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Getting started with wordpress.

getting started with wordpress
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You learnt how to install wordpress in the last post. In this post, I’ll guide you through getting started with wordpress.

The first thing you are going to do is install a wordpress theme and some basic plugins.

How to install wordpress themes

There are lots of free and paid wordpress themes and plugins available. You can find lots of free wordpress themes here.

You may install any theme – free or paid.

There are two methods to install wordpress themes.

1. Login to wordpress dashboard by going to yoursite.com/wp-admin. Go to ‘appearance’, ‘themes’ and then ‘add new’. Search for a theme and then click install. WordPress will ask for a confirmation to install. Click OK and wordpress will install the theme automatically for you. Finally activate the theme you want by going to ‘appearance’ and ‘themes’.

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2. Download a theme from wordpress.org to your desktop. Now login to your wordpress dashboard by going to yoursite.com/wp-admin. Go to appearance, themes, add new, upload theme. Upload the theme you downloaded to your desktop by selecting the file on your computer. Once uploaed, click install. WordPress will install the theme for you automatically. Finally activate the theme you want by going to ‘appearance’ and ‘themes’.

Once you have a theme and have activated it, you can customize it’s style and appearance. To do that, in your dashboard, go to appearance and then customize. You can change the logo, site title, colors, images, etc. Do not forget to click save when you are done.

For more advanced users who know some css there is an editor. Go to ‘appearance’, ‘editor’ and then ‘style.css’. If you don’t know css, do not mess around with this.

How to install wordpress plugins

The methods to install wordpress plugins are the similar to installing wordpress themes.

1. Login to wordpress dashboard by going to yoursite.com/wp-admin. Go to ‘plugins’,  and then ‘add new’.

Search for a plugin and then click install. WordPress will ask for a confirmation to install. Click OK and

wordpress will install the plugin automatically for you. Finally activate the plugin you just installed by going to ‘plugins’ and then installed plugins’.

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2. Download a plugin from wordpress.org to your desktop. Now login to your wordpress dashboard by going to yoursite.com/wp-admin. Go to plugins,  add new, upload plugin. Upload the plugin you downloaded to your desktop by selecting the file on your computer. Once uploaded, click install. WordPress will install the plugin for you automatically. Finally activate the plugin you just installed by going to ‘plugins’ and then installed plugins’.

Essential wordpress plugins to install

getting started with wordpress
getting started with wordpress

 

Plugins are add ons that give your website different useful functionalities like music player, photo gallery, subscriber forms and lots of other uses. You will find tons of plugins for different purposes. I have listed below the essential plugins that everyone should use.

Some of the essential plugins you might want to install are listed below.

1. Backup Buddy

This plugin will help you backup, migrate and restore an entire wordpress site in a matter of minutes.

2. SEO Slugs

Removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve SEO.

3. All In One SEO

WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines.

4. WP Smush.it

Reduce image file sizes and improve performance using the Smush.it API within WordPress.

5. Akismet

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. This is a great plugin to prevent spammers on your website.

6. WP Optimize

This simple but effective plugin allows you to clean up your WordPress database and optimize it without phpMyAdmin.

7. Pretty Link Lite

Shrink, beautify, track, manage and share any URL on or off of your WordPress website. Create links that look how you want using your own domain name!

8. W3 Total Cache

Improve site performance and user experience via caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.

9. WP Widget Cache

Cache the output of your blog widgets. Usually it will significantly reduce the SQL queries to your database and speed up your site.

10. XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.

 

So, that’s it. You have created your website. You can start posting to your website by either going to posts or pages from your dashboard. If you post as ‘posts’, your articles will be displayed as blog posts. If you post as pages, your articles will be displayed as standalone pages. More on that in the next post.

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