WordPress Tutorial – Beginner’s EditionPosted on 11 Oct by

WordPress Tutorial – Beginner’s Edition

Powering over 60 million websites and blogs, WordPress is today one of the most preferred content management systems in the world. Based on PHP and MySQL, WordPress was initially launched in 2003 and over the years have transformed how the world looks at the open source concept. This WordPress tutorial is intended to give you’ll an idea of the platform.

The first step, obviously, is to install WordPress on your local machine or server,but before that ensure if your system contains the following files:

Wamp or Xampp Server.

PHP version 5.2.4 or greater.

MY SQL version 5.2 or greater.

After ensuring that you have the above files, you can go ahead and start the server (Wamp or Xampp) and open the phpMyAdmin panel in a new browser window. Once that is done, click on the database index to create a new version and name it accordingly and click the ‘Create’ button. Now download a copy of WordPress by visiting -http://wordpress.org/download/. Once the download is complete, extract the zip file and copy it to the root directory of the server. If using the Wamp server, then go to C:\wamp\www or C:\xampp\htdocs if using Xampp and paste the files in the WordPress folder. Before opening the URL, ensure that the wp-config-sample.php file in the directory is renamed to wp-config-php and enter the relevant database information.

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Once the above steps are completed, it’s time to open your browser, key in http://localhost/wordpress/ and select your preferred language. The screen which follows is that of the installation form and you will have to provide a title for your website, the admin username, password and an active admin email address. Now you’re all set to install WordPress. Once done, use the admin credentials to login into WordPress.

Dashboard

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Once you log-in, the screen that welcomes you is called the Dashboard. It is the where you can access and edit all the information pertaining to your website. The information provided in the Dashboard panel, commonly known as widgets, are shown in the form of blocks

General Setting

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The general panel includes the date and timezone setting of your website. The timezone can be adjusted using the dropdown. The most important aspect here is to look at the permalink setting. The default setting may not be of much relevance and it is imperative that you change the default URL of your website to something more meaningful.

Install your Theme

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The themes to choose from in WordPress are a collection of files which provides the overall design or the style format of your WordPress site without modifying any codes associated with the software. There are almost 1500 themes to choose from. To choose a theme, click on Appearance and then choose Themes. Select the theme you prefer and click on the Install button and then activate it. If you are looking for a custom upload, then click on the Add New button on the top left and choose a theme from your system. It is always good to keep a check on the below factors before deciding on a theme:

  • Strive for Simplicity

  • Being Responsive is Not Optional Anymore

  • Browser Compatibility

  • Supported Plugins

  • Translation + Multilingual Ready

  • Page Builders

  • Support Option For When you Need Help

  • SEO Friendly

Some of the most popular and well-designed themes that you can look into are - OShine, Divi, Soledad, Specular, Uncode and Massive Dynamic (https://colorlib.com/wp/top-10-most-popular-wordpress-themes/)

How do I add content?

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To add content to your site, there are two methods you can follow. One is by creating a page and the other is by creating a post. For example, if you are looking to include a ‘Service’ or About’ page in your website then make use of the ‘Create Page’ feature. If you are looking to add blogs, then it is the ‘Create Post’ feature that you should be looking at.

In the Dashboard interface, you can click on the ‘New Link’ option to select a Page or a Post. The procedure for adding content is similar and extremely simple to be honest. You just have to follow the pointers in each page and add relevant text and images.

Setting Up a Static Front Page

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Requirements are varied, and for some, it is important that their home page has a static interface. WordPress has four ways of customizing a home page, of which three – Blog, Static Front Page and Static Front Page Plus Blog - are of the static variety. Users are free to choose their preference.

Install your Plugin

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A WordPress Plugin is a program or a set of one or more functions written using the PHP programming language. Plugins can extend the overall functionality of your website like adding new features and bringing in relevant updates. There are three different ways to install a WordPress Plugin and I strongly recommend going through the post published in wpdean.com (http://wpdean.com/how-to-install-wordpress-plugin/). A few of the most popular plugins to integrate with WordPress are as follows:

  1. Backup Plugin – Used to handle unexpected issues as and when they crop up.

  2. Contact Form 7 – Can be used to add a contact form.

  3. Yoast SEO – Use this plugin to get inputs on how to make your website SEO friendly.

  4. Google Analytics – The world’s most preferred analytics tool is an absolute must and provides real-time feedback on the performance of your website.

To conclude, WordPress is most definitely an efficient platform to design a website. Small and medium scale firms can make use of the unique yet simple features provided by WordPress and create a website to showcase their product/services using this tutorial. Hope this WordPress tutorial was of help. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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11 October 2016

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