Definitive Guide To Setting Up A WordPress Blog: Installing WordPress & Configuring Settings.

 

WordPress blog setup series: Installing WordPress & configuring settings.

Introduction

This is part two of the complete guide to setting up a WordPress based blog for beginners. Since we know how daunting this task can be for anyone new to blogging or WordPress we have broken down the process into a number of easy posts. Each post is a self contain stage so you can have a break between each stage if needed.

Previous: Definitive Guide To Setting Up A WordPress Blog: Domains & Hosting.

Table of Content

Domains & Hosting

  • Buying a domain
  • Buying hosting
  • Pointing your domain name to your hosting account

Installing WordPress & Configuring Settings

  • Installing WordPress
  • Configuring blog settings

Addons

  • Installing Plugins
  • Installing Themes

Adding Content

  • Posts & pages
  • Media manager
  • Recommended plugins

Analytics

  • Adding Google analytics to WordPress
  • Other analytic solutions for WordPress

 

Step 4: Installing WordPress

First login to your hosting account Cpanel. The details should have been emailed to you so you can click the email link or use http://www.yourdomainname.com/

Replace ‘yourdomainname’ with the domain name you brought from the register and pointed to your hosting account. Then provide your hosting account login info.

cpanel login

Now you’re in your Cpanel scroll down and find a button called Fantastico De Luxe. Then click on it.

fantastico

Then click on the WordPress link.

fantastico wordpress button

Then click on new installation.

new installation

From here you will be asked to input some information so make sure to make a note of everything because you may need the info later.

wordpress install information

Enter an administrator user name. You will use this user name later to login to your WordPress admin area.

Enter a password. You will also need this to login to your WordPress admin later.

Enter an admin nickname. This is the name visitors will see as the blog author.

Enter an email address.

Enter a site name. This will be the title of your blog. It can be changed later.

Enter a site description. This can also be changed at a later date.

Then click the install WordPress button.

Then click finish install.

finish wordpress install

Congratulations you have just installed your first WordPress blog. You can now login to your new blog at http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin

 

Step 5: Configuring Your Blog Settings

Now WordPress has been installed on your domain it’s time to configure your blog.

First, login to your new WordPress admin area using your domain URL. Like this: http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin

wordpress login

Welcome to the WordPress dashboard.

wordpress dashboard

Now click on settings in the left hand menu.

wordpress settings

You should arrive at ‘general settings’ where you can change some of the basic details you input earlier like your blog name and tag line. It’s important to give your blog a good name and tag line because these are the keywords search engines like Google will pick up an index your site for.

general settings

Next

Changing permalink structures.

Permalink structures refers to the structure of your blogs URL’s. For example this is the URL for the first hello world post that comes with every new WordPress installation:

hello world permalink

The ?P=1 part of the URL represents the ‘hello world’ first post. Unfortunately this URL structure is not very user friendly or search engine friendly. Instead we want to change the permalink so it looks
like the following URL with the category and post name in the URL:

new hello world permalink

Here’s how to change it:

Login to your WordPress admin area if you’re not already logged in and then proceed to ‘settings’ and click on permalinks from the drop down menu.

permalink settings

Then, click on custom structure and add the following in the empty box: /%category%/%postname%.php

custom structure

Then add the following in the category base box:  /.

catagory base

Then click save changes.

Your blog links should now contain the post name and content category whenever you add content.

Other Settings

Media settings:

Clicking on media settings allows you to control the size of images on your site. The default settings are good for the vast majority of blog owners but if your blog has a custom design these measurements may need adjusting.

media settings

Reading settings:

Clicking on reading settings allows you to adjust the number of posts that appear on your blogs from page and in your RSS feeds.

reading settings

You can also use these settings to designate a static from page and a blog page. You can choose to have one or the other or both if you wish. The front page of your WordPress site is a blog by default. Remember you will have to create the pages before changing the settings to make them selectable in the settings menu. For example, if you want a static home page and a blog page that displays your blog posts you will need to create two pages. One called ‘Home’ and another called ‘Blog’. Then go back to the reading settings and select which of the pages you just created will be used for the static page and the blog page.

Note: having both may cause two ‘Home’ pages to show up in your websites main menu. This can be resolved using a plugin called Exclude pages which should allow you to exclude one of the ‘Home’ pages from the main menu.

static front page in wordpress

The last setting in reading allows you to decide what a search engines sees. If you click this box your site will be excluded from the search engines.

search engine visibility

Discussion settings:

Discussion settings allows you to control all aspects of blog comments from visitors. The default settings are fine if you want to allow comments. The different options are self explanatory so we need not go through them one by one.

discussion settings

Congratulations you have successfully setup and configured your first WordPress blog.

Next: Definitive Guide To Setting Up A WordPress Blog: Adding plugins & Themes

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