WordPress is the world’s leading Content Management System (CMS). There are many reasons why this application has become so popular, especially for blogging. If you don’t know how to blog, just look at blogs that are already published, and you can get inspiration from them. It is easy to create a blog, or other type of website, with WordPress, and the package is packed with lots of useful features. Best of all, it is an open source software package, which means it is free of charge.
You can either download and install WordPress on to your local computer, set up your website, and then upload everything to your web host. Alternatively, here at webdevel.com, we provide one-click install to set up your WordPress blog. This makes it incredibly easy to quickly set up your WordPress website in just a few minutes.
Once you have your WordPress website installed, you will have access to the WordPress admin functions from the WordPress dashboard. This is where you manage your website. From the dashboard, you can add, edit or delete posts, select a new template, add users, and access many other administrative functions.
One of the biggest attractions of building websites using WordPress is that you do not need any programming skills. All the software is pre-written (in PHP), and WordPress websites are template driven. There are thousands of templates available, many of them free of charge. You can change the appearance of your entire website just by selecting a different theme template.
The WordPress package is constantly updated. Upgrades may be released to fix problems that have been revealed, to improve security, or to add new features. When you choose our option to install your WordPress website, we look after the updates for you. This happens automatically, so you do not have to worry about keeping abreast of developments.
If you want just a simple website, and are happy with all the features that come built in to WordPress, you need do nothing more than add the content you want to your WordPress site. However, if you need to tweak your website, you are going to have to take some time out to learn WordPress.
While getting started with WordPress takes little time, and you do not have to learn much to do so, you will have a bigger challenge coming to grips with WordPress if you want to go beyond the basics. Because the package is so sophisticated, and gives you access to so many features, there is quite a steep learning curve involved. Fortunately, there are hundreds of really good online WordPress tutorials available to help you come to grips with the package.
When you search for WordPress tutorials, use the advanced search options to access only fairly recently added WordPress tutorials. As mentioned above, WordPress is constantly being updated, so earlier tutorials may be more of a hindrance than a help. They could be referring to features that no longer exist, or they may show screen shots that are no longer valid.
If you are completely new to WordPress, then you should start at the very beginning. Even though it could not be simpler to create your WordPress blog or website on our servers, you will benefit by understanding what is happening. You can find tutorials just by doing a search. You could search for “best wordpress tutorials” and check out what comes back. Alternatively, you could do a more specific search, for example “getting started with wordpress.”
The best way to learn from tutorials is to actually try out the steps covered in them. However, there is a catch in doing this. If you are experimenting with the WordPress installation on your website, there is a strong possibility that you can make some inadvertent change that messes up your site or its content. If you do not notice the problem immediately, you may not be able to work out what has caused the problem, or you may not be able to undo what you have done.
To avoid this happening, it is best to set up a copy of your WordPress website on your own computer. Xampp is a free, open-source application that lets you set up a local web server on your computer. Install Xampp first, and then install a local copy of WordPress.
You can find instructions online on setting up Xampp. The installation is automatic, but you will almost certainly need to edit the configuration file to change the port to use. This is necessary to avoid problems with other applications on your computer.
This is the safest way to experiment with WordPress. If you manage to make a mess of anything, it will not affect your live website. If you get totally bogged down, all you have to do is reinstall WordPress to start back at square one.
Understanding WordPress plug-ins
Yet another major benefit of building a blog or website with WordPress is that you have access to a vast range of plug-ins. These are programs written by third parties to expand the capabilities of the basic WordPress package.
Many plug-ins are free of charge, and there is also a big selection of commercial products for which you will have to pay a fee if you want to use them. Some commercial plug-in manufacturers give you a free trial of their products.
Because these plug-ins are separate from the WordPress package, you will need to look for tutorials specific to their usage. You will find many tutorials for the most popular plug-ins, and you are probably best to avoid ones for which you cannot find tutorials.
Another reason for sticking to the most popular plug-ins is that they are more likely to be updated regularly. When a new version of WordPress is installed, there is always the possibility that older plug-ins may not function at all, or they may not function in the same way as they did in an earlier version.
To avoid giving yourself a major maintenance headache, only install plug-ins that you are actually going to use. It can be very tempting to add loads of plug-ins because they are free. You may be enticed by some excellent feature that a plug-in offers, but you should ask yourself whether or not you will use the plug-in once it’s installed. If not, then do not bother installing it.
Just like experimenting with topics covered in WordPress tutorials is best done on your local server, you should also try out plug-ins locally before putting them on your live blog or website.
While you can be sure that WordPress will be around for a long time, thanks to the large development community, you have no guarantee that third party plug-ins will endure. Therefore, you need to keep your reliance on them to a minimum, especially if a plug-in enjoys minimal popularity.
If you want to create a blog, then WordPress is a readymade tool to get you up and running in no time.
You can find loads of free WordPress tutorials online to teach you how to install, use and administer WordPress. You can enhance the power of WordPress by using carefully selected plug-ins. If you are unclear about what you need to do, just contact our technical support people, we will be happy to help you.
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