Step One – Read
WordPress is a great product. It's easy-to-use, quite powerful, and flexible. Creating a website, and maintaining a website, is a science and art that has quickly evolved. In order to fully appreciate this it is important to be well read on the subject. One major thing to keep in mind is your investment of time. Being knowledgeable will without a doubt save you much time in the long run. With that in mind, before you invest your valuable time and energy into installing WordPress, there are some documents you need to read to help you get started.
Step Two – Make a Plan
Based upon the information you've just read, including instructions on installing WordPress, you should have a list of the things you need and things to do. If not, make that list now.
It is important to make a plan about how you want to use WordPress on your site. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
- Will you install WordPress in the root directory, subdirectory, or you just want to make a test site to make sure you want to use it?
- Have you made a list of your site categories to organize your content by groups?
- Have you made a list of Pages you may want to add to your site, such as About, Contact, or Events?
- Have you thought about what you want in the header art of the site?
- Have you developed a content strategy and list of topics to help start blogging?
- Have you thought about how to integrate social media into your WordPress site and workflow?
Step Three – Install WordPress
With this information and your plan, it's time to install WordPress.
Step Four – Set Up WordPress
With your installation complete, it's time to set up WordPress so it will work the way you want it to work.
To help you understand how all the various features and screens on the WordPress Administration Panels work, check out the Administration Screens guide for a detailed walkthrough.
For help on creating your user profile information, of which some or all may appear on your WordPress Theme, see the Users > Your Profile pages for guidance.
To set the site name and other information, go to Administration > Settings > General.
After you've published a few posts, you can experiment with the full edit or quick edit features in the Administration > Posts > Posts panel.
Add your "About," "Contact," and other information Pages by going to Administration > Pages > Add New.
Want to change the look and feel of your WordPress site? Go to Administration > Appearance > Themes.
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