This is third part of the “Start A Blog”.
You should also have a fresh install of WordPress on your blog.
Today I will show you how to set-up WordPress after a fresh install.
If you don’t have your WHY written down, please spend the next fifteen minutes writing it down.
Why am I repeating this?
Because the reason most bloggers fail, is they forget the reason why they started at all. The journey of a blogger is not as easy as it used be, now you may require to put in more work than you did before.
You get me?
Now, if you are already familiar to the WordPress dashboard, you are excused to miss this session of the series.
I shall see you tomorrow as we work on pimping your blog.
Once you have installed WordPress, your dashboard should look something like this.
Understanding the WordPress Dashboard
From the top you see Dashboard and at the bottom Settings.
This is your generic look of the dashboard before you start making any other changes on your blog.
Dashboard – You get to see an overview of everything that has happened on your blog. Now you have the basic steps to launch your blog. In future, you will get to see what you have published, drafts, what you have scheduled, number of site views, IP addresses for people who have been trying to hack you, new sign ups etc.
Posts – Under posts is where you write all your articles to appear on your blog. You get to also set categories. For example in this blog we have the content marketing category and start a blog category. You also get to view your tags. Tags help you in ranking generally for keywords you choose. You can have as many tags as you want for your article. Whenever you are writing an article you are set to the default “Standard” but you can choose any format available.
Media – Under media is where all your images, videos and audios will be stored. To access them click on “Library” to add new files click on “Add New”. If you would like to add media (images, audios, video) you can do it directly under pages or posts or projects.
Comments – All comments you receive on your website will be stored here. You get to decide which ones to approve and which ones to mark as spam.
Appearance – Here is where you get to choose the basic layout of your site. What your visitors get to see on the front end. From the theme you shall use, to the menu, widgets to display on the sidebar and footer, background color and the editor. HINT: Do not mess with the editor unless you know how to code.
Plugins – You will get to notice there are certain functionalities you would like to implement on your blog that are not available with WordPress and the theme you use. WordPress has a large depository of plugins created by various developers that will help you achieve these functionalities. You can add them directly by search the WordPress depository or upload them manually.
Users – Over here simple choose your dashboard color scheme, set the name for your profile, the name to be displayed publicly, your brief bio and a picture for your site. It can be your personal profile picture or a logo. On the right hand panel you can see “All Users” and “Add New”. On “Add New” you get to add more users to your site and set their roles. For quick access to your profile, hover on “How are you, [your username]?” and click on Edit profile.
Tools – If you had a prior blog elsewhere, you can import it here and if in future you would like to move your blog to a different URL, you can do it here. As of now, you probably have little to no use of “Tools”
Settings – Gives you blog settings that are not available in Appearance. This includes your URL, blog name, default email and general settings for the entire dashboard.
What to do next?
When you installed WordPress, it set up dummy pages and posts.
You need to delete those one’s. Not for anything but to avoid future 404 errors.
Next you need to go to Settings.then General.
Disable “Anyone can register”
Next pick your “Timezone”
Change the date and time format to something that suits you.
After every change you make, click “Save Changes”. Otherwise, you will lose your changes.
Next head over to “Writing” still within settings.and change the default category from “Uncategorized”.
Finally, set your desired Permalinks. HINT: Choose any other setting but “Plain”