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Make Money Online- the baby steps part 5

Setting up your WordPress site can be done in a matter of minutes. Tweaking all the details to suit your preferences and filling your website with quality content will take a lot longer, but we promise you that it will be time well spent and we believe it is likely that you will thouroughly enjoy the process.

Nowadays, all you need in order to be able to set up your WordPress site is a hosting service. Most hosting services allow you to install WordPress on your domain name, very easily and completely free of charge. We recommend that you use a hosting service that allows you to do “one-click-installation” of WordPress on your site. As the name implies all you need to do is click once, and WordPress will install itself on the domain name you have chosen for the purpose. Be sure to write down the password you receive once you´ve installed WordPress on your domain. You will need this in order to be able to manage your website. There you go! You have you´re own website up and running.

Once your site is up and running, you may want to change some of the default settings. Suppose your domain name is “myfirstveryownwebsite.com”, in order to manage your WordPress site you simply type www.myfirstveryownwebsite.com/wp-admin in your browser and hit enter. Once you do this you will reach a login page. Simply type in the user name and password you received when you installed WordPress and hit enter. There you go, you are now inside the WordPress control panel and you are able to manage your website and its all of its content through this panel.

You may wish to change the theme of your website. By default, once installed, WordPress will install a simple theme for you. This theme can easily be changed. Play around with all the different kind of themes. While there are lots of quality themes who are free of charge, if you are serious about building your internet presence, we recommend that you browse the internet and buy a premium theme. This may set you back around $ 40-80, but our experience tells us it will mean more choice, better support, better compatibility and less hassle for you in the long run. One word of advice: when choosing a theme, try to go for a theme that is as close as possible to what you´ve envisioned for your website. While it is possible to tweak themes to your liking once they are installed, this can be quite tricky at times, and is not a road we recommend in the long run. Rather, go with a theme that is as close to your preferences as possible, then build upon the strengths and features of that particular theme. A couple of years down the road, when you grow accustomed to building websites, you might want to rethink this process a bit, but for now this is definitely the way to go. Trust us!

Once you´ve changed your theme you may wish to change the header picture, the name of your blog, the tagline of your blog, arrange some widgets in the widget area, create some pages and posts and arrange them in the menu system, choose whether you want a blog layout or a static page layout (or both) and change the “powered by WordPress”-line in the footer. You may also wish to remove the “Leave a reply” box for now. You can also choose whether or not you want to allow search engine robots to search you site, or if you wish to remain “under their radar” for the time being. Also, it is possible to change your password in the control panel, just be sure you don´t use the same password you use everywhere else.

There are numerous guides and manuals regarding how to properly manage your WordPress site. They are usually free of charge and the answers to all your questions can be found easily by reading the guides of the hosting providers or doing a simple internet search. There are however some steps you may want to do once you´ve covered the basics. Apart from these somewhat mechanical stages of the process there are some recommendations we would like to give you based on many years of experience. In the next part of our guide, part 6, we will cover some of the most important actions you may want to consider once WordPress has been installed and your website is up and running. These steps are not always readily available in one place and we thought it might be helpful to you to have them presented in an orderly, structured, one-stop-shop fashion.

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