Welcome to an Introduction to WordPress
This series of videos has got something for everyone. From beginner to intermediate and advanced users.
If you are someone who doesn’t want to learn and write HTML or PHP code, then the WordPress Dashboard is a great place to create pages, posts, navigation menus and every other aspect of a website.
You can even enhance your own designs with a whole range of pre-existing themes and plugins that really open up creativity.
For our intermediate to advanced users, we are going to roll up our sleeves and learn how to create a theme from scratch.
This means we’re going to begin with no Files or lines of code, and we’re going to write everything together.
This will mean you can really learn how to bend WordPress to your will and get it to do whatever you need it to do.
But before we get started, let’s spend about a minute to review what wordpress is and why we’re so excited to be using it.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free open-source web publishing system.
This is just another way of saying it’s a free tool to help you build websites.
But who uses WordPress?
Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s used by small businesses or personal blogs.
And yes, it is used by those, but WordPress is also used by governments, schools, non-profits and fortune 500 companies alike.
this means WordPress is for everyone.
It really doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re trying to achieve, there’s a good chance that WordPress can help with your website creation.
When you consider that over 20% of all websites are built using WordPress, it’s safe to assume there is a good reason behind that.
finally, perhaps the greatest strength of WordPress in my opinion is the attitude surrounding it.
There’s a very can-do self empowered helpful let’s keep things simple but remember that we can achieve anything attitude attached to WordPress and I absolutely love it so in this series of videos I want to share some of that love for WordPress with you.
Let’s dive right in
After you login to the admin area, you will see the wordpress dashboard.
This is also often referred to as the WordPress admin or the WordPress back-end.
This is where you administer your website from, where you create posts and pages, and where you access all aspects of your website.
It’s important to point out that the general public, or the people that view your website cannot see this admin dashboard.
It is only visible to the site administrator or anyone that you give permission to do so.
If you click posts in the left hand menu, you will see a list of all your posts.
This view is only for the site owners and content contributors.
If you want to begin to edit one of the posts, you can click to open up the post editor screen.
This edit area is very similar to a word processing program.
We can bold certain text, make it italic, add new text, and then when done, we can simply click the update button to save our changes.
That’s how simple it is to edit existing content with WordPress.
Creating Content in WordPress
now let’s take a look at how easy it is to create new content.
If we go back to the post screen, we can see a list of our existing items.
If we click the add new button we will then see an empty template for our new post.
We can now provide a title, such as ‘New Example Post’ and then add in some content in the main body section.
It is now an option to choose a category, or create a new one if you can’t find one that is suitable.
Now just click this blue publish button and that’s it.
We have just saved a new article and it will now show up on our front facing website too.
Different Types of Content
In the last section, we were focusing on Posts.
Another option is Pages, which is similar to posts, but does have specific differences.
In general, most of the day-to-day content will be published as a post.
We might use the term Static to describe a Page, although that is not strictly true.
You can still edit and change any content on a Page, it is more to do with how WordPress themselves manage the pages and posts.
When you see posts shown in WordPress, you tend to see them in lists, with the latest post at the top.
Pages tend to be linked to from the navigation bars and are not ordered by data at all.
If posts and pages are really the heart and soul of WordPress, if you’ve already mastered these, you might be wondering if that is all WordPress is.
Why is WordPress so insanely popular
To address those questions or concerns, it is safe to say that while the core of WordPress is simple, the core is also very powerful.
for example, when first installing WordPress, the platform is very basic when out-of-the-box.
But what if you wanted a completely separate part of your website to have recipes. Maybe broken down into dinners, desserts, and meal ideas.
Well you can see in the sidebar that I’ve created a custom post type named recipes and that if I click that we’ve got all this entirely different content here: beef stew, feta chicken salad, blackberry pie, potato salad, chocolate cake. You can also see that we can use different categories or different taxonomy systems.
We can categorize the meals as chicken, dessert, or dinner.
These categories are entirely separate from the categories that we use for the news or blog section of our website.
If we click on one, such as potato salad, we can see that it looks just like a post or a page.
The point here is that you could have any number of fields in addition to just this main body text field.
You can also have those field display only for certain content types, which means WordPress isn’t limited to just posts and pages.
Although that is how it starts like out of the box, but WordPress is only limited by your imagination.
We could create other custom content types in addition to recipes.
We could create restaurant reviews, photo galleries, slideshows, chefs corner with interviews, whatever your imagination can think of.
you can really extend and customize WordPress to help you keep it organized, dynamic and easily accessible to the public.
This first lesson is just to whet your appetite.
We didn’t really get our hands dirty and learn any of the details yet.
I do want to say though I purposely did not show you the front-facing website.
So if you remember we discussed that only the admin or the site owner sees this dashboard whereas the public sees something different they see the actual website.
The reason I didn’t show you is because I don’t want you to have any preconceived notions of what a quote WordPress website looks like.
There’s a lot of people that think that all WordPress websites look the same, or that they have some cookie cutter formula.
I’m here to tell you that they don’t need to be that way, and largely they’re not.
WordPress does not place any restrictions on how your website should look.
The only reason some WordPress websites feel cookie cutter or maybe they look the same is because a certain theme has become very popular.
A theme is what controls the public facing portion of your website and is what your audience sees.
I’m here to remind you that it’s up to each site owner to choose what their website looks like and how it functions.
that’s what makes WordPress so unbelievably amazing.
I’ll see you in future lessons very soon thanks bye
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