Learn Basics of WordPress

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WordPress enables website owners to update page content and operate a blog page through a friendly interface (avoiding the need to learn web design skills). It is an open source Content Management System (CMS), which allows the users to build dynamic websites and blog. WordPress is the most popular blogging system on the web and allows updating, customizing and managing the website from its back-end CMS and components.

Step-By-Step:

Log-in credentials for your WordPress site.

          

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Introducing the Dashboard

     

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At the very top of the page is the Admin Bar, and as with most of WordPress, the content in this bar is context sensitive, as in, what appears in this area will depend on where you are within WordPress. If you are on the Dashboard, as we are in this first image, you’ll be able to hover over the links in the admin bar and get access.

Some basic general settings

    

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In the Permalink Settings which alters the URLs on our site from the default post id to reflect something a bit more meaningful for both readers and for search engines. In this case, we’re using just the post name for our permalinks.

Understanding posts and pages (i.e. Different Content Types)

           

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Posts and Pages are both content types and while they have a lot of similarities there are also a few differences specific to each content type. To put it simply, the differences are not unlike different kinds of publications: Pages are like Books, Posts are like Magazines.

Creating a page

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You can start with the Admin bar and hit the New link up there and a list will drop down, and one of the items you can create from there is a Page. If you’re in the Dashboard can also click on the Pages link in the Sidebar menu and choose the Add New page from there. OR, if you’ve clicked on the Pages link you may find yourself in the Pages listing section, you can see a link in the top of that which says Add New.

Creating a post

  

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The different areas allow for different kinds of Post Formats and various ways of classifying your posts according to categories. As it is at the moment the post is set to the default category of ‘Uncategorized’.

Setting static pages for home and blog pages

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So, now you know how to create pages and posts, and you might be having thoughts about how you want your front page structured. So, let’s say our site structure looks less like the above and looks more like this:

  • Home – A static introductory page
  • About Page – Why this site exists with a short bio about the site owner
  • Services Page – A listing of the services I offer
  • Blog Page – A listing of my latest blog posts or news articles
  • Contact Page – Predictably where to find me and how to get in touch

Conclusion:

Starting out your website project with a bit of a plan as to how your site’s going to be structured will save a lot of long-term hassle wherein you could find yourself writing and rewriting posts and pages to make the site conform to your content. Depending on that plan the pages, posts.

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