Your next step is to change all of your basic settings in order to get off on the right foot with your new blog.
Below I’ll go through how I initially set up each of my WordPress installations. We’ll be reviewing the pertinent menu items to the left in the WordPress Sidebar.
The Settings Menu
When you hover over the word Settings in the sidebar you will see the Settings submenu items. These are:
These are the most basic settings and some may be pre-filled by your WordPress installation process.
Enter the name of your blog in the Site Title field.
Enter your site’s slogan or catchy phrase in the Tagline Field.
WordPress and Site Addresses should be refilled, but should normally be the web address that people will use to reach your site for example http://www.swivelchairmillionaire.com. Don’t change these to something else, as your site could stop working!
Enter your contact email in the Email Address field.
Membership – if you want your readers to be able to create accounts and log into your site check this box. I never do!
New User Default Role – ensure it is set to Subscriber!
Then select your timezone, date/time formats, what day you like the week to start on and language
Next on your list of things to do is to install your WordPress Plugins.
What are Plugins? Plugins are additional code that can be added on to your WordPress site to add various functionalities, such as a Contact Form, Social Media Sharing Icons, or additional Security to prevent hackers from accessing your site.
Plugins are very easy to install, it only takes a couple of clicks.
Below are the Plugins that I always install right after I finish my WordPress installation. I’ll mention little about what they can do for you and why each one is important.
But first, let’s talk about how to install plugins.
As I said, it only takes a couple of clicks.
On your sidebar menu you will see “Plugins” among the other items listed. When you hover your mouse over Plugins you will see 3 sub-menu items: Installed Plugins, Add New, and Editor.
Click on Add New.
You will see a page like the one pictured below (click the image for a larger version).
Here you’ll see Featured, Popular, Recommended, and Favorite Plugins, based on download totals from WordPress users and recommendations from WordPress developers.
At the top of the page you will also see a search box. Here you can cut and paste the names of the Plugins that I recommend below in order to find them.