Nowadays, WordPress is one of the most useful tools one can ever find through the Internet. The target market of WordPress comprises various consumers, from the business men and the bloggers to the actors or singers. All these people are surrounded with the same purpose – to make a website as a representation of their demanded information.
Although, WP is the easiest way to create, manage and grow your webpage, it has lots of options, pieces and sub-tools that make the managing of WP a little bit complicated. Thus, this post will help you figure out how this system works and how you can get the most out of it. Mainly, this article is about configuring the WordPress Basics.
The first step is going to the URL part of the browser and adding /wp-admin, that will bring you to “log in” page. This is how you go to the admin side of the website. Eventually you appear at the
Dashboard and General Settings
The first page tries to give you some general information about your statistics and inner activity of your website. It has a “Right Now” section over here, including the type of the content you have, the number of discussions, number of comments approved within the discussions under your posts. Some of these are going to change based on different things. For instance, after adding different themes to your webpage it will appear their own boxes in here. The next section is “Recent Comments”. It logically shows the most recent comments. There are some options in this section that you could edit.
Plugins: There is also a section for recently saved drafts and couple of sections connected with WP popular post and news, a section known as “Incoming Links” in which are included all the websites that involved the URL of your webpage in one of their blogs. And here is one more section – “Plugins” for all the popular plugins among the WP users, such as popup or social media plugins. If there is a need to concentrate in exact sections on the main page you can just temporary hide all the information of other sections to focus on whatever you want. You can also drag the sections into different places based on your need.
At the left side you would see a large menu of options including posts, media, links, pages, comments, appearance, plugins, users, tools, and settings. Thus, what you need to do next is going to the “Users” option, enter the sub-option “My Profile” and sign up for your further actions. All you need to do is filling in all your information in the sections such as Username, First Name, Last Name, Nickname (if you have one), etc. What is interesting about this option, that you can chose how to display you name publicly. It is also very important to make all the settings under the format of your webpage.
General Settings: This sub-option includes
- the title and tagline(mission) of your webpage.
- the “WordPress Address” and “Site Address” sections that you would rather not use unless you are moving your website.
- A section where you can fill your email address.
- Some formatting options such as “Timezone” and how you want to format the appearance of dates.
Writing Settings: Here you can edit the size of the post box, set a default category for your posts. You would see the “Press This” and “Email” section which represents more advanced ways to publish from different locations.
Reading Settings: In this settings you would notice sections about display of the front page or if you want to show post on exact pages.
Discussion Settings: Here you can find different rules about who can comment on your site. So, you can have users must be registered or they must fill in their name and email. You can make notifications come to you when somebody posts. If you have some troubles with approval process, you can choose “An administrator must always approve the comment”.
Media Settings: These settings are about different sizes of images you upload on your WP. You can also change the folder of uploaded files, etc.
Privacy Settings: The most important settings for growing website to choose the “Allow search engines to index this site” section, to be noticed by Google and other search engines in the future.
Permalink Settings: These are about creating the appearance of your WP URL. You can have the default type including the ID Number(p=123) but it is up to you to edit it by choosing the available sections, such as showing only day and name, month and name, numeric one with the same ID Number without “P equals” or just the post name without using dates at all. The last one is the most recommended one to use because of suppleness. And also you can choose “custom structure” and customize the whole structure of URL in your own way instead of choosing from already existing variants. In addition, you can choose the category and tag base for your content.