Using WordPress

CMS (content management system)

Building WordPress Websites

Updated: September 26, 2019
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
WordPress

Installing WordPress

Softaculous is a auto installer cPanel It installs WordPress with a few clicks. Login to your cPanel and, look for WordPress under the "Softaculous App Installer" section. You will see the WordPress icon there, Click on the "Install Now" button

Finish filling in the WordPress installation details:

"Choose Domain"
Select the Domain you want to install your WordPress on from the drop-down menu
"In Directory"
Leave this blank to install on the domain directly. If you are installing in a sub-folder of your site you type the folder name here. This will make the blog load like the following: example.com/foldername
"Admin Username"
Enter a username for your WordPress Dashboard login
"Admin Password"
Enter whatever password you want for the Dashboard Login
"Admin email"
Enter a valid email here. The system will place an invalid email here. you will need a valid one

Once you finish the install process, you can access your new Wordpress Dashboard by going to "https://YourDomain.com/wp-admin"

WordPress Themes

As soon as you create a WordPress blog, you already have a theme active. This is either the default WordPress theme or the theme that you chose during the Setup Wizard

To find free themes, the best place to search is the official WordPress.org theme directory
Another solid option is Just Free Themes for a more curated approach
A list of the best WordPress themes for blogs

Install a WordPress theme

Once you have found a theme WordPress makes it easy to add that theme to your site

Hover over "Appearance" Select "Themes" Click the "Add New" button

If you chose a free theme at WordPress.org, search for the theme by name and click "Install"
If you purchased a premium theme, click the Upload Theme button and upload the ZIP file you should have received when you purchased the theme. After installing your theme, make sure to click the Activate button to make it active on your site.

Customize your WordPress theme

To further customize your theme, you can use something called the WordPress Customizer. This interface lets you make certain tweaks to your theme without needing to know code

You can access it by going to "Appearance" > "Customize"

Depending on the theme that you chose, you may have a different set of options in the left sidebar. But in general, you can:

Make changes by using the options on the left, See a real-time preview on the website preview on the right, Make your changes live by clicking "Save" > "Publish"

Plugins

While themes are mostly about appearances, plugins are more focused on helping you add functionality to your blog

When you first create a WordPress blog, you pretty much only have the ability to write blog posts and create pages

Plugins are what allow you to add more advanced functionality

There are over 50,000 free plugins and several paid plugins available on the internet today. Choose your plugins on the basis of how important they are, also remember paid plugins need not necessarily mean they are the best

Must have WordPress plugins

While there are plenty of niche plugins that are only good for specific uses, there are some that all sites, including blogs, can benefit from. Here are some of our suggestions:

How to install WordPress plugins

Go to "Plugins" > "Add New"

If you chose a free plugin search for the plugin by name and click "Install Now". If you purchased a premium plugin, click the Upload Plugin button and upload the ZIP file you should have received when you purchased the plugin

Make sure to Activate the plugin after installing it
You can always manage your existing plugins by going to the "Plugins" tab

Adding a New Page

To add a new Page, hover your cursor over the Pages menu option in the left-hand navigation menu and in the fly-out menu, click the Add New link. Alternatively, click the Pages menu option and then click the Add New link underneath, or the Add New button at the top of the page
Following are the details of the fields on editor page of the Add New Page
"Title" It is used to write the title of the article, which is later displayed on the page
"Permalink" Shows the potential URL for the page below the title. The URL generates as per the given title
"WYSIWYG" Editor It is a WYSIWYG Editor, which is similar to a word processor interface where you can edit the contents of the article
"Bold Button" Used to bold your font
"Italic" Used to italicize the font
"Word Strike" Strikes through the content
"Bullet List" Adds bullets to content
"Number List" Adds numbers to the list of the content
"Blockquote" Quotes the text
"Horizontal Line" Creates a horizontal line between sentences
"Left Align" Sets the content on the left side of the page
"Right Align" Sets the content to the right side of the page
"Justify" Justifies the content of the page
"Add Link" Adds a link to your content. When you click on this button, the following page gets displayed

Following are the fields present in the Insert/edit link
"URL" Enter URL you want to link
"Link text" Insert text you want to enter into the link
"Open link in a new window/tab" Open your link page into the new tab or window. Check the box as required
"Link to existing account" Links to an existing content page by selecting the page from the given list. When you click on existing page then you get a link created in the URL section
"Remove Link" Deletes the particular link added for text or content
"Read more tag" Adds Read More tag to your page
"Toolbar toggle" Clicking on this you get another list of toolbar as shown in the following image
"Paragraph" Selects the headings as required for the text from the dropdown
"Underline" Underlines the sentences
"Justify" Justifies your content
"Text Color" Sets color for words or sentences
"Paste as Text" Pastes your text
"Clear Formatting" Deletes selected content
"Special character" Inserts special characters needed in your content
"Increase Indent" Increases the indent of the page
"Decrease Indent" Decreases the indent of the page
"Undo" Reverses the most recent editing command
"Redo" Opposite of undo, restores the most recent editing command

To write a blog post

Hover over "Posts" Click "Add New"

This will launch the WordPress Editor, which lets you write your blog posts using a really intuitive block system.

To add text, you just click and type. For other content like an image or an embedded YouTube video, you can add new “blocks"

Also see our Articale on WordPress Categories and Tags

For a more complete online Tutural see Tutorialsoint.com

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