WordPress: The Most Popular Website Building Technology
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This content is divided into three section as follows:
- Section One: Basic concept as well as advance introduction of wordpress
- Section Two: Step by step guideline to set up your first wordpress website
- Section Three: FAQ (frequently asked questions)
What is WordPress?
What exactly is WordPress and what is the platform that everybody talks about? It is very likely that you are also wondering the same thing. And it does not surprise me since it is estimated that this CMS powers more than 25% of Web sites that are active today on the Internet.
On the contrary, you have heard about it, but you still do not know how WordPress works? And also, doubts about its practicality and simplicity when creating both a website and a Blog.
In short, if you are one of those who still do not know what the real advantages are or what WordPress serves. Quiet! When you are here, you also feel identified with one of these two cases, and here we’ll get all your doubts.
Let’s start with the principle since it is best first to know what exactly WordPress is.
WordPress is free software or content management tool, also called CMS (Content Management System), designed to easily create and maintain a Blog, a Web site or an Online Store.
This platform was born in 2003. It was designed to create and manage any blog. That is, it was designed as an instrument that allowed uploading texts and images and publishing them and giving them a specific format.
Among the peculiarities that have made it one of the most used website managers in the world, is the fact of being open source and how simple it is to install in a shared hosting server.
Now that you have understood what WordPress is, I hope so. If you are not familiar with computer science or programming, another question I would like to clarify would be the following:
Is WordPress Only Blogging Software or Complete CMS?
WordPress began as a blogging platform, then turned into a CMS, after which it has been developed beautifully to everything that you want (either CMS, blogging platform, CMF or Content Management Framework, please refer to WordPress as a framework).
However, WordPress itself is still used primarily as a blogging platform and CMS. You may find some limitations when using it as CMF or e-commerce platform. The reason is its core system primarily built for blogging. You need an expert to take you to a good level.
The problem with WordPress about the extension comes because there are very few people in the industry that know how to scale it. Most of the developers of WordPress have worked with websites in small or medium-sized, which limits you to WordPress. Many excellent websites run on WP but are backed up by a good team of developers and hosting service provider.
You have to take a look at some of the notable users of WordPress to know how people are using WordPress and taking it to the next level. In my experience, I have created many e-commerce websites and even sites like Pinterest.
WordPress vs. Joomla
WordPress and Joomla, they are the most known and used CMS in the world. They have many common features, and for example, the two content managers are developed in PHP, are open source and use MySQL as a database management system. They have a catalog of modules, applications, and plugins as well as templates and themes (both free and paid). Also, both Joomla like WordPress they have a large base of users and developers with an active community, where they share tutorials, tips, and tricks.
WordPress was developed, in principle, as a platform for blogs and Joomla as a content manager. Although this gives each platform certain strengths or weaknesses, both are excellent systems for managing web pages. The decision on whether to choose Joomla or WordPress relies on identifying what we want to do with our website.
Next, we will make a comparison between Joomla and WordPress. And we will discuss in details for which projects each of the platforms is suitable.
Easy to use
WordPress is easier to use, especially for beginners in CMS. Joomla It has a more complex and less intuitive structure, so it is recommended that users have a prior knowledge base.
Themes and templates
Both Joomla like WordPress, they have millions of themes to personalize a web page. Unlike Joomla, WordPress has a directory of themes. As far as we can tell the two CMS have a variety of themes available, but WordPress makes it easier to find the theme you need for your website.
Plugins and extensions
Both content managers have plugins and extensions with which to increase the functionality of a web page, although WordPress gains in number to Joomla.
In Joomla, the extensions are divided into three categories: modules, components, and plugins. WordPress has more than 38,000 plugins and widgets, which are applications that are installed through a plugin. Joomla it subcategorizes as content, system or specific plugins of an extension.
They are multilanguage platforms that come with Spanish included. But WordPress in Spanish has limitations to create a web page in several languages without using external plugins. In this situation, Joomla wins.
Search engine optimization
It can be said that both Joomla and WordPress are compatible with SEO. Both need extensions or plugins to improve search engine optimization, but with WordPress, it’s much easier to customize the URLs and structure of the content.
The process of installing WordPress and Joomla It is quite similar. Both of the CMS have quick installer interface. All you have to do is enter your database information and username, email address. Once installed, the WordPress interface is much simpler than the Joomla Control panel.
WordPress or Joomla which one I choose?
WordPress stands out for its versatility and, through this management system; you can create a multitude of web pages for different purposes without prior knowledge. Here are some examples of types of web pages for which WordPress is recommended:
- Blogs for professional and personal uses
- Corporate websites
- Portfolios (perfect to get clients as a freelancer)
- Business directories
- Webs for non-profit organizations
- Employment pages
- Websites of reviews or memberships
- Online stores with few products
- The target audiences of WordPress are beginners or entrepreneurs.
Like WordPress, Joomla It is a very dynamic tool, but much more powerful so it would be more focused on the creation of complex sites for professional uses.
- Websites of medium and large companies
- Online magazines and newspapers
- Government pages
- Web pages for schools
The target audience of Joomla, they are for web designers or web developers with knowledge in PHP.
In conclusion, we can say that both platforms are complete CMS, valid for thousands of online projects. WordPress is more focused on pages based on the publication and distribution of content and Joomla for pages that need a more versatile and complex system. To the question, what is better Joomla or WordPress? It is a subjective decision since to choose the perfect CMS you have to decide which system fits best with your project. Once you have done it, you have to choose a hosting and start working on your web page.
Some Facts about WordPress
1. Your Pages and Publications DO NOT exist
Many beginner users believe that their WP posts are stored in a static file on their server. But it’s not like that.
As we all know, WordPress is a dynamic platform and uses a Database to store all the information on our Blog; including posts, pages, comments, widgets, configurations, users, etc.
Then, when you publish an article, WordPress saves the article in the Database. But do not create any new file on your server.
Then, when a person wants to see the article, WordPress extracts the information from the Database, and using the template or theme, creates the instant the page that is delivered to the user.
This means that every time a person visits your Blog WordPress must create each page at the moment.
This task consumes many resources of the Server because WordPress must execute more than 30 scripts to generate each page.
2. WordPress automatically compresses JPEG images
This function of WordPress is one of the most used, and at the same time, one of the most unknown.
WordPress has a mechanism that compresses all images in JPEG format, which you upload to your blog.
This is to increase the upload speed of your Blog and reduce the size of the files in your server.
The compression level is 90% to maintain acceptable image quality.
3. Secret Combinations of the Keyboard
WordPress has a lot of keyboard combinations, which are “hidden” in the “help” icon, which is found in the Posts and Pages editor.
By clicking on the Help icon, you can see a popup where it will give you the information about the editor, then on the third tab; you can see the full list of keyboard shortcuts.
In this list, you will find key combinations to perform any action in the editor, from inserting text to changing the format.
4. WordPress Publicly Disseminates the Version in Use
WordPress publicly shows the version that is being used, in different ways.
One of them is through the readme.html file that is part of the platform’s installation package, which is publicly accessible.
