Is WordPress compatible with Namecheap

How do I start a premium WordPress blog (step-by-step guide)

 

So do you want to start a blog? This is fantastic! Blogging is easy and fun, but it's not easy. Definitely not easy. Although you can set up a WordPress blog in less than 10 minutes, it will take countless hours of focus and patience to make things look the way you want them to. My goal is to help you start a blog from scratch on the world's most fantastic blogging platform - WordPress.org.

First things first.

Why WordPress?

Because it is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards and usability. WordPress started out as just a blogging system but has grown to be used as a full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes, WordPress is only limited by your imagination and tech chops .

If you've already started a WordPress blog in the past then you have an advantage, and if you also want to spend some cash on marketing and advertising then you are even better able to start a WordPress blog than any other beginner start.

Just a friendly reminder, as a newbie blogger, nobody will be aware of your blog, nobody could read your blog posts. It will just be another blog. Well it's a start. A start. And yes, in time you can make the difference.

So let's get started!

How to Start a WordPress Blog: Quick Glance

  1. Buy a domain name
    • Domain name is the .com address people type into their web browser to visit your blog.
    • It costs around $ 10-15 a year.
  2. Buy a web hosting plan
  3. Change the domain nameservers
    • It is only required if your domain name registrar and web hosting company are different.
    • It takes less than 5 minutes to update the name servers, but it can take a few hours for the new name servers to become active.
  4. Start with web hosting
    • It's time to get to know your web hosting account and its various aspects.
  5. Installing Wordpress
    • It is blogging software to help you manage your content.
    • It's forever free!
  6. Install a WordPress plugin
    • It changes the look and feel of your WordPress blog and improves its functionality.
    • It's forever free!
  7. Install a (premium) WordPress theme & import (optional) demo content
    • It's the design of your blog.
    • It's free if you opt for a free WordPress theme.
    • It costs around $ 50- $ 150 (one time) for a premium WordPress theme.
  8. Configure WordPress settings
    • Get to know the various WordPress settings and configure them.
    • It is mostly set and forgets about settings.
  9. Customize WordPress
    • Customize WordPress menus and widgets.
    • Install and configure necessary and necessary WordPress plugins.
    • Set up important blogging tools.
    • Add a logo / headline.

Oh yeah, it's almost a 10,000 spokesman. So just in case, click here to download the PDF version.

1. Buy a domain name

 

The first step in building an online business is registering a domain name. It's like starting a business when you want to start a business. The only problem is, it takes a lot of thought and patience to find a perfect domain name that reflects your personality or your business, or both.

A domain name is your identity on the Internet. So try to find a name that is unique, memorable, short, legible, and markable (preferably a .com). You also need to make sure it doesn't clash with other brand names or brands.

Although you usually get a free domain name when you sign up for a 12 month web hosting plan, I would recommend getting a domain name from a domain registrar like this Namecheap.com and it costs $ 10- $ 15 a year.

This allows you to manage all of your domain names from a single dashboard (assuming you need more domain names in the future).

Web hosting companies only offer a free domain name for the first year, after which they charge a premium plan. Chances are you may no longer work with the same web hosting company in the future. Hence, it is always better to buy your domain names elsewhere and manage them separately.

Note: I'm starting a real WordPress blog here (for demonstration purposes).

1.1. Namecheap homepage

Go to Name overview.

1.2. Choose your domain name

Enter the domain name you want in the search box and click the search button to check its availability.

1.3. Check the availability of your domain name

Click the "Add to Cart" button to add any or all of the available domain names to your NamEcheap cart.

1.4. View Cart

Click the View Cart button to customize the domain registration term, purchase optional additional services, or apply a promotional code.

1.5. Activate / deactivate data protection for domains

When you buy a domain name (no matter where) your address, email address, phone number, company name, domain registration date and hosting details will be publicly available on the internet so ALL of this information can be accessed with one simple tool WhoIs lookup.

With WhoisGuard (or Domain Privacy Protection) your personal data is masked and replaced with the contact information of the domain registrar (in this case Namecheap) and it helps to prevent telemarketing / e-mail spam.

