Select your domain name that you want to use If you don’t see it here, you may have to keep waiting… this might take a few hours to show up.
Setup database (don’t worry, its not scurrry) Leave Wordpress for description Pick password, need to contain at least 1 capital letter and have no symbols like (&%!)
Pick where the blog should live Most times you’ll want the blog to live at the ‘root’ which means when you type in www.yoursite.com the blog is there. To do this, remove everything from after the yoursite.com/ (here you’d remove Wordpress) But, if you want your blog to be yoursite.com/blog you’d type blog
Admin stuff Enter the admin’s name, and a password. This is the username and pass needed to get into the blog. Put in your email for now (whether its your blog, or your setting it up for someone else). NOTE: this password is different from password in slide 16. This is the one that matters… the other one just write down and forget
Success email! After clicking finish in the last step, you submitted a request to Godaddy to make your blog. When they finish, they’ll send u this email telling you everythings ready. Now, type in the name of your blog, as seen in this email
This is your default blog Kinda fuglicious.. Lets fix that.
Login On the bottom right of ur fugly new blog, click Login. If you don’t see that, the address will be http://yoursite.com/wp-login
Login This will be the login and password you entered on slide 18
Your Dashboard… and Adding a theme Click Appearance and then choose Theme
Pick a theme You can go out and search for a nice theme. Good place to start is http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/08/100-excellent-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/
Download the theme’s .zip file to your desktop Find a theme you like, download it (make sure it’s a .zip file)
Go back to wordpress and click Add New under themes
Select Upload If you have trouble finding a theme to download, you can alteratively search for one here and skip the next slide.
Click Activate You can preview how it will look to see if u like it. It might not look perfect til you have it setup. Don’t worry.. None of this is permanent and its easy to change.
Wow, look at that After activating your theme, go check out your hot new blog at yoursite.com.
Tweaking site, using Widgets Click Appearance and then Widgets
Widgets Widgets allow you to add standard functionality to your blog. Stuff like having a list of posts in the side bar. Or showing a calender
Adding widgets All you have to do is drag and drop any widget onto the sidebar. It will then be on your site.
How a widget looks Here’s the widget we just added… this is the Recent Posts widget with a title I called Recent Hotness
Plugins Click Plugins and then Add new. Plugins open up tons and tons of powerful functions. Think of them like a widget, but typically more powerfull.
Finding a plugin You can either find a plugin online somewhere, download it, and then upload the zipfile (like we did with themes). But this time we’ll search for something. So type in any keyword, like contact form, or Bookmark and click search plugins
Find one that looks good and click install Dont worry, this doesn’t actually install it yet, and youll get more info.
Installing a plugin Read the description, and checkout the plugin’s homepage. Click Install Now if you like.
Activating your plugin By default, plugins aren’t active. You have to click Activate. Some plugins require you to set things up (usually easy). After activating your plugin, it will showup on the left hand tool bar. (different plugins will end up in different sections so hunt around for it)
Write a post Click Posts, click Add New. Make sure you choose Post and not Page. (Pages are static things like About Us, or Contact.)
Clickity, click, click click Enter a title, and content. You can add a category on the right hand side.
Fixing ugly link name By default, you get UGLY urls. Such as yoursite.com/?p=1%ugly?6
Using Permalinks to fix fugly links Choose Settings, then click Permalinks. Change the selection from default to Month and Name and click Save Changes
Links are now pretty Links now fixed. This is good because its easier to share pretty links. Also, its better for search engines.
A word about themes All themes are a little different. Be sure to read the theme designers instructions. You may have to setup a few things before you start.. .or install a plugin. None of it is hard, just be sure to read the FAQs or instrucitons from their website carefully.
By: Adam Smith [email_address] Cell: 808 292 5726 @adamontherun Contact me if you need help. Happy to help w/ simple questions free. For more involved work, I offer top notch consulting.