Generally, you will find that file in the main directory of your blog.
Take the test visit: yourblog.com/readme.html
If you cannot find the file, its fine, I explain why later.
Another way is through the HTML Meta tag “generator,” which adds most Themes in the source code.
<meta name = “generator” content = “WordPress 3.5.1” />
This is an error, for security reasons.
You must hide the version of WordPress that you use, especially if you are using an old version. This can serve as a guide for hackers to know the vulnerabilities of your blog. Therefore, if you find the readme.html file, delete it. Similarly, if your theme includes the meta tag “generator” in the source code, delete it.
Generally, it is found in the header.php file in the theme folder of your blog. You will see a code similar to the following:
<meta name = “generator” content = “WordPress <? php bloginfo (‘version’); ?> “/>
5. Secret Panel of Options
WordPress has a secret panel of options, which is a page with all the options of your blog, plugins, and themes. You will find that all in one place.
This page cannot be found in any menu of the administrative section, and can only be seen if you enter the following URL:
Replace yourblog.com with the domain of your blog.
Please, do not make any changes to the options you will find on this page. Just look at its contents.
6. The most expensive WordPress Plugin is worth $999
As WordPress has grown, a true business has formed around the platform. And that is the theme, plugin, WordPress, and hosting business.
The price of these plugins is based on the functions they provide. However, I found a plugin worth $999 with a multi-site license. That plugin is called RAMP, and it is a synchronization system between 2 or more WordPress blogs. This plugin is very interesting for programmers because it is almost like a Git or Subversion system for WordPress.
7. How to know the Theme that any Blog uses
Has it ever happened to you, that you visit a blog, and fall completely in love with Design? You search, but you cannot find the way to know which WordPress Theme you use?
So, now is your lucky day smile
There is an extension for Google Chrome, called Theme Sniffer, which by analyzing the code, shows the name of the Theme that uses any WordPress Blog or Joomla. You can install it by visiting its official Google Chrome Webstore page.
8. WordPress is a good business
In the same way, as I mentioned in point 6. WordPress has become a real business, from all points of view. Currently, many designers make a living creating WordPress Themes.
When visiting the markets of Themes for WordPress, such as ThemeForest, we can see that some authors have sold their themes more than 20,000 times, at a value of $50 each. This equates to more than 1 million dollars, discounting the commissions they have $600,000 left of net earnings.
On the other hand, we find Programmers who contribute by extending WordPress functions through plugins. Regular plugins have a lower value than WordPress Themes. Normally they are worth between $10 to $50. However, it is not the direct value that defines the profitability of the business. But the number of times each plugin sells. Like the Themes, a good WordPress plugin can be sold thousands or hundreds of thousands of times.
It is important to note that the amount of WordPress users is what makes the platform a profitable business.
9. You can manage several Blogs from the same place
It is common to find people who have several WordPress Blogs I am one of them. Certainly, it is annoying to have to make the same updates of plugins, themes, and WordPress in each blog, again and again.
Would not it be great to be able to do all those tasks in all the Blogs at the same time?
For this, there is a free tool called Infinite WP, which allows us to manage several WordPress Blogs from the same place. This application allows us to make backups, updates, and manage the plugins and themes of all our Blogs, from a central control page.
10. You can create a Social Network with WordPress
Yes, even if you do not believe it, but it is possible. Nowadays, due to the great success of Social Networks, many people want to follow in the footsteps of Mark Zuckerberg, which is fine.
For this reason, the same WordPress developers have created a plugin called BuddyPress, which is a WordPress independent project and allows you to add social functions to your blog.
This plugin allows you to have:
- A community of users in your Blog
- An internal communication tool for your Company or Business
- A specific Social Network for your Niche
- A Private Community
- Finally, you can convert WordPress into a complete Social Network!
- Of course, the configuration and installation is a complicated process, which requires professional help.
Why WordPress is So Powerful?
With all the perspective that I have accumulated from all these years using the system as an editor, in projects such as Linux Hispano (we use WordPress since 2009); as a writer and writer specialized on the subject in articles. And as a software developer on the platform in a company; I’m going to tell you because I think WordPress has achieved what other popular solutions like Joomla and Drupal have not succeeded.
1. It is free software, but the development is conveniently directed
A Drupal something happens like with Acquia, the company founded by Dries Buytaert, creator of CMS; despite being free software projects, decisions are made in a very hierarchical way.
In the case of WordPress, who has the map to follow and who decides quickly on the most important conflicts is Automattic and the core development dome, the developers of the core. It may seem unimportant, but stability in development is a vital part of offering a “serious” product to the market and having a regulated life cycle. Joomla In this sense, you suffer from many changes, and you have probably heard about the different branches and how complex it is to update between them.
2. Code Poet
Both WordPress and its themes, plugins and even the frameworks created around it, have something in common. All your code must be done in a way that having basic knowledge of PHP and web technologies on the client side, everyone can create and develop on it. The KISS philosophy of UNIX reaches its maximum expression here, the simplicity at the bottom of the most complex processes, is the predominant note of the development of this technology.
3. Easy to extend
WordPress is easy to extend, and we can all take a theme and create our own theme thanks to parent-child technology without touching the code. If we also use the official repositories, our theme will have updates, and our users will be able to install it at the click of a mouse.
Another point in favor is the plugins. The design of hooks, actions, and filters allow interacting with the deepest of the core without having to touch a line of the same, and in addition, there is also an official repository for them.
4. Easy to update
Updates are the strength of WordPress, in version 3.7 we have reached the point that they are done silently (in the background). What other is CMS at this level? The central repository of WordPress and the possibilities it gives to install and update all without knowledge reminds a lot of the concept that has then been extended to other platforms, such as the Play Store on Android.
5. A plugin for every need
Thanks to the fact that the system is easy to extend, many have been the developers who have developed on it and today almost all the needs that someone who wants to make a web project can supply a plugin in a more or less satisfactory way.
We have the base, and although it is true that in order to achieve professional results, sometimes we have to code something on that basis, being free software and being so relatively simple, it will cost us nothing compared to other solutions, such as the use of frameworks or other CMS.
6. There is a market around
All of the above has led to the existence of a huge market around WordPress.
Do you need to create a web project? Look for a plugin, maybe it is not free, but there are paid plugins with which you can connect to different payment gateways online, the so-called premium, in which you may find a solution to your problem.
A professional aesthetic appearance for your blog and do not meet the free designs? Take a tour of this marketplace and look at the number of topics, the number of sales and the price at which these issues are paid. Well, you do not know how to program but you have a great idea, your thing is that you look for a freelance or a company that does it to you (I dedicate myself to this); you cannot get an idea of the number of professionals that work and offer their services with WordPress.
WordPress for SEO
There are several ways to get well positioned in Google’s search results, as there are more than 200 ranking factors for Google algorithm. However, one of them, in particular, can make life easier for all professionals: using WordPress for SEO.
The WordPress became known as a CMS unique to blogs, but in fact is the number one platform in creating websites. According to a survey conducted by W3 Techs in 2015, WordPress is used in the elaboration of one in four websites, that is, in 25% of the world market.
