There are many advantages to using WordPress for a blog or website. This is a free software that can be easily installed without the need to do any programming. In this article, we’ll be discussing some tips to help you quickly install and set up a WordPress site.
Why Use WordPress?
WordPress is the world’s most popular blogging software/platform, and there are some good reasons for this.
Free to Install – As long as you have web hosting, you can get WordPress. You can use WordPress on all major web hosting companies.
Easy to Use – Even a beginner can learn the basics of WordPress in a very short period of time.
Can be Easily Customized – There are thousands of themes to choose from, so you can easily make your WordPress site unique. You can start your themes search on http://wordpress.org/themes/ and http://www.100wpthemes.com/.
Many Plugins and Other Features – You can add all kinds of plugins and widgets to further customize your site.
SEO Friendly – Because of its simple and clean coding, WordPress sites are easy to rank in the search engines. Of course, you must apply the right SEO tactics to do this, but WordPress makes it easy to add thing like tags, titles and descriptions, not to mention plugins to enhance your SEO efforts.
There’s practically nothing you can’t do on a WordPress site, so there is no downside to using this software.
How to Install and Set Up WordPress
The only requirement for using WordPress is that you have web hosting. People sometimes get confused over this, because the WordPress company also runs WordPress.com, which is a third-party (or Web 2.0) site that allows people to set up blogs without a domain. This, however, is not the same as installing WordPress on your own domain, which is what we’re talking about here.
Assuming you do have web hosting and a domain, you can either install WordPress manually or use an installation application provided by your web host. The latter is the simplest option, as every web host has some type of script installer, such as Fantastico or QuickInstall.
Setting Up WordPress
Installing WordPress is quite simple, but that’s just the first step. You then have to set up and configure it. Fortunately, this isn’t difficult. You’ll find that there are many features to master in WordPress, but you don’t have to learn everything at once. When you first install the site, you only have to worry about a few things. Let’s take a look at these below:
Choose a theme – You can start with the default theme or another free WordPress theme, though you may want to upgrade to a premium theme at some point.
Site Name and Description (tagline) – Make sure the site name and description are visible. You want both visitors and search engines to be able to see this.
Configure Your Main Settings – Site address, email, membership restrictions, permalinks -how posts are created as URLs -e.g. www.myblog.com/new-post.
Create Pages and Posts – You will want to create at least an introductory post and maybe a page or two. At your dashboard, simply click on Posts and Create New Post. You can delete the default “Hello World” post and the “Sample Page.”
These are all you really need to get a WordPress site online. You will probably want to add more features, such as plugins, later on. However, it is quite simple to install and set up a WordPress blog and start writing posts!
It only takes a few quick steps to create a WordPress site. Of course, it takes time and effort to build an impressive and successful blog. But that’s up to you. The software itself provides you with everything you need to reach your goals.
If you’re setting up a site for the first time, don’t get bogged down with the details. The important thing is to install your new site and get it online. You can always add content, plugins and other features later on. That’s the great thing about WordPress – you can start with the basics and make unlimited improvements over time!