Welcome to your “Dashboard.”
This is where you get to do all the “behind the scenes” work; adding pages, adding posts, changing the appearance and adding new functions. You will come here often which is why I suggest you check ‘remember’ your password for easy re-entry. (If you are on a public computer, in a library, however, then don’t do this!)
To begin with we need to do some one time work. It isn’t difficult, so work your way through these step by step. Begin by knowing that the menu will expand when you click on a section, will reveal more options:
- Posts are where your blog, or continually updated writing will go. For now you can delete the existing post as it is a generic welcome message that comes with WordPress.
- “Pages” is where you will add new pages as needed. For now go in and delete the “Sample” page. Add “Home”, “About Me”, “Contact Me” and “Blog” as new pages, saving and publishing each one as you create it.
- “Comments” is where comments people have left on your site appear. Spammers often leave lots of ‘comments’ which are caught and placed in the spam folder. Delete them. Comments from real people will be separated out and appear under the ‘pending’ category. If you like the comment you can approve it, and it will it appear on your site.
- You may see some updates are needed. Go ahead and let WordPress update whatever it needs.
- Go into “Settings” and make the site name and tagline your own. Set the time to your current location, add select the date and time formats you like best. Click on “Save” before moving on.
- Go to “Reading” and decide if you think you will have people land on your blog (a constantly updated page) or your home page. If you decide to have a more conventional page, click the button by “static page”, and from the drop down menu, the home page. Tell it where to find your blog posts page, then save.
- Go to “Permalinks” next. This is the way your page names and links will appear at the top of people’s browsers, so click on the button by “postname” so you have conventional text links.
- Now click on “plugins” and you will see this screen:
“Deactivate” MOJO, and then delete the MOJO, Akismet and Hello Dolly plugins. We will be adding some new plugins and using some of the features of Jetpack to make your site, safe, easily found, and sharable in another step.
Phew! Time for another cup of tea. Your site is nearly ready to use!