WordPress is one of SEO’s favorite CMSs, whether it’s usability, great tools or a large number of plugins that further enhance the platform. The advantages of working with WordPress are numerous and knowing each one of them will save time and money.
As the source of organic traffic is one of the most important factors for websites, WordPress already comes “pre-optimized” for search engines like Google. In addition to being natively enhanced, CMS offers a myriad of plugins that increase the performance of your site helping you even more in indexing your content. Later we will quote the best SEO plugins for WordPress.
Being open source, the WordPress platform constantly evolves, with at least three updates per year. These updates rely on new features, new technologies, and also attach great importance to security. For these reasons, CMS is always one step ahead of the market.
One of the best advantages of WordPress is that it promotes total autonomy for the publication of content, without the user needing much technical knowledge. But even if WordPress offers all that autonomy, you need to get your audience to find your content. This is done through the use of SEO techniques, and it is at this point that one of the advantages mentioned above, the plugins appears.
The SEO techniques for WordPress are no different from the techniques used in other CMS’s, what changes are the ways to do it. There are several plugins that facilitate and improve the SEO of the site; the only problem is knowing how to choose the correct plugin amid so many options.
Every SEO Plugin for WordPress has its quirks; some improve performance while others only identify errors. The important thing is to know how to configure them to have access to all the advantages that the plugin has to offer.
So far I have discussed all WordPress. Many things you probably knew and I hope, I am successful in providing you with new information. Here are the things, in short, we have discussed so far.
To use WordPress, it is not strictly necessary to know to the programme. That would be the word that defines it. That is, anyone can use WordPress, at least at the user level. You can create new content, upload images, and update texts without knowing to the programme.
This does not mean that you do not need a professional to create your website, in fact, it is more than recommended (especially if you need to create an online strategy that gives you results or you need a unique and professional design for your brand). But it is always infinitely easier to use than a web made with code.
There are also many extensions (so-called WordPress plugins) that help you perform various tasks, such as: mounting a personalized contact form, improving the performance of our website, automating blog posts in social networks, and many more.
A user with some knowledge and a little help can in a short time edit or create the text and images of a page, edit or create a blog post or create a catalog of products.
WordPress is already SEO Friendly. If you are an active Internet user, you will know how important it can be for a company/freelance to appear in a specific search in a specific word or term associated with your business. Well, there are more than 200 factors by which Google ranks a web page. And thanks to SEO, you can achieve better organic results with which your web, blog or online store will manage to appear in those searches. The benefits of SEO are directly proportional to getting sales or leads.
There are free and very powerful plugins for WordPress that allow SEO to work on a website, such as Yoast SEO (formerly WordPress SEO by Yoast). This plugin, for example, allows you to edit your meta tags and titles, create sitemaps, configure RSS and something very important for the end user. It offers an SEO analysis on each page, product or post. This analysis that is done automatically allows the user to focus an article or page on a specific keyword by analyzing many common SEO On-Page factors in a very graphic alway (as you can see in the image). With that, it will be a reliable guide to follow a good SEO strategy for On-page.
WordPress is free, that is, you can download the CMS from its official website, and it can be used by any user.
In addition, it has two types: WordPress.com as a free blogger tool with domain “www.myblog.wordpress.com” and the most advanced version of WordPress.org. If you want to create a personal blog or a simple web page, you may not have SPENDED NOR A HARD, as I told you, apart from the fact that WordPress.com is free, many templates are also free.
But, obviously, there are one or several buts in life. If you want to compete and you want to sell, you must invest money, not spend. The free option, that is, the one that you mentioned previously (WordPress.com) is useful but with many limitations of ownership, themes, plugins, customization. The totally free version of WordPress can be functional to create a blog, monetize up to certain amounts, or create a personal page or a small business, but without having all the advantages of WordPress at our fingertips.
In this section you will find step by step procedure to set up a wordpress website by yourself. Its the day for yours to start a website by yourself without having coding knowledge. Its easy and simple, just follow the steps bellow:
Step 1: Choose a hosting and a domain
So to create a website or blog, the first thing you need is a web hosting service, also called hosting. This is where you will host your website so that it is visible all over the world.
You have to bear in mind that hosting is the basis of your website, so if you choose wrong, this will bring many headaches and some other annoyance.
Imagine that after several weeks of hard work creating your website, it suddenly stops working and you do not know why. If you have good hosting, in a jiffy you will have it fixed. If your hosting does not have daily backups or fast customer service, you will be tied your hand and foot.
Many times, cheap is expensive.
Therefore, to choose a good hosting, not only have to look at the price. Sometimes the most expensive hosting does not mean you will have the best service, perhaps you are throwing money. On the contrary cheapest hosting can cost you a lot. Like almost everything in this life, the average term is usually the best option.
I have tried numerous hosting services and, without a doubt, there is one that stands out above the rest. I am speaking of A2 Hosting.
With A2 Hosting, you will have the best value for money hosting in the market, your website will be fast, secure and you will receive support 24 hours a day in case any unforeseen event arises.
Do not play with the hosting and always hire a quality one.
On the other hand, in addition to the web hosting service, you will need a domain. The domain is the name that you will give to your web page. Mine, for example, is templatics.com. The good thing is that if you hire the hosting in A2 Hosting for the first time, you will save $100 comparing to another web hosting.
Why You Shouldn’t Choose Free Hosting Provider
With the previous examples, you can see that free hosting is not a bad option in itself, far from it. As you have seen, there are interesting cases of use in which it makes perfect sense to use it. What it is about is to be clear about how far you can go with a solution of this type and where it is not, so let’s see where the limits of free hosting are.
The free hosting is not altruistic, and it seeks to earn money and, therefore, the server resources are extremely limited to be able to share them among as many users as possible, and thus the accounts of the business can come out.
It is relatively common to announce features such as “unlimited space” or “unlimited transfer” or high figures for these parameters. What the provider does not count is that, in reality, it is a fallacy because the rest is minimized. Above all, the use of CPU and memory and that makes the traffic that the server can handle is very much reduced.
No service reliability, frequent drops
This point does not need many comments; it is simply a consequence of the previous point. The free hosting is obviously shared hosting, but also, overloaded to squeeze it to the maximum, and the situation reminds a bit of the image of the overloaded buses that are sometimes seen in third world countries. Therefore, it is logical that there are frequent and long falls of the service. It simply cannot be otherwise because if not, the business model is impossible to work.
There is no support
In a free hosting simply do not count on that support, it is not possible in practice (costs), although the provider includes it as part of the service you will find that in practice they ignore you or send you to a forum the “community” in which it will be difficult to find the help you need for your particular problem. In fact, the most serious free hosting providers recognize it directly as you could see in the example of Nixiweb, although yes: rather in the fine print because on the cover, of course, they will not tell you.
