When I switch some years back from using pure HTML to WordPress, I had quite a few questions. I had several ways to find an answer to a question. I could simply ask someone or I could post a question on a search engine. I also could go to YouTube to find a video. I could buy a book on WordPress.
Come to think of it, I still use those methods. Here are some questions that come up:
1. What is WordPress?
WordPress was released in 2003 and is a free logging tool and content manager that does not require the user to know HTML. WordPress is the most popular system used on the web. For more details go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress
2. How do I install WordPress on my site?
Your hosting company will provide WordPress for your sites. They will give you simple instructions to follow. If you have to install it yourself, the WordPress site will show you how to do it.
Here is a video if you must load WordPress manually:
3. What is a WordPress theme?
The WordPress theme is a template for your website with adjustable headings, menus and other features. The video will give you a better idea.
4. How do I install a theme?
WordPress has a large number of themes for you to choose from. My friend will tell you how in this video:
5. How do I configure the heading of a theme?
The header is what you see at the top of a webpage. There may be a banner, image and/or logo. Each them is configured differently buy you will get the idea from the video.
6. How do I configure the menus of a theme?
Most themes are similar in the configuration of menus. You go to Appearances and then to Menus. Now follow the video:
7. What is a widget and how do I configure widgets?
Widgets are like menu items. However, they are little snips of information that you can place inside bars and such. To do this you go to Appearances and then to Widgets. Now you will see widgets along the left column that you can move to a particular area of your website. You can also create a widget very easily in your editor. Just use the text area for a post or for a page, but do not enter a title or such. Just create a widget with text and pics as you like. Now click on HTML or text (not visual) and copy or cut the code. Now go to the widget section, click on Text, and move it to your widget location. Now name your widget and place your content in the description box. Now follow the video for more information:
8. What is a page and how do I create one?
Pages contain the major content of a website. A rule of thumb is that pages should be at least 2500 words or as long as needed to convey the information that your site visitors are looking for. It is easy to add a page. Just go to Pages and select New Page. You can add your information in Visual or Text (HTML) mode. It is much like a word processor.
9. What is a post and how do I create one?
The post is created the same way as a page is created. Posts are of immediate value and provide newer insights into your niche to inform your readers. See the above video if you still have questions.
10. How do I put pictures on a page or post?
When you create a page or post, menu bar will allow you to add pictures or other images. Just make sure you have the rights to the image. You may want to edit your image before you put it on the document. The WordPress will let you place the document and size it and add a caption to it. You can also add a description. Add your own images if you can.
11. How do I put a video on the page or post?
I use a plug-in to place videos, but WordPress has a build in way to place a video. If you copy the video from YouTube, go to Share, it may be an icon that looks like a motor governor or two small spheres together in a V like to cherries picked from your tree. Right-click on on the share icon to copy the embed code. If it says Share, when you click on it some code will come up. Click on Embed and paste it into your document but only after you have clicked on the Text or HTML mode.
12. What is a plug-in?
WordPress is open to the public and anyone can add a plug-in to amend the functions of WordPress. Plug-ins add certain features to WordPress. The video shows 10 plug-ins that you should have, according to your objectives, on your site. A number of plug-ins are are installed on WordPress when you get it. All you have to do is activate them. I have a number of plug-ins that duplicate WordPress functions. You need to decide what is important to you.
13. How do I add a table to my page or post?
There is a table function in your page editor. I use the TablePress plug-in because it seems to suit me. If you want to change the width of a column, just google it and you will get the needed code.
14. Is there an easier way than WordPress?
Yes. My son uses Shopify.com because he is too busy to mess with site building. He went from HTML, WordPress and then the “work was done” sites like Shopify.com. I used one of these sites years ago when I needed a ready make e-commerce store. I think it was Bishosting.com.
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