Getting Started: An Overview of the WordPress Admin

So, you’ve just installed WordPress and signed in to your new WordPress via “yourwebsite.com/wp-admin”. Now what? If you’re unfamiliar with WordPress, your first encounter with the admin section can seem intimidating, but we assure you, with a little exploration and experimentation you will get the hang of it in no time. This post can be your guide. The Dashboard The backend of your brand new WordPress website will look like this: The home page of your admin is called just that, Home, and it is located as a submenu under Dashboard on your admin’s main sidebar menu. You’ll notice right […]

How to Install and Configure WordPress Plugins

In this post we’re going to show you three ways to install a WordPress plugin. But first, let’s take a moment to make sure we all know exactly what a WordPress plugin is and what it does. A WordPress plugin is a php script that extends the functionality of your WordPress website, allowing your site to do something it otherwise wouldn’t be able to do–such as integrate a newsletter service like mailchimp; sync your website with facebook; create an editorial workflow/calendar; and the list could go on. A good rule of thumb to follow when locating a plugin on the […]

How to Install WordPress Locally

It is always good practice to have testing environment installed locally where you can access it with out internet connection. It can be a real life saver if your internet connection slows down or is lost completely as you can continue to work on modifying your WordPress site in your test area and then update your live site later. This tutorial will show you how to install WordPress locally. It may seem daunting at first, but as you shall soon see, it’s actually very easy and it will give you a controlled environment to work on themes or plugins. XAMPP […]

How to Configure a WordPress Theme

Themes control how your website looks and how content is structured. Even if you are not a designer, it is important for to understand how themes work in WordPress. This tutorial will walk you through the “Appearance” section of the WordPress admin area and show you how to make basic customizations to your website. After installing WordPress and configuring your website settings correctly, the next step is to set up your theme. It is best to configure your WordPress theme before activating plugins on your website. You can then choose plugins that complement your theme. The configuration of your WordPress […]

Build a Free WordPress Blog in the Cloud

In this intermediate level WordPress tutorial, I will cover how you can host an absolutely free WordPress blog that you can customize as you see fit. The only alternative solution for a free WordPress blog has to do with signing up with WordPress.com and hosting your blog with them, but they do not offer you the freedom that hosting your site on the Amazon free usage tier does. For one thing, you have complete freedom of design and branding using the cloud server solution described in this tutorial. Setting on Your Amazon Account for Free: The first thing you have […]