Click on "Confirm order".

1.6. Login to your NamEcheap account / Create a NamEcheap account

Sign in to your NamEcheap account or create one if you are new to NamEcheap.

1.7. Place your order

Check your domain name, registration term, payment details and of course the final price and click "Pay Now".

1.8. Shopping summary

You will see the order confirmation and receive an order summary with details of your order. In the meantime, you can click the "Manage" button to go to your NamEcheap dashboard and manage your newly registered domain names.

1.9. Name overview dashboard

Click the "Manage" button again (next to the respective domain name) to update your contact details or name servers or to purchase additional services such as data protection, e-mail, etc.

1.10. New domain name preview

And that's the default page when buying a new domain name at Namecheap.com.

2. Buy a web hosting plan

 

A website cannot exist without a domain name and web hosting plan. There are a lot of web hosting companies on the internet and then there are countless web hosting comparisons, reviews, coupons and offers from these hosting companies. And almost all bloggers recommend at least one web hosting company of their choice.

The problem is, the web hosting provider recommended by Blogger A could be the worst rated hosting provider by Blogger B, or vice versa. Again, a good percentage of bloggers or the "best ratings and reviews of web hosting" are biased.

I would say that there is no perfect web hosting company. You need to choose a web hosting plan based on your real needs and budget. If you are not sure then it is best to get help from your geeky friend or ask on a web hosting forum.

You can mine too Web hosting manual to know (almost) all things web hosting. Anyway, I recommend a shared hosting plan from Falcon host (For we have no words. very tutorial) as it is reliable and affordable (especially when it comes to renewal).

Just in case, shared hosting is the most popular - and also the cheapest - web hosting plan. It's super easy to manage a shared hosting plan and it's good for both novice and seasoned webmasters alike.

Shared hosting basically means sharing your server (resources as well as costs) with hundreds of other websites. And that makes it affordable for everyone.

Most of the websites on the internet are actually hosted on a common hosting plan. It can cost as low as $ 1 a month up to $ 25 a month, depending on the hosting brand and its resources. If you're new to blogging or have an existing blog from WordPress.com or BlogSpot.com that isn't getting a lot of traffic, a common hosting plan is all you need.

Shared hosting is also good for a personal website or a small business website (assuming you don't expect too much traffic every day, and all you need is an online presence plus business email).

And hey, shared hosting can also be useful if you need to host multiple websites - as long as you don't expect hundreds of thousands of visits per hour per hour.

2.1. Hawk hosts homepage

Go to Hawk Host Homepageand click Hosting to choose a shared web hosting plan.

2.2. Hawk Host web hosting plans

Falcon host offers 2 shared hosting plans and I would recommend the PRIMARY plan (or its basic plan) as it is good for hosting unlimited websites and has unlimited resources (bandwidth, databases, email accounts, subdomains, etc).

So, if you are planning on starting multiple websites (or blogs), the Primary Plan is good enough. However, if you want to upload thousands of gigabytes of data, consider the Professional plan as it also offers unlimited storage space. Again, it is a good idea to choose a 2-year billing cycle as it offers the best value for money.

2.3. Choose your domain name

Use that "Register a new domain" Option if you want to buy the domain name via Falcon host yourself.

2.4. Register a new domain name / Use the existing domain name

If you've already bought it (e.g. from Namecheap.com or GoDaddy.com) or have it elsewhere, use the "I will use my existing domain and update my nameservers" .

2.5. Configure your hosting plan

Review your web hosting plan and its billing cycle, hosting location (ignore this if you don't know what it is) and of course the final price and hit next.

2.6. Evaluation & checkout

Review your order and apply promo code (if any).

2.7. Coupon Code

Confirm the final price (after applying the promotional code) and click on "Checkout".

2.8. complete Order

Enter your personal information, billing information and payment details and click on "Complete order".

2.9. Hawk Host welcome email

You will immediately receive a confirmation email.

2.10. Hawk host login

Log into the Hawk Host client area by entering your email address and password you set during the "checkout" process.

