Getting Started with WordPress

If you’re new to WordPress there are few things you need to know to get started. If you have installed your WordPress already then you’re on a good track.

WordPress is a full content management system that has thousands of plugins to give you the functionality, tools, and display options you need to create a customized B2C, B2B or blog website that really rocks!

Installing

If you have WordPress installed already – skip reading this part. 

Installing WordPress is an easy task. There are 2 ways to do it, easiest way if you use cPanell is to install it from there. Usually, they have most popular scripts available on the first page so you just have to set it up and wait few seconds.

If you don’t have cPanell or want to go a different way – go to WordPress.org to download the latest version. You can either upload all files directly from administration panel of your hosting or FTP client like FileZilla. Also, you have to create Database with a user so WP could be able to store data in a database. This step in total takes few minutes more but still you can have your WP site ready in less than 5 minutes.

TIP: If you’re used to uploading files trough FTP and love to do all yourself – if you have cPanell upload archived file so you have only one file to upload. More files usually take longer time. When a file is uploaded go to cPanell, a file directory and extract your uploaded file. This is very useful if you’re uploading your WP with theme and plugins inside – you save a lot of time like this.

There are many videos available on how to install WordPress step-by-step so I will skip this part.

Get to know your Dashboard

WordPress dashboard

Once you installed and have access to your WP site you can get to know Dashboard better. It’s your main administration panel and usually gives you an overview of what’s happening at your site – visitors, posts, comments, security, etc. Left menu is navigation to edit your website – install plugins, add posts or pages, make changes in design.

Posts will take you to posting section, this is where you add articles.

Pages are usually used for pages that don’t change. For instance, if you want to have “Contact” page you would need a new page and add specific shortcode so the contact form would show up.

Media holds are your photos that you have uploaded. I’m not visiting this section almost at all. When I need to upload new photos for articles I do it from post page itself.

Plugins this is where you install, activate or disable your plugins needed for WP.

Settings take care of main WP settings and here you can find plugins settings that you have installed.

Appearance is responsible for your design, menus, widgets.

Learn Which Plugins You Have & What They Do

Plugins are most important part of WordPress. When getting started with WordPress I would recommend all people to read more about plugins and how to work with them. I have seen so many websites with hundreds of plugins that they don’t actually use but they keep them active. At that point, you could start to complain about website loading speeds and security. The more plugins you have – more possibility for you to get hacked or run in issues. Less is gold here.

If you want to add a new feature to your website you just need to search for plugins. Almost in every case there’re available plugins for what you want. Remember to keep all your plugins updated.

Don’t forget to read my article about WordPress must have plugins!

TIP: If you plan to have more than one website, keep a list of plugins you like to work with and what they do. It will make it easier for you to find the plugin you need from the list instead of logging in to other website and go trough plugin list.

Check your notifications

When you log into a website you will see small notifications with numbers. Usually, it means new comments or updates. Update part is important so keep an eye on them and don’t ignore them.

Start posting

It’s time for you to start posting. “Posts -> Add new” and you’re ready to write amazing content. It doesn’t matter if you have B2B, B2C or just a blog – content is gold. Content is how people are finding you.



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