WordPress for Beginners

Have you already chosen a domain name? Have you found a web hosting company for your website? Have you had an insight as to what type of audience and niche you’re going to target? Have you? Then the only thing left for you is the platform to put all of your ideas to work. You can always create a plain HTML page to publish your content, but that’s very old fashioned and it’s very tedious. There’s a newer way to publish your content online and that is by using WordPress – one of the most popular content management system (CMS) today.

You might probably have heard about WordPress before. After all, it powers nearly 30% of the web and there’s also a free-hosted version which is a competition of BlogSpot. You probably even used the free-hosted WordPress version for your personal blogging projects. But what we’ll be talking about here is the self-hosted WordPress version; the one that you’ll install on your own web server. Now, without further ado, let us walk you through the basics of WordPress!

Note: we assume that you already have a working WordPress installation. The purpose of this guide is to give you a brief overview of different parts of WordPress.

The Main Dashboard

WordPress’s main dashboard consists of a left sidebar which will allow you to navigate around different parts of the WordPress admin dashboard. Then, the main screen contains a brief summary of your website such as the number of posts, comments and pages as well as the latest WordPress news, a form for creating quick drafts and other additional widgets if you added certain plugins.

The toolbar on top allows you to view the website, visit the WordPress website, create new page, post and more.

Settings

On the settings page, which can be accessed by clicking the settings option in the left-hand menu, allows you to customize some features of the WordPress core. Under settings –> general, you can edit your site’s name and tagline as well as other additional related information. Under settings –> discussion, you can control comments. Still under settings, you can also find different tools to import your existing content from different blogging platform.

Edit Post/Page

Here, you can easily publish a new blog post or a new page for your website. The forms are pretty straightforward and if you’ve used a different blogging platform before, everything is self-explanatory.

Plugins

This page allows you to add plugins to extend the functionality of WordPress. There are plugins to help you improve SEO, manage comment spam, optimize website speed and more. If you know PHP, you can event create your own plugins to add new features to WordPress

Themes

There’s no fun if there’s no themes and of course, WordPress has thousands of free themes available to everyone. Themes range from simple variations of the default WP theme to complex themes offering additional features that would otherwise require a plugin.

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