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Lesson 3 – Install & Configure WordPress on your Site

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In this video tutorial lesson you will learn how to install and configure WordPress on your site. WordPress is the world’s leading web development platform. You can do virtually anything a business website may need to do easily.

Now that the preliminaries are out of the way – you have a domain name, a hosting account and a primary business email address – you will install and perform the initial configuration and learn how to login to your dashboard.

Then we look at different ways to use WordPress for small business websites and set our site up as a Static site. We show how to configure WordPress for optimum SEO benefit and finally, explore the file structure of a new installation.

In this lesson you will learn to:

Install WordPress on your Site Using Mojo Marketplace

  • Your BlueHost Control Panel
  • Install with One Click
  • View your New Website
  • Brief Look at the Dashboard

A Tour of the WordPress Admin Interface

  • Admin View of WordPress
  • Remove Junkware Plugins
  • Admin Toolbar, Menu and Widget Area review
  • Tour of Admin Menu
  • Update User Profile

Learn How to Login Without a Login Button

  • Whoops – my login button is gone!
  • Your login address

Initial Configuration of WordPress

  • General Settings
  • Writing Settings
  • Discussion Settings
  • Media Settings
  • Permalink Settings
  • Spam Comments and Akismet

3 Different Faces of WordPress

  • WordPress as a Blogging Platform
  • Using WordPress as a Static Site for Small Businesses
  • Using WordPress as a Hybrid Site for Small Businesses

Configuring WordPress to be Like a Traditional Website

  • Create a Home Page
  • Display a Static Page (Home) Instead the Blog on the Front Page
  • Why You Need at Least One Posts Page

Configuring WordPress for Optimum SEO

  • Permalink Settings
    • Custom URL Structure
    • Benefits of Structured URLs
  • Check Search Engine Visibility

Tour of the WordPress File Structure

  • Web Server Root
    • Finding the Root
    • public_html
    • WordPress Core Files
  • Hosting Root, Webs Server Root and Website Root
  • 2 Types of WordPress Files
    • Core Files
    • Customization Files

Further Reading

If you’re like me it’s helpful to get new information like this in a couple of different formats.  For this reason I’ve included references in books and other sources for you to consider reading.

WordPress For Dummies, 2nd Edition – Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Chapter 6 pages 100-118, Chapter 7 pages 132-140, Chapter 11 pages 233-244

This book is well worth the purchase price and although it’s scope is somewhat different from ours it does have a wealth of information that is useful to building and maintaining a business website. Chapter 6 describes the traditional method of installing WordPress, which should make you glad you followed this video instead. Chapter 7 addresses basic configuration of WordPress and Chapter 11 discusses themes.

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