You can cancel your account at any time
Free hosting is a completely inadequate solution for any professional web activity or that really is important to you because you cannot allow these service gaps. If this is not your case, and you simply use the account for things that are not critical like the ones I mentioned above, try, at least, to implement a good solution for backup copies and automatically transfer those copies to another site so that at a given moment, before a possible final closure of the service, something not infrequent, do not lose your site completely. In the case of WordPress, for example, this can be done with the BackWPup plugin.
Risk of bad image
In a way, the sum of the previous points converges in the conclusion that it is quite complicated to reconcile a good image with the use of free hosting.
In any action in which the image has minimum importance the sum of having no own domain, a slow server and frequent falls, etc., will harm you.
Keep in mind that a server that does not keep well can give you many problems because applications such as WordPress require you that the server software is reasonably up to date. Not to mention vulnerabilities and the security issue in general. And the worst thing is that your application does not work because it is not updated. But that it works half-heartedly, with those small arbitrary failures that only occur sometimes, you do not know where they come from, and then they are constantly giving you the tense and wasting your time.
Respect for privacy and possible legal problems for you
It is very important that you know who you are hosting your site because if it is not a legitimate company, it could lead you to legal issues. For example, that your provider is taking “borrowed” certain information such as personal information without informing you and you are falling in risk for this.
Your time is money
Free hosting has more limitations, more incidents, and less support than the paid hosting, so consider that you will also lose more time with the free hosting. We return to the same thing: if you do not have a budget and it’s to play a little and learn, okay, but if it’s to create a serious project, should not you be dedicating those hours better to the project?
Step 2: Install WordPress in your hosting
There are two ways to install WordPress in your hosting: the manual and the automatic. If you have chosen a good hosting as A2 Hosting, the installation process becomes very simple, since they offer you an automatic installation system with one click. If not, you will have to do it in several steps.
In this WordPress tutorial, we will see both methods.
Install WordPress automatically
Access your hosting and look for your Active Services. There, select the name of the web the option of the hosting that you have hired. Once inside, you have to click a blue button that puts cPanel and then Create WordPress.
Now several installation packs will appear with the template already included that A2 Hosting offers you for free. If you are going to buy and install a premium template (a recommended option that we will see later in this WordPress tutorial), choose the WordPress pack to dry that is at the bottom.
Then, you just have to fill in the installation data.
You have to name your site (this can be changed later), select the domain you chose when you booked the hosting, put your email and choose a username and password to enter your WordPress admin panel.
In case you have missed a step, here is a video showing you how to do it from scratch:
Install WordPress manually
If you do not have a good quality hosting, you will need to install WordPress manually. But do not worry because in this WordPress tutorial I will also show you how to do it.
Download WordPress and upload it to your hosting.
The first thing you have to do is download WordPress. To do this, go to wordpress.org and download the zip with the latest version.
Then enter your hosting account, go to cPanel and find the file manager of your hosting. Once you have found it, upload the zip file that you just downloaded to the root folder of the hosting, usually called public_html. When you have done it, unzip the zip and extract all the files.
Create a database
Now you have to go back to cPanel and look for the section where the databases are located. In A2 Hosting the route that you have to follow is Database > MySQL Databases. Here you will have to perform three steps:
Give your database a name and create it
A little further down, there is the user creation area for the database. Create a user with your name.
The next step is to link that user that you just created with the database. Go to the section Add users to the database and enter the same username and link it to the database.
The installation process is almost over. Type the URL of your domain followed by yourdomain.com/wp-admin (in my case it would be templatics.com/wp-admin).
When you do this, the WordPress installation wizard will appear, and all you have to do is fill in all the fields with whatever you are asking for. When finished, it will ask you to enter the name or the email that you have put, and the password that you have chosen and you will be able to access your website.
Step 3: Managing and configuring WordPress
Now that you have your website up and running, the next step in this WordPress guide is to learn what menus and how WordPress works.
As you can see, when you enter your admin panel you will see a side menu on the left with many sections that we will see throughout this WordPress tutorial. When you pass the mouse over any of them, you will see how they are unfolding new subsections. You just have to click on the one that interests you.
For example, if you want to create an article or post for the blog section, just go to Posts > Add new, and a text editor will open. If what you want to create are pages or sections, you will have to go to Pages > Add new. However, all this I explain a little below. Stay tuned.
First adjustments you must make in WordPress
Go to the Settings menu in the left sidebar. If you click or pass the mouse over, a submenu with more options appears. From there, you will only have to click on the section you want. Let’s go step by step discovering the most important settings.
Here you can give a title, and a description to your website put the email address you want to associate with your page, determine the time zone in which you are, etc. As for the title and description, it includes keywords for which you want to appear on Google. For example, if you are a lawyer and you perform your duties in Madrid, try that the words lawyer and Madrid are in both fields.
From here you can adjust some parameters related to writing on your website, such as choosing to convert the typical ones with signs to image type emoticons, determine a default category for your entries, etc. It is not a very important section in which to stop.
In this section, you will have to select which one you want your home page to be. If you have not yet created a homepage, do not worry, because a little below I’ll show you how to create pages and sections with Visual Composer. When you have done it, do not forget to come back here and select it.
If instead of a static page you want only your blog articles to appear on your homepage, select Your latest entries.
On the other hand, look at the Visibility option in the search engines. Until you have your web page done in full, I recommend you check this option to hide your website to Google. When you have finished the entire design process, come back here and uncheck this option.
Settings> Comment options
This section refers to the management of the comments you receive on your website. It is very important that you configure it to your liking if you are going to have a blog or news section.
When someone writes a comment in a blog post, you can decide to approve it automatically, or you can review it manually before it is published. I recommend this last option so you can control what is said in your blog.
Settings> Permanent links
Here you have to decide how the URLs of the sections of your website will be built when they are created. To be friendly and able to contain keywords, select Post Name. This way every time you build a new post or page, you can include keywords for which you want to be found in Google in the URLs and improve your SEO positioning.
Step 4: Download your Premium Template
Now we are going to the section of Appearance > Themes. This is where you are going to choose which template you want to use to set up your website. But what is a template?
Basically, they are predefined designs that you can use to create your web page. The WordPress quality templates bring with them several examples of complete websites already made that you can modify to your liking and that contain text and demo photos.
This will make that even if you are a beginner in web design, you can mount your page in a simple way and get a result at the highest level.
However, using a template does not mean that the design of your website is the same as other users who have purchased the same template as you. When using a template what you do is to start from a good base and have many additional features to modify the styles and appearance of your website.
In addition, most quality premium templates include a visual layout artist such as Visual Composer that will allow you to design your page by dragging and dropping elements. You choose the element you want (blocks of text, images, buttons) and drag and drop them where you want them to appear. That’s easy.
Best templates for WordPress
As a web designer and WordPress expert, I have tried many templates, and I know which the best ones are. Well, choosing a template is a key point when creating your website. Therefore, in this WordPress tutorial, I want to emphasize its importance and provide you with a series of tips and recommendations for you to choose wisely.
A template not only has to be beautiful and offer multiple designs, but it must be quick, it must have a visual layout plugin so you can easily modify it, it must be responsive to adapt to mobile devices, and there must be a support team behind in case you have a problem at some point.
