If you plan to start your own blog website, the best choice for a blog application would be WordPress. WordPress is an Open Source blog tool which offers a rich set of features as well as a large supporting community.
WordPress has an intuitive administration interface which anyone can handle. In WordPress you will be able to compose a post and publish it on your website with just a few clicks! With WordPress you can easily customize the look of your website for there are lots of free WordPress themes available on the Net.
In this post you will find ways to work with WordPress to create and manage a website and a blog – either separately or together.
Using WordPress to Build Small Websites: Step by Step Tutorial
Step 1 - How to Use the WORDPRESS DASHBOARD:
The Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area of your website/ blog. The main idea of the dashboard is to give you a place where you can get an at-a-glance overview of what’s happening with your blog. You can catch up on news, view your draft posts, see who’s linking to you or how popular your content’s been, quickly put out a no-frills post, or check out and moderate your latest comments. It’s like a bird’s eye view of operations, from which you can swoop down into the particular details.
Step 2 - How to Install THEMES in WordPress:
- Log in to the WordPress Administration Panel.
- Select the Appearance panel, then Themes.
- From the Available Themes section, click on the Theme title (or Theme screenshot) for the Theme you wish to activate.
- A preview of the Theme will be shown.
- To activate the Theme click the Activate “Theme Name” link in the top right.
Step 3 - How to manage PLUGINS in WordPress:
WordPress Plugins are composed of php scripts that extend the functionality of WordPress. They offer new additions to your blog that either enhance features that were already available or add otherwise unavailable new features to your site.
You can find WordPress Plugins in the Administration Panels > Plugins > Add New panel, or directly via the Official WordPress Plugins Directory
Step 4 - How to manage WIDGETS in WordPress:
WordPress Widgets are WordPress Plugins that add visitor visual and interactivity options and features, such as sidebar widgets for post categories, tag clouds, navigation, search, etc.
Widgets require no code experience or expertise. They can be added, removed, and rearranged on the WordPress Administration Appearance > Widgets panel.
Step 5 - How to create PAGES in WordPress:
To create a new Page, log in to your WordPress installation with sufficient admin privileges to create new articles.
Select the Administration > Pages > Add New option to begin writing a new Page.
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Step 6 - How to create POSTS in WordPress:
- Click the “Posts” tab.
- Click the “Add New” Sub Tab
- Start filling in the blanks.
- As needed, select a category, add tags, and make other selections from the sections below the post. Each of these sections is explained below.
- When you are ready, click Publish.
Try-out your hands on WordPress and feel its power.