In This Chapter
With WordPress.org successfully installed, you can explore your new blogging software. This chapter guides you through the preliminary setup of your new WordPress blog by using the Dashboard. When you blog with WordPress, you spend a lot of time in the Dashboard, which is where you make all the exciting, behind-the-scenes stuff happen. In this panel, you can find all the settings and options that enable you to set up your blog just the way you want it. (If you still need to install and configure WordPress, check out Book II, Chapter 4.)
Feeling comfortable with the Dashboard sets you up for successful entrance into the WordPress blogging world. You'll tweak your WordPress settings several times throughout the life of your blog. In this chapter, while we go through the various sections, settings, options, and configurations available to you, understand that nothing is set in stone. You can set options today and change them at any time.