One of the best templates today is Bridge, a very versatile theme, easy to use, fast, and ready to position well in Google and that offers many personalization options.
Other templates that are very worthwhile, with similar characteristics and that include a visual layout to make it very simple to design your website, Salient and The Gem.
However, if you want to know more professional WordPress templates and not go crazy looking without knowing if you have chosen well, I have compiled for you a list of the best ones here. It is organized by sectors and themes for your convenience.
How to upload and install your premium template on your website
When you access a template from the links that I provide in this WordPress tutorial, or through the collection of the best templates that I have linked just above, you will see a live preview button through which you can see all available designs. If you like it and want to buy it, click on the green Buy theme button.
When you have purchased your template, go to your ThemeForest download area and download the installable files.
Now go to your WordPress admin panel and look in the menu on the left for the Appearance > Themes section. You will see that there is a button that says Add theme so click there and then click on Upload theme. Select the template in zip format that you just downloaded from ThemeForest and click install now.
When you have finished uploading, click on Activate and you will have your template installed and activated.
If you have any problems during the upload, it’s probably because your hosting does not allow you to upload very large files by default. Therefore, contact support and ask that you expand the upload limit so you can try again or do it yourself by modifying the php.ini file.
If your hosting is quality, such as A2 Hosting, you will not have any problems, and you can upload your template without any obstacles.
Now it would be necessary to import the demo content of your template (all the pages, photos, texts, etc. that come by default). In premium templates, there is usually a specific section for this. In Bridge is done going to the section Qode Import, where you have to select the demo that you liked when you bought the template and select import everything.
Finally, if your premium template includes plugins that add additional features, you will get a message indicating it above. If you have chosen Bridge as your template, the message says this theme recommends/requires the following plugins. Install them by clicking on Begin installing plugins and activate them too.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Free Themes and Pirated Themes
Premium themes offer constant and free support, and unfortunately, the same is not guaranteed for free themes. Developers of free themes often offer support only through forums but are not obliged to answer user questions.
A similar discussion also applies to the available documentation. While many paid themes offer a large amount of documentation, video tutorials and demo sites to install, the same cannot often be said of free ones. It would cause several difficulties. And if I were to face a technical problem or try to modify something, it would cost me a lot of time.
You might be able to save on the cost (often content) of a theme, and then have to hire a developer to try to solve the problems you encounter. It would nullify the savings obtained by choosing a theme at no cost.
If you find yourself in this situation, remember that you can search through the available guides on SOS-WP for any comments and solutions. You can also contact our technical support to receive help with WordPress themes and plugins.
Moreover, if the former is provided with valid HTML and CSS codes, the same cannot be said of almost all the free themes. It goes without saying that the clean codes allow better indexing on search engines, so I advise you not to neglect these parameters.
Another limitation concerns updates: 90% of free themes for WordPress cannot be updated nor allow you to add new features. If you are lucky enough to find an uncorrupted free theme, also know that other users will probably be using the exact same theme: in this way, your site will lose its uniqueness, and you know how important this aspect is to be successful.
Free themes tend to have a more minimalist design and offer less functionality than their paid counterparts.
If this, perhaps, makes them easier to use for those who are beginners, at the same time can force you to use many plugins. Some of these tools can slow down the speed of your site, with negative effects on user experience and SEO.
You can use a tool such as Query Monitor to evaluate the impact of various site components on the performance of your website.
Finally, in the free themes, the authors put a link in the footer that cannot be removed. Be careful, and the link may link to sites of low reputation that could lower your ranking on Google.
And for the pirated theme, this is even more dangerous to use. The major issue with pirated themes is that it is vulnerable and can hack your site. Below I am going to discuss why you should never use pirated WordPress themes.
Precisely because these themes are modified, they often present major security problems, especially with regard to malicious scripts to:
- Get backlink from your blog
- Get access to your blog
- Redirect your blog to spam links
- Add advertisements and banners
- Make the website down (literally, collapse it)
Now, you will surely want to avoid nulled themes.
Many say: “Yes, but I would like to use them only to test their graphics appearance.”
For this, there are demos, available for any self-respecting theme, well done and very complete.
I doubt that a novice blogger will be able to reproduce a demo like those that are made available by developers and senior graphic designers.
Yes, because the scripts that are “injected“ in the source by “crackers,” often make it even less performing, unstable and above all not updatable.
It happens that these issues, in a nutshell, cease to function and require a reactivation of the same through links to unsafe websites.
Other times it happens that after a certain time the slides (like other functionalities) stop working and we are asked to buy an additional plugin.
In short, using these themes not only makes our blog outlawed and unsafe but it also seriously affects the performance of the same.
You dedicate hours and hours to SEO and then install these themes? Let’s think about it before doing it.
All that I have said up to now I think it is more than enough to convince you that these issues are not even to be taken into consideration.
If this were not enough, then we also consider some implications of an “ethical “nature.
Not buying a license is equivalent to not paying our plumber or our baker. It’s not right. Behind a professional theme is the work of a developer, a graphic designer, or at least a team that has to be paid. That is the point.
If we want to save money there are always free themes, they are many and can be downloaded from the official WordPress website.
Step 5: Create your first section or page
There are two ways to create your web page. Create a section by section from scratch or use the demo pages that are included with the template you have chosen. In this WordPress manual we will see the two options:
Create your pages from scratch
Now I’m going to show you how to create your first section or page, for example, the start page.
To create a page, go to Pages > Add new, and you will appear on a screen with a blank canvas to start writing, including images, links, lists and everything that you can think of. Basically, it works in a very similar way to a text document like Word.
If you have chosen a premium template such as Bridge, or any of the lists that I provided before this WordPress tutorial, you can lay out your home page with a visual layout plugin such as Visual Composer. To start editing, click on the Backend editor button.
If you have chosen a template that is not Bridge or does not have Visual Composer, you may have another button that puts something like Page Builder or similar.
When you click on that button, the visual editor will appear with which you can add rows, text blocks, images, buttons and more. In this way, you can create all the pages one by one and totally to your liking.
For you to better understand how it works, here is a WordPress video tutorial to show you how to create sections on your web page and use Visual Composer to format them.
Create your pages by editing the demo pages
If you prefer to use the demo pages that are included in your template, go to Pages > All pages and find the page you want to edit from the demo, for example, the homepage, and click on it.
An editor will open with which you can modify the demo content that is included with your template. If all you see is code without meaning, activate the visual composer by clicking on Backend Editor, Page builder or similar.
Now you just have to change the photos and texts for your own, and in a jiffy, you will have your section created.
Step 6: Create a contact page
When you have created the sections of your website (home, services, who we are, etc.), you will need to create the contact page with a form linked to your email.
So go to Pages> Add new and create a page with the Contact title. Now you need to install a plugin called Contact Form 7. I do not want to stop much in explaining what a plugin is now, because I explain it a little later in this same WordPress tutorial, so for the moment following the next steps.
