Making the most of your WordPress blog

Everyone has a blog these days or so it seems and in order to keep your customers up to date with what you are doing, industry news and anything else you wish to share, having a purpose built blogging site is important. WordPress is one of the popular platforms on which to build your blogging site and as it is so easy to use, is one that anyone can use successfully. It is easy to add text, embed video, pictures and infographics. There are lots of free tools that you can use to enhance your blog and of course, it can be shared on social media. You can employ a number SEO strategies to get your WordPress blog found by the search engines.

What You’re In For

With all the hype around cloud computing and no-configuration-required hosted services, you don’t hear about the joys of running great software on your own server very much. The fact is, if you’re just a casual user who doesn’t know if you’ll stick to blogging over the long haul, or if you don’t want to spend a little time maintaining WordPress, you should sign up for a hosted blog at WordPress.com or Blogger or TypePad. (Also, this tutorial is not for you.)

But if you’re willing to keep WordPress updated religiously, you get access to a whole world of WP plug-ins that add features to your site, the opportunity to create and tweak custom WordPress themes, and a huge sense of accomplishment. In the most recent version of WordPress, keeping your installation up-to-date is a matter of clicking a link when you get notified to do so.

Everything you need to know about installing WordPress is right here. Got it up and running? Let’s get to customizing.

Initial configuration

The Beginner's Guide to Tricking Out Your WordPress Blog

The first thing you want to do on your WordPress blog is set up a new author with administrative access. Don’t use the default “admin” user to write your posts; create your custom username and give it admin privileges. Then, log out of WordPress and back in as your new username. For security reasons, some folks like to delete the admin user completely (as some WordPress attacks have used it to do bad things to your blog). Once you’ve got your administrative account working, add other authors to the list of users who might be posting to your blog. Click here to continue reading

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