You’ll need to set up a database to connect to and copy all the WordPress files to the server. If you’re unfamiliar with this process and need help setting up the standalone WordPress install, then I recommend contacting a company like WP.Kraken to do this basic setup for you. They are WordPress specialists and should come at an affordable price.
This tutorial will be from once you have WordPress installed and now you need to do the WordPress configuration and start building your website.
Step 1: Basic configuration
First thing, we start out by deleting all the default content that comes with the basic install under Pages, Posts and Comments. This content won’t be used as we’ll be adding new pages, our own posts and either using or deleting the comments… As well as deleting the default plugins that aren’t often used such as Hello Dolly or Akismet.
Once that’s done, you can go to Pages -> Add New and create a new page that will be used as the website home page, and we will set another page to display as the blog list page.
I’ve created 4 new pages which most websites will have – Home, Blog, About & Contact.
Next you can go to Settings -> Reading to set which pages will act as the home page and the blog list which will display all of the blog posts we create.
Under Settings -> Reading you will see the options to set the front page display as a static home page. You can select the Home page to display as the front page for your website, and set the Blog page to show the latest posts.
By default WordPress sets the front page display to show Your Latest Posts, if you prefer this then you can leave the settings as they were.
After you’ve set your main pages for your website you can then go to Settings -> Permalinks. This is to give your website what’s called pretty/clean URLs.
Pretty/Clean URLs, also known as Search Engine Friendly or SEF URLs, are an option for improving the appearance of the URL making it better for Google and other search engines to index your website.
Step 2: Choosing a WordPress theme
Now comes the fun part… Choosing a theme to suit your website.
If you go to Appearance -> Themes you’ll be able to view the default themes that come with the WordPress install, then at the top you will see the button to Add New. Click Add New to select a theme from the WordPress theme directory.
In the search bar on the right you can do a search for the theme. Type in Vogue and you’ll see that the search will update the list and display the Vogue theme, you can then click Install, wait for it to install and then click Activate.
You now have Vogue installed which comes with a bunch of different layout settings all neatly built into the WordPress Customizer. As with all of our themes you can go into the WordPress Customizer and change/edit all settings live before actually making the changes live on your website.
You can view a live demo of all our WordPress themes here:
Step 3: WordPress plugins
Depending on what’s required for your website, you can browse through the directory of plugins to add any needed extra functionality to your website. You should be able to find a plugin for just about everything.
We recommend, from experience, using plugin from the 2 main sources: