I have already shared the benefits of using a WordPress as a blogging platform and why it is good in my post Which Blogging platform to choose.
I’ve also mentioned on that post how to install WordPress on your website trough your Cpanel, so in this post I’m not going to talk about installing WordPress again. Here I’m gonna share some tips and steps on how to set up a wordpress blog.
How to set up a WordPress blog:
So, If you have registered a good domain name, selected a hosting service and installed WordPress, Now in this post we will go trough some steps that are essential to perform after install to set up a WordPress blog.
1. Manage Author:
After installing the WordPress you need to remove the admin account for better security and set up the author of your blog. Make yourself the administrator and if you want to add other authors that will be writing for you, give them contributor role.
To set up author go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Users > Add News and fill out the form. Don’t forget to remove the default admin account.
2. Change Permalinks of your blog:
When you first install WordPress and write your first post, you will notice that the default article URL is something like www.guideandnews.com/?p=420.
You need to change it to something like www.guideandnews.com/2012/06/09/affiliate-marketing-guide/ because the default URL structure is poor for SEO and it doesn’t tell the visitors anything about the page they’re visiting.
To make these changes go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Settings > Permalinks and choose the “Day and name” option.
3. Set up general settings:
You need to set up the general setting of your WordPress blog. First navigate to WordPress dashboard, Settings > General. Now fill out the form of general setting correctly
Site Title: The title of your blog’s homepage.
Tagline: The description of your blog.
WordPress Address URL: In this field you will see the default URL of your blog, you have to include “www” in the address.
Site Adress: Again the same address as above.
Email-Address: The email address of the administrator who is responsible of for all issues related to the blog, used to respond to blog comments and form submissions etc.
Membership: I have checked this box because I’m accepting guest Bloggers on my blog to register as a contributor. Do not check this box if you want a single author blog or you want to create a business website.
Time zone: Put the time zone of your area.
Date format and time format: Just leave these two fields on the default.
Week starts on: Monday.
4. Update ping list:
When you update your ping list, WordPress will automatically notify the following site update service when you publish a new post.
To update your ping list go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Settings > Writing. Now scroll down your mouse and check the Update Services, you see the default Pingomatic http://rpc.pingomatic.com in your update service box.
You should add the following ping list along with the additional services.
5. Upload your theme and activate it:
If you want to make a professional blog and don’t want to use the default WordPress theme than you need to buy a premium WordPress them or there are also tons of free WordPress themes which you can choose from.
If you have found your theme, now go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Appearance > Themes > Install Theme. Upload your theme and activate it.
6. Set up feedburner:
Integrating Feedburner is must for every WordPress blog because it adds feed optimization option, statistics and much more. Setting up Feedburner for your blog has a lot of advantages.
If you don’t know how to set up a Feedburner and need help than the Syed Balhi’s step by step guide to setup feedburner for your blog will surely help you out.
7. Activate Akismet:
When you install WordPress, there will be a plugin that will be automatically installed, now it’s up to you to activate it with API code.
The plugin will protect your blog from spam comments, so it is worth the time to activate it.
How to activate Akismet:
In order to activate the Akismet plugin on your blog, go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Plugins > Akismet Configuration. Now if you already have a API code just paste your code on the text box and click on the update options.
But if you don’t have Akismet account and API code and don’t know how to get one than how to activate Akismet on your site will help you.
8. Install and Activate the necessary plugins and set up a WordPress blog:
There are thousands of WordPress plugins that can do anything you can imagine for your blog, but you have to install those plugins which are essential to your WordPress blog. Here’s 20 must have WordPress plugins list which I’m using here on my blog.
Hope I have mentioned all the steps which is must to to set up a WordPress blog. If you have any question or need help just leave a comment below.