2.11. Hawk host client area

This is the Hawk Host client area or dashboard from which you manage your Hawk Host products and services, as well as billing. You can click "SERVICES" to view your Hawk Host products and services.

2.12. Hawk Host My Products & Services

If you sign in immediately after signing in, you will see a status of "Pending" for your hosting account. However, you can click it to view the hosting information (such as the associated domain name, server name, IP address, name server, and billing details).

13. Manage Hawk Host Product

As you can see, the hosting account is pending, but you can update your domain name's nameservers (if it's registered on Namecheap.com or GoDaddy.com or elsewhere). When the hosting account is fully set up, you will receive one New account information Email from Hawk Host.

3. Change the domain name servers

 

If your domain name registrar and web hosting company are different, you will need to update the nameservers (or nameservers) of your domain name. For example, my blog is currently co-hosted InMotion hosting and its nameservers are ns1.inmotionhosting.com other ns2.inmotionhosting.com. So if you type www.minterest.com In the address bar, your computer retrieves the page from the InMotion Hosting servers.

And if I migrated my blog InMotion hosting to Falcon host then my new nameservers ns1.hawkhost.com other ns2.hawkhost.com. So I need to update my domain name's nameservers by logging into my NamEcheap account (which is my domain registrar). Once the nameservers are updated when you enter www.minterest.com Your computer's servers will appear in the address bar Falcon host (and NOT from InMotion hosting).

3.1. Sign in to your Namcheap account

Log in Name overview dashboard.

3.2. Name overview dashboard

You will see a list of all domain names registered through NamEcheap. Click on the "Manage" button (next to the respective domain name) to update your contact details or name servers or to purchase additional services such as data protection, e-mail, etc.

3.3. Namecheap BasicDNS

"Namecheap BasicDNS" is the default option and you can select "Custom DNS" from the drop-down menu.

3.4. Namecheap Custom DNS

Enter the name server details provided by your web hosting company (Hawk Host, InMotion Hosting, BlueHost, etc.) and save the changes.

3.5. Updated nameservers

It takes up to 36 hours for the new name servers to become active. However, it usually happens around 2-3 hours. You can check your domain name to see if the new name server is up or not.

4. Start with web hosting

 

Now that you have a domain name, a web hosting plan, and you have updated the nameservers as well. What happens after that? Basically, once you buy a domain name + web hosting plan, you need to do 3 things. First, set up your web hosting account (including name server updates, update passwords, etc.). SecondUpload the website files from your computer to the server. thirdSet up your custom e-mail accounts ([E-Mail Protected]).

If your web hosting account is activated, you will receive a welcome email from the web hosting company with the account information. Some web hosting companies offer instant account activation and you will receive the account information email almost instantly.

I received the account information email in less than 30 minutes. Now I'm just going to go through that Hawk host client area - just in case.

4.1. Hawk host account information

This is the "Account Information" email from Hawk Host that contains the server details (or login information for your hosting account). You will need we have no words. Information to log into your cPanel directly. And hey this is it different from your Hawk Host login (this is basically your email address and password that you set during the checkout process).

4.2. Hawk host login

Log into the Hawk Host client area by entering your email address and password you set during the "checkout" process.

4.3. Hawk host client area

This is the Hawk Host client area or dashboard from which you manage your Hawk Host products and services, as well as billing. You can click on "SERVICES" to view your Hawk Host products and services.

4.4. Hawk host services

Alternatively, you can go too Hawk Host Client Area> Services> My Servicesto see your Hawk Host products and services.

4.5. Hawk Host My Services

If your hosting account is activated, you will see the status of "Active" for your hosting account.

4.6. Manage Hawk Host Product

You can click on your domain name to see its hosting information (such as its domain name, server name, IP address, name server, and billing details). You can also click the "cPanel" button (under One click login) to log into your cPanel immediately (without entering the cPanel username and password).

4.7. Falcon host domains

Go to Hawk Host Client Area> Domainsto manage the domain names registered through Hawk Host.

4.8. Hawk host billing

Go to Hawk Host Client Area> Billingto manage your billing.

