So once your domain and host are talking to each other (click here to read How to Change your Nameservers), you should be able to type your domain in your browser address bar and your site will come up! I realize it's generic, but we'll change that soon enough. First we've got to tweak some settings.
(If you are using your domain on an existing blog elsewhere, pull up your site by using the temporary URL you received in one of your welcome emails from your host.)
The first thing I do is change the default user from "admin" to something else. This is an important step because hackers have been known to utilize admin accounts to break into blogs. So, getting rid of the admin user is just good practice.
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1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard
You can get to the login screen a few ways:
- Type yourdomain.com/wp-login.php into your browser's address bar.
- From your site's homepage (yourdomain.com or temporary URL), look for "Meta" in the right sidebar. Click "Login" to get to the login screen. (If you're using your temporary URL and you're having trouble, check this article. Thanks to Shelly for the tip!)
2. Create a new user
- Once you're logged in, you will be at your Dashboard. In the left column, click on "Users" and then "Add New User" underneath. Fill in the appropriate information to add a new user.
- Make sure you set "Role" to "Administrator." (This is important!!)
- Click "Add User."
3. Delete your "Admin" user
- Once your new user has been added, log out of your Dashboard completely (hover over your name in the top right of your screen until you see the option to log out).
- Then go back to Step 1 above and login again, but this time as the new user you just created.
- Once in, go to "Users" (again, in the left column).
- Hover over the "Admin" in the list and you'll see the option to delete that user account. Click "Delete."
- You will be asked on the next page if you want to delete all posts and links. Assuming your blog is brand new, you can delete since you have not written any posts yet. WARNING: If your blog is not new and you have already posted, DO NOT DELETE. If you do, you will delete all existing posts. Instead, choose the second option "Attribute all posts and links" and select the new user in the dropdown menu.
Other posts in this series
- How to Start a Blog or Website: Intro & FAQ
- How to Start a Blog or Website: Cheat Sheet
- How to Find (or Refind) Your Passion
- How to Decide What to Blog About: What Works for Readers?
- How to Decide What to Blog About: What Works for You?
- Understand Branding: 4 Tips
- Understand Keywords: Increase the Odds of Getting Found
- Writing Great Content: 3 Tips
- How to Write a Killer About Page
- 12 Blog Organization Tips
- How to Choose a Domain Name: 12 Tips
- How to Register a Domain Name
- How to Set Up Hosting and WordPress
- How to Change Your Nameservers
- How to Add a New User in WordPress
- How to Optimize Your WordPress Settings
- How to Install a Plugin
- My Favorite Plugins
- How to Get & Optimize a Feedburner Feed
- How to Choose a WordPress Theme
- How to Install a WordPress Theme
- Elegant Themes for WordPress
- How to Install Google Analytics
- How to Use WordPress: Tips & Tricks
- How to Start a Blog or Website: 10 Tips for New Bloggers