Step 3: Blog Configuration
First, login to your WordPress blog. Just type in your domain into the browser and add /wp-admin to the end of it.
So it will look like this: www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin
That should take you right to the login page, where you’ll put in your user name and password.
To find your first WordPress blog login username and password, just pull up the email from Bluehost to find it.
Here is what you are looking for…
1. The Bluehost email with the subject line “Notice Regarding Your Recent WordPress Installation.”
2. In the email, find “Your Admin Username” and “Your Admin Password” like you see below…
Now type these in to your WordPress blog login page that should look similar or exactly like this:
(Click on the bar below the video that says “Click here to view the screenshots based step-by-step guide” to see more details.)
How to Configure Your Blog to WordPress
This is pretty simple if you just follow along with the steps here…
First, you want to log in to your blog and have your wordpress dashboard in front of you. Like you see here…
Again, you want to start with logging into your WordPress dashboard. To do that simply type this into your browser’s URL address bar: www.YourWebsiteHere.com/wp-admin/ (replace ‘YourWebsiteHere’ with your domain name) This is what it looks like when you log in for the first time. Type in your user name and password.
Then, you will want to scroll down the left sidebar of your dashboard, click on Settings, and then scroll down to Writing… Be sure to look in the box below where it says Update Services and make sure the address shown in this screenshot below is in the box. This is important because this enables WordPress to notify various search engines that you have uploaded a new post. You need this to help people find your blog through search engines.
Usually this will automatically be in there, but not 100% all the time, so you should check to make sure. If its not, go ahead and put this address in the box: http://rpc.pingomatic.com/
Next, you want to click on the Reading tab under Settings
What you find on this page are different ways you can present your blog. For example, there are decisions for you to make here with your Front Page Displays, Blog Pages to Show at most, Syndication feeds show the most recent, For each article in a feed, show, and Search Engine Visibility.
This is where you decide on how many posts you want to display, which page is your front page, whether you want to display the full text per blog post or only a summary of the post.
Make sure that the box for Search Engine Visibility is NOT checked. You want your blog to be found in search engines, so don’t do anything to hinder that.
Save your changes when finished.
Next, click on the Discussion tab under Settings:
You should see this now:
You have several different options to choose here.
- Default article settings
- Other comment settings
- Email me whenever
- Before a comment appears
- Comment moderation
You’ll need to make your own choices here on things like…
Should commenters be required to leave a name and email? (I would say yes.)
Do you want to get emailed every time someone posts a comment? (Beginners usually do. Once you get lots of traffic, you will probably leave this box empty.)
Should the admin always need to approve a comment? (I normally do, as this helps prevent spam comments from appearing on your blog.)
Next, you want to scroll down so you can see this lower portion of the page:
My blogs normally don’t need any changes with the avatar setting or maximum rating. Then under Default Avatar I like to check the Gravatar Logo so that people who leave comments can have their profile thumbnail show up next to their comment.
Gravatar is an abbreviation for Globally Recognized Avatar and is a service that allows you create a unique Avatar that you can use through your engagement and interaction with any blog or website that allows it. Most do these days.
The next tab under Settings is Media:
This is where you can adjust the sizes of your images. I normally just leave these alone. But that’s up to you.
Once you are done with Media, go to Permalinks page. This tab is just below Media tab.
You should see a page that looks like this:
You can read at the top where it explains that by default, “WordPress uses web URLs which have question marks and lots of numbers in them, however WordPress offers you the ability to create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives. [tweetthis]”This can improve the aesthetics, usability, and forward-compatibility of your links.”[/tweetthis]
The day and name is one I would avoid, as it dates your article, so even when you rework the post and republish it at a later date, the original publish date will still appear in the URL. That could drastically hamper your search results. So that’s why I stay away from that choice.
Personally, I prefer the Custom Structure option, because with this you can customize the URL. So if you decide to change the name or title of the blog post, you can also change it in the URL.
Another step to blog configuration is the [tooltip text=”Coded accessories you can add to your wordpress website to boost the features. There are thousands to choose from, like social media sharing buttons, pop-up windows and email services.” trigger=”hover”]Plugins[/tooltip]. You need to point on the Plugins tab on the left sidebar, then scroll down and click Add New. You should see a page like this:
Here is where you can choose your plugins. For example, you should consider a plugin for SEO.
There is a new plugin for seo called WordPress SEO by Yost, which does a great job. If you put “wordpress seo” into the search here, and click Search plugins, you will find the right one close or at the top of the results. Like this:
Whichever plugin you choose, simply click Install, then Activate the plugin.
Another helpful Plugin I would recommend is called Akismet.
Just type Akismet into Search and you’ll find it easily.
Akismet analyzes each comment you receive on your blog and filters out the spammy comments. You get to review the comments it holds to make sure they aren’t actual comments you want. This plugin works well and is easy to use.