Learn How to Use WordPress to Create a Website

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Why should you be using WordPress as a website?

WordPress powers over 75 million websites around the world and is a very simple way for you to build your own website. WordPress offers a huge amount of flexibility through the use of many different themes and plugins that allow you to do almost anything that you want without having to know anything about code or programming. But like anything that offers so much it can be hard to know where to get started. Building a website with WordPress is not too complicated if you follow the next guidelines.

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Get started by logging into your control panel

Once you have installed your WordPress site you can get straight to work to learn how to use WordPress to create a website. You can experiment with your site to your heart’s content to get experience with how WordPress works before you make your site live. But first you need to get yourself into WordPress. When you created your installation you will have been given a username and password as well as a link that will take you to your admin panel or dashboard. So use the link that will look something like http://yourfirstwebsite.com/wp-admin and then log in using the password and user name that you have. This will open the WordPress dashboard; along the left of which is the main menu which you can explore to get an idea as to what can be done.

Changing your WordPress theme

One of the first things that most users want to do is to change the theme or template that their site is built around. Your site will start with the default WordPress Twenty Fifteen theme and many people will just use the options available within the theme to change color schemes and background graphics to suit themselves. However you can access a huge number of different themes that all have different layouts and functionality. By going to “Appearance” on your menu and then selecting “themes” you will be able to look at the many themes that are available. You can even use the search functions so that you can find themes that have specific features. From the themes page you can also use “preview” to see exactly how your site would look using that theme. So rather than having to do a huge amount of customization of the default theme you can select one that meets your specific requirements. So if you are looking for a site that is a magazine style, an ecommerce store or a fancy looking blog then you will be able to find what you need. Many of these themes are completely free although you can purchase premium themes that will come with even more functionality and also support for using them.

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Writing your content

When you first look at your site it will have a bunch of sample pages and posts that you will need to delete so that you can get to work creating your own content. On your menu you will see two options for writing; “Posts” and “Pages”. Posts are the traditional articles that you will be writing and would be listed on your front page in reverse chronological order. Pages however are static pages such as your “about”, “policies” and even a “static home page” that you could then place in your widget area or even in your menu in some themes. Most of the articles that you write for your site however will be posts. Using the screen for writing posts and pages is fairly straightforward and you should experiment with the editor before you start to write your site. Don’t worry you can always delete any example or experimental pages that you create.

Using Plugins for your WordPress site

One of the issues that many users have when learning how to use WordPress to create a website is that they always wish that WordPress would do something that it does not do already such as placing a “like” button in a particular place, or playing back videos in a specific manner. More often than not if you have wanted it so has someone else and they may have created a plugin. A plugin is a piece of code that you can add to WordPress installations by going to “Plugins” on your dashboard menu. From here you can search for plugins with all sorts of different functionality rather than having to learn how to code to make your site do what you want.