This option allows you to set up how many blog post will you display on the front page? You can select from following options to display your content.
- Full content
Click on the following URL Suffusion Theme Options Layouts to view the settings.
Note: The number of post displayed on the front of your website is controlled from the following WordPress Admin settings found under Settings -> Readings -> Blog pages show at most.
Settings 22 ) (Optional) How do I remove Sayontan credit link on the right side footer? The following post shows you how to remove the credential found on the right hand side of the footer when you install Suffusion.
I hope this list helps you further with Suffusion. I will be updating this list from time to time.
Other links you might want to read
- Before You Publish A Website Revision Update This URL is a check list and a guide to developing website and blogs.
- First Time Blogging Revision Update This URL helps you understand all that you require to run a secured website or blog.
- Suffusion Theme Tutorials This URL has a list of Suffusion tutorials for you to read.
I will be updating this post from time to time, so make sure you come back for the latest update.
If you have any questions please let me know.