Step-By-Step Guide Setting Up WordPress


Category: Web Design & Development

Now that you have downloaded and installed WordPress on to your hosting you will want to read our step-by-step guide setting up WordPress. Follow our step by step beginner guide and learn how to set up your WordPress website.

If you have not signed up to hosting, or not downloaded WordPress then you should click here and sign up then come back to this page to set up your WordPress Site.

The Dashboard

to set up your WordPress website log in to your dashboard

This is what the WordPress dashboard looks like. Before you can create your own website you should set up your WordPress website or blog

Login to your WordPress dashboard using the user name and password that you used when you set up WordPress. To login open a browser and type then enter your username and password and click Log In.

If you type your domain name into your browser you will see what your new website looks like. This will be the standard WordPress theme for the version of WordPress that you downloaded and installed onto your hosting.

Great you now have learned how to make a WordPress website.

Choosing A Theme/Template For Your New Site

You have been successful and installed WordPress on to your domain and be able to see a basic WordPress site. Next you will want to change the look and feel of your new site.

changing your WordPress theme

After you have installed WordPress you will want to set your site up. The first place to start is to get the look and feel you want

Your theme should reflect what your website is about. You don’t want to keep the standard WordPress theme when you can choose from thousands of free and pay themes.

choosing a theme that reflects you

This is where the fun starts. Finding a WordPress theme that’s right for you

Lets Find A Theme You Like:

1. Log Into Your WordPress Dashboard

The first step is to log in to the back-end or dashboard of your site. If you’re not sure how, type in: (replace “yourdomain” with your domain).

This is what the WordPress dashboard looks like:

sign into the backend of your site

This is the WordPress dashboard. From here you can change your theme, add a new post or page, change your setting and do lots more

As you can see every thing is labeled. If you click on a function on the side bar of your dashboard you will be able to go to that function. At the top of your dashboard it might tell you that there is a new version available and do you want to update. You should update, using the latest version of WordPress helps keep your site running smoothly and safe from hackers.

It’s a good idea to bookmark the two main pages the front-end ( and the WordPress back-end ( Remember change mywebsite to your domain name.

2. How To Change Your Theme For Free

When you set up WordPress your site will have the standard WordPress theme. There are thousands of free and paid themes available for you to install.

  1. In the dashboard look for “Appearance”, hover over it.
  2. Next click on “Themes”.
  3. Now click on “Add New” at the top.
  4. You are now on the Add Themes page (see below image).
  5. You can search for themes using the search box.
  6. Upload themes that you have downloaded on to your computer.
  7. Get featured themes.
  8. Get Popular themes.
  9. Get the latest themes.
  10. Get favorite themes.
  11. Or use the feature filter.
Adding a theme is quick and easy

The Add Theme page. Here you can choose from thousands of free themes. Once you select a theme install and activate the theme and its live on your site

WordPress is know to be user friendly and now you can see why. Finding and installing a new theme for your website is very easy. You could search for a theme using keywords, use a featured theme, popular theme, latest theme, favorite themes or use the feature filter.

You could even go to search for latest WordPress themes, responsive WordPress themes, store WordPress themes or any type of theme you can think of. Once you find the theme you want, download it to your computer.

Next select the upload theme button in your dashboard to upload the theme from your computer once uploaded press the activate button and your new theme will be live for the world to see.

With such a wide selection of free themes to choose from, finding the perfect theme could take you a long time, but its worth it.

Remember only use responsive themes. That way when you create a website it will look good on any device its viewed on.

3. How To Install Your New WordPress Theme

Once you have found a theme that you would like to use, hover over the theme and click “Install” followed by “Activate”.

Installing a WordPress theme

To install the WordPress theme, hover over the theme then click install and activate

FACT: If you already have content on your WordPress site or blog changing your theme won’t delete your previous posts, pages and content. You can give your site a new look when ever you want and don’t have to worry that you will loose any work that you have already done.

If you require any help to start a new website please feel free to email me. I will show you how to get a free domain name, where to get your web hosting from and even help set up your website for free – Email me info[@]

4. Custom Designed Theme

If you would like a custom designed theme please email me info[@] – I can design your theme for you. Show me a website that you like and I will design a similar theme.

Change Your Permalink Structure On WordPress

The next step is to change the permalink structure on your site. We need to do this before you publish any posts or pages. The reason is that the default setting for your URL part (also referred to as “slug”) are letters and numbers.

This is not SEO friendly see an example of the URL for this page below:


Changed – (SEO FRIENDLY)

As you can see (?p=21) tells us nothing but (setting-up-wordpress) tells us that this page is about setting up WordPress. Visitors and Google will now know what the page is about from the URL.

By going to the permalinks setting you can change your permalink structure.

How To Change Your Permalink Structure

On the dashboard menu hover over Settings and click on Permalinks and use Custom Structure (/%category%/%postname%) don’t for get to press save.

You can, technically, add anything to the end of the URL and WordPress will interpret it properly. This is useful if you are migrating from a static HTML site and you want to keep the old URL structure.

Example: If your old site had .php at the end of the URL place .php at the end (/%category%/%postname%.php)

Your URLs will now be SEO friendly and display the same text as the title.

