Why WordPress?

  • WordPress is a powerful computer application having common UI, based on PHP and MySQL , but you need not have to type any code there.
  • It is a Free and Open Source that can be installed on a web server.
  • It is very easy platform to host a website with very attractive UI.
  • Very easy to manage ( Even for non-Tech people).
  • It is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) friendly.
  • Supports Group based permission system.
  • Has ability to create website within moments.

WordPress Worldwide

  • WordPress is used by 59.5% of all the websites who are using content management system.
  • A content management system is software that keeps track of every piece of content on your Web site.
  • Overall 26.5% of the total website worldwide are using WordPress.

Guide to wordpress —

  1. Installing a Theme.
  2. Creating Pages / Posts.
  3. Edit Pages / Posts.
  4. Adding Pages / Posts to a menu.
  5. Customizing your site.
  6. Setting up Static Homepage.
  7. Installing Plug-Ins.

1. Installing a Theme

Installing Themes on WordPress
  • First you need to install the WordPress on a server.
  • Login in your cPanel which you have got through your server administration.
  • Find WordPress icons in Apps Installer Rows.
  • Provide appropriate options during the installation and do create the user and password carefully, that will be memorable.
  • It’s time to login to your WordPress dashboard with the url/wp-admin.
  • From your dashboard menu, choose Appearance -> Themes -> Add New
  • By default there should be one theme which will be installed at the time of WordPress installation, but now you can choose from thousands of themes.
  • You can preview the theme that how your website will look like and read the documentation and FAQs through click on Details link.
  • Few themes have pre-built templates / demo, so that by installing just templates / demo your website will start looking like the one shown in demo with the attachments.
  • To install the demo/templates the options may vary from Theme to Theme. But generally, these options will find in Appearance or Settings options or even in the Theme Settings Options.
  • You can also install paid theme. For that you need to first download the theme file. You can get the attractive WordPress theme easily from various common website.
  • You can get the themes from http://themeforest.net/, they have a very good support team.
  • Now, From your dashboard menu, choose Appearance -> Themes -> Add New -> Upload Theme
  • Upload the zip file of theme and then activate the theme.

2. Creating Pages/Posts

  • To add Page on WordPress Website, go to dashboard go to Pages -> Add New.
  • A Page is generally static , containing information, that doesn’t often change.
  • You can have subpages within your page, creating a hierarchy of pages.
  • To add Posts, follow the same above mentioned process.
  • Posts are what make your blog a blog — they’re servings of content that are listed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s front page (you can change the default order to list posts chronologically using these instructions).
  • After creating your PAGE / POSTS you will be asked to enter the Title of the Page / Posts and then below that you have to write the actual content that is going to be display on your website.
  • The content interface will look like MS-Word.
  • After creating your Posts / Pages, you can save it as draft or for reviewing.
  • And if everything is OK, then, click on Publish, and it will start displaying on your website, and will have particular URL, through that anyone can see that Page/Posts.
  • You can also edit the link if you want to edit for your ease.

3. Edit Pages/Posts

There are 2 ways to edit your Pages / Posts.

First way —

  1. Go to the dashboard and then click on edit the Pages you want to edit.
  2. When done editing, click update.
  3. Then view page.

Second way —

  1. Visit the page you want to edit.
  2. Then click on the Edit Page link on the very top bar, which includes WordPress menus.
  3. When done editing, click Update.
  4. Then view page.

Same steps are applicable to edit the POSTS.

4. Adding Pages/Posts to a menu

A Menu is a list of links used to navigate your site.

  • From your dashboard, click on Appearance -> Menus -> Create a new Menu.
  • Enter Menu name, then click create menu.
  • Tick boxes to add pages and posts.
  • You can also add custom links to menu (ie. You can still add the links which are not the part of your WordPress website).
  • Click add to menu.
  • Pages/Posts appear in the menu structure.
  • You can drag the listing according to your convenience and the way you want to arrange.
  • Save menu.
  • Also you can delete the menu if you want to delete the existing one.
  • Now to use the menu you have created, go to Manage Locations.
  • Select the Primary menu and Footer menu according to your choice.
  • Save Changes (Visit Website now).

5. Customizing your site

  • Go to Appearance -> Customize.
  • You can choose various options that include customisation of your website, including site-identity, fonts, header, background images.

6. Setting up Static homepage

Setting up a Static homepage
  • Go to your dashboard , click on Settings -> Reading
  • Choose a Static Page.
  • Select the Page you want as your Home Page.
  • Save Changes and you can visit the website.

7. Installing Plug-Ins

Installing new Plug-Ins
  • From your Dashboard, Plugins -> Add new -> Browse and Choose from thousands of available plugins.
  • Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress.
  • Plugins then offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.

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