Just like any software, the next step after downloading and installing WordPress is familiarizing with it and customizing it to suit your needs. Learning the basics of WordPress will take you very long at all, and you should get your blog up and running in no time.
I recommend that you jump right in and get started with publishing pages and posts on your blog. You don’t have to understand everything about WordPress to get started. Obviously you have something to say, because you started a blog as a platform for those ideas, so get the creative juices flowing and publish your first blog post.
Begin to familiarize yourself with the administrative settings of WordPress. Click on each icon and review the WordPress settings available to you, tweaking them as you go. The only way to learn WordPress is to explore the software in this way.
Much of the power of WordPress lies in the ability to customize the application through the use of plugins and custom themes. The default theme of WordPress is good enough when you are just beginning, but you will soon find that it is quite limiting and probably will want to upgrade to a custom theme.
I recommend that you test out some of the free themes available so that she can get a taste of the different options and looks that each one provides. Eventually you’re going to be best served to purchase a custom theme, such as Catalyst, which is the one that I use on this blog.
A paid custom theme such as Catalyst will allow you to customize virtually anything on your blog, allowing you to tweak every little feature until you get the look and functionality exactly the way that you would like it.
So after you download and install the WordPress, just jump right in and begin the slow process of learning the software. There’s no reason to be intimidated because it is very intuitive and easy to learn.