WordPress is content management software. It is very popular with internet marketer because it’s simplicity of use and versatility. The big differentiating factor of WordPress to other content management software online is that it provides a number of plugins(miniature software that adds extra functionality to an existing software)that makes making money online simple.
You need to have registered a domain name through one of the many registrars available online such as Namecheap. Then proceed to buy hosting. Hosting is a place where your domain name is kept for it to be able to be found online. If you bought your domain name from a different registrar to that of your host, then you need to first do what is called – pointing servers.
Pointing servers is a process of ensuring that your domain name is hosted with your hosting company through a process called propagation. This is simply to let other websites online know about your site and where it can be found.
You will always receive your hosting account information from your hosting company that contain: your login details, password, 1st Nameserver and 2nd Nameserver. It is the details contained on the Nameservers that you will use to point servers. This you do by visiting your registrar and find a place where you can change servers or set up servers. This is simple to do.
The process of propagation is very important since you can’t install WordPress unless it is done.
It usually takes up to 24 hours for a new website to propagate, some servers do it within two hours. Nevertheless, when your site is ready for installation you see by this technical symbols: Cgi Bin, when you browse your domain name.
To install WordPress, you have to login into you hosting control panel. Then head over to the section labeled: software/services, and click on a smiley icon called Fantastic Deluxe. Clicking this will lead you to an install application which is step by step.
WordPress Basic Setup
Once you have you WordPress login details, it is time to login into the WordPress dashboard and do some basic set up. If your site is all about Internet marketing and how to be found online, then you have to follow this procedure:
1. Step 1
Go to Settings then Permalinks and change your Custom Structure to: /%category%/%postname%/ and save changes. This will ensure that your site is properly optimized for search engine purposes.
2. Step 2
Go to Settings then General and ensure that the site’s details such as Title, Url, Email and etc., are in order and save changes.
3. Step 3
Go to Pages. Add New Pages according to the keywords research that you have done. Pages are important as they will determine the navigational structure of your website. Also, while there, ensure that you a have a page called Home, it can be: ‘your keyword and home’. For example, if your WordPress site is about Bulldog Training, you will have Bulldog Training Home as a page.
4. Step 4
Then head over to Appearance and Menus. You have to set up the menu pages that will govern the navigational structure of your site. This will also determine your silos, that is the sub pages that will be found under your headings. Once you are at the Menu section, you will notice that the pages you have added in step 3 appear automatically. Simply select the pages that you want to make menus out of and on the adjacent page, write the menu name and click: Add Menu. Don’t forget to save changes.
5. Step 5
Head over to Settings once again, find Reading and open it. Under Front Page displays, select Static Page, then proceed to Front Page and select the Home page and on the drop down menu you had to set up in Step 3 as Bulldog Training in our example. This is very important in search engine optimization as it will give your website a static presence. Furthermore, indicate that you want Summary in the section of: For each article in a Feed show, don’t forget to save changes
6. Step 6
While in Settings, visit Writing. Under Mail server ensure that only: mail.example.com is included. Delete the Login name and Password. This will protect your WordPress site from hackers. Save changes.
WordPress is simple to set up and versatile. In no time you will be ready and free to enter content and start communication to the world. Be found globally by learning and using WordPress.