The How To Collection. Answers to those questions.

Setting Up Basic Pages

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Next, lets set up some of the basic must have pages. You’ll want an about page, a contact page, to start with. For now you’ll just add the pages to WordPress, you can always come back and add the content to them later. To do this, go to Pages, then Add New. (Or you can […]

First Look at the Dashboard


Now that you’ve gotten WordPress installed, let login to the dashboard and take a look at where things are. When you first login, you’ll notice the menu that runs down the lefthand side of the screen. First lets find Settings and make some changes there. Under Settings you can update a number of things that […]

Installing WordPress is Easy.


So by now you’ve gotten you domain and your hosting account and you’ve updated your name servers. Great work! Now you’re ready to get WordPress installed. To do this, we’re going to use the quick install in your hosting control panel. This makes it super simple, you fill out a form and click a button. […]

Hosting for Your Site

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So now you’ve registered your domain and you’re wondering if you’re ready to post on your blog? No, almost but not quite. After you register your domain name, you need website hosting, that’s the next step. So what is website hosting? Hosting is the account you get with a web hosting company. It’s where your […]

Registrar and Domains

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So what about domain names? We’ve already talk about how many authors use their full name as their domain name. Others use the name of their blog and some are using the name of their company. All three are good choices. The main thing is to choose something you plan to stick with for a […]

Keeping Up with the Keys to Your Kingdom


The steps you’ll take to set up your site will leave you with a lots of bits and pieces that need to be organized. There will be links, logins and passwords and other things you’ll need to keep track of and have available as you move through the steps of setting up your site. Keeping […]

How to: HTTPS and SSL on Your WordPress Site


Now that Google said they would be using whether or not a site was secure and encrypted as a ranking factor, you may have been thinking about switching your site to use HTTPS. It’s a “very lightweight signal” however, it seems that it’s one they intend to keep around (their announcement mentions “giving webmasters a […]

CSS and Faster WordPress


While working on speeding up your WordPress site, CSS will be one of the areas you’ll see reported as a problem. Most WordPress themes have at least some duplicate or repetitive or otherwise unused styles. This isn’t necessarily bad, but can be a worry when you’re reviewing your test scores. One thing to keep in […]

A Quick Guide to Choosing Plugins


There are nearly as many plugins as there are websites. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, however, there are a lot of plugins available for WordPress. You’ll find that plugins are similar to themes, there are free plugins and premium/paid plugins. Plugin choice starts with the functionality – what does it do, […]