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If you are new toWordPress, here is a step-by-step plan for getting started. If youneed helpalong the way, plenty of options for assistance are listed in this article. Welcome to the exciting world of WordPress!
WordPress is a great product. Its easy-to-use, powerful, and flexible. Creating a website, and maintaining a website, is a science and art that has quickly evolved. In order to fully appreciate this it is important to be well read on the subject. One major thing to keep in mind is your investment of time. Being knowledgeable will without a doubt save you much time in the long run. With that in mind, before you invest your valuable time and energy into installing WordPress, there are some documents you need to read to help you get started.
Based upon the information youve just read, including instructions on installing WordPress, you should have a list of the things you need and things to do. If not, make that list now. Youll want to make sure it includes the following information:
Website Host Requirements Checked and Verified
Versions of PHP and MySQL Checked and Verified
Web Host Compatibility with New Versions of WordPress
The following documents will help you understand more about how WordPress works and how to make a plan for your WordPress site:
It is important to make a plan about how you want to use WordPress on your site. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Will you install WordPress in theroot directory, subdirectory, or you just want tomake a test siteto make sure you want to use it?
Have you made a list of your sitecategoriesto organize your content by groups?
Have you made a list ofPagesyou may want to add to your site, such as
Have you thought about what you want in theheader artof the site?
Have you developed a content strategy and list of topics to help start blogging?
Have you thought about how tointegrate social media into your WordPresssite and workflow?
With this information and your plan, its time to install WordPress.
With your installation complete, its time to set up WordPress so it will work the way you want it to work.
To help you understand how all the various features and screens on the WordPress Administration Panels work, check out theAdministration Screensguide for a detailed walkthrough.
For help on creating your user profile information, of which some or all may appear on your WordPress Theme, see theUsersYour Profilepages for guidance.
To set the site name and other information, go toAdministrationSettingsGeneral.
After youve published a few posts, you can experiment with the full edit or quick edit features in theAdministrationPostsPostspanel.
Add your About, Contact, and other information Pages by going toAdministrationPages Add New.
Want to change the look and feel of your WordPress site? Go toAdministrationAppearanceThemes.
Take time to explore theWordPress Codexsite, the official documentation site for WordPress. Youll find helpful information by readingWordPress Lessons, and these helpful documents:
Learn WordPressfor and beginning self-hosted WordPress tutorials and guides.
Introduction to Dealing with Comment Spam
WordPress in Languages Other than English
Changing the look of your WordPress website is easy with just a few clicks.
Using WordPress Themes Introduction
The WordPress Theme Directoryfeatures thousands of WordPress Themes
WordPress Widgetscan quickly add more information and content to your Theme.
WordPress blog design and layout tutorials on the WordPress Codex
At this point, there may be something about your chosen Theme that is bothering you, or, you really want to get your hands dirty understanding how your WordPress Theme works. These simple guides will help you learn about customizing your WordPress Theme:
Lessons: Designing Your WordPress Site
CSS Overview, Tips, Techniques, and Resources
Stepping into WordPress Template files
Lessons: Working With Template Tags
Frequently Asked Questions about Site Layout and Design
If you want to create a new WordPress Theme from scratch, or do major renovations, or even design WordPress Themes for public release, you will need to be familiar withHTML, XHTML, and CSS. The following documents will get you started:
If you want a custom-made WordPress Theme created especially for you by expert web-designers, it is recommended you search for qualified web designers on the Internet, or look in your local community.
There are many add-on scripts and programs for WordPress calledPluginsthat add more capabilities, choices, and options to your WordPress site. WordPress Plugins do many things, including customizing the results of your site information, adding weather reports, adding spell check capability, and presenting custom lists of posts and acronyms. For more on how to work with Plugins and where to find WordPress Plugins for your site:
Now that you are familiar with the basic features and functions of how WordPress works, it might be time for you to plunge deeper into the power of WordPress. The links below will expand your familiarity with PHP, HTML, XHTML, and CSS:
Lessons: WordPress Features and Functions
Advanced Techniques for Plugins and Customization
WordPress Server and Database Information
As simple and easy as it is to use WordPress, if troubles arise, if something is confusing, if things arent working, dont despair because help is available! Even though WordPress is free and open source, there are literally hundreds of volunteers eager to help you. Here are some helpful official resources for WordPress:
Now that youre a full fledged WordPress user,consider contributingto the WordPress Codex, Support Forum, Development, and other volunteer efforts that keep WordPress going. WordPress is free and totally supported by volunteers, and your help is needed.