Once you have successfully installed WordPress, you will see a basic layout of your site.
(To login into the WordPress, go to your yourdomain.com/wp-admin, replace “yourdomain” with your domain)
This is the overview of WordPress once you have logged in.
Don’t worry if you don’t know about designing your website, you got access to over 1500 free themes! Go to “Appearance”, then click “Themes”.
If you want something more professional looking website, you can head over to ThemeForest where there’s a HUGE library of themes to pick from at varying costs.
But before you do that, I would advise you to explore the free themes first. Many of them are actually really professional and well made; so don’t write them off.
As you can see, getting a new nice looking theme for your website is as easy as our fingertips
You can search for specific keywords and/or use filters to find themes that suit your style. Finding the perfect theme can take a while, but it’s worth it.
Tips: You may want to search for themes that are “mobile responsive”, as this means they will look good on any mobile device.
Once you have found a theme that you like, simply click “Install”. Please remember to “Activate” after that.
How Do I Add Content And Create New Pages?
Posts vs. Pages (Key Differences)
The differences we list below definitely have exceptions. You can use plugins or code snippets to extend the functionality of both content types. Below is the list of key differences by default.
- Posts are timely vs. Pages are timeless.
- Posts are social vs. Pages are NOT.
- Posts can be categorized vs. Pages are hierarchical.
Do you want a “Home Page”, “About Us” page, or an “About Us” page?
1. Go to the sidebar in the WordPress Dashboard for “Pages” -> “Add New”.
If you want your new page to be linked to in your navigation bar,
2. Click “Appearance” -> “Menus” in the sidebar of the WordPress Dashboard
3. Tick the checkbox and add them to the list that you want to be appear on the menu, and then “Add to Menu”
4. You can able to drag and drop to arrange the position of the menu.
5. Save Menu
If you want to have blogs on your website, “Posts” will be where you turn to next. You can use different categories to group similar posts.
Let’s say you want to create a category named “Blog”. To do so, simply add it to your menu and start making posts.
Here’s what you need to do:
a. Create a new category by going to “Posts -> Categories”
b. Create a blog post by going to “Posts -> Add New”. Once you’ve finished writing your blog post, you need to add the right category for it.
Site Title And Tagline
Site titles let your searchers know what is your website is about, this is actually important for Search Engine such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, to determine your website ranking, allowing your website to be found by the searchers.
Taglines are added at the end of titles across every page.
To change the title and tagline on your site, go to “Settings -> General”
Editing Your Sidebar
Most WordPress themes have a sidebar on the right side. Some may have it on the left, or even both.
If you want to get rid of the sidebar or edit out items you do not need like “Categories”, “Meta” and “Archives”, which are usually pointless, here’s how:
1. Go to “Appearance -> Widgets” in the WordPress Dashboard.
2. From here, you can use drag and drop to add different “boxes” to your sidebar, or remove the items you don’t want.
Note: Your Widgets area maybe a little different look (screenshot above) from mine, it is because of the different themes that you are using.
Plugins are the extension that expand the functionality of your WordPress website. Just like getting additional features that you want on your site without having to build from scratch.
There are over 30,000 free plugins to choose from, choose whichever you need ONLY, because the more plugins you install, the slower your site will be.
To install plugins, go to “Plugins -> Add New” and simply start searching.
Installation is easy – once you find a plugin you like, just click “Install”.
NOTE: Please remember to activate after you have installed.
Frequent Asked Questions
How to make my page to become my static front page?
- Go to “Settings -> Reading”
- Choose a static page that you have created. “Front Page” denotes your home page, “Posts page” is the front page of your blog (if your entire site isn’t a blog).
If you don’t choose a static page on your own, WordPress will take your latest posts and start showing them on your homepage.
How to disable people to post comments on your site?
- Go to “Setting -> Discussion”
- Uncheck “Allow people to post comments on new articles”