4.9. Hawk host my bills

Go to Hawk Host Client Area> Billing> My Billsto view all of your invoices.

4.10. Hawk host support

Go to Hawk Host Client Area> Supportfor assistance with your web hosting account from the Hawk Host support team.

5. Install WordPress

 

Now that you've got a domain name and web hosting plan, it's time to get WordPress set up on your server. login in Hawk host client area when you get the New account information Email, and from there you manage various aspects of your web hosting.

5.1. Hawk Host Dashboard

Go to Hawk Host Client Area> Services> My Products and Servicesand click on your domain name to manage it. click cPanel to manage the server aspects of your website. On a quick note, you use the Hawk Host Client Area to manage your web hosting account, and you enter the domain name's cPanel to manage its website.

5.2. Hawk host cPanel

cPanel is your dashboard to manage various aspects of your server and therefore your website (s). For example, you need to go to cPanel to create a subdomain premium.minterest.comor to set up email accounts, install WordPress, manage the files on your server or do a website backup, check hard drive and bandwidth usage, manage databases, etc. Just in case Here is a full preview of the Hawk Host cPanel.

5.3. Softaculous Apps Installer

cPanel features and options are perfectly categorized and divided into different sections. If you scroll down you can see Softaculous Apps Installer.

Softaculous is a script library that allows you to install a wide variety of commercial and open source web applications on your website. Softaculous scripts are installed directly from your website's control panel (in this case cPanel) and it automatically creates databases, sets permissions and configures various files.

You can use the Softaculous Apps Installer to install different scripts like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpBB etc. Now you want to install WordPress, right? Click the "WordPress" icon in the Softaculous Apps Installer menu.

5.4. Install WordPress

Click Install Now".

5.5. WordPress installation

Enter the basic details to set up your WordPress blog.

  • If you want to install WordPress in the root directory of your domain (e.g. example.com or minterest.com) then you need to leave the "In Directory" field blank (as shown above). And if you want to install WordPress in a subfolder called blog (i.e. minterest.com/blog/) then you need to type "Blog" in the "In Directory" field.
  • Enter the site name (or blog name) and site description (or blog tagline). Oh yes, you can always change it.
  • Enter the admin username (or login ID), admin password (or login password), and admin email address (to reset the password and all notifications).
  • For the Email Installation Details field, enter an email address (which may be different from your administrator email address).
  • Click on "Install".

Note: If you get the following error: "The installation cannot proceed because the following files already exist in the destination folder", just select the "Overwrite all files and continue" check box.

5.6. Install WordPress

Shows the progress of your WordPress installation.

5.7. Installed WordPress

The WordPress installation on your server is now complete. You can access your WordPress site by clicking on your domain name. And you will get the WordPress installation details about your admin email id (provided during the installation step).

5.8. WordPress New installation details

Your WordPress installation details email will show your URL (or WordPress website address), admin url (to go to the backend), WordPress admin ID, and database details.

6. Install a WordPress plugin

 

Plugins extend the functionality of your WordPress site (just as we add new features and functionality to a web browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox) with custom functionality. WordPress plugins are developed independently by third parties around the world.

There are over 50,000 plugins in the official WordPress plugins directory and you can install any of them through the plugin browser or the installer available on your WordPress dashboard.

When you know what you want, you can use search to find it. Or you can browse the Featured, Popular, Recommended, or Favorites (preferred plugins of a particular WordPress.org user) to get an idea of ​​what's possible.

6.1. WordPress plugins

Installed Plugins displays a list of all the plugins you have installed and even categorizes the plugins into All, Active, Inactive, and Update Available (plugins that are not up to date). You can activate or deactivate an installed plugin from here. And if there's a new version of a plug-in that you've already installed, an "Update Now" link will appear.

Click on "Add New" to install a new plugin from the official WordPress plugin directory or to manually upload it from your computer.

6.2. Add a new WordPress plugin

Use the search box to find the plugin you're looking for. Or use the Upload Plugin button to manually upload and install a plugin that you downloaded or otherwise purchased.

6.3. Install a WordPress plugin

When you have found the plugin you are looking for, click on "Install Now".

