If you are not yet a registered member on WeatherTogether, click here to register for an account. You will be directed to a page shown below. Simply check “Yes, I’d like to create a new site” under “Blog Details” and fill out your blog URL, site title, and site privacy settings. Be sure to choose your blog URL carefully, as you will not be able to change it once you have chosen it!
If you want to create a site and are already registered, all you need to do is click your profile in the top right corner of the browser, click on “Sites,” and then click “Create a Site.” You will then be directed to this form where you can fill out your site domain, site title, and privacy settings.
After you have made your site, log in on the home page with your username/email if you are not already logged in.
Editing Your Site:
To begin editing your site, find “My Sites” on the top left corner and go to the site you just made. From there, click on “Dashboard” to go to the “backend,” where you will further edit and customize your site.
Choosing a Theme:
The first thing you will want to do is choose a “theme” for your site. To do this, go to “Appearance“, then click on “Themes.”
WordPress’ default theme is “Twenty Seventeen,” but there are two excellent additional themes to choose from here: – “Nisarg” and “Customizr.” Nisarg is a great theme if you are looking for something simple and/or are new to WordPress, and is geared towards blogging. The “Customizr” theme is much more expansive and is a good choice for those who are more familiar with WordPress and are looking for something more versatile.
Customizing Your Site:
Once you have activated your theme, go to “Customize” under “Appearance” and you will be able to customize your site. Let’s use the Nisarg theme as an example template.
From here, we can choose a variety of different things to customize our site. Add widgets to your sidebars, change the colors on your site, add menus to navigate through pages you make, upload a beautiful header image, and so much more from here. We’ll get a Youtube demo up soon showing how to do this.
Your website comes bundled with several pre-installed plugins to enhance functionality. Click the name of the plugin to go to its page on wordpress.org, where you will find more information about the plugin and some instructions on how to use it. We’ve highlighted some of the plugins we think those creating sites will find most useful.
- Buddypress: BuddyPress is the social network suite integrated into this site, and allows for user profile fields, activity streams, messaging, and notifications.
- Facebook Widget: This widget adds a Simple Facebook Page Like Widget into your wordpress website sidebar.
- Foo Gallery: Foo Gallery is a gallery management tool that allows you to create photo galleries and display them in a variety of beautiful formats.
- FooBox Image Lightbox: A responsive lightbox that works great with Foo Gallery.
- Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress: Displays Google Analytics Reports and Real-Time Statistics in your Dashboard. Automatically inserts the tracking code in every page of your website.
- Google XML Sitemap: This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
- Mailchimp: Allows you to email subscribers with post notifications and newsletters. Click here for a tutorial to get started.
- SiteOrigin Page Builder: A drag and drop, responsive page builder that simplifies building your website.
- Regenerate Thumbnails: Allows you to regenerate all thumbnails after changing the thumbnail sizes.
- Responsive Vector Maps: Make clickable and responsive responsive vector maps for your WordPress site. Click here to see an example on WeatherTogether.
- Simple Custom CSS: The simple, solid way to add custom CSS to your WordPress website. Simple Custom CSS allows you to add your own styles or override the default CSS of a plugin or theme.
- SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle: A collection of many widgets, neatly bundled into a single plugin.
- Smart Slider 3: Create beautiful, responsive sliders for your website.
- SVG Support: Allow SVG file uploads using the WordPress Media Library uploader plus direct styling/animation of SVG elements using CSS/JS.
- TinyMCE Advanced: Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE, the visual editor in WordPress.
- WordPress Zero Spam: Blocks spam without captcha.
- WPBruiser: Another anti-spam plugin without captcha.
- WP-dTree: Provides dynamic navigation trees to replace the standard archives, categories, pages and link lists.
There are several plugins that you can install at your own discretion once you have made your site, and these can be found by clicking on “Plugins” right under “Appearance” on your dashboard. Several of these may not work on your site (that is why they are disabled by default).
That’s it for now, hopefully that’s enough to get you started! If you have any questions, you can always go to the “Support” forum. We are happy to help you in any way we can.