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The Refined Pro Theme is one of my favorites as far as feminine blog design goes. I fell in love with it and decided to put a tutorial together to teach my blogging clients how to build a Lifestyle blog on WordPress using the Refined Theme.
Register a Doman Name
I register my domains at GoDaddy. Choose a domain that is short and memorable if possible and choose a .com extension. If you ever decide to flip your domain or sell the domain, 2 words are more valuable as a general rule.
Your WebHost will provide a unique link for you to log into. This is typically an address that looks like [yourwebsitename.com/wp-login].
You can change the password they gave you, but do make sure it’s a very secure password and that you save it.
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Notice the WordPress Dashboard
When you see the “At A Glance” message that WordPress provides offering a sample post, a comment preview, and a “dummy” page you’ll know that you have reached the WordPress dashboard.
This is customizable.
I’ll be honest and say I don’t do much with the dashboard myself. I’m usually finding what I need in the left or top column.
Find the word ‘Plugins’ in the left column. If your WordPress system came with any default Plugins other than the host plugin, you can go ahead and delete those.
I’m going to advise Plugins for you based on your blogging goals. You’ll also gain Plugins in our Refined Theme upload.
Plugins add functionality to your website.
They are often free with premium upgrades. They also need to be updated on a regular basis as they can make your website vulnerable to hackers.
I suggest WP Engines Smart Plugin Manager upgrade with your hosting if you aren’t going to be in your website frequently to update your plugins. It’s easy to update, and bloggers forget.
To remove a plugin, you can first deactivate it, and then delete it.
Select Your Permalink Structure
From the left hand column, find settings, then choose permalinks, then make sure post name is selected. This is the most popular choice today for short, simple, keyword friendly domain names. Once you set this, don’t change it.
Set your General Settings
Site Title: 50-60 Characters. This is displayed on your blog usually in the header and is the website name shown on the search engines
Tagline: This is sometimes displayed on a Website and by Google in the snippet on a search engine results page
Timezone, Date, Domain Name, etc. should all be filled in.
Customize social icons that are displayed on your website. Choose the social profiles they link to and select from various colors and sizes. Change the alignment easily to display on your Genesis Child Theme.
Soliloquy is a WordPress slider plugin that is very popular for adding sliders to a WordPress website. Soliloquy was designed to adapt to the workflow of WordPress users to reduce the bloat that is created by sliders. It’s optimized for speed and usability.