WordPress is an open-source content management system that is popularly used by people to create their blogs or website around the world. Its popularity among the user is because that you can easily manage the content on your website without using any single programming code due to its easy content management system.
So if you are planning to create the digital footprints of your business or want to start a personal blog, WordPress is the best option for you because of its user-friendly interface.
In this guide, we will give you a step-by-step easy tutorial on how to use WordPress in the simplest way.
So let’s get started!
1- Installing the WordPress
The first step is to install WordPress on your device. The installation process as easy as installing any other software installation. This step would hardly take five minutes of your precious time.
After installation, you need to download the latest WordPress version from the official site of wordpress.org. when you are done downloading WordPress, the next step is to upload your WordPress files to your hosting account. For this purpose, you can use a file manager that is provided to you by your hosting provider or by your FTP client.
As WordPress store all your information in the database, make sure to create one. You can create a database for yourself under the MySQL Database section. Write down the database details, as you will need them later.
2- WordPress dashboard Navigation
After completing the installation, the next thing to do is to log in to the WordPress administrator dashboard. You can do this by clicking the link to the login page on the front end of the WordPress blog.
Some themes don’t have this link if this is the case your can login to the WordPress dashboard by adding wp-admin at the end of your website’s address.
The link will direct you to the login screen, here you need to enter your password and username (the details you enter during WordPress installation).
After completing the logging-in step, you will enter the administrator dashboard. Here you will see three sections:
- A toolbar
- Main navigation menu
- Main work area
You can customize your WordPress setting on this dashboard.
On logging-in for the first time in the admin panel, you will see a welcome module that will have some links to help you start your WordPress journey.
Other modules WordPress has been At glance box, Activity box, Quick Draft box, WordPress News.
The first time you log in to the WordPress admin panel, you will see a welcome module that contains some useful links to help you get started.
3- Time to upload the Content
After doing all the settings and customization of your WordPress website, it’s time to upload your post and pages (about us and contact pages) on your website.
As WordPress is so easy to use you can do this without any difficulties.
To upload a post go to Posts > Add New or the other way is from the toolbar for this go to New > Post.
An editing screen will appear, enter the title of your post. Then enter the content you want to post. You can do the editing of your content just like you do in Google Docs or MS word.
Their many meta-boxes on the right side of the screen, each of them has different functions. For example, in the categories section, you can add the category to your post, the tag box will allow you to add tags, with the feature image box you can add an image to your post, and the publish section allows you to post your content.
4- Installing Plugins and Themes
Plugins increase the functionality of your WordPress website. You can add various premium and free plugins for the WordPress directory.
To add the new plugin install the WordPress plugin, then press the Add new under the plugins section, write the name of the plugin you have plans to install, press the install button, and activate it.
Some of the important plugins are Google XL sitemaps, Yoast SEO, Wordfence Security, Contact Form 7, etc.
Installing the themes is as easy as installing plugins there are several free and premium themes available on WordPress. With premium themes, you can give a more customized look to your website.
After following all these steps you have a fully functional WordPress website in no time. Just do the basic optimization of your website and you are good to go.