WordPress – Settings Setup

Purpose

There are some global settings that need to be set before you begin designing the website. This document covers the initial setup of WordPress prior to the installation of a theme or plugins.

Solution

Prerequisites

  • A valid domain
  • Web-hosting
  • WordPress installation

Pages

Prior to designing your website you need to create the top tier site pages. Since you have already installed the Divi theme and WooCommerce, you will inherit several pre-made pages. This will cover the pages that aren’t there.

Near the top of the left-hand menu pane hover over hover over Pages and select All Pages
At the top-left of the window click on the Add New button
In the Add title field type Home and at the top-right of the window click on the Publish button twice
Near the top of the left-hand menu pane click on All Pages
At the top-left of the window click on the Add New button
In the Add title field type Services and at the top-right of the window click on the Publish button twice
Near the top of the left-hand menu pane click on All Pages
At the top-left of the window click on the Add New button
In the Add title field type Sales and at the top-right of the window click on the Publish button twice
Near the top of the left-hand menu pane click on All Pages
At the top-left of the window click on the Add New button
In the Add title field type Partners and at the top-right of the window click on the Publish button twice
Near the top of the left-hand menu pane click on All Pages
At the top-left of the window click on the Add New button
In the Add title field type Divisions and at the top-right of the window click on the Publish button twice
Near the top of the left-hand menu pane click on All Pages
At the top-left of the window click on the Add New button
In the Add title field type Promo-Merch and at the top-right of the window click on the Publish button twice
Near the top of the left-hand menu pane click on All Pages
At the top-left of the window click on the Add New button
In the Add title field type About Us and at the top-right of the window click on the Publish button twice
Near the top of the left-hand menu pane click on All Pages
At the top-left of the window click on the Add New button
In the Add title field type Contact Us and at the top-right of the window click on the Publish button twice
Near the top of the left-hand menu pane click on All Pages

WordPress Settings Setup

General

Log in to the admin page of your WordPress website which should take you to the Dashboard
Near the bottom of the left-hand menu pane hover over Settings and select General
At the Site Title field type
At the Tagline field type
At the WordPress Address (URL) field – leave at default
At the Site Address (URL) field – leave at default
At the Administration Email Address field type <admin@yourdomain.com>
At the Membership check box leave unchecked
At the New User Default Role pull-down menu leave with Subscriber selected
At the Site Language pull-down menu leave with English (United States) selected
At the the Timezone pull-down menu select your proper timezone (either by UTC off-set or closest big city)
At the Date Format radio button leave at selected default
At the Time Format radio button leave at selected default
At the Week Starts On pull-down menu select Sunday
Click on the Save Changes button

Writing

Near the bottom of the Left-hand menu pane under Settings click on Writing
Review the default settings, but I do not recommend making any changes in this area unless there is a need to create posts via email.

Reading

Near the bottom of the left-hand menu pane, under settings, click on Reading
At the Your Homepage displays section leave as default – Once you have a Homepage created you will need to come back and click the ration button next to A static page, then from the Homepage pull-down menu you will select Home
At the Blog pages show at most field enter 99 posts
At the Syndication feeds show the most recent field leave as default
At the For each post in the feed, include section leave as default
At the Search engine visibility section click on the check-box next to Discourage search engine from indexing this site (until site is ready to go live)
Click on the Save Changes button

Discussion

Near the bottom of the left-hand menu pane, under settings, click on Discussion
At the Default post settings section uncheck the check-box next to Allow people to submit comments on new posts
The rest of the sections can be left as default
Click on the Save Changes button

Media

Near the bottom of the left-hand menu pane, under settings, click on Media
Review the default settings, but I do not recommend making any changes in this area

Permalinks

Near the bottom of the left-hand menu pane, under settings, click on Permalink
Under the Common Setting section click on the radio-box next to Post name
The rest of the sections can be left as default
Click on the Save Changes button

Privacy

Near the bottom of the left-hand menu pane, under settings, click on Privacy
This is where you can select your Privacy policy page. Once you create a custom Privacy Policy page then you will want to come back to this setting and select that page.