Installing WordPress from scratch may be a little intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Many hosting companies now offer WordPress pre-installed, and you can get up and running with WordPress in a day (or less, depending on your experience level).
Compare hosting companies based on price, service and other features – all companies offer WordPress pre-installed on their servers.
To set up WordPress, all you will need to do will be to go into your hosting control panel, go to the WordPress setup section, and fill in the blanks on the setup screen.
It will walk you through all of the steps (this is the first of three):
Adjust the Installation Defaults
Once you have your new blog set up, I recommend logging in and adjusting some of the default settings.
Under the Options Tab
Permalinks – Change the permalink structure to Date and Name Based (or just Name Based)
Writing – Under Update Services (Pinging) there are 2 urls – go to this blog ping URL list and copy and paste the list into the field
General – Adjust time to your Time Zone
Reading – Change Syndication Feeds to show the most recent 20 posts
Under the Users Tab
Your Profile – Adjust the Display Name to your name (or whatever you want to appear, but I suggest it NOT be “admin” 😉 )
Under the Blogroll and Comments Tabs
Delete default Blogroll links and Mr WordPress comment
Customize Your WordPress Installation
NOTE :: You may need to make some files writeable in order to customize your theme and other things. This is also called “chmod”. Here’s a quick how to for intermediate users, or call your hosting company and they can help with this. Here’s the guide from WordPress that also includes what files need to be changed. PS – This is another reason I recommend Blue Host, because I never had to bother with this stuff on their servers, they had it all taken care of automatically.
Customize your Template – links on how to do this are forthcoming, but I recommend starting out with a theme that has a good, clean code base that will help you rank well with the search engines.
Add Google Analytics – Go to Presentation –> Theme Editor and click on Footer. Find the < / body > tag and paste the code generated in your Google Analytics account:
Add a Favicon – Char wrote a start-to-finish favicon tutorial for the last Group Research Project