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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.

Next you will learn how to change the appearance of your site using themes and finally, you will explore file structure of your new installation.

In this lesson you will learn to:

Install WordPress on your Website – Watch video

  • Your HostGator Control Panel
  • Install
  • View your new website
  • Brief look at the Dashboard

Do the Initial Configuration of WordPress – Watch video

  • Configure the general settings
  • Change your tag line
  • Configure your primary email address
  • Review the basic settings

Learn How to Login Without a Login Button – Watch video

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

Configure WordPress to Act Like a Traditional Website – Watch video

  • What is a “Theme”?
  • Activating a new theme
  • Switching themes

Introduction to your Domain’s File System – Watch video

  • HostGator File Manager
  • Understanding the “root” directory
  • File organization
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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