WordPress Tutorial for Newbies 2019 – Find out How to Work on WordPress
Before I explain how to use WordPress, let me first give you an overview. There are various Content Management Systems (CMS) available these days which make working on websites easier. WordPress is the Most popular CMS these days. Due to its simplicity and flexibility, WordPress CMS is a great solution to start Blogging. Working on WordPress requires no coding skills at all. You can do almost everything using the WordPress interface.
Due to its global acceptance, WordPress Offers various extensions (Plugins) that make the life of webmasters easier. There are thousands of Free themes and Plugins to Choose from. If you are just starting, I highly recommend you guys to go with WordPress.
Note: Do not confuse WordPress CMS (available at wordpress.org) with WordPress.com. I will write a separate article on that soon. Till then, leave this.
WordPress CMS is a free, downloadable software that can be installed on your Web Hosting. Once Installed, you can make use of All the features of this software. It is pretty easy to use. Newbies can easily get used to it after studying it and using it for a week. To make it easier, I am writing this Detailed WordPress Tutorial for Newbies (Beginners). Let’s Get Started
Detailed WordPress Tutorial for Newbies – Updated 2019
This Article covers all the features of WordPress CMS. If you are looking for help regarding Installation of WordPress on your Website, that is covered in other Article. Before you could use WordPress CMS, make sure you have Purchased Domain Name & Hosting. You can also test WordPress locally using free tools like XAMP or WAMP for windows & MAMP for Mac.
Once you have Installed WordPress, you can log in to your WordPress Admin panel using this URL – www.websitename.com/wp-admin. This URL takes you to the login page where you need to enter your Credentials to log in. Once logged in, you will see the WordPress Dashboard. I have tried to Give you the Overview of Dashboard using the image below:
To make it easier for WordPress Starters, I am explaining each and every section in detail below.
How to Work on WordPress? – WordPress Newbie Tutorial 2019
A fresh, New WordPress Administrator Panel (Dashboard) Looks like this :
As you can See it is a clean Interface with nicely arranged sections. In order to Work on WordPress, you should be familiar with all of these Options. Let’s Discuss these ones by one :
“Posts” – This is the most important section. You will use this section frequently, once you start working on your Blog. The “Posts” Section is used to Write new Articles and manage the Previously written Articles. When you hover on “Posts” you will see these Sub-items
These are : “All Posts”, “Add New”, “Categories”, “Tags”
- “All Posts” – Clicking on “All Posts” Displays the list of All the Articles written on your Blog. You can “edit”, “Delete” or perform other actions on the selected Article.
- “Add New” – As the Name suggests, this Option lets you Add New Content to your Blog.
- “Categories” – This Section is used to Create and Manage Categories on your Blog. Categories are Important in WordPress because you can categorize your content easily. Categories are a way of grouping posts on your blog. For Example: If your Blog is about Sports, you can Create Categories Like Cricket, Hockey, Football and manage your entries easily.
- “Tags” – Tags are used in Posts. You can add various Tags related to your Content. For Example: If you have written an Article – ” WordPress Tutorial for Newbies”, then possible tags are – WordPress, CMS, Blogging, WordPress tutorial, etc. The category may cover a broad range of topics, while tags are smaller in scope and focused to specific topics.
Media: This Section is used to Add Media (Images, Files, Videos) to your Blog. Once Added, you can use the uploaded files in your Blog Post. Same Picture or Video can be used in Various Posts (If required). When you hover on “Media” you get these options:
- Library: Clicking on Library takes you to another page where you see all of your uploaded items.
- Add New: Clicking on “Add New” takes you to another page where you can upload items of your choice. You can Add Images, Videos, PDF, DOC, and various other Files.
When you hover at “Pages”, various sub-items appear. They are:
- All Pages – Using the All Pages Option, you can manage all Pages of your Blog. You can Edit them, Delete them.
- Add New – Use this Option to Add New Page
Comments: “Comments” section is also an important one. When you publish posts on your blog, interested readers soon start reading it. They might write their comments. A large number of comments usually signify that people like your content and are discussing it. Clicking on “Comments” Section takes you to comments page where you can see All Comments posted on your Blog. You can Approve, Disapprove, Edit or Delete Comments. You have the option to Add Spammy Comments to Spam Section.
Appearance: This Section has to do with the look & Feel of your Blog. Hovering on “Appearance” Section shows these sub-items:
- Themes: Themes are readymade packages that can change the look of your Blog. There are thousands of free & Premium themes available for WordPress blogs. All Free themes can be accessed within your WordPress Dashboard. Premium (Paid) themes usually have to be uploaded manually. To Add a New theme, you need to Click on “Add New”
Then, you can either select a theme from WordPress market or you can Upload a custom theme, Depends on your Choice.
- Customize: The Customise Options gives you Freedom to make a few tweaks to the Existing theme. These are categorized as Site Identity, Colours, Widgets, Menus, Homepage Settings, Additional CSS.