6.4. New WordPress plugin installed

When a new plug-in has been successfully installed, the "Activate" button will be displayed.

6.5. Activate New WordPress Plugin

Click the Activate button.

6.6. Activated new WordPress plugin

You have now installed and activated a new WordPress plugin.

6.7. Configure WordPress plugin

Try the plugin now!

7. Install a (premium) WordPress theme & import (optional) demo content

 

When browsing a WordPress theme, you need to visualize your future website. Because of this, choosing a theme / template is the hardest part of setting up a WordPress website. Serious. There are a large number of free and paid WordPress themes out there, so choosing from so many themes can be extremely difficult.

The problem with free WordPress themes is that its developers cannot update their themes on a regular basis. And if the codes of your topics are not up to date, it becomes vulnerable to attack in the future.

The same is true if you buy a paid WordPress theme from an independent theme developer (or freelancer). You may get the topic you really like first, but eventually the topic will become obsolete.

I personally recommend buying WordPress themes from a premium WordPress theme marketplace as they ensure that their WordPress themes are up to date. Because of this, they regularly release new updates and even add additional features when WordPress updates its core software.

From the Premium WordPress themed marketplacesMy personal favorite is StudioPress.com(Oh yes, I also use one of their themes).

First things first.

Chances are you might come across some terms like WordPress Framework, Child Theme (aka Skin), and WordPress Hooks to name a few. So let's examine these terms before you begin.

WordPress, Themes, Framework, Child Theme

WordPress is like the engine of your car, WordPress Framework is like the frame and body of your car, and a Child Theme is like the paint job on your car.

A decade ago there was no such thing as WordPress Framework or Child Theme, because then it was all about WordPress and a theme. That means, we install WordPress on our web server and install a theme of your choice. That's it.

In the past few years, WordPress has grown and become more popular than ever with a developer base. So, it led to the increase in WordPress frameworks.

That said, WordPress theme makers have started building a foundation (known as a framework) for their themes. And that means that all themes developed by a theme maker share the same core characteristics (in terms of design, security, SEO, etc.).

Also, developers can easily create a child theme (or skin) for a specific framework without having to code from scratch.

WordPress hooks allow you to change the default functionality or add your own functionality without changing the core WordPress files. You can leave Kuyichi Signs Transparency Pledge. to learn more about it (if you're not a coder then I hope it doesn't make you sick).

StudioPress themes are supported by Genesis supporting program and it's an industry standard WordPress framework that hundreds of professional bloggers trust.

Here are the reasons why I love StudioPress + Genesis Framework + Genesis Child Themes:

  • Genesis topics are fast, mobile-friendly, and search-friendly.
  • Genesis Framework follows best programming practices and basically means you don't have to worry about code quality.
  • There is no renewal charge for Genesis Framework (or any of its child themes).
  • When you purchase a Genesis kids theme from StudioPress, you can use it on unlimited websites and receive lifetime updates and support. Most premium WordPress theme marketplaces charge you annually, and they even charge you an additional fee for the developer version.
  • There is no developer version for StudioPress themes and you can install your themes on as many websites as you want (once you buy them).
  • The Genesis framework is updated regularly and you can update your WordPress site with just one click (via the WordPress dashboard).
  • Genesis provides hooks and filters so you can add your own code without touching the original topic's PHP files.
  • StudioPress offers a Pro Plus All-Theme Packageand it gives you unlimited access to all of their (current and future) WordPress themes as well as support and updates.
  • Genesis Framework is compatible with most WordPress plugins.
  • Genesis developers are everywhere.
  • Genesis Framework is so popular that its tutorials are also readily available.

That said, you don't need a StudioPress theme or any other premium WordPress theme unless you are on a budget and in no rush to create a professional blog. You can create the perfect blog step by step. Almost all bloggers were beginners at some point, and chances are they started off with a free WordPress theme (myself).

There are Hundreds of free WordPress themes in the official WordPress theme repository and it's more than enough to get started. You can always upgrade later!

