Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 4

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In the third blog post in this series on how to build a Self-Hosted WordPress site, I explained how to to set up the optional list of plugins that I recommended. Now it’s time to configure WordPress itself. I will take you through this running down the left hand admin menu. The Dashboard is first. There is a ‘Welcome to WordPress!’ banner. At the top right you can dismiss this.

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Now we go to Settings => General. Your tagline is really important for Search Engines, so make it count. Right now it says ‘Just another WordPress site’. Not ideal. In fact, when the Google bot sees this, it demotes you because it thinks the site is in development. For example, our site says ‘Photography Studio Equipment suppliers of stands, umbrellas, triggers and other associated equipment’. A lot of key search words in a concise sentence. Further down that same page (and the third screenshot above shows this bottom half of the settings page), it is also a good idea to make sure Membership is unchecked, so no-one can register. Your Timezone should be set to suit your location. Note that your server also has timezone settings, which I cover in a separate blog post. Similarly, you may wish to set Date and Time formats that suit where you are located. There is a link to a help page about this on the settings page. Settings for the week starts on and language again need to match your local needs. Nothing on the Writing Settings needs changing for now, and we covered the Reading Settings in Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 2.

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On to Discussion Settings. Exactly how you need these to be will depend on your site. However, whilst your in development mode, I would suggest that you prevent anybody else from commenting. I have already suggested that Membership is switched off, so if you uncheck ‘Comment author must fill out name and e-mail’ and then check ‘Users must be registered and logged in to comment’, only you can leave comments (for testing) and you will not have to fill in the name and email fields each time you do. The other settings I have left at default for now.

Under Media Settings, the only changes I make are to set a smaller size (800×600) for the large image size and to uncheck ‘Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders’. I do appreciate that this means that your media uploads folder can get busy, but trying to find an image in all those Year and Month folders … not my idea of fun. The other Media Settings tab you can see in the left hand admin menu is for the Enhanced Media Library plugin, which you do not need to change right now.

OK, that’s it for now. The next blog post will run through the basic settings for WordPress SEO by Yoast.

Also in this series of posts:

Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 1
Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 2
Build a Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 3
WordPress SEO by YOAST for Beginners
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 2
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 3
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 4
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 5 – Breadcrumbs
Ultimatum Theme for your Self-Hosted WordPress Site – Part 6 – Bootstrap Breadcrumbs
Uploading Images to Your Self-Hosted WordPress Site
Customizing Ultimatum Theme and WordPress
Fix for mysql_get_server_info() bug/error in Ultimatum 2.7.3
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