Everything you need to know about installing and configuring WordPress, through to writing your first article and developing an effective promotion strategy - all in one place!

Welcome - discover how to install, set up, configure and start using WordPress.

Updated to cover changes included in WordPress 3.X

Here's what I've covered:

Martin Malden
  • How to install WordPress
  • How to configure it for the best balance between control and search engine effectiveness
  • Finding and installing recommended plugins
  • Finding and installing great themes
  • Installing and managing widgets
  • How to find material to write about
  • How to write and publish your first post
  • How to make your blog visible on the web
  • Some simple promotion strategies

For the full details, or to go directly to what you're looking for, check out the Table of Contents.

Important note: this site deals with setting up a single-site WordPress installation.

WordPress 3.0 introduced the ability to create and run either a single site or multiple sites from one installation, but I've not covered the multi-site configuration here.

Once you've set up a single WordPress site, and become familiar with it, moving to a multiple-site configuration is a logical process.

However, there are some additional requirements, such as dedicated hosting (virtual or real) and a few more bits and bobs.

Requirements for setting up a multi-site WordPress configuration: WordPress' Multi-Site Requirements.

OK, glad we got that out of the way..!

This site reads sequentially, like a book, so you can just click the 'continue reading' link at the bottom of each page and you will be taken logically through the steps of installing WordPress, configuring it, finding and installing plugins and themes, writing your first article and promoting it online.

But if you just want to dip in and out there's a Table of Contents link at the top of the right sidebar on every page.

If you have any questions you're very welcome to:

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That's it - thanks for visiting, click the 'Continue Reading' link below right to start reading and enjoy the info!

Martin Malden