If this is your first time opening up Cydia you’ll be met with a bit of query. First and foremost: “Who are you?” Not all of the packages available on cydia are designed for all users, choose a generalized category you would throw yourself into that most suits your style at the moment. You can always change it after so don’t worry on your choice much now.
Welcome to Cydia on the iPad. Orient yourself with the main page, in this case I’ve received a secondary prompt stating I need an “essential upgrade” essential smential what are you talking about? Well there’s always changes and updates, unlike with the iTunes apps these don’t have to be updated through app store so they can ultimately update whenever they’d feel is most beneficial for their users.
If you decide to “complete upgrade” you’ll install an update to both the base structure and UI kit, if you choose “essential” you’ll just install the update to the base structure. If you forego everything and ignore it, suit yourself. You usually won’t see an immediate change to anything, but I’m sure your iPad isn’t going to complain that an app has a better chance of responding more efficiently.
In this case I’m going to give her a “complete upgrade”. Like a deluxe wash, ooo yeah, feel her purr. Watch the code fly. Think of how bad the makers of old school corny tech movies like Hackers would shit their pants if they saw what you just did. After the upgrade, follow the prompt and return to Cydia.
You should now be ready to download whatever your heart desires. Navigate to ‘sections’ and skim through the hundred or so categories available, more content can be added by downloading from the repositories section or adding a source’s URL on the ‘manage’ menu item which is second to the bottom right.