Wordpress online training course

Wordpress lesson 3, Basic settings

Welcome

In our previous lesson we have installed Wordpress. Hopefully everything went fine and you are now the lucky owner of a wordpress website. Congratulations. In this lesson we will walk through the admin part (Dashboard) of your website. This enviroment is your personal cockpit were you not only can publish new content but also change settings and manage users.

You can get to your dashboard by entering the following in your urlbar http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin. Where you will replace the blue text with your own domainname and extension of course. Next you need to enter your username and password before you click the "Login" button.

The first thing you will see after logging in is the wordpress dashboard:

In this lesson is will explain the functions that aren't so obvious.

Quickpress

With Quickpress you can add fast blogposts. With this you don't have all the functionalities you normally have but it is enough to place an article with and image. In the menu of the left is a more extensive publication option that you will probably use most.

Incoming links

On this page you will get a brief view of pages that are linking to your website. This overview is incomplete but it will give a nice indication. If you want to know more about your visitors and where they come from then i advice you to install Google Analytics. I will explain how to do this in a later lesson.

Plugins

In the plugins page you will find the last new plugins from wordpress.org so you don't need to go to wordpress.org to find out about the lastest plugins.

By default all possible details ar shown on the result page but if you think this is not very clear you can filter a bit by selecting what you want to see with the "Screen Options" button which you can find on the top of the page. Deactivating some details is done by unchecking any of the boxes.

You can either find a new plugin by using the searchbar (1) , clicking on of the tags (2) or by clicking Featured ,Popular ,Newest or Recently Updated (3).

Quick tip: you can find "Screen Options" in every part of the Admin area. Each page has different settings you can enable or disable.

Now the main menu:
On the leftside of the admin area you can find the main menu. All important functions of Wordpress can be edited here. Most of these speak for themselves so were not going to discuss each one of them. In the next lessons we will discuss most items anyways. But let us focus on the settings for now. Click on settings to expand the menu and open the mainpage of your settings.

On this page you can edit the title and tagline of your website. On the image below you can see where these will come ( the defaulttheme is shown with another theme it will be displayed differently ofcourse ).

If you want it to be possible for your site visitors to become a member of your website you can check the box that says "Anyone can register". More you can choose which format will be given with the time and date which are by default shown in the American way.

Reading

Now choose Reading in the left menu of the settings menu. In here you can set how many articles will be shown on the homepage of your website. The default setting is 10. What a good number is depends on your website and personall taste. Next you can set how many articles will be shown in your RSS feed which is also set to 10 by default. And you can choose to show your feeds as full articles or just a summary.

More interesting is the fact that you can set here if you want the website to open on your weblog or on another static page. This is interesting because by using this option you can make your website look like any other "normal" website. This way you can use Wordpress to make a website for your company which is linked to your weblog.

Discussion

With discussion you can set the rules for reacting to your articles. The options speak for themselves i think. Please don't forget that every blogger or website owner will get spam most especially from porn advertisers which can be very annoying for your visitors if they see them popping up in your comments. Its best to set these settings this way that spam will be minimalised. By either requiring an email address or unapproving comments with alot links. At the same time its important that you wont make it too difficult for your visitors since comments make your blog bloom.

Permalinks

Permalink stands for permanent link and is the permanent address of your blogpost. The permalinks are important for your SEO. The more humanlike your links are the better they will be read by the search engines which will give your website more visitors. By default links are being build with the use of a id like : http://www.trainingcourseonline.net/?p=432. But the number wont say anything about the content of your content so its better to change this setting.

From all the default options i personally like this the most : http://www.trainingcourseonline.net/2010/05/sample-post/. You can also make a structure for the contruction of your links by choosing "Custom structure".