Gone are the days of line after line of hard coding. A new day has arrived with a content management system that has become a designer’s favorite. WordPress has gone viral with its simple and user friendly ways to implement anything from a clean website to an outstanding and complicated one. This infrastructure allows designers to add or take away features and also allows them to easily edit these features.
The first step in creating a WordPress website is to buy a hosting package. This simply means you are buying a place for your website to be stored along with your domain name. (ie: www.tecvar.com)
The next step in creating a WordPress website is choosing a WordPress theme. This is simply the design and general look of your website. When searching for themes, be aware that your site will not look exactly like the examples. Your site will have the same features and options as the examples, however, you will be able to change the content within the theme.
After purchasing your hosting package and finding the right theme, the next step is to start building. The main thing you will be using when building your site is the “Dashboard.” This is the backbone of your website-as the skeleton is to the human body. You can access your Dashboard once you log into your site. (http://yourdomain/wp-admin) Whatever is changed within the Dashboard, reflects on the outside.
The Dashboard consists of a few main navigation points. On the left hand side, there are various tabs consisting of a few basic features of your website’s design. These include the tabs named Posts, Media, Pages, Appearance, and Plugins.
Posts will be the main source of content depending on what theme you choose. Various posts will appear on the different pages of your site according to what you set your theme’s functions to. Media simply consists of the various photos within your website and Pages are the pages set which can be viewed on your navigation bar. The Appearance tab has two main sub-tabs you want to pay attention to-Menus and Widgets. The Menu will allow you to drag and drop the various pages and categories you want within your header.
Plugins are very important when it comes to editing your website more towards how you want it to be. A plugin can be compared to an App for a smart phone. If there is a specific feature you would like your site to have and it didn’t come with the theme, most likely, there’s a plugin for it. You can simply Google search plugins or search the plugin within the Dashboard.
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