I recommend you try these options one by one.
- Widgets: Widgets are Simple Elements that enable you to add Image, Text, Links, etc. These Widgets can then be placed in various areas of your Website like Sidebar, Header or Footers. For Example – If you Want to Display an Advertisement in the Sidebar, you simply add a Text Widget to the Sidebar and paste the ad code there.
- Menus – Menus are essential for making navigation easy for users. I am sure you have seen websites with Menu Items like Home, About us, contact us, etc. Click on the “Menu” link to go to the menus page. You can Create New Menu, Edit Menu and Also select the appropriate location for the Menu.
- Theme Editor – As the name suggests, this option lets you edit theme files. If you are have Coding knowledge, you can surely use this Feature. However, in most of the cases, it is advised to not mess with this feature.
Plugins: As I mentioned in the beginning, WordPress allows you to use “Plugins” to get various jobs done. Plugins are simply add-ons that provide you extra functionality. There are thousands of Free Plugins available in WordPress Store. However, you can also you any custom plugin by simply uploading and installing it. When you hover at the “Plugins” link, you see these options: Installed Plugins – Clicking on this link will Display all the plugins that are currently installed on your Blog.
- Add New – As the Name Suggests, this Option Enables you Add New Plugins. Clicking on it opens up another page where you have the option to Install new Plugins. You can Search for your Desired Plugin using the “Search” option or you can simply use the Upload Feature to upload any custom plugin.
- Plugin Editor – This Feature is recently Added in WordPress. This is an advanced feature and should only be used if you have coding knowledge. Newbies are advised to don’t mess with this option.
Users: This Option Lets you manage the users of your Blog. You can Add Administrator, contributor, Editor, Author, Subscriber. When you hover at the “users” link you see the following items:
- All Users: Use this Option to See All Users on your Website. Here you will see the list of Administrator, Author, Contributor, etc. If you haven’t added anyone, you will see only your information, like the image below:
- Add New: This Option Lets you to Add New Users. Clicking on this Link Opens up a Page where you need to provide information regarding the New user to be added.
- Your Profile: This Option enables the Administrator of the blog to Provide more information. You can Add your Picture, Add Biographical Information, Change Password and perform various other actions. Click on the “Your Profile” to find out all the available options.
Tools: This option is used to perform some non-routine management tasks. The Available Options are:
- Available Tools: Clicking on this link will Show you some tools that might be required. In most of the cases, people never use this Option.
- Import: As the name suggests, the Import Option lets you import Data. You can Import your Data from blogger, Live Journal, Typepad, WordPress.com, etc. Here are the currently available import options:
- Export: This Option Lets you Export your WordPress Configuration. The configuration file is in XML Format. You can Decide what and what not to Export. You can Either Complete Data(all of your posts, pages, comments, custom fields, terms, navigation menus, and custom posts) or select what to export. Once Exported, Keep the XML file safe and use the Import option to import this configuration.
- Export Personal Data – Use this Option to Add Data Export Request to a certain user by providing email id.
- Erase Personal Data – Using this Option you can erase personal data of any user by specifying email id.
Settings: This is an essential option and lets you manage various aspects of your Blog. When you hover at the “Settings” link, you see various sub-items:
- General: Under this Option, you need to provide basic information regarding your Blog. This Includes Site Title, Email Address, Site Language, Date & Time Format, etc.
- Writing: This Option displays various writing settings. Usually, there is no need to change anything but if may be required in certain cases. Here are the settings that you will find in this section:
- Reading: Reading Section is an important one. In this Section, you can specify if you want your homepage to contain your recent posts or any other page. Also, you can specify the number of posts to be visible on your home page (If “Latest Posts” Option is Selected). You can choose search engine visibility and Feed Options.
- Discussion – This Option contains various settings that can be selected. Make selection wisely.
- Media – This Section contains various media-related settings like Default thumbnail Size, Medium Size, Large Size, etc.
- Permalinks – This is an extremely important setting as it impacts your whole blog. Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual pages and blog posts, as well as your category and tag archives. Under this Option, you can specify how your Post URL will look like. For Example – The URL of this Blog Post is “https://www.nishant.blog/wordpress/newbies-wordpress-tutorial.html”. You may see other blogs or websites with Shorter or even longer URLs. This is decided in the Permalinks settings options. Following are the Options available in Permalinks Settings:
I hope that now you understand various Options available in WordPress Dashboard. With time, you will find it easy to use these. Also, among all these options only a few of them are used frequently, others are rarely used. To master WordPress, You should have knowledge of each and every Option. You should know the impact of every change you make. You will be surprised to know that one misplaced. (Dot Sign) can impact your Whole blog and lead to Downtime.
If you have decided that you will Work on WordPress make sure you Do it like Boss. It is pretty simple and anybody and understands the basics in a few weeks. However, mastering it required experience and expertise.
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