Before we get started on step 3 WordPress dashboard, lets log into WordPress. The login screen can be found at www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin. Enter in your username and password that you created when installing WordPress in Step 2 : Web Hosting
I have included screenshots below covering the basics and a checklist outlining the most important settings for your WordPress blog.
- Site Title
- Tag Line
- Site Language
- Front Page (displaying)
- Blog Pages Show At Most
- Admin Email
Your Admin URL, Username and Password details can be found in your WordPress Confirmation email from SiteGround
Now that we are logged in, you should see the back end of your WordPress dashboard for the fist time. Click on the “Settings” tab on the left hand side of your dashboard.
You will now see several headings, (General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media, Permalinks), click on “General”.
- Site Name – The name of your WordPress blog, this is usually the domain name without the www and .com (My WordPress Blog)
- Tagline – Your slogan, use this space to describe to search engines what your site is about. For example if your WordPress Blog was about gluten free recipes. Your tagline could be, (Gluten Free Recipes, Low Fat)
- Email address – WordPress will use the email that is entered here to send notifications. You can change this email if you wish.
Check your timezone, date format and website language are correct and click “Save”. Next click on “Reading”. You can skip writing as there is nothing immediate to be concerned with at this time.
- Front page displays – Either your latest posts (blog) or a static page as your Homepage. You can select from the drop down menu which static page you wish to show. This is first page people will land on.
- Blog pages to show at most – Not something to initially worry about. This can be increased or decreased depending on how many blog posts you wish to display.
Leave everything else as it is and SAVE. Next click on Discussions.
Most of this section is self explanatory and depends on the individuals personal preferences. Discussion settings are a bit like your Facebook privacy settings. Each person may prefer to select or deselect different settings. Below are the main settings that you should focus on.
- Default article settings – Select all.
- Other comment settings – The author of any comments has to leave his name and email (yes)
- Email me whenever – Select this option, if you would like to be notified when someone leaves a comment on one of your blog posts.
- Before a comment appears – Comments must be approved before being published. This is a must as you want the ability to moderate all comments before they go live on your blog. This helps to avoid spam.
- Avatars – Show avatars and select the rating for your WordPress Blog. Next select your default avatar.
Now that we have set up the important elements in discussion settings, click “Save” and move onto ‘Permalinks’. Media settings leave as default for now.
This is your web address (URL) for posts or pages. By default WordPress selects the first setting, Plain, in common settings. Change this to “Post Name”. Now when you publish a blog post it will be displayed as, www.yourdomainname.com/post-name. The last section of the URL (post-name) represents the title of your blog post.
WordPress Dashboard configuration is now complete. In step 4 WordPress theme, we learn how to install a theme for our WordPress blog.