The Short And Sweet Guide To WordPress For Your New Website

If you want to design a website without getting into complicated matters like programming and designing it manually, a WordPress website might be the perfect alternative. WordPress is what is known as a CMS (Content Management System). It is free to set up, which is a good start. WordPress is very popular for setting up things like blogs, but it falls down when users need to build a website that has to be customized in a specific way. If you want to start a website without learning a computer language such as HTML and CSS Wordpress is ideal. It is also the better option because learning languages is time-consuming. If you are building a website for an online business, being efficient with your time is of paramount importance. Time spent in learning intricate programming languages and more time spent selling products equals more sales. WordPress has a brief learning curve to it and does require an investment of some time, but it is nowhere near as difficult as learning HTML and CSS to design your website manually. There are a plethora of guides on the net to learn WordPress but they are often drawn out. This is a brief introduction to it. Understanding the fundamentals of anything is always the best way to start. Your website will be looking sleek and professional in no time.

So how does WordPress work?

WordPress works using a web template system. First, you will need to install Wordpress on your hosting platform. This is quite a simple process requiring just a few clicks, but users often report on forums about it being a daunting thing to go through. Trust us when we say it is a lot less daunting that building that website from scratch! To install the software, first navigate to the control panel of your hosting platform. All good web hosts will offer a 1-click install of WP using SimpleScripts. First, click into SimpleScripts. You will then see a WordPress icon. Clicking on this takes you to a page with the option to install it. Simply click the install button. WordPress will ask what domain you want it be installed on. Enter the URL and note down the login information they give you. The login information includes the URL for gaining access to the admin section of WordPress. After the installation completes, navigate to the login URL and you will be taken into your WordPress dashboard. It is as easy as that.

The WordPress dashboard can appear complicated at first but you will get the hang of it after about an hour of experimenting with it. The first thing you can do is scroll down to General Settings on the left-hand side of the dashboard and change the title of your home page. You can also change the tag line, which is a small sub-heading written in italics telling users what the website is about. All this would require knowledge of tags in HTML such as < h1 > tags. WordPress automates the process and does this in the background ensuring you can focus on the refinement and usability of your website.

You can now add a theme to your website. The purpose of themes is to customize the appearance of your domain without getting into difficult programming languages. CSS is actually going on in the background of any WP theme, but the software comes into its own here by automating this process. Themes are built by computer programmers and WordPress runs them in the background. To change or install a new theme go to the Appearance button on your dashboard. It is important to select a theme that not every website uses. This is why purchasing a premium theme is a good investment. You will find that a lot of websites use the free themes and thus don't stand out among competitors. A good premium theme will help your website attract more visitors.

Plugins offer the best in website customization. They are made with the end-user in mind and ensure a smooth and functional website. There are plugins for e-mail forms, navigational tools and a variety of other things that turn WordPress into a powerful content management system. A good selection of plugins can transform a run of the mill website into something that engages users, and either entices them into buying a product or adding their e-mail to your marketing list. There are even plugins to add buttons for sharing your content on social media such as facebook and twitter. With over 40,000 to choose from in the WP marketplace, the world is your oyster.

Writing a post and adding content is also a simple process that can be learned in ten minutes. Click into the Posts section of your dashboard and go to Add New Post. You will be taken to a writing template that looks like this: Here you can see the different formatting options and ability to control who sees the post. This allows you to choose whether it is public or private. The formatting options all use HTML in the background but without you needing to know the HTML syntax. This is why WordPress is by far the most convenient way to get a website up and running. There is a lot more to learn about this software, but a basic introduction like this will go a long way towards getting to grips with it.