The Ultimate WordPress Guide For Beginners
WordPress is one of the Web publishing software which is used for creating website and blogs. It is one of the Open source. Approximately 70 Millions of Websites are created using word press. But, People cannot even know that WordPress is more than just a Blogging tool. It has one of the highly content management system (CMS) , with you can even manage your own website just by using your web browser.Wordpress is an open source, so many professionals from Worldwide are improving and creating a software code for WordPress.Here you can find thousands of themes, designs,Plugins,widgets and various other features for creating your Websites.
How it Works:
In Earlier Days, Websites were created by HTML (Hypertext markup language); this is one of the Programming language which uses “TAGS” for formatting text, page layouts, pictures etc. Web Browser then reads the HTML code and accordingly displays the content of the Particular page. But it’s an easy task now days to just install a word press software script into a web server in a minute. The time you install this into your server, you can directly use a simple editor which will be web based to create your web pages. No need to learn HTML at all. Even, there is a hosted version in WordPress.com, which permit you to create a new WordPress powered website in couple of minutes. Also its built on industry standard PHP and MySQL, WordPress can run on any modern web server.
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is that –who is hosting your website.Using WordPress.org, you host your own blog or website. In WordPress.org you will find the free WordPress software that can be downloaded and installed in our own web server.WordPress.com takes care of all of the hosting for you. There’s no need to download software, pay for hosting or manage web server.If aren’t interested in Paying for your hosting or managing a web server then worpress.com is good to go for you.
First when you install the wordpress software on your web server, you can access login page via two different URL’s.
Then from the WordPress login screen, you’ll enter the username and password that you set up during the WordPress installation process.In case if you forget the password retrieve it via email.
Creating the first WordPress post:
- Find the Posts menu on left hand side of WordPress Dashboard. We can also find the Add New Posts page from the + New link in the WordPress Admin Bar.
- Click on the Add New link.
- Now you will see the Add New Post page , where you can create your first post.
- The first box is where you will enter the title of your post. Next will be the Post formatting section or post editor. This is where you have to actually type the content of your post.
- On right side of the box you will see two tabs. There are two modes of editing posts- Visual and Text.
- The Visual tab will bring up the visual WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYG just means “what you see is what you get.” Here you will see a formatting toolbar numerous options for formatting your posts.
- If you click the Text tab, this will reveal a plain-text HTML version of the post editor. This version of the post editor is for editing the HTML code of your post. For most users, the Visual editor is the easiest way to write posts.
- At the top right column on this screen you will see the Publish box. Here, you can save your post as a draft if you would like to save it for later. If you click the Preview button, you can get a preview of how the post will look once it get published.
- The Status of the post will show if the post has been published, saved as a draft, if it’s pending review of if it’s been scheduled.
- The next two links show the visibility of the post , or what visitors will be able to see your post. The Publish line shows whether the post will be published immediately or at a later stage.
- The next section are for categories and tags assigned to your WordPress post.
- If you ever need help while you are on the Add New Posts page, just click the Help tab in the upper right corner. From here, you’ll be able to get a reminder for how to customize your post display, tips for adding a post title and using the post editor, inserting media and settings for publishing and discussion.
Inserting Links in WordPress.
- In WordPress post or page editor, select the text that you want to get hyperlinked.
- Once you select any text, click the hyperlink button on the toolbar.
- This will pop up a box where you have to enter the URL of your hyperlink and a title to be displayed on over it. You can also click on this checkbox to open the link in a new tab.
- If you’d rather link to existing content on your website, just click to expand this section. Now you will see a search bar to search your site and a list of existing posts or pages. Once you Click on one of the items in the list, that will change the hyperlink to above URL.
- Once you have your hyperlink URL ready, click the Add Link button. Now your selected text will have a link.
- To remove the link, select your text again and click the unlink button. This will remove your link.
There are millions of WordPress plugins available for free download from WordPress.org Plugin Directory. There are premium or paid WordPress plugins also.
Why you want to pay for a Plugin? There are many reasons:
There are thousands of plugins available for free in the plugin directory, paid plugins offers a full time staff support and developers who work on maintaining the security and compatibility of plugins with the latest version of WordPress as well as with other themes and plugins.In paid plugin, it’s nice to know you have support staff that can help you if anything goes wrong.You might wonder what things plugins can do. All you have to do is just take a look in a plugin directory.
The WordPress theme provides all front end styling for your WordPress site.
WordPress themes provide:
- The overall designing or styling of your site
- font style
- widget locations
- page layouts (or templates)
- styles for blog posts and blog archives
- additional stylistic details
Like WordPress plugins, there are free as well as paid Themes. You can select any theme from the theme directory.
From Dashboard Home screen. Another way to manage comments is from the WordPress Dashboard home screen, there you will see recent comments and you can quickly and easily approve, reply, edit, mark as spam or trash.