The instructions in this section are for setting up your InDTexas or Leadzy website however they will work for setting up any WordPress website. This tutorial assumes you have already selected a website theme for your site. If you have not chosen a theme, review the tutorial for Choosing a WordPress Theme.
You will need to create two new WordPress pages and 3 sample blog posts for the setup of your site. For the blog posts you will need to add dummy text inside of the posts. Don’t worry, you can change the content after you are all setup.
Most WordPress themes come standard with a default page layout which displays the latest blog posts. However you will want to customize your home page by assigning it a page template. You will also want to perform other basic configurations. This tutorial will get you well on your way to creating your site.
To create the first new page. Go to Pages > Add New. Enter the Page Title and label it “Home” or Home Page.
Edit the Permalink (located under the title). Click the “Edit” button and type “home” in the field. This is the direct link to the page you just created.
From the Page Attributes section on your right, change the template from “Default Template” to “Home Page.”
Click the blue Publish button on the right of your screen.
Next, go to Pages > Add New to create a page titled Blog, then click Publish. Leave the page template set to the default template. The blog page will display a list of posts or news articles you publish under “Posts.”
Now let’s set up these pages to display the proper content on the Home page and Blog page based on the assigned page templates. To do this we will edit the Reading Settings. By default WordPress Front pages are set to display the latest blog posts. We want to change this.
From your WordPress Dashboard Go to Settings > Reading and check the Radio button next to the text which reads: A static page (select below). This will change the Front page
For Front page select “Home.”
For Posts page select “Blog.”
Add Blog Posts
Finally you will want to set up a few sample blog posts so that you can see how your blog page will look whenever a new post is added. It is similar to creating pages:
Go to Posts > Add New. Enter a Page Title Sample Blog Post 1. Now put some dummy text in the page and click the blue Publish button on the right of your screen.
Repeat this process a couple more times to generate about 3 blog posts. These will automatically show on the Blog page as new posts are added.
To view your posts, go to the Pages menu. From the left menu in the Dashboard go to Pages > All Pages and click on the link for the Blog page you created.
Once the page editor appears, click on the “View Page” button to display the page. You should see a list of the blog posts you just created.
Set Up Default Category
Later in this process you will be asked to set your default category so to prepare we will set up your Post Categories using the instructions below. You may set up all of your categories now or only the default.
Go to Posts > Categories and under “Add New Category” in the “Name” field type in a category labeled “Articles” and press enter. You can add additional categories the same way.