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Wcto2012- after the install


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Wcto2012- after the install

  2. 2. 2 PAGE AFTER THE INSTALL …but before that first post + Change the default admin + Activate Google Analytics + Edit the permalinks + Upload and install your theme + Add categories, and change the default + Change your blog tagline category + Activate Akismet + Install a backup plugin + Install Google XML Sitemaps + Install SEO pluginAL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  3. 3. 3 PAGE DELETE THE DEFAULT ADMIN „cuz who is this “admin” guy anyway? Change the admin Why? Because you want to publish your content under a more user friendly name. And no one is actually named admin… How? Go to Users > Add new Add a new user with admin rights Log out of WordPress and log back in as your newly created Admin user Delete default admin userAL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  4. 4. 4 PAGE CHANGE THE PERMALINKS And not just „cuz you want them to look pretty! Why? Because name is much more SEO friendly than How? Go to Settings> Permalinks As of WP version 3.3 you can click on button labelled ‘Post Name’ Or you can use a custom structure such as /%category%/%postname%/AL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  5. 5. 5 PAGE ADD CATEGORIES AND CHANGE THE DEFAULT Can „Uncategorized‟ really be a category anyway? Why? The out-of-the-box category is ‘Uncategorized,’ which, if it is a true reflection of your content, means you might want to rethink your strategy. How? Go to Posts > Categories Click ‘Edit ‘ under the Uncategorized category Change the name to something appropriate for your site Add more categories if you like Set the default category Go to Settings > Writing Set Default Post CategoryAL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  6. 6. 6 PAGE Activate Akismet Spambots are evil. That is all. Why? Akismet comes bundled in with WordPress and is a great front line defense against the spambot How? Go to Plugins > Installed plugins Activate Akismet Click on Link labeled ‘Sign up for an Akismet API Key’ Follow instructions – feel free to donate at the same time Once done, check email for API key From inside your WP Dashboard, click on the Akismet configuration page ( Plugins> installed plugins> Akismet Enter API key where prompted, click on ‘ Update options’AL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  7. 7. 7 PAGE Install Google XML Sitemaps Because, after all, you want to be found Why? This plugin creates a sitemap that helps search engines index you quicker and How? Go to Plugins > Add New Search for ‘ Google XMl Sitemaps’ and install Plugin Go to Settings> XML Sitemap and follow instructions and choose options to create your sitemap and the frequency of updatesAL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  8. 8. 8 PAGE Activate Google Analytics „Cuz you want to know how many times you have been found Why? You’ll be able to measure the effectiveness of different posts on your site and generally get a good feeling about what your doing How? Go to Plugins > Add New Search for ‘ Google Analytics’ and install Plugin Go to Google analytics and sign up for an account Upon confirmation, you will receive a Web property ID ( starts with UA) copy that number into the plugin setting page and save changes. Google Analytics is set up! The Bonus Install Google Analytics Dashboard plugin for Google analytics right in Your WP dashboardAL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  9. 9. 9 PAGE Upload and install a theme It‟s all about the pretty things Why? You want a look and feel that represents you as a business or an individual…and we all like good- looking websites How? Go to Browse through the thousands of themes and find one that works for you..make note of the name or download it directly to your computer From inside your WP dashboard go to Appearance>Themes> Install Themes and either upload the theme directly or search for it by name and install Make sure you activate the theme after you install itAL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  10. 10. 10 PAGE Change your blog tagline You‟re special, and so is your site Why? WordPress defaults to the tagline ‘Just Another WordPress Site’ and your site is not just another site. How? Go to Setting> General Browse through the thousands of themes and Change the tagline in the text box provided Remember to save your changes!AL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  11. 11. 11 PAGE Install a Backup Plugin „Cuz starting over is never easy Why? A backup plugin will at the very least give you peace of mind when the time comes that something bad happens How? Find a plugin you like Install the plugin in the usual manner Plugins> Add New Make sure you do a backup and schedule a backup to happen at a regular interval ( if that option is available) I’m a fan of Backup Buddy by iThemes ( premium plugin but well worth the $)AL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  12. 12. 12 PAGE Install an SEO Plugin Make your words count Why? Make sure your content is optimized and easily searchable. The whole idea is to attract visitors and grow your traffic right? How? Find a plugin you like Install the plugin in the usual manner Plugins> Add New>Search I am a BIG fan of Yoast SEO Plugin ( and not just because it’s free!) Once installed view the options for the plugin you chose and start to get familiar with how it worksAL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM
  13. 13. 13 PAGE CONTACT I think I‟m all out of clever sub headings E-mail: Websitte: Twitter: @adavis3105 Facebook: Search for WPTeach pageAL DAVIS WWW.WPTEACH.COM