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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Use the web hosting site that was used in Task 1.
Free Hosting with PHP and MySQL, Website Builder
After the account is set up navigate to the home page
Next open the file manager to view existing files in the C-panel
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
Click the WordPress icon to install WordPress. Follow the online instructions
This is the basic WordPress home page
Now the WordPress files can be seen
View the plugins and themes folders
The next stage is to turn the basic blog into a basic website
Search for the Vantage theme and follow the online instructions to install and activatethis theme
This is the basic Vantage home page
This is where you can change the site title and tagline
This is where you can get rid of posts by clicking static page option
This is where you can edit your pages. Edit the About page
Now the page is more basic
Edit the pages to get rid of the disscussion thread