Initial WordPress Configuration: Part 1 – Start Here!

Initial WordPress Configuration - Part 1

Thank you for choosing to use our WordPress Basic Configuration Guide!

At this point, you should have your domain name registered, hosting setup, and WordPress installed onto your hosting platform.

If you do not have this part complete, please check out how to accomplish this with our FREE Bluehost setup and WordPress installation guide.

In that guide we setup hosting and WordPress installation for a new domain we registered using Bluehost:

Part 1: Let’s Get Started Now!

After you have successfully installed WordPress on your host. You can go to your domain you have been working with.

In our case we will go to

Your homepage should look something like this:

new home page after wordpress install

This is pretty much a basic webpage and looks pretty bland!

But behind the scenes, you have one of the most versatile and easy to use web publishing platforms available to you.

We will start to explore this “backend” administration section, and setup of some of the basic configuration you should do at first to get your site starting on the right foot.

The Admin Control Panel

To get to your control panel, using the standard installation procedure for WordPress, just add ” /wp-admin ” to the end of your homepage url.

So in our case we will go to:

Hit “enter” and you should find yourself on the WordPress user login screen.

Enter your username and password that you created when you installed WordPress.

Wordpress admin user login page

This should take you directly to your WordPress Admin Control Panel.

Your “admin dashboard” should look something like this:

admin dashboard

Bluehost automatically installed a few plugins with their installation script tailored to their hosting platform, which is the “Marketplace” and the “Woocommerce” plugin. first we will deactivate them so everyone starts with the same playing field whether you used Bluehost or not to host your installation.

So now everyone should be at the same starting point. The first thing you need to do if you just installed WordPress is make sure the software itself is up to date.

On the main dashboard at the top you will see an “alert” to update WordPress if it is not the latest version. I know you’re thinking, “I just installed it, why would it not be the latest version?”

Well some hosting companies use installation scripts to help you install WordPress, and sometimes those scripts do not have the latest updates. So it is an easy fix, just click the “update software” button that will be next to the alert if it is there. In our installation there is no update software alert so we do not have to perform this step.

Next go to: Part 2: Initial Options Settings


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