General Settings

Changing Your Title And Tagline

You should also check your general settings are correct. Here you will find lots of important setting. Have a quick check and see all you general setting are correct. Your title tag, tag line, email address, time zone, date format etc. if they are not correct then correct them and click save.

In order to change the title and tagline on your new WordPress website.
Go to “Settings -> General” and fill in the form below:

How to change the general settings on WordPress

General settings should be checked to make sure they are correct.

How To Set Up A Static Front Page

Question: How do you set up your homepage – Do you want it a static page or display your sites latest post? If you decide to display your latest blog posts how many do you want to display?

Answer: To set up a static front page:

  1. Go to “Settings -> Reading”
  2. Choose a static page that you have created. “Front Page” denotes your home page, “Posts page” is the front page of your blog (if your entire site isn’t a blog).

A static page is a page that doesn’t change. Unlike a blog, where the first new article will show up at the top every time, a static page shows the same content all the time.

How To Add A New Page

adding a new page Question: How do I add a new page?

Answer: Look along the sidebar on the WordPress Dashboard for “Pages” -> Hover over it.

The pop out menu will have “Add New”

Once clicked, you’ll find a screen that looks a lot like what you’ve maybe seen in Microsoft Word. Add text, images and more to build the page you want, then save it when you’re done.

See the picture on the left.


How To Add A New Post

how to add a new postQuestion: How do I add a new post?

Answer: Look along the sidebar on the WordPress Dashboard for “Posts” -> Hover over it.

The pop out menu will have “Add New”

Once clicked, you’ll find a screen that looks a lot like what you’ve maybe seen in Microsoft Word. Add text, images and more to build the page you want, then save it when you’re done.

See the picture on the left.


Adding Your Post To A Category

When you want to add a category to your site you can. This could be for a blog or like I have articles, podcasts and videos.

Here’s what you need to do:

Create a new category by going to “Posts -> Categories”


adding a new category Create a new blog post by going to:

Posts -> Add New Category

Once you have finished writing your new blog post add the new category for it.

Find it on the box on the right of your HTML editor when you are in the blog post section. Click “Add New Category” type your new category in then tick the box to save your post to that category.

Adding Pages Or Posts To The Menu

If you want to add a new page or post to your menu bar you can, you may want to create a contact page and add that to the menu.

Click “Appearance” -> “Menus” in the sidebar of the WordPress Dashboard

Copy the URL or find the page you created and add it to the list by clicking the checkbox next to it and then “Add to Menu”, don’t forget to save the menu when you finished.

How To Stop Comments On Every Page

Comments can be a pain especially if spammers get hold of your site. Below is how to stop comments on every page by default.

Go to “Settings -> Discussion” and untick “Allow people to post comments on new articles”

How To Stop Comments On A Single Page

When you are on the WordPress Editor scroll down until you see “Discussion”

Untick the: Allow comments box.
Untick the: Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page box.

Adding Content Using The Editor

Adding content to your page or post is easy. WordPress comes with a standard editor. You can add text, images videos and lots more. The editor will do all the coding and publish your pages and posts in seconds. Below is what the editor looks like.

add your content to your site using the editor

Adding content is quick and easy using the editor no coding knowledge required

If You Would Like To Make Your Own WordPress Website And Not Sure Where To Start Read This

We have the following tutorials on creating a website using WordPress, registering a new domain, hosting, and downloading and installing WordPress.

If you are thinking of making a website and not sure where to start contact me for support. I will guide you, save you money and get you a free domain name. I can even set your site up for free.

Why would I do this? Because I get a small commission when you sign up on my affiliate link paid by the hosting company not you. So its in my interest to help you sign up and build your own website.

Get More Out Of Your Site Using Plugins

What are plugin?

Sometimes when you are making a website using WordPress the theme that you are using might not have a feature you would like. Plugins are a way that WordPress developers expand WordPress capabilities by adding features and functions to your site that don’t come with the theme or with WordPress.

Its a way for people that have no coding skills to add extra features to their site. There are thousands of free and paid WordPress plugins that you can use to make a better website. Use plugins to add photo galleries, contact forms, build an online store and lots more.

How Do I Install A New Plugin?

Log in to your WordPress dashboard.

Go to “Plugins -> Add New” and simply start searching.

Once you find a plugin you like, just click “Install”.

Keep in mind that there are over 44,000 different FREE plugins.

Recommended WordPress Plugins

Here are some plugins that you should use:

seo by yoast

  • #1 Yoast SEO for WordPress: On-page SEO is important. The SEO plugin from Yoast is free to download, activate and use. It’s a must-have. I use it! Edit your title tags, meta meta descriptions and more.

speed up your site with w3 total cache plugin

  • #2 W3 Total Cache: Speed up your site speed performance by up to 10 times with the W3 Total Cache plugin. Increase your page load time so your pages load faster.

Congratulations – And Well Done On Setting Up Your Site

If you followed this step-by-step guide setting up WordPress, your site should be fully-functional and up and running. Well done. If you would like to start creating your own website and then come back here to set your WordPress website up click the link below.

If you have any questions or need any help with where to get your hosting, downloading and installing WordPress and finally setting up your WordPress website please shoot me an email info[@] and I will get back to you.

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