Getting Started With Your WordPress Website
Things are about to get real!
You just picked out the perfect domain url and picked the best hosting service for you WordPress website.
Now its time to get your website set up so you can start driving traffic to it and generate leads and sales for your business.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
**Throughout this post we will be showing you how to install WordPress through A2 Hosting. You will find that many hosting services use a similar installation process.
With WordPress being the leading website platform, most hosting providers provide 1 click installation so you can get started building your website quickly.
Once you login to your hosting service, you will want to open your c-panel. Your c-panel hosts a ton of different aps that you can install on your website.
When in your c-panel, locate the WordPress icon and click on it.
After clicking on the icon, A2 Hosting will provide you with a description about WordPress and how they have automatically configured your installation for speed and security.
Click on the install tab, then click on the Quick Install button to initiate WordPress – A2 Optimized installation.
The next screen will ask you to choose the domain you want to install WordPress on. You will also need to create an admin username, password and enter your email address.
Once everything looks good, simply click the install button and WordPress will be installed
As soon as the installation process is complete, you will be provided with a success screen that will provide you with a unique url to login to your WordPress site.
I highly recommend clicking on your unique url to open it in a new browser, then add a bookmark for that url so you can easily access your WordPress website’s admin area.
Now that WordPress is installed, you can log out of your hosting account because the rest of your website will be setup from within your WordPress admin area.
Configuring Settings In WordPress
Once logged into WordPress, you will see a list of tabs running down the left side of the screen. Locate the settings tab and click on it.
The general tab under settings is where you set the foundation to your website.
The first decision you will have to make is giving your website a site title. You can simply use your business name as the site title.
However, we suggest incorporating the number 1 keyword you want to rank for within your site title. The key to a great site title is to keep it short yet very descriptive.
The next tab to fill out is the tagline field. Again, try to incorporate your secondary keyword into the tagline for SEO purposes.
The next 2 tabs relate to how you want your website url to appear. We recommend typing in your full url, http://www.mywebsite.com in this field.
Additionally, if you are using A2 Hosting, you have access to free security. This means you can type in https://www.mywebsite.com to let your visitors know that your website is secure.
The rest of the tabs under the general settings are related to you or where you are located. Use the appropriate formats that suits your needs.
The reading tab under settings is the next tab you will want to focus on.
The first decision to make under the reading tab is whether your websites home page will be a static page or a blog page.
If you are setting up a business website, we recommend choosing the static page option.
A static page means that you can choose any page of your website to be your home page. This option allows you to build and optimize your home page for visitors and search engine spiders.
The most important option in the reading tab is to make sure the checkbox next to search engine visibility is unchecked. If this box is checked, you are telling search engines that you do not want to show up in search results.
The permalinks settings is how you set the foundation to your url structure.
To make it easy for visitors to remember your url and for search engine spiders to properly index your urls, we recommend choosing the “Post Name” option.
Setting up WordPress for the first time can seem very daunting. However, if you have made it through the steps above you can take a deep breathe.
With WordPress installed and your settings optimized properly, take some time and click around and familiarize yourself with your new admin panel.
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