Installing Wordpress on your own domain is only the first step of many. Next you need to set up Wordpress options in the Dashboard. The language used in the Set Up screens of the Wordpress Dashboard is not intuitive and the setting up process is tricky the first few times.

Step 1 – Installing Wordpress

Go to the log in screen your web hosting company has given you. Look down the screen until you find the large W Wordpress icon. Double click it and follow the instructions.

Step 2 – Log in to the Wordpress Admin area

When you are on the front page of your website you will see on the right hand sidebar a link to Log In. Click it and enter your user name and password on the login screen.

Click the Log In button

Step 3 – Set up Wordpress theme

Click Appearance – Install Themes (Top Tab) – Find Theme (Button at bottom of page)

You can narrow the search by clicking a few of the radio buttons or typing a color or some other criterion in the box.

Browse until you find a theme you like, it is very easy to change it again at a later date. Click the Install button under your chosen theme – Click Install Now on the Pop Up window – Click Activate

Step 4 – Set up Wordpress Settings (General)

Bottom of LH Sidebar

  • Type in your Title

  • Type in your Tagline (Your Sub-title)

  • Check the box if you want anyone to be able to register

  • Set the next User box to 'Subscriber' if you want people to only READ your blog. Subscribers cannot make posts, though they can comment. If you want people to be able to write posts on your blog, then set the default user box to 'Author'

  • Set the timezone

  • Choose which date format you prefer. Use Custom if you want something different l, j f y gives you Friday, 16 July 2010. A lower case letter l (for Lucy) gives you the day followed by a comma, a space and lower case letter j gives you the numerical date followed by lower case f gives you the month, followed by lower case y for the year

  • Select the day your week starts on

  • Click Save Changes

Step 5 – Set up Wordpress Settings (Writing)

  • Click the two radio buttons next to 'Formatting'

  • Click the two radio buttons at the bottom on 'Remote Publishing'

Step 6 – Set up Wordpress Settings (Reading)

  • Use the default settings if you want your front page to show recent posts in their entirety

  • Change the radio buttons to suit your intended design. A static page is one that you will set up later. This page is constant and does not change. You might want to check this option if you want to show a welcome or introductory page rather than having visitors dive straight into your posts

  • Save Changes

Step 7 – Set up Wordpress Settings (Discusssion)

  • Click the radio buttons you prefer

  • It is best to check the 'Administrator must always approve a comment' button. You will get spam comments, checking this means that you can delete them before they go live on your site

  • Leave the other options as the default

  • Save Changes

Step 8 – Set up Wordpress Settings (Media, Privacy,Permalinks)

  • Leave these at the default, you do not need to go near them

Step 9 – Set up Wordpress Tools, Users, Plugins, Appearance and Comments

  • Skip these steps for now

Step 10 Set up Wordpress Pages

  • Hover over the default 'About' page and click the Edit button that appears

  • Delete the text that is there and type in the text you would like people to read on your About page

  • Click Update (RH Sidebar)

  • Click Add New (LH Sidebar)

  • Type the title of your new page and then the content in the two boxes. It is a good idea to set up empty Privacy and Contact pages at this stage, as this will enable you to make a better assessment of how your blog will look in a few days

  • Click Publish after each new page added

Step 11 Set up Wordpress Links

  • Click on Links (LH Sidebar)

  • Check all the links that are shown

  • Click on the drop down arrow until Delete is shown

  • Click Apply

  • Click the Add New button (Top of page)

  • Type in the details for your new link

  • Check 'Blogroll'

  • Click Add Link (RH Sidebar)

  • Repeat for any other links you want to show on your website

Step 12 Set up Wordpress Link Categories

  • Type in a new Link Category Name (such as Recommended Sites)

  • Type in the 'slug' (in this case it would be recommended_categories)

  • Hover over Blogroll (RH sidebar)

  • Click quick edit

  • Delete the word blogroll and replace it with anything else, even 'Default'

  • Delete the slug blogroll and replace withy our new slug, here 'default'

  • Update Category

Step 13 Set up Wordpress Media

  • Skip this step for now

Step 14 Set up Wordpress Posts

  • Click Add New

  • Type your first blog post

  • Select a category for your post

  • Click Publish (RH Sidebar)

  • Click Posts (LH Sidebar)

  • Hover over the default 'Coming Soon' post and click Trash

  • Add a second post by repeating the steps above

Step 15 Set up Wordpress Categories

  • Click Categories (LH Sidebar)

  • Type in the name of at least one new category that will be used to slassify your posts

  • Type in the category slug and the description of the category

  • Scroll down and click Add New Category

Step 16 Set up Wordpress Check Appearance

  • Click the name of your blog (Top Left of page)

  • Admire your blog

Step 17 Set up Wordpress Theme (again)

  • This is the point where you find you do not like the theme you installed

  • Go Back to Step 3 and repeat until you find a theme that works for you

Step 18 Set up Wordpress Widgets

  • Get back to Wordpress Dashboard

  • Click Appearance (LH Sidebar)

  • Click Widgets

  • Drag and drop one Widget from the left of the page to the available areas shown at the right of the page

  • Click Save

  • Repeat until you have all the widgets you need. You can always add more later

Congratulations. You have successfully set up Wordpress 3 for your first blog in 23 minutes (assuming you are not on a dial-up connection).