So you have your domain name, hosting setup and WordPress is installed. Technically you now have your own blog….
But there are a few things you need to do to setup WordPress in order to get the most out of it.
WordPress is an amazingly powerful platform that can cater to anyone from a single person blog to a multi million dollar content site with multiple authors, editors, content contributers etc.
So it will take some time to learn all the in’s and out’s, and you can always expand the functionality by installing additional Themes & Plugins.
But for now, we are just going to have a look at some of the basics that a first time wordpress user will want to setup.
Under the Settings Tab on the left menu bar, you see the following sub-menus:
- General: Here you can set the name of your blog, A Tagline if you wish, timezone and a contact email address.
- Writing: Let’s you set the default category for your posts. (most people won’t need to make any changes here)
- Reading: Controls how your readers see your blog, you can choose between a Static (perminent page) or a list of your latest posts and choose how many you want to show per page.
- Discussion: Here you can set the commenting options which control how users interact with your site.
- Media: Rarely used but can set your standard images sizes if you want to change them for some reason.
- Permalinks: Here you can change the way your URL Structure of your blog, (most people set this to Post Name).
Under the Appearance Tab, you will see the following options: (may vary depending on what theme you have installed)
- Themes: This is where you can easily change the “look and feel” of your website in just a few clicks, There are usually 3 or 4 Default Themes installed, and you can switch between them at any point by simply activating each one and having a look at your site to stt what changes it made. There are thousands of free and premium (paid) themes you can use for your blog, and we will go through how to install them in the next tutorial.
- Customize: In this tab, you can change basic things like the Blog title (also editable in Settings) Menus, Widget Options etc. (I personally don’t use this section much)
- Widgets: Widgets are used by various themes in different ways, but the main way most blogs use them is to control the content in the sidebar of your blog. Most blogs use a structure that has the blog content contained in one section, and a sidebar (on the left or right) that contains site-wide widgets such as; Advertising, Social Media links, Latest Posts and things like that. WordPress has a bunch of Built-in widgets you can use, and each theme and plugin can add additional widgets to choose from.
- Theme Options: Here you will find various options for your particular theme, usually Font Styles, Header choices, Logos, Menus etc are controlled in here.
- The remaining options: (Edit CSS and Editor) you wont need to use unless you want to learn a bit of HTML or CSS Code.
That should just about do it for the basic settings.