Introduction to Wordpress Part 1

WordPress is a free, very powerful, and easy to use web publishing platform, allowing anyone—whether they have technical skills or not—to build and maintain their own website. While WordPress started out as a blogging platform, it’s capabilities have dramatically expanded to build any kind of website that you want.

Here’s a quick list of some of the different kinds of sites you can build with WordPress:

WordPress Features

Posts:

Posts are used for regularly recurring content, like blog posts, upcoming events, or perhaps news pieces. New posts always appear above older posts so your website content is always going to be new and fresh. You can also make use of something called categories to sort your WordPress posts by topic.

Pages:

Pages are perfect for creating standalone content for your site, like contact pages or an about us page or, other individual pages you might have on your site. Unlike posts, pages will always be current and they will always be accessible for your visitors.

Publishing Options:

For both pages and posts, we have a strong set of publication options. We can save our content as a draft, we can schedule the date and time that it’s going to get published online, we can set content to be public or private, or even password protected.

Images and Media:

WordPress has a really simple user interface for inserting images and multimedia into your posts and your pages. You can resize images, add in captions and alternative text, and all of your media content is stored inside something called the Media Library. At any time, we can go and reuse images and media in the Media Library.

Commenting System:

WordPress also has a commenting system built in, which you can turn on or shut off. If you decide that you do want to have commenting activated, this is perfect for building a community and building discussions around your content and around your website. Or you could disable commenting for specific pages and posts if you wish.

Multiple User Accounts:

We can allow other people to create content for our site and we can set WordPress restrictions on these various accounts, meaning that perhaps their content has to be approved first before it can go live on the web. This is perfect if you’re working in a group or with a team who’s collaborating on a project

Themes:

Very simply, a WordPress theme is the design, the look and feel, for the website. We can change our website’s theme with the click of a button. WordPress’s Theme Directory has thousands of themes to choose from, or we can make use of high quality premium themes Yet another option is to build your own custom theme. You could hire a developer to build a custom theme for you, or if you are experienced with HTML and CSS, you could build your own from scratch

Plugins:

Here’s where the real power of WordPress comes in. Plugins allow us to expand and extend our website’s capabilities. With plugins, we can set up things like slideshows, media players, social media, e-commerce, SEO, and much, much more Word-Press’s Plugins Directory contains literally thousands of plugins.

How To Put Your WordPress Site Online

Step 1: Set up hosting account

Use the web hosting site that was used in Task 1.

hostinger.co.uk

Free Hosting with PHP and MySQL, Website Builder

Step 2: Check the websiteis working

After the account is set up navigate to the home page

Step 3: Open File Manager

Next open the file manager to view existing files in the C-panel

Step 4:Install WordPress

Now that your hosting is set up, you’re ready to install WordPress. We’ll be doing this via your hosting account’s control panel, or cPanel. Click the Auto Installer

Step 5: Install WordPress

Click the WordPress icon to install WordPress. Follow the online instructions

Step 6: Fill in the required login details

Step 7: Login to the WordPress dashboard

Open up the dashboard

Navigate to home page

This is the basic WordPress home page

Open up File Manager

Now the WordPress files can be seen

Explore the File Manager

View the plugins and themes folders

Existing themes

Existing plugins

Turn Blog into Website

The next stage is to turn the basic blog into a basic website

Install and Activate the Vantage theme

Search for the Vantage theme and follow the online instructions to install and activatethis theme

Navigate to home page

This is the basic Vantage home page

Go to General Settings

This is where you can change the site title and tagline

Go to reading Settings

This is where you can get rid of posts by clicking static page option

Go to Pages

This is where you can edit your pages. Edit the About page

Unclick the discussion thread

Now the page is more basic

Add pages to the website

Edit the pages to get rid of the disscussion thread

Change the pages to full page width

Part 2