After you’ve registered a domain name and bought a wordpress package, it’s time to start doing the basic set up your WordPress site.
It’s only a misconception that people without technical knowledge can’t set up their sites themselves.
Even if you can’t write a single line of code, you are eligible to do the basic set up of your blog or site so that you can start publishing content. In fact, once you’ve set up a WordPress site on your own, you can do easily do it for your friends and colleagues. It’s kind of fun as well.
Since we’ve assumed that domain registration and web hosting plan purchasing parts are already done, we’ll discuss the next steps that comprise the basic set up of a WordPress blog.
1. First and foremost, you need to install WordPress. You can complete this task either manually or automatically. The one-click WordPress installation is the easiest and so it’s highly recommended.
2. Once WordPress has been installed, the second step is to choose and apply a theme, which is the design part, to your site. There are both free and premium WordPress themes available out there. Depending on your specific requirements, you can opt for any one of them. It’s also possible to change or modify your site’s theme later.
3. Next, you need to install and activate plugins to enhance the features and functionality of your site. There are thousands of plugins available in the official WordPress directory. You can search for a specific plugin in the directory, download it to your computer and then install it on your via the WordPress dashboard. However, it’s recommended that you choose your plugins carefully and use as fewer of them as possible. If you end up installing a bad plugin, it could be harmful for the security of your site.
4. If you need a sidebar with some specific items, you can create it all from within your WordPress admin panel. Inside your WordPress, you’ll find a number of ready-to-use widgets that you can use. All you need to do is drag and drop the ones you want.
5. Categories are the next important thing. Every post that you create and publish should fall under a particular category. In the left navigation menu of your WordPress admin section, you can go to Posts, click on Categories and start adding the required information. You can also create sub categories for each main (parent) category that you create.
6. Spam is a critical problem with WordPress sites. Therefore, you should make sure that you take all the preventive measures to keep your site safe from any kind of spam. Comment spam is one of the most common form of spam. The Akismet plugin is a very useful plugin to prevent your site from the bombardment of spammy comments. But you should remember that this plugin is not free any more. However, there are many other plugins that you can use in its place.
Now that the basic set up of your WordPress site is done, you can start publishing posts. For advanced set up, you can get in touch with an experienced WordPress developer, discuss with them your specific requirements and have you site designed in a professional manner so that it represents your business effectively.