Step 3: WordPress Settings

Now that you’ve setup your website, you need to login to wordpress. In the browser, type in your website address (e.g. and add “/wp-admin” to it. It will look like this,

This is the link that you will always use to access wordpress on your website. Now enter the username and password and login.

The WordPress dashboard will appear that looks like the below screenshot, I’m not going to discuss the features just yet. We will focus on a few basic settings that are required.

  1. Click on Settings in the menu on the left and then click on General from the list that appears.

01 - Click on General Settings

2. Most of these fields should already be filled according to what was entered into cPanel during the WordPress installation. You can edit whatever you wish  if necessary . Edit the timezone field to Johannesburg.

02 - Enter on General Settings (Part 1)

3. Scroll down the page and you will find other optional settings (marked in green) that can edited. Once done, click on  save button.

03 - Enter on General Settings (Part 2)

4. Next click on Reading (4.1) in the left menu.  New settings will appear on the right, the following needs to be done:

  • Set  front page displays to “static page” and then select “Sample Page” from the drop down box for Front Page (4.2)
  • Select Summary for Each article in a feed, show.
  • Now click on the save button.

04 - Enter Reading Settings

5. Lastly, click on Permalinks (5.1) in the left menu , select post name (5.2) and click on the save button.

05 - Select Post Name in Permalink Settings

Well done! You’ve complete the Wordpress settings.

Let’s start working on Step 4: Installing Plugins