How To Set Up A WordPress Blog

Setup a wordpress blog

Is your blog is ready to run? Just wait a second. Before you run a blog post, taking a few steps to set up your WordPress blog will make it attractive.

Set Up A WordPress Blog

Follow the steps one by one.

Change The Title And Tagline Of The Site

The Site Title or Blog Title can be anything. By changing the Site Title, the URL of your blog remains the same. It will be different from the WordPress blog that you will set up or username. You can change it to the need of the content or what best suits it.

The Site Title shows the name of your company or organization, a brief description, or maybe both.

There are different locations where the Site Title appears, which include:

  1. The title bar of the web browser
  2. The header of the themes
  3. Blog menu of the Admin bar (top right)
  4. The main menu of the Admin bar (top left)
  5. Your homepage of the WordPress site

Tagline comes next, and it describes what your blog about that is must be appealing or eye-catching.

WordPress Settings

Setting The Language

You can change the language to appear in the Theme text for your blog visitors.

And how can you make all these changes?

Go to General Settings that allow you to change the site title, tagline, and language.

To do the change:

  1. Open your Site.
  2. Go to the General Setting page.
  3. Select the General setting tab.

Change The Privacy Policy 

The Privacy Policy setting allows from which you can hide or unhide your site.

  1. Go to the Settings page.
  2. Select the Privacy tab.

Here, you can select any option Hidden, Private, or Public as you want. There is also a Privacy Setting support page where you can find further details.

Select The Theme

Without themes, your blog looks gloomy and dull, so you need to spend time to make it appealing and calmy to feel. Everything designs to show the message of what you want to convey and make your homepage attractive. They have different features to set on the website, and therefore it is the best way to preview before applying them what they offer on the blog or site.

The Theme is the Appearance of how your blog looks and feels. The idea defines where you place the menus, widgets. It has a default setting for color, fonts.

What have you to do:

  1. Open your blog.
  2. Go to the Appearance in the dashboard.
  3. Click on the themes.

When you go to the theme option, you will find the Activate or Live Preview.

WordPress theme directory

Live Preview

In Live Preview, you can check the Theme before applying it to how WordPress blog will look.

Activate A Theme

This activation option works when you click on it will activate on the blog without altering the changes on the blog or site. WordPress has a free theme directory, and premium themes are also available with advanced features.

You can filter the free themes that are available for all the sites.

You can search for the premium themes or purchase them to use for the blog or site with unlimited access to all premium themes.

theme customize

Adding A New Theme

You can also add them by:

  1. Click on the themes on the dashboard.
  2. Go to the Add New.

A grid will appear showing a different theme view from where you can install them immediately or preview before applying on the blog. If you want a new theme, you can go to the search bar and narrow down your search. There are additional options:

  1. Featured
  2. Popular
  3. Latest: The latest and advanced ideas.
  4. Favorites: The ideas marked as a favorite in WordPress.org; you can put the username to get that Theme.
  5. Feature filter with three categories:

Subject:  Blog, e-commerce, education, holiday or news

Features:  Accessibility, custom headers, custom footers, post formats, or more.

Layout: Grid, number of column or sidebars in the Theme

You can also install them if they are not available in WordPress.

While applying a theme, a few things need framing to the theme features because of the difference in the locations.

Adding The Widgets

Widgets help in customization of the blog content that you can add left, right sidebars or footers.

  1. Open the blog or site.
  2. Go to the Appearance on the dashboard.
  3. Click on the Widgets, and a box will open, showing available widgets.
  4. Select the widget and click Add the widget.

When you finished adding the widgets, you can change the position for how you want to display them.

You can also delete or remove them by clicking on the widgets.

Customization Of The Blog

The Customizer helps you to go into the next level to the Theme, where you can change the site identity, colors, menus, homepage settings, CSS, and theme options.

  1. Open the site or blog.
  2. Go to the Appearance on the dashboard.
  3. Click on the Customize.

WordPress customization

To navigate from Customizer. 

  • Click on the X icon to move from the Customizer.
  • Clicking on the publish button in blue color will publish the draft.

Customizing also helps to change the active Theme.

At the bottom of the Customizer, there appear to hide control buttons from which you can hide it and preview your site or blog on desktop, mobile device, or tablet.

Site identity

Here, you can change or set your blog as:

Logo

You can change or remove the logo, and it will appear where the Theme supports the logo.

Site Title

You can see it at the header.

Tagline 

The tagline is the description of your blog or site and appears below the site title.

Site icons

Site icons are about what to show in the browser, bookmarks, and WordPress mobile apps.

Colors

Every Theme is different and supports different colors. What you can do is that you can choose the color scheme.

Header Media

If your Theme is supporting a header image on the blog or site, you can select a model.

Click on the Add new image.

This box includes information about the header setting of the Theme.

 Additional CSS

CSS is the abbreviation of Cascading Style Sheet, a markup language that controls the HTML webpage.

When you install custom themes and plugins, then it is called additional CSS.

Menus and Widgets Set Up On A WordPress Blog 

You can access these two options in two way:

  1.  Go to the dashboard of your site or blog.
  2.  Select the Menus or Widget options.

The other way is:

  1. Go to the dashboard of your site or blog.
  2. Select the Customize.

Set Up Menus To A WordPress Blog

These are the navigation buttons to display the content at the header. You can create different lists such as About the page, our services, our work, and more. Also, you can change the position of the menu items.

Since the themes are different, therefore, Theme defines the location of menus.

Homepage Settings To Set Up A WordPress Blog

The homepage shows the content that the visitors look at when they access the blog or site.

Your homepage displays two settings:

  1. Your latest post
  2. A static page

The website by default setting shows the Your latest posts on the blog or the site of the homepage.

When you set a static page, you have to create two types of pages; Homepage and Post page that will display the post if you have the blog posts.

Wrap Up

These simple steps not only help in the WordPress blog to set up but also allow customization making your blog appealing. Once you have set up a WordPress blog, you can make changes when needed. You can run your blog posts to get internet traffic.