Website on a Budget: Part 2 – Customising WordPress
Posted on June 2nd, 2017. Written by: Duncan McClean
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Last lesson we setup our domain, we setup our hosting and we setup our professional email address. We also have installed WordPress which will be our CMS or system for managing our site and it’s content. This lesson in the series we will be looking at actually building the website.
To get started, you need to head to your domain. In the video example, bowsey.com is the domain. Then we add /wp-admin which will allow us to access what is called the WordPress Dashboard.
The Dashboard allows us to centrally manage our content and our design of the website.
You’ll be prompted to login to the Dashboard. These are the settings that you used to setup WordPress in the last part.
Now we’re in! We can go to our General Settings which can be done by hovering over ‘Settings’ then click ‘General’. We can now review the settings of your site. Check your site title and your site’s tagline are filled correctly. Also, check that the email address that is set there as the site e-mail is checked on a regular basis.
Next we are going to choose a theme and customize it to suit our needs. Just go to Appearance on the left sidebar. You can view the installed themes there or you can choose from the thousands on the ‘Add Themes’ button at the top. For this tutorial we are going to use the Argent theme which was already installed by 1&1 when we created our WordPress website. Before our chosen theme will work on our website. We need to click ‘Activate’ and hey-presto our theme is working but we still need to make changes like our logo and our menus.
After activation of your chosen theme we can click on ‘Customise’. This will bring us to a page like this:
First thing to click on is the site identity. This shows our site name and tagline which we filled in earlier in settings. There will most likely be a ‘Site icon’ option. Upload your company logo. The icon selected will show up when someone visits your website.
Every theme for WordPress is different which is why I recommend going through the rest of these customizer settings and fine tuning them.
Now you have got your site looking exactly how you want it, we can install some plugins which can extend the default functionality that comes with WordPress.
Ones we installed:
- Akismet Anti-spam
- Akismet Privacy Policies
- Contact Form 7
- MailPost Newsletters
- NextGEN Gallery
- Yoast SEO
- TinyMCE Advanced
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Coming Soon
- Page Builder by SiteOrigin
- SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle
- Black Studio TinyMCE Editor
Now you have all my plugins installed, You can get started with the configuration of my plugins. I would just go through each plugin at a time setting each one up with the perfect settings. This can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes usually.
You should of configured your settings. Now you can create the pages and the structure of your website that we planned using paper in the last part. Just navigate to Pages and New Page on the left sidebar.