Here are some very Important Basics of How to Customize your WordPress Blog when you first set it up, and you should do them before you start adding pages, posts and creating content.
This is part of our tutorial series on How to Set Up a WordPress Blog.
When you login to WordPress you’ll be on your “Dashboard” which is like a make page, or home page of your WordPress back office.
After installing WordPress the very first time you login you’ll probably see a lot of clutter. I like to clean things up by dismissing any marketing messages.
You may also see a WordPress update available near the top left side of your dashboard. Click on the “Please Update Now” link and update to the latest version.
Next, hover over the word “Dashboard” in the left navigation menu and check to see if there are any other updates. If so, click on “Updates”
You will see any plugins that need to be updated. Plugins are things that enhance your website, and create different functions. We will go into plugins in a moment. Check the plugins to be updated, then click the “Update Plugins” button.
Choosing a WordPress Theme
Once your updates are complete, on the left navigation bar hover over the word “Appearance” and select “Themes”
Next Click on “Add New”
Most of the themes you’ll find here are free, some offer upgrades for more features. I looked under “Popular” themes. When you see a theme you like hover over it and you can get more details, and preview it. Once you find one you like click the blue “Install” button.
On my websites I use premium theme’s by StudioPress on the Genesis Platform because of the extra features. In our example for this tutorial I will demonstrate by choosing to install a free theme.
When your theme is installed you want to “Activate” it.
Now in the left Navigation menu click on “Appearance” then “Customize”
Here you can customize things like your background, colors, menus, a tag line, header image, etc. Don’t forget to save your changes!
Next in our series of tutorials is How to Configure Your WordPress Settings.