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You might be at a page similar to that shown below.
On the page, Left side shows the content area, which has posts. Whereas right-hand side is widget area. Recent posts, recent comments, search area, etc are various widget items. Click on the “Hello world” on the left.
It will take you to the post web page. Every WordPress post has its own web page. The widget side is same as the previous page. As it would be the same site-wide.
These pages are visited by visitors of this blog. This is the web page area of WordPress.
The designing, editing, and configuration of WordPress are done at its back-end Known as Admin Section. The admin section of the WordPress is accessible at https://domainname/wp-admin/. In my example website, the admin section can be accessed at https://abhishek.rukhaiyar.com/wp-admin/.
This will take you first to a login page as given below.
Use the username and password provided by you during installation of WordPress as credentials for login. After login, you would be greeted by WordPress at the following page known as Dashboard.
Dashboard is the page you would land, every time you log in. On the left, you may see there are various menu items such as Posts, Media, Pages, Comments, etc. On moving the pointer over these menu items, you may see even more sub-menus. Like if you hover the pointer over Posts, you may find sub-menu items such as All Posts, Add New, Categories, and Tags.
Now, get familiarize with the Admin Section. Roam Around.
Essential Customization after login WordPress Admin Section for the 1st Time
We will now look ahead to get your WordPress blog ready for the public. We will go through all the menu items one-by-one which need some essential customization. However, we will skip Appearance and Plugins menu at the moment.
Delete Sample WordPress Post and Page
When you are deploying your website for the public, you don’t need sample posts or pages. You need real contents. So, let’s delete them.
Go to the Posts and hover over the “Hello World”. You may see Trash option. Click it to delete the posts.
Similarly, you may go to Pages and delete “Sample Page”. If you wish, you may create your first page on the website, “About Me”. Click Add New in Pages and write about yourself.
You may get some tips about writing an astonishing About Me page by Melyssa Griffin, How To Write A Killer About Me Page For Your Blog.
Change the Default WordPress Category
WordPress assigns any post with a defined category automatically to a default category named as Uncategorized. If a category is deleted with some posts related to only this category, the posts would be automatically assigned to the default category. Personally, I don’t like the word Uncategorized. It feels to me as the work was not done properly while writing the post and hence went to an ugly named category, Uncategorized.
Let’s change the default category name to a nicer name. If you have anything in mind then good, I like to call default category as General.
WordPress don’t let delete its default category. But, it let us change the default category. So, first create a new category. Change it as default and finally delete the category Uncategorized. Voila!
Category is a sub-menu in Posts. Go to Posts –> Category. Fill the form for Add New Category.
Don’t miss giving a nice description for your Category. It is an optional field. But, it is a useful thing for getting attention from Google.
In fact, whenever you are creating a new category or Tag. Always do so via this method only. One can create a new category or tag while writing a new blog post. However, option for filling description is given only if created using this method.
Let’s move ahead and change the default category. Go to Settings -> Writing. Change the Default Post Category to General and hit Save Changes.
Now, move again to categories and delete the Uncategorized. You are done.
Edit Your WordPress Profile
In Users -> Your Profile, there are options for either change the look for the visitors of your website or for you. You may change here Admin Section color scheme (I like the default one). You may disable the visual editor (WYSIWYG) while writing posts, which I’ll never recommend.
The important sections are adding the name, nickname, publicly displayed name, contact info, brief details about you (in 3-4 sentences) and profile picture. A sample of my profile page is given above.
You can add or change profile picture only through Gravatar. To change profile picture, go to Gravatar and log in using WordPress.com credentials (email id should be same as used in your WordPress website) and change your profile picture. It will take some time to update the changes made at Gravatar. It won’t show the changed picture instantly on your profile.
The profile picture at Gravatar would be shown at various places in your blog and also if you are commenting on another blog.
Basic Settings of WordPress
Now, let’s move towards settings. Go to Setings –> General. General settings control the basic details about your WordPress website.
General settings control the basic details about your WordPress website.
In General settings page, change the Site Title to the name you would like for your website or blog. Write some interesting Tagline. Just like “Just Do It” of Nike.
Presently, don’t touch WordPress Address or Site Address. Just change HTTP:// to HTTPS:// in both. If you like domain name with www, rather than like mine just http://startablog.us, then you may also add www in both the fields. Rest other settings are as per your choice. Customize it as per your wish. Finally, save it. It will again ask for login. The re-authentication is due to change of the website address of your blog, which changes the cookie value.
The next page in Settings is Writing. In Writing setting, there is not much to change unless your blog is not going to be a standard blog with long write-up posts. Please choose from the list, if you wishes to post something else.
I don’t use it anymore, but update services were once considered useful in fast indexing of websites by search engines. You may search for WordPress ping list, paste it here and save.
In the Reading page, I believe you should just change Full Text to Summary and leave other details as it is.
In the Discussion page, there is not much to change other than in the end of the page Default Avatar to Gravatar Logo.
In the media setting, I would like to touch after selecting a theme. But, you may uncheck “Crop thumbnail to exact dimensions”.
Next is Permalink Setting. It is an important setting. Once your site is set to a permalink, don’t change it ever. It may break the website’s working in some cases. I would suggest using either “https://abhishek.rukhaiyar.com/sample-post/” or custom structure “https://abhishek.rukhaiyar.com/%year%/%postname%/”.
If you have installed WordPress on a VPS using EasyEngine, then go to Redis setting and check “Enable Object Cache”.
Don’t forget to save the settings changed after making changes on each of the settings pages above.
I hope, the explanation about the settings were quite good and informative. I tried to deal it with the beginner level, most I could do. If you still have any doubts, don’t be shy. Use the comment section below to get in contact or you can simply email me.
The basic set-up of WordPress is complete. In the next step, I will discuss installing some essential plugins on WordPress.