Getting to grips with anything new can be daunting at first, even something as well designed as WordPress. In this article, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions by WordPress beginners.
First, you need to make sure that you are choosing the right blogging platform for your website. Self-hosted WordPress.org site is the best platform in our opinion. It offers you the flexibility and freedom to grow your blog without any limitations.
Once you have signed up for a hosting account, you can go ahead and install WordPress.
While WordPress is free you will need to spend money on web hosting and a domain name. As your website grows, you will need more features, tools, and services to better serve your users. Some of these services and tools will cost additional money. Your goal will be to keep the costs down while offering the best experience for your users.
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How you decide to make money off your site will depend on what kind of site you want to run. You may want to run an online store selling products or services, run advertisements, recommend affiliate programs or sell paid content.
The ways you can make money off your site are endless!
Once you’ve selected a theme for your website you will need to install it.
Head over to Appearance » Themes page in WordPress admin area and then click on the ‘Add New’ button on the top.
On the next page, you can search for a free theme from WordPress.org theme directory. If you already have your theme as a zip file, then click on the upload button to select the zip file and install it.
Plugins are a bit like apps for your WordPress site. They allow you to add additional features like contact forms, photo galleries, and more to your website.
To install plugins, first, you need to visit Plugins » Add New page in the WordPress admin area. Next, you need to search for the plugin you are looking for by typing in keywords (like photo gallery, contact form, etc). If you know the name of the plugin that you want to install, then you can just enter the name of the plugin.
In the search results, click on the install button next to the plugin that you want to install and WordPress will install it for you.
Next, you will need to click on the activate button to start using the plugin.
You can also install plugins sold by third party developers. Those plugins come as a zip file.
Next, you need to click on the choose file button to select the plugin zip file from your computer and then click on ‘Install now’.
At the time of writing this article, there were more than 49,000 plugins available in the free WordPress plugins directory alone. Not all of them are great, which leads to the question that which WordPress plugins should you install on your website?
By default, WordPress comes with two default content types. They are called posts and pages. Posts are part of a blog and are displayed in a reverse chronological order. Pages are static and not part of a blog.
To add a new blog post, head over to Posts » Add New page.
To create a new page, you need to visit Pages » Add New page.
Both page’s and post’s edit screens look similar with some minor differences.