wordpress for beginners

WordPress For Beginners

Over the past decade, WordPress has grown to become one of the largest content management systems (CMS) for building websites and blogs. According to a recent survey by Netcraft, over 455 million websites make use of WordPress. Although relatively easy to implement, building a WordPress site can be a challenging task for a beginner. That’s why we’re going to explore WordPress for Beginners in this post. 

What are CMS and WordPress?

Creating a website from scratch requires an adept understanding of programming. CMS was created to equip non-technical personnel with the ability to create, modify and manage content on a website. WordPress is the most popular CMS that’s built on the PHP scripting language. WordPress and other CMS make website development very easy. 

How to Install WordPress, Themes and Plugins

Before installing WordPress on your local computer, you need to install PHP since WordPress is written in PHP. You also need to install a SQL database like MYSQL and MariaDB. You need to install a web server like APACHE. Then you can install and setup your WordPress.

Since this is WordPress for Beginners, a simpler route is to make use of hosting sites like BlueHost and HostGator. After purchasing your domain name, installing WordPress is just one click away and you can move on to what matters – building your website. 

To login to the admin site for your website, visit https://{domainname}/wp-admin. To install a theme, on the menu, click on appearances, then themes. This opens up several themes available of which some are free and some are paid. You can then preview the ones you like and after making a choice, you can install the theme with just a click.

To install a plugin, on the Menu tab on the left-hand side, click on plugins and then click on ‘add new’. This opens a page with several plugins to choose from. Plugins help to give your website added functionality.

For instance, WooCommerce plugin can help turn your website into a shop, adding features like carts, order page and the likes. On the other hand, the MailChimp plugin can be used to automate your email sending process. Once you find the plugin you require, just click to install.

Navigating WordPress Dashboard

To access the WordPress Dashboard, log in to https://{domainname}/wp-admin. The WordPress Dashboard helps you modify your website and also monitor current activities on your website. From the dashboard, there are links to create or add a blog post. You can also customize your website from your dashboard. Finally, the dashboard shows your recent website activities. 

How to Publish Content

Publishing a blog post from your WordPress admin is very easy. On the Dashboard page, click on the Post button, then ‘add a new post’. It opens a text editor where you can fill in the post title, copy and paste the content and even include a featured image.

Once you’ve customized the post to suitable colour and font size, you can just click on the publish button to make your post live.

Conclusion

As you can see from this WordPress for Beginners guide, creating your first website with WordPress is quite easy, especially if you know exactly what to do. And by now, you probably know how to go about it. However, building a website is more than just having it run. 

First, you need the designs to be attractive so as not to turn off visitors. Second, your website needs to be light-weight so that it doesn’t take too long to load. Achieving this requires an in-depth understanding of the workings of WordPress.

Also, as a beginner, you are limited to the functionalities that come with the template, and that means you cannot add custom features. Finally, you have search engine optimization to worry about.

For these reasons, it’s advisable to outsource your website to a tried-and-true WordPress website design company like WP Tangerine. With our robust team of developers, designers, and SEO specialists, you can be assured of a WordPress Help  that will generate the traffic that you desire at an affordable cost.

New Laptop Bags from Belkin

Belkin has a new line of laptop bags which are lightweight, protective, and very usable.

They offer three models, and each model comes in multiple sizes depending on the size of your MacBook or MacBook Pro:

  • Sling – this one is similar to a backpack, but has only a single shoulder strap. It features several storage pockets, a removable power adapter pouch, and there’s even a cell phone compartment on the strap.
  • Sleeve – Just like is sounds, a neoprene sleeve that protects your ‘Book with its plush-lined interior.
  • Messenger – a traditional style messenger bag. The tapered design makes the bag feel much smaller than it really is. There’s lots of storage, a contoured strap for comfort, and plenty of padding to protect your laptop and other goodies.

Xmod Gives your Mac Surround Sound

Creative has announced a device which restores the lost clarity to MP3 audio compression and creates a synthesized surround sound capability: The Xmod.

According to Creative, the Xmod improves your listening experience by “intelligently enhancing the highs and lows,” and by creating virtual surround sound. When listening to your headphones with the Xmod, voices will seem to be right in front of you, while ambient sound is all around.

The Xmod connects via USB, and you then just plug your external speakers or headphones into it.

iPod Touch: Jack of all trades, Master of none

I was startled yesterday. Standing in the overpriced audio cable section at Fry’s Electronics, I overheard a customer and a clerk (how could I not– they had walked right in front of me, blocking my view of the cable I wanted) discussing the cable needed for an iPod. The customer whipped it out of his belt holster to make his point, and there it was: An iPod Touch!

If you are anticipating that I’m going to describe my own interactions with this guy about how he likes it, is it cool, etc., you are going to be disappointed. The only reason I bring it up is that I’m stunned that anyone would buy one of these things.

I just read a commentary at TUAW taking a BusinessWeek review of the iPod Touch to task for just not understanding what the iPod Touch is supposed to be. TUAW says the lack of many iPhone features on the Touch are “an example of Apple keeping the iPod true to its primary function as a digital music player.”

Hmm. If I wanted to pay $300 for a digital music player, I would certainly expect more than 8GB of storage. My two-year old iPod can hold my 20GB music library, but even the $400 iPod Touch can’t.

It is clear that people who want an iPod whose “primary function” is being a digital music player will never buy an iPod Touch. The high-capacity iPod Classic is what they will want.

So what is the primary function of the iPod Touch? If you look at what has been added in comparison to pervious iPods, it is pretty obvious: The BIG SCREEN. The iPod Touch is for all those people who wanted to watch videos on their iPods, but that screen was just too small.

The only problem with perceiving the iPod Touch’s primary function as that of a video player is the same one with seeing it as a music player: Not enough storage capacity. Videos are way bigger than music, and you can’t fit very much of it on an 8GB iPod Touch.

The iPod Touch is a poor choice for a music player, a poor choice for a video player, and a poor choice for internet browsing and applications. It’s a crippled iPod Classic, AND it’s a crippled iPhone.

So in the end, the iPod Touch tries to be everything, and in the end fails at all of them… except the COOL Factor. it wins hands down on coolness. So if you want to spend $300 just look cool (and lke a person who can waste money), then the iPhone Touch is for you.

I’ll bet most iPhone Touch owners keep a large capacity iPod hidden somewhere that they use when no one is looking…