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Install And Configure Wordpress

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Here we shall focus on the installation of WordPress on your server and configuring WordPress to bring you the best functionality and performance.

Once the DNS of your new domain has resolved, it may take 24/48 hours) you can safely log in and start configuring your site.
If you are using Goiww.com you will automatically have free SSL installed which offers a level of security that Google approves of.

So head over to your cpanel and log in using the username and password you chose at the point of purchase.
Now search for Installatron or Softaculous and choose WordPress as your app to install.
Follow the onscreen instructions by filling in all the details required, but make certain to choose a secure username and password, never ever use your name, domain name of simply admin or anything like it. Make it unguessable!

Let the installer do its job and then at the end you will see a link to both the front end and the admin dashboard.
Before you start to add any content there a several things you must do.

1 - Make sure your site does not get indexed yet by the search engines, the time for that is after a lot more work is done.
2 - Confirm or alter any major site details until you are happy with them.
3 - Go through the settings to make a few small but important changes.
4 - Delete any default pages, posts and comments.

There are some vital plugins to install, but leave that until you have finished configuring WordPress.

Most of the jobs to do are in the settings menu. Look on the left sidebar for the settings tab and click the first item 'general'
Here you can change the site title, tag line and any other website details. Make sure you have the url the same in both boxes near the top - it should look like this https://yourwebsite.com or https://www.yourwebsite.com
The hosting company I mentioned in the initial tips post gives all servers free SSL so the url is https:// not http:// - this is a requirement for websites even if you do not keep customer information in your database. If you do not have SSL, then visitors to your website will not see the padlock in the address bar and google will mark it as unsafe.

Now hover on the settings menu tab and click on writing - there is nothing here that needs to be changed, but you can choose the default category for posting after you have added some content to your site at a later point in time.

Now go to reading in the setting menu - here you can choose a traditional home page to build and style how you want. You can also choose the page that lists your blog posts.
The alternative is to have your latest posts showing on your home page, quantity of posts can be chosen here too.

If you want a custom home page with hero image and lots of company information or anything you want, then choose the home page as static and create another page titled 'blog' for example as your blog posts page. The difference between pages and posts is not covered here, but will be useful to understand, so google this phrase difference between wordpress pages and posts

Just below that is a check box that for now, while development of your website is being carried out, must be checked. This is because you do not want Google crawling your website until it is ready.

The discussion tab in settings allows you to control comments if you want them - if you do not then uncheck all the boxes.
The media tab allows you to choose the default image sizes. Keep them as they are or change them to anything you like. Leave all other setting as they are.

The next tab is permalinks - this is one of the most important tabs to get right. Do it now because later on, if your pages have all been indexed, you will need to redirect all the pages from old to new urls. This is because changing anything here alters the url structure.

For most purposes, I always choose a custom structure of simply /%postname%/
If you want to use categories and tags in your posts to organise them, you can if you wish, change the url structure for these right here, but only once you understand what the choices do.
If you leave them at default, the urls looks like https://www.yourwebsite.com/category/yourcategory/ - if you alter them for example to topics as the category base, then it will be thus https://www.yourwebsite.com/topics/yourcategory/

For now that is all that will be needed to be configured. Your website is ready for some content!

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