Hi guys, Mimz here!
Today I will discuss WordPress, specifically for beginners. I displayed my PowerPoint slides to help navigate and explain. Check out the video below for even more examples and a tour of the WordPress dashboard.
If you are interested in setting up a website for the first time, if you want to familiarize yourself with the word press dashboard or if you want to quickly create a website without coding, this is for you!
Domain vs Host
Many people confuse the two or think a domain and host is the same thing, but they are different. This image explains perfectly the difference and why you need both to start a website.
Domain is the unique address for your website.
Host is the space where your website is held.
Referencing the image above, the website is the house, the domain is the address of the house and the host is the land that the house sits on.
Themes and Plugins
WordPress provides templates and add-ons to enhance your website and give it more features. Depending on your websites goals and purpose, you choose which theme and plugins to use.
A theme is a collection of templates and style sheets used to define the appearance and display.
A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions. Some examples of plugins are form builders, page builders, Social Media Feeds and SEO Support.
Note: Make sure the themes and plugins that you select are compatible with your WordPress version.
Creating and Managing Pages & Posts
WordPress makes it easy to build pages and posts, even if you do not know how to code. There are plenty of page builders and a GUI feel that assists when creating content.
You can add images, text boxes, videos, galleries, slide shows and even your own HTML codes.
Pages are managed in the Pages tab on the WordPress dashboard. Here you can edit the page layout, text and media. You can also change the title, slug and add tags for more exposure.
Posts are managed in the Post tab on the WordPress dashboard. The setup is very similar to how pages are setup, but all posts are held in the blog page by default.
Menus, Widgets, Customize
Once you have content to share, you can add your new pages to the menu for your audience to see. You can also add widgets to advertise greater. Using the customize feature, you can manipulate your website and see the changes in real time.
Both of these options are under the Appearance tab in the WordPress dashboard.
Menu: feature that allows users to create navigation tabs to pages, posts, links and widgets.
Widgets: blocks of content that you can add to your site's sidebars or footers.
Note: Just because you create and publish a page, does not mean it will automatically appear on the primary menu. You need to add pages in order for your viewers to see it.
Users and Backups
Pay attention when creating user and groups because you are giving specific permissions to your WordPress portal.
User settings are in the User tab on the WordPress dashboard. Once you assign the new users a username, password and permission level, you can add them to a group.
If you choose GoDaddy as your website host, they have packages that have a backup tool built in. This tool allows you to restore up to 3 months and you can save the backups to a local drive.
Stay safe and be creative!