How To Customize wordpress blog, Design and Tweak
In this section, you will learn some WordPress basics blog, including the following:
- How to customize wordpress blog
- How to getting familiar with WordPress dashboard
- How to changing your blog’s design and have a better look
- How to Install new plugins/features
- How to make your blog search engine friendly and attract more traffic
I believed you have set up your blog; you’re now set to start using WordPress and customizing your blog. This is very easy and fun at the same time.
Remember: You can log in to your blog by going to www.myblog.com/wp-admin/ and using the username and password you set up with HostGator or any other web hosting company you sign up with.
You Need To Understanding the WordPress Dashboard
When you log in for the first time, you’ll see a dashboard or admin panel that looks something like this:
Let’s explain some of the most important ones you need to know as a new bloggers:
“Dashboard” it shows you a recent activity of your blog , including how many posts, comments and pages you have. From dashboard,you can also write up a quick draft blog post here – but don’t – I’ll explain and show you a simple and better way to post content on your blog.
Posts – This is a place where you’ll click if you want to post a new blog content or need to edit an existing one.
Media-This is a library of all the pictures, videos, and audio files you’ve uploaded to the site. You can manage all of them here.
Pages-is where you can add a new permanent page – like services, about me or contact me page (not a blog post!) and also manage the pages you’ve already created.
Comments– is a place to manage all comments. You can check which comments are waiting for your approval, review comments you’ve approved, see which comments has labelled as spam by wordpress and also delete comments you don’t want.
Appearance – this is place where you can edit the design of your blog, install new themes and layouts. I show you step by step how to do this later.
Plugins – is where you can click if you wanted to install a new plugin like SEO plugin, contact plugin and more. I will show you how to do this very soon.
Settings-you need to familiar yourself with this section. Here, you can change your blog’s title and tagline, change your email address and manage all of your site’s essential settings.
How To Customize WordPress Blog
Changing Your Blog’s Design (Themes & Layouts)
WordPress platform uses design templates named “Themes” to figure how your site should look. Changing your blog’s layout and design is as simple as only need to installing a new wordpress theme.
There are over 3,000 designed, fully-customizable and free themes to choose from – so you’ve many options.But if you want to use premium theme, then head over to socrate wp theme
Your can check wordpress.org for free theme and install it or follow the simple step bellow
Here’s how to find and install a theme you love:
At the left side of the dashboard locate “Appearance” tab, then click on “Themes”
On the next screen, you’ll see some themes are already installed. If you want to change to another theme, click the “Add New” button at the top, or “Add New” square to start searching for a new theme.
Now, you’ll see tabs where you’ll find featured, popular and brand new themes, as well as a “Feature Filter” and search bar.
Why I really like the “Feature Filter” is that you can choose themes in certain color schemes, select precise layouts and even choose themes built-in advanced features.
After chosen the options you want, then click on “Apply Filters” on the left hand side. If you’re finding this difficult, just search by keyword – you will get better theme, any method apply will work well.
Once you’ve found a theme you prefer, click “Install”. You’re almost done!
After the theme has been installed, click “Activate” on the next screen
Installing a New Plugin (add some features to your blog)
“Plugins” are little software modules that you can install to improve and add more features to your blog. They can do all sorts of things, like:
- Adding contact forms
- Comment spam
- Making your blog SEO-friendly
- Sign-up forms
- Adding photo galleries
- And LOTS more.
Here are the steps to installing them. First, Mouse-over “Plugins” in the sidebar, then click “Add New”
Then, you can search by keyword to find plugins you want to install.At the left hand side, locate search plugins and type any plugin you want to install.
Once you find a plugin you like, click “Install Now” and then click “Activate Plugin” on the next page.
CAUTION: Before you install plugin, it’s a good idea to check the rating and the positive rating before you install them. Some plugins can cause problems with your website, or make work poorly.
Also, make sure both plugins and themes are always up-to-date, though, WordPress usually lets you know when some of them are out of date.
If you don’t know which plugins to use at first, have a look at my blog post:
Configuring your blog search engine friendly
There are some changes you’d need to make on your blog to make it search engine friendly.
Change the permalink of your blog
You don’t want the URL of your blog look ugly,better way is to use: http://myblog.com/start-a-blog
In order to change your permalinks, click on the “Settings” -> “Permalinks” and use the following settings:
What we want to do is to change the permalinks to this..‘’/%postname%/’’ without quote.
Make sure you click save at the bottom to save your setting.
Adding Blog Posts and Pages
By now I believed you have a fully working WordPress blog on your own domain name with a custom blog theme that fits with your blog’s topic.
Congratulations – you’ve done a LOT and I am really proud that you’ve managed to get to this point.
In the LAST step, you will learn how to write your first blog post and I will share some tips for writing perfect blog posts.
The net step after how to customize wordpress blog is to show you how to write a post inside wordpress blog.
In this part, I’ll show you…
- How to write a post inside WordPress blog
- How to add images, links and format text
- Some tips and tricks for writing great content
- Using WordPress to Start a Blog
- Adding a New Post
To add a new blog post, click the “Posts” section at the left hand side, and then click on “Add New”.
On the next screen, you’ll see where you can add title of the post and the content.
You can save the content to draft or publish your content live by using the box menu at the far right of the page. You can also schedule the post to be published later it depend on you.
After your post is published, you can found them under section “All Posts” of the “Posts” tab, so you can edit the post any time if you like.
Let’s take a quick look at some things you can do to spruce up your post:
How to Add Images
To add an image to your post, click the “Add Media” button right above the lower content field.
Quick Tip: Before you click on“Add Media”, ensure you’ve left your cursor inside your blog post where you want the image to appear. Or else, you’ll need to move it later on.
Next, click the “Upload Files” tab on the screen pops up, and then click “Select Files”.
When you’ve found the file, double click it and WordPress will upload it automatically.
When the finished uploading, ensure the image you want is selected, click the “Insert into post” button to add the image to the post you’re writing.
Adding a Link to Your Blog Post
Linking out your blog post to other related websites is a great way to build relationships and share exciting content.
To add a link, just click on the icon in the toolbar that looks chain link.
On the pop-up, you’ll need to enter a few important bits of information.
URL is the web address of the link you want to share. Make sure you include “http://” before the “www.” address, or your link will be broken.
“Link Text” is the text you want people to click on to get to your link. It might be “Click here”, or anything you choose.
“Open link in a new window/tab” – it’s a smart idea to check this box. Otherwise, when someone clicks your link, they’ll leave your blog.
If you want to link to an existing page, you can use the “Search” section to find a post or page you’ve already created and click it to add a link.
Finally, click “Add Link”, and your link will be added where you left your cursor in the post you were writing.
Adding Headers & Editing Text
It’s a good idea to use headers and bold to make your content easier to read and scan.
To add a heading, click on the drop-down menu on the bottom left of the toolbar
Try to only use “Heading 1” once within your page (usually at the top), and use “Heading 2” or “Heading 3” for other sections in the copy, as this is better for search engines.
Tip: You can also highlight the text you want to change in your blog post, THEN click on the drop down menu and select the format you want the text to be in.
You can also bold, italicize, underline and even change the colour of your text in a click or two.
“B” is for bolding
“I” is for italics
“U” is to underline your text
“A” will open a dropdown menu where you can select font color
This is all pretty simple for someone who has worked with Microsoft Word.
AS you can see, you blog will have a new look.Learning how to how to customize wordpress blog and design is very important as it can attract more visitors and tell your reader how much you value your blog.
If you have any question on how to customize wordpress blog,kindly ask from comment and I will glad to answer all your questions.