The Get Started Guide to using WordPress can be summed up in about 4 easy steps (assuming you already have a web hosting account). If you don't have an account check out this hosting service provider to get your web hosting account ready.
- Install WordPress to your site
- Add your Theme
- Add an SEO Plug-In
- Add Your Content
Install WordPress to your siteMost of the world uses the cPanel webhosting platform. Within the cPanel is a simple button to click to install WordPress. It will look like this: There are a few simple questions to answer on the form that follows. Whenever possible, use the defaults that are suggested. [optinform]
Add Your ThemeNear the bottom of the install form/screen, you can choose the initial Theme to install with WordPress. A Theme is a set of website design files and functions that work together to add style and feel to your website. You can scroll through and choose a home page that catches your attention. Select the Theme, then be sure to add your email address to the box below the INSTALL button (yes, poorly placed), then click the INSTALL button.
Add an SEO Plug-InAssuming you want to attract visitors to your site, we strongly recommend adding the Yoast SEO Plug-In for WordPress. It's simply the best SEO tool available. Reasonably easy to use and very powerful. Adding plug-ins is generally a step I would recommend for non-newbies, but follow these steps to add Yoast. It's well worth the effort. More about using Yoast in a later post.
- From Your Dashboard, down the left had side, click Plugins - Add New
- In the search box, enter Yoast SEO
- Click on Yoast SEO and Then Install
- After the install, click to activate Yoast using default settings.