I install Digital Pro from StudioPress (for this tutorial) but feel free to that StudioPress themed marketplace find or try something else 25 Handpicked Genesis Child Theme Marketplaces (to find a Genesis kids theme from a third-party WordPress theme marketplace).

7.1. WordPress login

Go to the admin url (http://example.com/wp-admin/) and log in to your WordPress dashboard with your admin username and password (created during the installation process).

7.2. WordPress dashboard

This is your WordPress dashboard and from here you can manage your WordPress site. Whether you want to install a WordPress theme or install a plugin or add content or add another user or change a setting - the dashboard is where you are.

7.3. Default WordPress website

This is the default WordPress website. In other words, when you first install WordPress, your website will look exactly like this.

7.4. Buy a premium WordPress theme (optional)

I'm assuming you need a premium WordPress blog and so I recommend one Premium WordPress theme. StudioPress.com (as I mentioned earlier) is my favorite WordPress theme marketplace that I have selected Digital Pro Theme + Genesis Framework on StudioPress.com. The price is definitely on the higher side as it costs $ 99.95.

However, it's well worth the price as you get unlimited updates and support. Most of the other premium WordPress themed marketplaces charge a recurring fee and it basically means that you have to pay a fee annually for future updates and support (say after a year).

When purchasing a WordPress theme (from any website) you can download a .zip file which is your installation file. When you buy a StudioPress theme, you need to download and install the Genesis framework (or the parent theme) and the child theme (so two .zip files).

Just in case

Genesis Framework is a super theme and is the basic design, security, and SEO foundation of your WordPress website. On the other hand, a Genesis Child Theme sits on top of this framework and handles all of the design and layout aspects of your WordPress website.

7.5. Add a new WordPress theme

Go to WordPress Dashboard> Appearance> Themes to manage your WordPress themes. It shows both the active and inactive topics. You can activate any of the available themes or watch them live or install a new one (by either uploading it from your computer or choosing one from the free WordPress theme directory).

I am assuming you bought Digital Pro Theme + Genesis Framework So from StudioPress.com you have two .ZIP files (one for installing the Genesis framework and one for installing the Genesis child theme) on your computer.

7.6. Upload a new WordPress theme

Click "Add New Theme" then "Upload Theme" to upload the WordPress theme .zip files that you downloaded from StudioPress.com.

7.7. Upload the Genesis Framework

Download and install the Genesis framework first.

7.8. Installation of Genesis Framework

Do not activate the Genesis Framework. Instead, go back to WordPress Dashboard> Themes.

7.9. Upload Genesis Child Theme

Now download and install "Digital Pro" (or the Genesis Child Theme you bought).

7.10. Installation of Genesis Child Theme

Activate it!

7.11. Genesis theme settings

When you activate any Genesis theme, you will see a new Genesis menu in the left sidebar. And it shows the Design Settings, SEO Settings and Import / Export Menu submenus. Just in case here's one Screenshot of the complete Genesis theme settings but you don't have to add / change anything until you already know what you are doing.

7.12. Original Theme Demo (on StudioPress.com)

And that's a look at the Digital Pro demo site I want to create.

7.13. Preview (before importing demo content)

And that's the preview of the WordPress website I created (before I import the demo content or add content myself).

Import the demo content from StudioPress Theme

I'm pretty sure you'll buy a WordPress theme just because you loved its demo site. In other words, when you buy a WordPress theme, expect your website to look like a demo site. Law?

Well it's not that easy. When you first install a WordPress theme it looks ugly (as shown above) as it has no content or images or menus or anything else.

You need to install the plugin WordPress importerto import the demo content. Go to WordPress Dashboard> Extras> Import, click Install Now (to import WordPress files).

7.14. Run WordPress Importer

When you've successfully installed the WordPress Importer Plugin, go to WordPress Dashboard> Extras> Import and click on "Run Importer". You can import your theme demo content (or the content you manually exported from another WordPress site).

7.15. Import theme demo content

Just in case the Digital Pro Theme demo content is in the "xml" folder of the unzipped child theme file.

Select the digital-pro.xml file (to import content + images) and click the "Upload and import file" button.

