As outlined in the webinar on 20th June, the steps and notes on how to set up WordPress to use as your website:
- Log in to the Dashboard of your new WordPress install and then set up some basics:
- Settings, General – that your timezone is set to your local zone or location.
- Settings, Permalinks – set this to Post name (this makes your web page addresses/URLs pretty).
- Create your initial pages – a Home page, a Blog or News page and any others you want to add at this stage. Don’t worry about content for now – you can add that later. Remember to turn off the Comments option if you don’t want them to be added to the page (you usually don’t). And if you want to show a sidebar, select the Sidebar Template option. Publish each.
- Next – set up your Menu (navigation bar). Within Appearance, Menus create a menu and save it. Then select and add your pages to that menu. Save. You can re-order these using drag & drop, and also call each page something else (for instance, you might have called your blog page “Blog” but want to have it show as News on the menu bar) – those options are available if you click the drop down option beside “Page” on each. Note that you can add links to other websites too, using the Custom Links option, and even to individual posts and/or category pages. When your menu is ready, select it in the Theme Locations section, and Save.
- Now to set up your theme – the design.
- Go to Appearance, Themes and within the Manage Themes tab, select Customize
- Click into the Site Title & Tagline and enter yours – you can always edit this later to better suit. Save & Publish
- Colors section – for the Header text, Background and Link color. Save & Publish
- Layout – choose then Save & Publish
- Header Image – click on the image and either upload a new image (1000px x 288px), or go into the Default tab to select one of the header images provided. Or of course you can choose the Remove Image option. Save & Publish
- Background Image – if you want to use one – Upload a new image if you wish (I like to choose in Fotolia – but be warned you may end up spending more time there than anticipated 😉 ). And then set the repeat, position and whether you want the image to be Fixed or Scroll (the latter is for one piece images that keep still as you scroll down the page). Save & Publish
- Navigation – select your Primary Menu (if it is not already showing, having chosen this in 3. above). Save & Publish
- And lastly – the most important part of making your WordPress into a website – the Static Front Page – here you choose the page that you want to show as your home page, or Front page. So select Home here, and then for the Posts page – select Blog. Save & Publish
- Your Sidebar – should you want to include one. The items in your sidebar are added within Appearance, Widgets. Using drag and drop you choose the available widgets to add. Have a play with this to see what works. You can always drag them out, or add others later. One popular “widget” is Links. These are added within the Links section of your dashboard – firstly renaming the Link Category default of Blogroll, if you choose. Then add your new links.
- Plugins – there will be an annual post on this, as well as fresh posts on individual plugins that we like or think may be useful for you. Last year’s list is here and includes a video on how to find and install a plugin. Until our next review, some that we consider essential:
- Antispam Bee
- Really simple share…
- Count per Say
- Quick Cache
- EU Cookie Directive
- Cryptx (scrambles any email addresses you use)
- Secure WordPress
- WordPress Backup to Dropbox
And you’re done – you now have a base website that now wants your content. Have a good play with all the above and go for it. I’d love to see your results.
The recording of the webinar is now available (waffling not edited out) at http://www.anymeeting.com/blogmistress/EB51D889854B.