How to create a contact form
The first things you have to do is install and activate Contact Form 7. To do this, go to Plugins > Add new and in the search engine on the right, click on Contact Form 7. If you do not have it installed, click on Install and then on Activate.
After doing this, in the main menu on the left, you will see a section that will contact. Click, and you will see a test contact form that is automatically generated by the plugin. Click on it, and you will see a text editor with all the contact form fields.
Now you have to edit the fields and add the ones you need to show in your contact form.
After having created it, copy the code that appears above the editing area and pastes it on the page where you want to show it.
How to insert a Google Maps map in WordPress
If you are a company or have a physical location to which customers can go, your thing is that you insert a map of Google Maps in the contact page that you just created to tell users your location.
With WordPress, inserting a map is super simple.
Go to Google Maps and put in the search engine the address you want to show. On the left, you will get a side menu with the address, and you will see that there is a Share button. Click on that button and a window like this will appear:
Now you have to select what size you want the map to appear on your website. You can choose between small, medium and large sizes. However, you can also select the custom and give the map the dimensions you want.
Once you have chosen, copy the HTML code of type <iframe> that Google Maps gives you and paste it where you want to show the map.
Step 7: Create and add pages to your menu
Now that you have created your pages, it’s time to create your own menu and add them. To do this, go to Appearance > Menu and click on create a new menu, give it a name (this will not be seen by users who visit your website) and click create a menu.
As you can see, on the left will appear all the pages that you have on your website, either because you have created them yourself, or because they come with the demonstration content of your template.
Now mark the pages in the area on the left that you want to add to the menu and then click on the Add to menu button and you will see how they are added to the right. If you want to change the order in which they appear, you just have to drag them with the mouse.
Once you have added all the pages to your new menu, it is very important that you follow one last step.
Below will appear some boxes that will allow you to make this menu that you just created the main one of your web. To do this, look for a box that says Main menu, Top primary, Main menu, Primary navigation or similar and marks it.
Finally, click on the Save Menu button.
Step 8: Create Your Blog or News Section
Something that could not be missing in this WordPress tutorial and guide is how to create a blog with WordPress. Either as an additional section of your website or simply because you want your entire site to be a blog, with WordPress, it is very easy to create it.
Although now you may not see the advantages, having a blog where you can publish valuable content that helps your target audience is one of the best ways to attract new customers. Thanks to the blog and content marketing, you can create a very powerful SEO strategy and establish links of trust with your audience.
In case you want your website to have a blog or a news section, it’s time to create it. Go to Pages > Add new and give it the title “Blog,” “News” or as you prefer. Next, click on the blue Publish button.
Now go to Settings > Reading and select as the page of entries, the blog page that you just created and save the changes.
Step 9: Create your first post or blog article
You have already created your blog or news section, and now you will need to start writing articles. To do this, go to Posts > Add new.
If you notice, you will see that the screen that appears is very similar to the one we used before to create the pages or sections of your website. The main difference is that the entries are written directly in the text area without having to format them. At the end of the day it is about writing the content of value, so we do not want to add design elements that distract the user in their reading.
Step 10: How to install Plugins in WordPress
Before installing plugins, I want to explain what they are and what they can offer you.
Basically, they are small applications that add extra features to our website. It could be said that they are like the apps that we install in our smartphones. There are thousands of them, and most are totally free.
To install them, just go to Plugins > Add new and use the search engine to find the one you want in the free WordPress repository. Then, click Install and then Activate as you did with Contact Form 7 when we created the contact page.
In addition to the free ones, you can download premium plugins from other platforms such as CodeCanyon in zip format and upload them directly to your WordPress.
WordPress plugins that you should know
Next, I have compiled a small list of the best WordPress plugins with a brief explanation of what each one is.
Yoast SEO: With it, you can control and improve all the SEO of your website.
Visual Composer: As we saw in the point of creation of sections and pages, it will help you design your pages quickly.
FV Antispam: It serves so that you do not receive spam comments on your blog.
Monarch: It will allow you to add social share buttons in multiple ways.
Bloom: If you want to insert a subscription form to use later in your Newsletter, it is definitely the best option.
WooCommerce: If your thing is to set up an online store, with WooCommerce you can do it in a simple and fast way.
Step 11: Configure your widgets
Surely you have heard about them but do not know what they are. Well, do not worry because it’s something very easy to understand. Widgets are small boxes in which you can place various items such as icons of your social networks, blog categories, the latest entries and even a feed with the latest photos from your Instagram profile.
Depending on the template you have chosen and the plugins you have installed, the number of widgets you can choose will be different. However, with WordPress come many widgets that you can use regardless of the template or the plugins you use.
To manage and modify the widgets go to Appearance > Widgets.
You will see that you have two zones. On the left, you have all the available widgets and on the right all the areas where you can place them. All you have to do is select the widget you want and drag it to the area where you want to show it.
For example, if you want a list with the last five posts on the right, in the sidebar, you only have to select the widget called recent entries and drag it to the Sidebar area or sidebar.
Step 12: Insert the share buttons on social networks
Another important thing that I want to teach you in this WordPress guide step by step is to insert and link your social networks with your website or blog.
First I’ll tell you how to add the share buttons in your posts and articles. In this way, when a user goes to entry, they can share it on social networks and thus increase the visibility of your web page.
To add them for free, you can use a plugin called Simple Share Buttons Adder, which allows you to add all the social networks you want.
You just have to install it, activate it and a section called Simple Share Buttons will appear in the WordPress Settings menu. There you should select the buttons you want to appear and set the size, color, and phrase you want to put on top of the buttons.
It is very simple to configure, but I have recorded a video to help you and complete this WordPress manual step by step.
WordPress is currently the king of the creators and managers of web content but, despite its popularity and frequent use, many questions require answers, sometimes not as obvious as it might seem.
In this section, we want to share with you 26 most commons questions and answers about WordPress. You can read the answer regardless of your level of knowledge. You should know these answer if you want to move with ease in the creation of your WordPress site.
1. What is WordPress and what is not?
WordPress is a platform for creating, managing and publishing content, a CMS or Content Management System, open source and GPL license. With it, you can create websites, customize their appearance, and create an online store, a web application, a digital newspaper or a simple blog. WordPress is especially efficient with search engine optimization (SEO).
WordPress is not a web cover editor although it can be incorporated. It is not a word processor even if it includes that feature. And it is not an online store even if you can create with it. Also, it is not a company, nor it is sponsored by any company even though many companies use it.
2. How many types of WordPress are there?
There is only one WordPress, which you can download from WordPress.org, totally free, expandable and customizable to any extent. Also, there are more and more web hosting companies that incorporate their installation with a single click.
It usually generates confusion that the company Automattic, by Matt Mullenweg, one of the creators of WordPress, offers a freemium blog creation service (free basic services, with premium payment options) in the WordPress.com domain, which uses WordPress as a platform. But WordPress.com does not offer a complete WordPress but an adaptation of it, limited in its operation. WordPress.com is great to know the tool, to enter the world of web creation and create a free blog. All the content generated in WordPress.com can be exported to the full version in a very simple way. However, it does not offer infinite possibilities of customization and to be able to install plugins (that add more functionality to the basic installation)
Of course, WordPress.com is perfect to know WordPress and start publishing and make brand quickly. And you can do it easily without having to hire accommodation on your own.
