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WordPress is an amazing tool. And and a great way to manag multiple sites. It is a content management system site with Databased Content. I get asked quite often for basic info on how to use it. So I was inspired to write this article on “Intro To WordPress” Getting Started.

A Little Bit About WordPress:
WordPress is a free open source Content Management System (CMS) and the most popular blogging website system and or platform on the web.Just to give you an idea how popular, Version 3.8 was downloaded over 20 million times.

WordPress is a preferred platform by many web developers and website owners because of its ease of use and manageability. WordPress can serve as a great tool between the web developer and website owner’s.

Behind any great website is a good strong web developer and website owner team and wordpress is a great tool that can help.

Once installed by the web developer, WordPress gives website owners the ability to add or remove content, pages, and posts on their website without the knowledge of programing languages such as PHP, CSS, HTML, Java Script, or even the use of FTP, etc.

While the web developer still manages items behind the scenes such as MySQL databases, hosting CPannel, file manager etc, the WordPress platform allows the website owner to log into their website from a web platform and add /edit pages, posts, content, etc. Each registered user that is setup by the WordPress Admin and or Web Developer have their own login credentials with their own profile, and set roles.

Users, Roles and loging in:
WordPress has set roles with unique abilities. The Admin role is purely the Developers role as this has every unique ability and or role. The Admin account and or role is created by default by the Web Developer during the WordPress installation.

Website owners wanting to add or edit pages, posts and content generally are set up with the WordPress editor role. Full list of roles and their unique abilities can be found here https://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_
and_Capabilities.

To log into your WordPress site an email would have been sent to you from the domain.com /WordPress system detailing your login info. Users can be setup under the “Users” tab from the WordPress menu by the Admin /Web Developer.
The address to login may be on the home page under a site admins link or in some cases the link address is http://domain.com/wp-admin.

When a user logs into the WordPress platform a type of log is kept, the platform is aware of the users roles. On the WordPress side when a user adds a page, post, or media you are tagged as the author.

When a post or article is live the readers on the site can see who the author of that post was, in some cases depending on your theme and or plugin, the author info under the article can show your name, an image, your role, and even a brief description of yourself.


The Dashboard:
Once you are logged in you will see the dashboard and a menu on the left showing you your unique roles.

Dashboard

 

 How To Add Media:
• From the menu on the left select the “Media” tab.
• You will then see a list of media select the button to add new.
• You can now browse for files or drag and drop them into this window.

Media Library

Add New Media

How To Add or Edit Pages:
• From the menu on the left select the “Pages” tab.
• Here you will see a list of pages, you can select a page to edit or select the add new button.
• Select add new.
• Give the page a name.
• Add desired media.
• Enter text in text box editor.
• On the right you may have a page template option to select (Usually for Professional paid themes only) select desired option.
• Once finished select the publish button on the right hand side across from the text editor box.
Your finished! your very first page!

Pages

Add New Page

How to Add or Edit posts:
Note: Posts are different from pages, and are very important. Pages are generally static information that doesn’t usually change such as about the company, contact us, etc. Posts were meant for blogs, articles, posts, featured content or featured news, and realy a place for new and exciting changing content. On alot of professional WordPress themes posts are tied to the featured image /text slider you see on the homepage.

This is a great way on your home page to have rotating featured news regarding you business, re updates, and upcoming events etc.

• From the menu on the left select the “Posts” tab.
• Here you will see a list of posts, you can select a post to edit or select the add new button.
• Select add new.
• Give the post a name.
• Add desired media.
• Enter text in text box editor.
• (Mandatory) select a category for your post from the list to the right of the text box editor or you can also create a category here as well.
Posts are tied to a category, and it is a good idea to have good naming convention’s, for example posts related to featured news for the homepage would be categorized under featured news.
• Than select a featured image to the right (this option will show a thumbnail next to your post and an image in the article, also if this is a post for the image gallery you will need to set the featured image.
• On the right you may have a page template option to select (Usually for Professional paid themes only) select desired option.
• Once finished select the publish button on the right hand side across from the text editor box.
Your finished! your very first post!

Posts

Add New Post

That’s it, your very first WordPress site now has pages and post’s with content, and Media.

References

 Want to read more about WordPress:

https://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_
and_Capabilities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress
http://wordpress.org
https://wordpress.org/about/
https://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
http://en-ca.wordpress.org/support/

 

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