When it comes to setting up WordPress these days, even on the servers of the best web host providers, there’s really not much for you to have to know. This is because companies like EarthLink, HostGator, BlueHost and others have things configured on their end so a webhost subscriber like you can basically point and click to set up WordPress on your account; using pretty much whichever directory you want.
True! Knowing how to set up WordPress manually can come in handy when things break down or when moving an existing site. However, if you are just setting up your own blog or site for the first time, knowing the details involved in a manual setup of WordPress aren’t necessary for most folks.
However, what is necessary for most of us when we do set up a website, using WordPress, is having a site plan.
- What is it that you want your site to do for your visitors and you?
- How often do you see yourself posting to the site or making changes to the site?
- Will you be using a blog style (directory of posts) for your main page or will it be carrying a specific message.
- Will you be listing your posts only by category, or will there be a place where folks can see your latest post first, regardless as to which category they are posted in.
- Do you want specific Graphics to show up on all pages of your site? If so, “Where!”
These are important things to consider because they will affect the title of your site, the tagline, the kinds of links you will be using, the theme you select or have custom built and the overall layout of your pages.
If you are creating a site that you don’t plan to add much to once it is set; you might find that you would be better off setting up WordPress in more of a Content Management System type configuration. In other words, “Something that looks more like a traditional static website rather than a blog.”
If you want to be adding fresh content to the site every day a blog type configuration, where your main page or a designated page will be showing off your latest posts, might be more suitable.
Themes handle your sight’s layout and where reoccurring graphics appear on posts and pages. You will find themes of every conceivable type at WordPress.org.
Personally, I set up sights for my clients using the default themes that come with WordPress; starting with the earliest mobile friendly theme produced by the WordPress Team, “Twenty Eleven.” My clients and I generally find the default themes generated by the WordPress team to be more than sufficient for their needs in most cases. WordPress’s selection of default themes are pretty damn versatile, too, right down to the color schemes available.
Your site’s link structure, too, can be determined by your intended purpose for building it. Less fluid sites can get away with using a more rigid type of link structure (WordPress calls them Permalinks) than a blog. This is because with certain settings regarding Permalinks in WordPress there’s a chance a blogger could get into trouble if they accidently recreate the same link twice. This is most likely to happen over a long period of time and hundreds of posts later.
So, if you really want a WordPress blog or website, regardless as to how you make it happen, “You need a plan.” The more detailed the better, even if you are doing this stuff all on your own. You need to know in realistic terms what you want your site to do for your audience and you before you can proceed. Otherwise you will find that much time and energy will be wasted on just setting up your site; let alone creating something that will successfully work the way you want it to.