3. Is WordPress safe?
With WordPress, you can sleep peacefully. Although there is a permanent urban legend out there that spreads that open source software is more insecure than the license fee, under the premise that if the company charges you it will take over and keep your system safe, but reality tells us just the opposite.
It is precisely the opposite. When an open source software community is active, it is the best guarantee of security. The reason is that there are not a few but millions of users who will contribute their bit to improve the system. And they share it with everyone else openly and immediately.
This is especially true in WordPress, where there are millions of users and companies that use it every day but also actively collaborate in their code, solving instantly any, not already incidence, but possible vulnerability that they find, solving it immediately thanks to the updates Automatic WordPress, which is updated without user intervention when the versions are security and maintenance.
In contrast to the licensed payment software, if your website or the service has any vulnerability, it may take days to months to solve the problem. In free software, like WordPress, it’s just the opposite. When the smallest possible vulnerability is detected, it is communicated in the working groups of the code, and a solution is created to generate an update that avoids problems for the users. It is true that you will read about the vulnerability that affects WordPress sites, but you have the option whether to update the software or not. It is the true golden rule of WordPress security.
4. Does WordPress serve only to create blogs?
WordPress adapts to you and the needs of your project. It is true that WordPress began its journey as a platform for blogs, very oriented to the publication of content. Without targeting only journalists and writers, it started for the novice people and thanks goes to the open source platform. It is currently the most used system by all types of developers and designers for creating all kinds of websites, digital platforms, and web applications.
Currently, the greatest use given to WordPress is not for blogs but for corporate websites, digital newspapers and online e-commerce stores, where it demonstrates all its flexibility and potential, as well as simplicity.
5. Is WordPress good for SEO and web positioning?
Google loves WordPress, and they fit like a glove. And the great success of WordPress is how well it receives the trust from Google, the moment it is installed and has its first content.
The virtues that highlight WordPress as an unbeatable platform for search engine positioning are many, but these are the fundamental ones:
Nothing else installed automatically communicates through pings to the main directories and contents the publication of any content.
WordPress automatically inserts the main meta tags of SEO in your pages and cover from the installation.
It is compatible with the system of pingbacks and trackbacks. It notifies other linked content sites and receives notifications of links if they link back to you.
WordPress is clean and well-structured code that complies with web standards and new technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3.
The themes for WordPress are organized by blocks, helping the searchers to dissect the web in the main content and accessory areas.
You can organize the contents by keywords in categories and tags. It greatly helps the search engine to know more about your contents. And it can better organize the content of your website. Moreover, Google crawls WordPress websites faster than any other platforms.
Through plugins you can take the possibilities of positioning in search engines of WordPress to infinity, defining SEO titles for each publication, label, even images.
6. Is WordPress Slow?
No, it is not. WordPress uses databases to store its content, which normally should slow down the load if we compare it. For example, with a page programmed exclusively in HTML, but using the WordPress internal cache and plugins that store cache not only static but also dynamic and Memcache. You can show your website as fast as possible and more than if it was in plain HTML since in addition to the static content. It also shows the dynamic content (queries to the database) from the cache and the Memcache (the administration of the content manager).
This is true with all content managers or CMS. Web browsers do not show or do not understand programming languages like PHP and have to translate what you have programmed into HTML to show it. For this reason, content managers perform the translation to generate the resulting HTML and that your browser can show you the content of the web you visit. Facebook, YouTube, and of course WordPress all are programmed in PHP, and everyone has to perform this process. If no action is taken, it will slow down your website due to this additional task.
Also, in WordPress, the cache is regenerated every time you publish a new article or page, or a visitor leaves a comment, so your visitors will always see the fully updated version of it. The cache protects you from denial of service attacks since it prevents them from overloading your server.
7. Do I need to know how to program?
Although WordPress is created with PHP, it uses MySQL to manage the databases and converts it to HTML so that your browser interprets the content and shows it, and you do not need to learn to program to use WordPress and create stunning websites.
In the old publishing systems, in which you had to modify each HTML file manually and upload them individually to the server. With WordPress, you create your contents, expand the possibilities of your website and modify your design from a visual environment. And you can do all of these without needing to install any application on your computer. You can do it from anywhere you are.
8. Which Web Hosting Worth of It?
If you have to buy a hosting plan for your WordPress, you should only take into account two basic requirements that it must offer:
- Apache or Nginx.
- PHP programming language version 5.2.4 or higher.
- Databases MySQL 5.0 or higher
You will find in the market two types of offers of operating systems for web hosting: Linux or Windows. Always hire Linux hosting; it is more compatible with web technologies. You do not need to know Linux so do not worry if you use Windows on your computer.
9. Do I lose content if I change the theme or design?
No, you do not at all. The theme is designed; it is the suit that you put on your WordPress website to show it to the outside in the best possible way. And your content is in another layer that does not affect the change of theme. You can change the subject as many times as you want without affecting your posts, pages or comments, the only thing you will notice is that the content will be displayed differently, or you may not see it as you are used to, but it will continue there.
10. Is It Bad to Install Many Plugins?
Plugins are small applications that extend or improve the functioning of WordPress, and the amount of them you use should be based on your needs. As in any software, it is not necessary to have installed applications that you are not going to use. And the same rule must be applied for WordPress.
However, you can install as many plugins as you want, try them, and leave those you are going to use actively. But for the rest, when you have tried them, it is best to turn them off and delete them. They will only take up space and resources on your server.
But no, it is not bad to install many plugins, the important thing is that they are well programmed and updated. Only two plugins with a badly programmed code may hurt your site more than 20 clean and effective coded plugins.
11. Tags or Categories?
Tags and Categories both are taxonomies. It is the way to organize content, but they work and are used differently. The main differences are the following:
The categories have hierarchies, there may be subcategories, the tags are not, and they are unique.
The categories are the main sections of content on which you will publish your content on your website. They must be created before starting to publish.
Tags are keywords, often used, that you use in your publications, and you must add them after writing each entry or page, and before publishing it, using those that appear in that specific content.
12. What are Widgets and What do they do?
Widgets are small boxes of content, usually dynamic, used to show navigation resources, texts, banners, links, etc. The theme has to provide the widget areas to place the widgets. Depending on the theme you are using, you can have one or several areas of widgets or sidebars. You can add simply by dragging and dropping the widget over the widgets area where you want it to be displayed.
You will see the widgets in the side areas of any website or blog, showing social links, welcome texts, advertising banners, Facebook like boxes or Twitter timeline.
13. Can I upload any file?
No, for security reasons, by default, WordPress does not allow uploading all types of files. You can upload, and use for your publications, virtually any image, audio, and video file. You can upload the most common document files and also compressed files. But you cannot upload programming files and scripts. The reason is to avoid code injections and hacking.
