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Configure WordPress

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Now it’s time to learn the basics of configuring WordPress. If you don't have a blog yet, be sure to check out our Creating a Blog Guide to get started.

If you're following along from the previous step, you should already be logged into WordPress. If you aren't, then log in now.

Welcome to your Dashboard! It may seem complex, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it.

Let’s take a look at themes, posts, and pages. By the time we’re done, you’ll have your first blog post published on your site!

Remember


Since WordPress is used by so many people, there’s TONS of help a Google search away (Just type in “how to ___ WordPress”). And since you have SiteGround, you can use their great tutorials too!

Take a look at the toolbar at the top and the menu on the left. We’ve highlighted the useful buttons.

configure wordpress

Posts & Pages Overview


Since your website is a blog, you will be using posts for most of your content.

It's important to understand the differences between​ posts and pages in order to organize your blog properly.

Posts

  • Posts are listed on the Posts Page with the newest one first.
  • In the default setting, the Home Page is the Posts Page. You can change this later if you want.
  • They have a commenting feature at the bottom so your readers can connect with you.
  • Once your Posts Page is full, the older posts are archived by month and year.
  • You can put them into categories or tag them. This gives you different ways to sort them and makes it easier to find specific posts.

Pages

  • Static
  • Not listed by date/time
  • Great for things like About Us

Publishing Your First Post


Let’s get your first post up so you know just how to do it!

First, on the left sidebar, click on Posts.

Here is where all your posts will be listed and where you can add, edit, and delete them. You’ll see that you already have one post called Hello World.

WordPress adds this Hello World post automatically during installation so your site is never empty. It’s nice to have nothing but your own content on your site, so let’s delete it.

Just click on Trash right underneath Hello World.

how to access your WordPress posts and delete them


The Hello World post is now gone. It’s no longer published on your blog. If you want to recover it, you can find it in the trash.

Now let’s create a new post.

On the same page, click the Add New button.

add new button for WordPress posts


Enter the title of your first post into the title line. Then type in the content of your first post (you can also copy and paste it from somewhere else).

Here is an example if you aren’t sure what to write yet:

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to <Name of Blog>! My name is <Your Name> and I’m starting this blog because I want to share my hobbies and passions with the world. I hope you enjoy reading it! I’d love to connect with my readers, so feel free to leave a comment below.

Once you are finished, click Preview on the right. It will show you what your new post will look like when it’s published.

Now you either save your new post as a draft or publish it.

how to save a draft in WordPress and how to publish


If you save it as a draft, it won’t be visible on your blog. But you can come back, edit it, and publish it later.

If you publish it, then congratulations! Your first blog post is up on your website and visible to the world!

Publishing Your First Page


Now let’s create an About Me Page so you can see the difference between a page and a post.

On the left sidebar, click Pages.

This is where you can add, delete, and edit your pages.

Go ahead and delete the Sample Page. This is like the Hello World! post. WordPress put it there as an example, but your blog will look more professional without it.

Next click Add New.

how to add a new page in WordPress


Type the title you want into the title bar.

Title Ideas

  • About Me
  • About <Name>
  • About the Author
  • Meet <Name>
  • My Story

Then type a little bit about yourself in the body of the page.

If you aren’t sure what to right, just pick a few basic facts about you. What’s your name, what do you do for work, what are your hobbies, etc.

Just like a post, you can preview it before you publish it. You can also just save it as a draft if you aren’t ready for it to be published to your website.

Overview of add new page dashboard


Congratulations!
Your blog is set up and visible to the world. Click below to go to the final step of setting your goals for your blog.