7.16. Wordpress importer

You can assign a new author or select an existing author for the demo content.And check the box next to "Download and import file attachments".

7.17. Imported demo content

Just in case you can ignore simple errors as long as the content imports successfully.

8. Configure WordPress settings

 

Now let's get to know and configure the various WordPress settings. The good thing is, most of them are set and forget about the settings.

8.1. The WordPress dashboard

When you install WordPress on your server you have the option to set a username and password of your choice and you will be given an admin url that looks like this: http://www.example.com/wp-admin/.

When you log into WordPress successfully, you will first see the WordPress dashboard (or just the dashboard). It gives you a brief overview of what's happening on your blog - like the total number of blog posts and pages, comments, recently published posts, recent comments, etc.

In other words, the dashboard is the backend of your WordPress site, and it's the place from which you can manage everything on your blog. Various options are available here - to publish a new blog entry, create a new page, approve a comment, change settings, etc.

And you can also see the various WordPress menus (Posts, Media, Pages, Comments, Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools, Settings) and their submenus in the left sidebar.

8.2. WordPress screen options

"Screen Options" are also context sensitive and you can customize the WordPress screen you are viewing. That said, you can use the Screen Options tab (in the top right corner of the screen) to personalize individual WordPress dashboard sections (like posts, pages, comments, etc.).

If there are options that you aren't using, you can turn them off. And you can always bring them back later if you need to. For example, on the dashboard, you can remove the items that you don't use, such as: B. "Welcome", "WordPress Events and Messages" or "Quick Draft". This allows the screen to be designed to look less cluttered and more in line with what you need to focus on.

8.3. WordPress Help

"Help" is a context-sensitive menu available on all WordPress sites so you can get help for the current screen.

8.4. WordPress updates

With "Updates" you can check whether you have the latest version of WordPress installed and whether your designs or plugins are up to date or not. When an update is available for your WordPress site, you will see a notification in the toolbar (top) as well as in the sidebar (left).

5. Update process

Updating WordPress is a simple one-click process. All you have to do is hit "Update Now" whenever you see a new version and WordPress will do it for you automatically. To update themes and plugins, you can select any plugins or themes that you want to update. Then click "Update Plugins" or "Update Topics".

8.6. WordPress general settings

"General Settings" is the default settings screen and allows you to configure / change your blog title, description, url, admin email, time zone, etc. Do not change the "WordPress address (url)" or "site address ( Url) "" If you don't know its use and purpose.

8.7. WordPress writing settings

You can publish content either from the WordPress dashboard (with the WordPress editor) or use 3rd party tools like (Blogo, Open Live Writer, etc.) or even by email. Via "Write settings" you can change the standard mail category, the mail format and the link category.

There is also a section called "Update Services" where you can add custom website update services so that WordPress will notify you when you publish a new blog post. You don't have to do anything as WordPress already prefills it with a universal update service called Pingomatic (http://rpc.pingomatic.com/).

8.8. WordPress reading settings

With "Read settings" you can adjust the content of your homepage and RSS feeds. That said, you can either display all of your latest blog posts or a static page (whether it's your person or an archive page or a custom page) as your homepage.

You can also change the number of blog posts that appear per page on your blog and in your RSS feeds. You can also choose to only display an excerpt of each blog post or to display the full content in your RSS feeds.

If you don't want search engines to index your blog (or show your website in search results), you can opt out of the "Count search engines from indexing this website" option.

8.9. WordPress discussion settings

With "Discussion Settings" you can change various options related to the standard WordPress comment system. For example, you can turn off comments for all blog posts by default by unchecking the "Allow users to post comments on new articles" option or even setting comments on blog posts that are older than X days to be automatically closed.

Again, you can control how comments are approved and organized. That said, you can automatically approve a comment as soon as you get it or can keep it for moderation (I'll do it).

Finally, there is a section called "Avatars".

An avatar is an image that accompanies you from a weblog to a weblog that appears next to your name when you comment on avatar-enabled sites.

Here you can customize the avatars of people who comment on your blog. If you want to know more about all of the discussion options available, go