This will be a short post because there’s not much to this step, but it will cover how to set your permalinks.
By default, WordPress makes the URL extension of your posts a number. This does not look good to Google or your readers. So, the easiest way to fix this is by going into the settings tab on your WordPress dashboard and clicking on “Permalinks”.
You will then select the “Post Name” radio button, and finally, save changes. This will make your individual post pages have URLs like “yoursite/your-post” instead of “yoursite/1″. You can see how the post name would be more appealing.
This is considered on site SEO. There is much more to it, but this will get you started and make Google view your blog as more legit.
Once WordPress is installed, you will need a few essential plugins to support your blog. This will help things run more smoothly.
- All in One SEO Pack
- Google Sitemap Plugin
- W3 Total Cache
- Simple Share Buttons Adder
These are the exact plugins used on this blog.
Akismet will filter out the tons of spam comments you’ll get. You’ll get much more than you expect. All in One SEO Pack will help you rank higher on Google. Google Sitemap Plugin will help you get indexed more quickly on Google. W3 Total Cache will make your site run more quickly. Simple Share Buttons Adder allows your readers to share on social networks and social bookmarking sites.
This can be large source of confusion when trying to get started. Installing WordPress may seem complicated, but in most cases it’s extremely easy.
The simplest way to install WordPress on Hostgator is:
- Log in to your control panel.
- Click on Fatastico De Luxe near the bottom of the page.
- In the left navigation, click WordPress.
- Now, click new installation.
- Then, you’ll enter some quick details for your blog.
- Finally, click finish installation and WordPress will be installed to your server.
You can now log into your WordPress dashboard at YOURDOMAIN/wp-admin.