Ready to set up your site?
First, let’s log in! I’ve created a WordPress site on Wealthy Affiliate, so I can log in from Wealthy Affiliate as well, as directly from my site.
I prefer logging in through Wealthy Affiliate, though. First, so that I don’t have to remember the password and second, because I can reset the password just by clicking a button and I like changing my password regularly.
It’s a good practice, so try to adopt it.
To login from Wealthy Affiliate, click on Websites on the left menu and then click on Login under your site.
You can reset your password just by clicking on Reset Password. I usually do it every time I log in. Then to log in, click on Login Now.
After logging in, we get redirected to your Dashboard. That’s where you can change anything on your site.
First thing you should do every time you log in is to update your site.
Do Not Neglect Your Updates! That’s a top security issue and you don’t want to leave your site exposed to attacks.
To update your site, go to Updates at the top left under Dashboard and click on Updates. The number in the red circle shows how many updates you have available. (Updating is very fast, though. Don’t worry.)
The most common updates you’ll have to do are plugin updates. Go to the plugins area and check all the updates you want to do. Then click on Update Plugins.
If you have more updates to do, go back to the updates page.
There is an updated version of WordPress available, so I’ll update to it. (Actually, that should be done first, because with the new version, you may have more plugin updates, but it doesn’t happen that often.)
There’s also another kind of update, but I can’t show it now because it’s not available now. It’s a theme update and you can see it on the same page.
Now, let’s go to see the site as a reader does. Click on the site name on the top left. You can go back to the Dashboard the same way, by clicking the website name or clicking on Dashboard on the drop-down menu.
I want to clear my Dashboard a little bit, so I’ll go to the Screen Options and uncheck all the boxes.
Now, let’s see the rest of the menu:
1. Posts: Where you’ll be writing and/or editing your posts and anything else related to them.
2. Media: Where you can find all the images, video and audio clips you have on your site.
4. Comments: Where you can see all the comments your readers left on your site
Then we have:
5. Αppearance: Colours, themes… Anything that has to do with the appearance of your site.
6. Plugins: They’re extra functionality you can add to your site. For example, if you want to have your most popular posts at the end of your homepage, you can find a popular-posts plugin and add it.
There are three plugins installed by default. I’ll deactivate and then delete the classic editor. It’s the old editor and I really liked it, but in a couple of years, it won’t be supported anymore, so it’s better to learn how to use the new editor (which is called Gutenberg, by the way).
I will miss the old editor, but you can do so much more with the new one!
There are two more plugins installed. The first one is the All-In-One-SEO Pack and we’ll use it later. The second one is called Kraken and it’s an image optimiser.
We’ll talk more about plugins in a later post.
Users: Once you start adding users, here’s when you can manage them. For now, it’s only you, the admin. We’ll talk about this later, as well.
Tools: Here you can find a variety of tools for your site – that’s also where you can back up your site data.
Settings: And last but not least, there are the settings. Here, you can change your site title and the tagline. (Tagline is the subtitle that appears under the title on the top of your site.) Choose your timezone and the day and time format you want, and don’t forget to save the changes.
Then we’ll go to the Writing Settings. You can select the default post category. Since we haven’t created any categories yet, there’s only the default category named Uncategorised.
Next, we have the Reading Settings. Here, you can choose if you want to have a static page as your homepage or a blog roll with your latest posts.
I recommend having a static page, because:
- a. it’s more professional
- b. you can lead your readers to your best posts instead of the most recent ones
- c. you can still have some of your latest posts on your homepage, but you have complete control over them.
Then, you can choose to have a summary for each post instead of the whole post in your feed.
Moving on to the Discussion Settings, there aren’t a lot of things to change here. You can choose the default avatar you want though, in case someone who comments on your site doesn’t have a Gravatar. We’ll see how you can create a Gravatar later.
Again, save the changes before moving on.
We don’t have to change something else for now, so let’s go to change the name for the default post category. Go to Posts, and then click Categories. Then go under Uncategorised and once it appears, click Quick Edit.
Change the name to Blog Posts, or anything else you prefer. Then, change the slug to the same name, but with hyphens instead of spaces. Click Update Category.
Go back to Settings -> Writing, and check out the name of the default post category. It has changed to the new name.
If you want to change your theme, you can go to Appearance -> Themes. The one we have now is GeneratePress. To find a new one, go to Add New and you can find a variety of themes to install.
If you choose a different theme, don’t forget to activate it after installing it.
GeneratePress is a great theme, though, so I strongly recommend you to stick with it for now.