OK, now that you have your WordPress all set up on your host and are ready to go, I’m gonna start at the very beginning.
Changing You Blog Settings
The very first thing you should do after installing WordPress is to change the settings and/or password if you don’t want to use the one generated for you when you installed it.
If you already use WordPress.com you know how to do this. For those of you brand new to WordPress, just follow along and we’ll get you all set up.
On the left side of your Dashboard, you will find all of your options.
Hover your mouse over Settings and a Sub-Menu will slide out to the right. Click on General.
When that window opens, go ahead and set this information. The most important section on this page is:
Make sure Membership is checked, the New User Default Role is set to Subscriber and the Timezone is set correctly for your geographical location.
Once you have all the information in, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.
The only other setting in this area that you need to worry about right now is the Permalinks Settings.
Click on Permalinks and when that window opens tick the Post Name option. You can of course use any of these settings you want, but the cleanest and most SEO friendly is the Post option.
Click Save Changes and you’re finished with this section for now.
Next, hover your mouse over Users and in the slide out click on Your Profile.
There are really only two settings on this page that you should change, unless you’re fine with the pre-populated information, if so you can just skip over this section.
The first thing you need to do is create a Nickname.Your username will be there by default. If you want to change it, click inside the box and type your preferred Nickname.
Once you have it filled in, click the little down arrow in the next box and select the Nickname you just created.
The final step on this page is the option to change your Password. Again, if you’re fine with the system generated one, skip this section.
Click on the Generate Password Button, a box will pop up with a newly generated password. If you want to keep this one that’s fine. However, if you want to make one up yourself just click inside the box and type it in.
If it’s not a strong password you will have an option right below the New Password Button to verify the use of your password.
Now that you’re finished with that step, click on the Update Profile Button. Now you’re finished with the initial settings and are ready to move on to the next step.
You can, of course, use any theme that you want to, depending on what features you want that are native to different themes. Keep in mind, some themes are very restrictive, in that there is very little you can do to effect the performance and built-in options.
I suggest taking your time in choosing your theme, take a look at the features, what will it do, how much will you be able to control, is it Responsive, (which is a MUST), will you be able to control the colors, header, footer, is it capable of being used as a Full Width template, etc.?
Following are a few themes I would suggest using. They are extremely versatile and flexible. I’ve used or am using one or more of these.
As I discover new ones, I will post them here.
The most important consideration when choosing your theme is, will it allow you to create the blog/site you have in your vision?
This is the end of Chapter 1. In Chapter 2 we will take a look at Plugins and getting them installed and set up.