Getting started with WordPress

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Some tips and resources for installing WordPress and first steps for getting started.


  • 1. Getting Started withWordPress
2. .comcompletely flexible/extendible fixed set of featuresneed to purchase hosting free to sign upinstall/update WordPress yourself WordPress already installed/updatedmany free plugins (extensions) some paid upgrades available 3. Installing WordPresslocally (on your computer)MAMPXAMPPon host serverManually: ‘Famous 5-minute install’Automatic installers 4. Username & passwordDon’t use adminUse a strong password a password manager like LastPassOr password memorising techniques 5. Username & password 6. Securityprevious slide from Vlad Lasky’s 2012 securitypresentationSee also Wil Brown’s 2014 security pressoYou should update WordPress & plugins 7. SettingsGeneralTaglineTimezone 8. SettingsPermalinksPostname (almostalways) 9. Avoid spamDiscussion settingsTurn off comments altogether if not neededTurn off comments after n daysStop Media Comment SpammingAkismet, Anti-spam 10. SupportWordPress forumsEasy WP Guide 11. BackupDo it!via host or pluginPremiumVaultPressBackupBuddyFreeAkeeba BackupBackWPUp (+ pro)BackUpWordPress (+)X Cloner 12. Writing ContentDon’t miss the Toggle Toolbar button in the visualeditor for more formatting optionsClick Me 13. Image sizesAt least as wide as your content (depends on theme)1000px wide is usually a safe ballparkOptimise images without changing quality usingprograms like ImageOptim,, ImageMagickWordPress also creates multiple image sizes(thumbnail, medium & large) for your use.