WordPress is a free and open-source content management system based on PHP & MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores.
See the difference between hosted and self-hosted WordPress here.
Aside from blogs, WordPress can also create business websites, eCommerce stores, portfolios, resumes, forums, social networks and membership sites.
This simple tutorial is about setting up WordPress in hosted WordPress environment. To get started, goto WordPress.com site.
Click on “Start your website” button then you will be brought to a window wherein you need to fill up some information about your site. Go ahead and fill-up the necessary information and once finished, click “Create your account” button.
To start writing posts in your WordPress blog, on the right site, simply click on the Blog Posts -> Add. You will be redirected to a page where you can create your new article.
You can choose between writing in Visual or in HTML. Visual mode is just drag and drop while in HTML you have to put your tags.
Great! You just have posted your first article. View it in the browser and see how to looks like to the world wide web spectators. Perhaps you need a little tuning about the looks.
On the left side are bunch of tools and options. Go ahead and look for “Customize -> Themes”. Browse for free themes or go ahead for premium themes. Once you have picked one, depending on your themes, there are further customization as an option.
On the top of the screenshot, there says, “current theme” and “Customize” button. Hit “Customize”. Additional options will appear on the left side of the admin dashboard.
Go ahead and experiment it by putting some texts, values, etc. Save it or “Publish” once done. Revisit your blog in the browser if that looks better this time!
What’s good about WordPress is it’s power to add features and extend capabilities. This is called “plugins”. Each plugin have different purpose and use.
On side menu, browse to “Plugins” -> “Managed”.
In separate article, we will list down plugins we used in PBS and our favorite plugins. We do write our own plugins too!
Pick one from the list, the chosen plugin will be zoomed up. There is an “Install” button, hit it to install that plugin. Depending on the plugin, there might be additional steps or customization to be done.
You can install more plugins as needed but take note that more plugins added, may slow down your page load time. Go ahead and view your blog in world wide web. Does it look awesome this time?
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There are more rich feature in the WordPress admin dashboard which you can explore. But those three above are the most important ones to get your blog up and running in no time.