Introduction To WordPress Control Panel & Basic Setup Guide
You may hardly repeat the wordpress setup and installation phase in future but the following steps are repetitive. You already have a username and password for admin panel so now you can visit YourDomain.com/wp-admin in order to access a login screen where you can adjust the WordPress settings. Log in with your WordPress username and password.
Welcome to dashboard, It is your factory. Your website look and feel is build here. You will build your website the way you want. Though the dashboard has may sections, some of the very important section have been marked in red.
Changing The Appearance-
The best part of WordPress is that if offers lots of free and paid website themes. The other best part is you can change themes many times. You need to click on appearance & then click on themes. Some pre installed themes could be found & it would appear on screen. In addition, you can add new theme by clicking on “Add new” option. Activate any one as of now. As mentioned earlier, Themes can be changed n number of times.
Basic clean up-
Some of the pages are pre populated, these are very generic content like images & text. You might have seen those while choosing the theme. Now lets us quickly delete those stuff in order to create your own.
In order to do so, Click on “Pages”, then click on “All pages”, then select all pages, Choose “Move to bin” from “Bulk Action” and click on apply. All those pages would be deleted.
I want you to do the same for “All post”.
Having done above successfully, Now it is time to create your own content and start building your own website.
Website Title, Tagline & General Setting
Quickly go to “Settings” and choose “General” option. Again you would find the generic stuff. Give Your website a name. generally, Website title is same as domain name (Like in my own website). Initially, this name would appear at header of your website. Later on you can replace it with a logo (Just like my own website).
Make a nice tagline for your website. Don’t worry you can always change it. Just remember, tagline should represent the identity and purpose of your website so that visitors could remember it for long time. Tagline is your first opportunity to create a brand of your website.
Permalink Setting– Now, click on “Permalink” under “Setting”. Choose post name as per image below and save the changes.This is an important setting that defines how you blog post URL could be seen. After completing this step as as advised, the typical URL of your blog post would be www.yoursite.com/your-first-blog-post.html.
It is very important for basic SEO and this setting is widely preferred by most of the successfully bloggers.