WordPress set up from vanilla install

This is how we like to set up a WordPress blog from scratch.

1. Install WordPress using Cpanel’s ‘Fantastico’ auto installer. Note down your admin login details!
2. Login to your ‘Dashboard’ and look for any system updates at the top, install the latest core updates if required.
3. Go to the ‘Appearance’/’Themes’ tab – Choose ‘Install Themes’ if you want to search for a new theme.
4. Go to ‘Settings’/ ‘General’ and edit your site name and description, timezone & date format
5. Edit ‘Reading Settings’ to show static page or latest blog post as your landing page.
6. In ‘Settings’/’Discussion’ un-tick ‘Allow people to post comments on new articles’ and set ‘Before a comment appears’ to ‘An administrator must always approve the comment’, in ‘Avatar Display’, select ‘don’t show’ and in ‘Default Avatar’ select ‘blank’
7. In ‘Permalinks’, change to MONTH AND NAME
8. In ‘Posts/Categories’, set categories to ‘site news’ or your own choice.
9. Visit all existing posts and pages (there should be 2) and un-tick ‘allow comments’ – go to ‘screen options’ at the top and tick ‘discussion’ to show the ‘comments options’ at the bottom.

Page order – For example, set your contact page to ‘9’ and consider the other page orders (this option is found on the right hand side of page when in edit page mode)

That’s the basic stuff covered, now edit the theme, add images, posts, pages, widgets etc. Read on for our suggested plug-ins list…

Recommended Plug-ins: (copy the title and search in WP admin plugins page)

Fast Secure Contact Form by By Mike Challis
Add a contact page, then add the shortcode to the page: {si-contact-form form=’1′} – edit the plugin settings to change the text

Sexy Bookmarks
Choose ‘most popular’ icons, select ‘Include the like button-set just above the post?’, then choose FB like, send and Google+ then choose ‘Posts, pages,categories or the whole shebang?’ as pages and posts.

All in One SEO Pack
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. – A must for all blogs!

My Brand
Customise the WP login to your own brand

Twitter Tools
A complete integration between your WordPress blog and Twitter.

To-Dos
Add to-dos to the Admin Dashboard. Comes with checkboxes for marking when a task is done.

Content Warning
Adds a splash screen for age restricted content

Newsletter
Newsletter is a cool plugin to create your own subscriber list, to send newsletters

AdRotate
Add advanced banners to your website using the simplest interface available!

WP-Cumulus
Flash based Tag Cloud for WordPress

Page Links To
Redirect pages to any site