WordPress is a system for creating and running websites and blogs. Nearly a quarter of all websites are powered and supported by this open-source package. There’s a brilliant and experienced team of developers behind WordPress who deliver perfect results all the time. It being one of the most reliable content management systems, you can be assured that a simple blog will be transformed into a highly-complicated website. Equipped with an array of plugins and several effective tools, nothing makes management of websites easier than WordPress services.
As a beginner to using WordPress, you’ll need to understand a few basics if you want to have an easy time using it. There are two things you will need to know about the sources of WordPress:
- com which offers the websites that are run by WordPress and
- org which is the core site for the WordPress Software project.
With this in mind, you should also know the starting point of your website project, where you’ll access the WordPress website development toolkit and the templates that you can download and activate in just about 10 minutes.
At this stage, you should know what your website’s objectives are and decide on your domain name. You should also decide on the hosting services your site will use. The domain name is required to be directed to the hosting services provider so that when the name is searched by the users in their browsers, they are redirected to the servers hosting your domain.
With the WordPress services, you create an account and straight away go to your website creating a page where you start building your website. Once it is created, it’s available and can be reached through a subdomain that’s automatically assigned to it. This feature enables you to create your website without owning a domain entirely. After this, you can add your custom domain and assign it to the website.
After doing all this, you’ll be required to set the nameservers for your domain to the nameservers of your host. This is the setting that will enable users to be directed to the proper website when accessing the domain.
This is a simple task when you have a managed WordPress host – all you do is fill out a form. You have the option of choosing how many installations your account can handle depending on the account type. If your account type is shared or VPS then you are presented with two options of either a manual or an automatic download.
The WordPress Codex offers a comprehensive installation guide. If you want help in building a database, you can make reference to it, and you will be smoothly moving towards your completed website.
How WordPress Works
WordPress is a great system, but you must have come across opinions that portray it in a negative light. Most of these problems are brought about by poorly coded themes and plugins. Glitches in the code of these themes and plugins can make your website misbehave and it may malfunction and crash depending on the severity of the error. Also, using too many plugins and dense themes will affect your website’s performance.
If we take an example of a standard PC, the performance is primarily affected by the type of software and the number of software installed on it. WordPress is the PC, and the plugins and themes are the software installed. As such, the choice of the plugins and themes is very critical to the stability of your website. The development of the WordPress system has been tweaked to ensure a good stable system. In many cases, the problems that arise from the particular plugin or theme come from the coding process in which the programmer did not have sufficient knowledge of coding standards. When selecting a theme or a plugin, there are basic protocols that you can observe to reduce these negative impacts: go through the reviews of the plugin or theme posted by other users and always make sure your choice is backed up by a dedicated team of developers to make the troubleshooting process smooth.
WordPress comprises of a front-end, the content the visitor sees, and the secure back-end, the administration interface utilized in building and maintaining the content. After logging in the WordPress back-end, you gain access to the administrator dashboard. From here, you can add content, edit content, add web pages, and install plugins and themes.
From the dashboard, you can also see the number of visitors, their locations, the frequency of visiting your page, and other statistics that can be used to rate the performance of your website. Your website’s security settings are also controlled from this important part of your website. These bits of information aid you in how to manage and maintain your website.
Installing Plugins and Themes
Installing themes and plugins is simple in WordPress. You are provided with three ways in which you can achieve this:
- Search and install
- Upload and install
Searching for plugins from the administrator dashboard is the easiest and quickest way to install plugins and themes. If you know the name of the plugin, you just search it, and once it pops up, make sure to read more details about it to ensure that it’s compatible with the version of WordPress installed on your machine. Click on “install now”, then, once the process is finished, activate it on the following page.
You can install any WordPress plugin downloaded from a 3rd party website or an external source. You click on “upload plugin”, browse through the file explorer to its location, and then upload and activate it. WordPress accepts only zip folders for this kind of upload.
For the FTP method, specialized software is used to upload and install plugins when the WordPress installer is unable to install them after downloading. The software unzips downloaded plugin or theme and then installs it. After the installation, you can go to the dashboard and activate the plugin. This procedure comes in handy when you are experiencing some server restrictions.
The process of installing themes slightly differs from installing plugins in that you access the theme from the Appearance panel. You can transfer a theme to another installation, but you must transfer the settings and modes you had customized before for you to retain your settings.
There are several plugins and themes at your disposal with each one having very specific functions and tasks that they were built to perform. All these plugins are developed by an individual or a team of programmers. This means that there are issues of standardization. That’s why you are advised of extreme caution when selecting and installing them.
When trying to create a perfect website, there’s a lot to put into consideration. There are a couple of resources that can be employed in this task. There are some skills that are utilized as well. In this light, a perfect website is a continuous process requiring a good amount of time invested in it. This comes up because there are new things always wanting your attention which may include:
- Security concerns
- New trends to catch up to and keep up with
- New settings to optimize
A perfect website is all about choosing a system you will use to build it and the services you put in place to address such arising issues as listed above.
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