WordPress configuration is quite an extensive topic, which grows together with the expansion of the website, e.g. with additional plugins, themes equipped with their own management panels, etc... In the beginning, however, you need the basics, and over time you will certainly experiment yourself by deepening your knowledge and skills.

So I'm going to focus on the basics that will allow you to use the site you're currently working on more effectively.

Go to section Settings -> General.

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Here you can change the title of your page and its slogan. In case of the skin on which I developed this example, the title and slogan will be visible in the header. Additionally, here you can set the time zone in which the page operates, the format for displaying the date and time and the administrator's email address.

In section Settings -> Discussion you can e.g. disable the default comments option for all newly created posts, you can decide who can add comments (e.g. only registered users), you can manage the blacklist of commenters, you can decide on the type of avatars displayed, etc...

Finally, I will mention the section Settings -> Direct Links. This is quite an important element, if only because of the positioning of the website in search engines such as Google, which is something everyone should care about. You may specify the format of URL addresses. By default, pages will be called from addresses such as http://moja-domena/?page_id=8. It doesn't look very attractive, does it? But you can change that by choosing one of the predefined formats:

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In the example above, the option " is selectedEntry name". On our website this will result in a change of address from http://moja-domena/?page_id=8 at http://moja-domena/o-firmie. Truth be told, it definitely looks better this way 🙂 Search engines like Google definitely like these addresses better too.

I encourage you to take a look at the other options as well, as you may find them useful, and we are moving on.

Site menu

By creating further Pages as I presented it in previous step WordPress will automatically build the main menu on their basis, throwing each of the created pages into it. It's very convenient because basically with a small page, it's enough and we don't have to do anything else, the effect with three created pages About company, Our offer, Contact:

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However, it may be that we need several different menus, e.g. one main menu as above, and another (which may have completely different elements) in the side menu. For this you can use WordPress' special menu building functionality. You can create as many of these as you like.

Go to the Appearance -> Menu tab. Your goal will be to activate the side menu.

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Enter a menu name and click on Create menu. From the right section you can add different items to the menu, these can be pages, categories or manually entered links. In turn, the order of items in the menu is managed by drag and drop by catching an X object with the mouse cursor and moving it to another location. Very simple and enjoyable.

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Once the menu has been created, it's time to place it on the page. To do this, go to the Appearance -> Widgets.

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In the main Widgets section of our skin "Primary Widget Area" you have the default widgets inserted by WordPress. These are the ones that display in the right-hand column. You can remove the ones you don't need, and you can also do this by drag and drop. Grab the X item and literally drop it out of the section, like I did below with the "Search" widget.

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Then on the left-hand side, where we have a list of widgets available for use, find "Vertical menu" and drag this widget into the main widgets section of the skin. Drop it in the place where you want to place it.

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As soon as you drop it, the options for confoguration of the widget are shown. Enter a title (it will appear on the page), in the list Source select the "Custom menu" (custom menu), and from the second list select the menu you created earlier. Save and you are done.

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The effect of what we did on the front of the page will present itself like this:

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Plugins

WordPres gives you virtually unlimited possibilities for site development. If a simple site is all you need, you know how to get it up and running. If you need a shop check out a plugin called WooCommerce. Basically, whatever comes to mind you will probably be able to implement using the right plugins. It's important that you choose them carefully. Don't install everything at random, because it's a simple way to significantly slow down your website. Each plugin is another burden for the system, which has to perform more operations. So choose add-ons that are actually useful, and avoid gadgets. You can find information on installing plugins here: "How to install a WordPress plugin“.

What I suggest is to take care of three aspects. Concentrate on optimising your site, on securing it properly and choose tools that will make your daily work with the site easier. You can find what I personally use on this site in the article "What I use“.

CONGRATULATIONS! THE WEBSITE HAS BEEN CREATED!

As you can see, making a professional looking website does not always have to be a complex and expensive process. I wish you as many visitors as possible. Don't forget to keep coming back to my blog 🙂 .

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