The Set Up

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In this post we are going to talk more about setting up your WordPress site.

Did you know that as of 2011, over 15 million sites across the globe are powered by WordPress with that number growing everyday? In fact, this powerful content management system accounts for more than 25% of new websites created!

The flexibility and adaptability of this system is the main reason behind its popularity. With thousands of site developers and bloggers raving about how easy it is to setup and install WordPress there’s little doubt that it is a great option for beginners and experienced users alike.

For beginners looking to build a new site will find this point and click system simple and easy to use. With no technical skills required you can quickly build your own website without writing code, learning HTML or installing complicated scripts.

– Installing WordPress

As we have discussed briefly before WordPress installation is fast and easy, the entire process can take around five minutes or less to complete. If you are using web hosting with tools like Fantastico it will facilitate the process even further with automatic installation.

All you have to do is log into your hosting control panel, navigate to Fantastico, choose new WordPress installation and click install. You will have the option of installing WordPress into the main directory of your website or in a subfolder which will allow you to have multiple installations if needed.

If you’re hosting doesn’t support automatic installation you can also install it manually by downloading the files to your computer, uploading them to your web hosting and making a few quick adjustments to ensure proper functionality.

If you have chosen to install WordPress manually you need to go to: http://www.wordpress.org/download. from there you can choose to install the latest release of this powerful content management system. Or if you prefer you can choose one of the earlier versions, which you may already be familiar with. After downloading, unzip the file to a specific folder on your hard drive and follow the instructions provided.

– Setting up WordPress

After completing the installation process, setting up some basic aspects of your WordPress site will be necessary to make it look and function exactly the way you want it to. You will want to take some time to customize your personal or business profile information by clicking…

>Users >Your Profile.

You will also want to go through each of the general settings so that you can customize the way your content and pages are displayed. from there you can add in the name of your site, a description, how many posts will display on your main page as well as set up static pages for specific information. You can do this by going to…

>Administration >Settings  >General

If you want to disclose information about yourself so you can build up your site’s credibility, fill in ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ with corresponding data. Just go to…

>Administration >Pages >Add New.

To modify the appearance of your WordPress blog, go to…

>Administration >Appearance >Themes.

And don’t forget you can search the WordPress Theme Directory with thousands of available and applicable themes to choose from. You select and install a theme that is appropriate for your sites topic.

– Using WordPress Plug-ins

After going through the process of setting up and installing WordPress, it will be time to consider adding in ëPlug-insí to make your WordPress site more useful and appealing to readers. These handy programs can add functionality and usability to your site with a few simple clicks. They can help you customize information, add editing or spell check features, manage updates, create custom posts, automate SEO, enhance social sharing and much more.

Choosing from any of the plug-ins listed in the WordPress plug-in directory is easy and will make your site more interesting, appealing, and useful to readers. You can manage your plug-ins by activating, deactivating, editing, updating, or deleting them from within your WordPress dashboard.

Once you start using WordPress and become more familiar with it, you will discover that the platform is simple to navigate as well as extremely powerful.