14. What are Pingbacks and Trackbacks, and what are They for?
Both are ways to automatically notify other sites that there is a link in your post or a specific page of your website. So another website owner can see that you have placed their link in your post or page. The same things happen when someone else does the same thing.
WordPress is compatible with the pingbacks and trackbacks. But you can activate them or leave them inactive from the Settings page.
Pingbacks and trackbacks are part of the glue of the web and makes the contents relate to each other and generate conversation between similar websites.
15. Should I enable comments and moderate them?
WordPress offers a comment system by default, but the administrator decides to enable or not. It depends on the type of site you have and the services and conversation you want to offer your visitors.
The main points in favor of having the active comments are:
- The comments also count as a content of your posts. Thus it improves your SEO as long as the content of them is related.
- Allow the interaction of visitors, loyalty to your readers/customers.
- Create a community on your website.
- And the drawbacks to keep in mind would be these:
- You are legally responsible for all the content on your website. And since the comments are content that is on your website, any illegal declaration could affect you.
- They are the main objective of spammers, who will want to introduce links in comments of your posts.
In short, it is good to have active comments in the posts on your website. But to avoid spam and possible legal claims, the best is the turn off auto approval, so that no comments are visible until a moderator allows it.
16. What Roles can I Assign to the Different Users?
WordPress is a multi-user environment, in which you can add as many users as you want. Also, there are default user profiles that you can assign to users:
Subscriber: It is the most basic level. You can only modify the data of your user profile and comment without having to identify yourself in each comment.
Contributor: You can create Posts and send them for review, but it does not publish them directly. You cannot upload files to your post. You can only modify your post.
Author: You can create entries, upload files to them, and publish them. Also, you can moderate comments to your posts.
Editor: In addition to the author’s capabilities you can also create pages, modify entries, and moderate comments of any user.
Administrator: You have access to all the WordPress functionalities, including the installation and activation of themes and plugins, change of settings and creation of users.
17. Can I Offer Visitors to Create their Website on my Server?
Yes, you can create a network of WordPress sites. Being able to offer your visitors, you can let them create of their sites just like in WordPress.com or Edublogs.org. Before that you must activate the multi-site WordPress functionality by adding a line of code to the WordPress configuration file called wp-config.php:
/ * Multisite * /
define (‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);
18. What are the differences between the Pages and the Posts?
In WordPress, you can create different types of content, and the basic ones are posts and pages. Its fundamental characteristics are the following:
- The pages are static content, which does not change over time and usually has a prominent place on our website cover or through menus, tabs or buttons. Typical pages are “About us,” “Our services,” “Where we are,” etc.
- Pages can have hierarchies (sub-pages) and be displayed in drop-down menus.
- Pages are not organized into categories but can have labels.
- The posts are dynamic content, news related content of your website. It is the blog we say.
- The posts do not have hierarchies, and there are no sub-posts.
- The posts are organized into categories and labels.
19. How Do I Access the Administration Panels?
To access any website created with WordPress you can type some of the following URLs:
Access to the administration area: http://yourbolg.com/wp-admin/
Shortcut to access the administration area: http:// yourbolg.com /admin
Access to the connection screen: http:// yourbolg.com /wp-login.php
Shortcut to access the connection screen: http:// yourbolg.com /login
Access to the registration screen: http:// yourbolg.com /wp-register.php
20. Is there any Limit on Posts and Pages that I can create on my Website?
In principle, there is no limit on the number of posts and pages you can create. The only limit is the size of your database, which is where the contents are stored, subject to the hosting plan you have contracted.
21. How Many Users Can I Create?
There is no limit of users that you can create in WordPress. As like the posts and pages, the only limitation would be the size of the database that you have contracted with your hosting provider. Yes, make sure you have good hosting.
22. What is an Excerpt and how should I Use It?
An excerpt is a paragraph of text that will normally appear on the front page of your website and should serve to encourage visitors to read the rest of the content.
It can also be the field known as meta description used by Google and other search engines to show it in their results.
You can create an excerpt in several ways:
Some themes create the excerpt automatically, showing the first characters of the text of your post.
Advantage: You do not have to define an excerpt manually.
Disadvantage: You cannot choose the text to use to encourage the complete reading. Also, the chosen extract may not generate the adequate description for search engine positioning.
23. Can I go back to an Earlier Version of WordPress if I have updated and Crashed?
If you have backup copies of the database and full content, you can go back to an earlier version of WordPress, but it is a process not free of risks. Some plugins stop working and multiple errors.
It is more important to have updated WordPress to the latest version than to try to go back to previous versions because a plugin is not compatible with the new version. In this case, it is better to install a more recent version of the plugin. And if it did not exist or was abandoned, use a similar one that is updated and secure.
24. Can I Install and Manage WordPress on my Computer Locally?
In addition to a hosting server, you can also install WordPress in a local your computer, something very useful to test or develop for clients and show them without the need of an Internet connection.
For this, you must previously install on your computer an application that adds the necessary software to run WordPress: Apache, PHP, and MySQL.
This application is available for the main operating systems, and its installation is very simple:
- MAMP (Mac OSX systems)
- LAMP (Linux systems)
- WAMP (Windows systems)
25. How can I import content from another blog or platform?
WordPress incorporates an Import/Export tool, which allows you to import or export from other content management systems:
- Movable Type
- RSS feeds
- Another WordPress
Besides, there are plugins to facilitate the import from other popular systems such as Joomla or Drupal.
26. Can I schedule a post or publish it on a past date?
Of course, you can. It is another of the great advantages of WordPress, which allows us to schedule your posts. This way you can leave the work done, and the articles or pages are published when you tell them. You can even put an older date, although this is less useful.
In WordPress there are several publication states:
- Pending review
- Protected with password
All of them are available in the WordPress editor box called Publish.
To schedule a post or page you have to click on the link called Edit next to the text that says Publish immediately, and a simple calendar will be displayed in which you can choose the day, month, year. Then chose the suitable in which your publication will be published. You can even specify what time and minutes of the chosen day will be published, and you can set as many posts and pages as you wish.
Free Themes VS Premium Themes
If you are trying to know advantages & disadvantages of free & premium wordpress themes then you are in the right place. In this section, we will try to disclose the same for the beginners.
If you are going to start a personal or family blog, where there is no need of so many features then you can start with a free wordpress theme. But if you want a professional look & special features in your website then you are in need of a premium theme. For Business purpose you should use premium theme undoubtedly.
Free themes are not updated regularly but premium themes are updated regularly and you will get updates automatically just in one click.
Free themes have few restricted features and it is supported by few plugins. For instance, some free themes are not supported by woocommerce plugins, some are not supported by social media plugin, some are not supported by contact form plugins etc. You will have some restriction in case of free themes. But if you have a premium theme, then you can get all in one. This is the most important advantage of premium themes.
If you fall in trouble to set up your theme then it is very difficult to get support in case of free theme. But in case of premium theme support team will help you for a long time to set up your website properly. In most of the cases video tutorials are available with the theme.
However, if you want to save your money at the beginning stage, then you can start with a free theme.