How To Use WordPress Step By Step – Absolutely Free and Easy!
In this set of tutorial, you’ll learn how to use WordPress in details by tweaking the Appearance, Plugins, Settings, Pages, Posts and Media. The main objective of which is to satisfy you and probably amaze your circle of friends and families of your new achievements (it’s better to start with your family and friends first before going to prospected clients). When you’re confident enough to go further, we’ll try to impress your probable clients.
I’d also assume that you’ve internalized deeply on the kind of business that you’d be focusing on. Otherwise, go back to that self-assessment portion as it’s one of the most important aspects of online business. You just don’t want to exhaust a lot of time, energy and money only to find out that you’d want to pursue something else online later in the game.
So if you’re ready to rock, then let’s roll!
How To Use WordPress – Step by Step Tutorial
1. How To Use WordPress Appearance
When you first installed your WordPress, you could already choose which Theme you’d like to use from the onset. There are thousands of available themes out there that you could use for free, but since that would also mean, your site can look like other hundreds or thousands of sites. They may also be more vulnerable to hacking. Thus, it is more sensible to install themes that you’ve secured from trusted sources or better yet that you invest on premium themes like Elegant Themes, Optimize Press, etc.. After all, it’s a business that you’d seriously pursue. Below is a simple instruction of how to change a theme on your WordPress site.
You might also wonder if there is such a theme that would not make your site look like a blog. Something that you can use to promote even your offline business but not necessarily updating it like one would update a blog. That’s totally possible with Divi. The only limitation is your imagination. Check out the live demo here.
The ones that you normally see at the side of a website (ads, opt-in forms, Categories, Archives, Quotes, etc.) can be managed through the Widget. Go through the simple process of modifying your widgets in this video.
Most often than not, you’d want to group your Pages and/or Categories on certain areas of your site. Normally, the top navigation portion of your site will be that of the Pages such as, but not limited to, About Us, Contact Us, Mission, FAQs, etc. On some sites, just like this one, the Categories are grouped in the mid-section of the site (just right above the featured images). You can control all of which from the Menu, still under Appearance, as seen in this video.
2. How To Use WordPress Plugins
Plugins are critically important in WordPress. In fact, there are probably zero WordPress installations anywhere else without at least a couple of plugins. Either the plugins are for spam prevention, SEO, cropping of images, loading optimization, themes (Yes, there are plugins for themes like Paper Template), maintenance, etc., you just can’t operate a WordPress without plugins. Below is a simple instruction of how to use WordPress plugin.
3. How To Use WordPress Settings
If you hover your mouse over Settings, you’ll see General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media, Permalinks and Akismet. When you were installing your WordPress site, you were asked of your Site as well as about the Site Description. Since you’ve already done that, you’d notice that under General, those things that you’ve written were automatically displayed. The video clips below would then relate to Permalinks and Reading. These are great information that you don’t want to miss.
If you want your page to have a relative identity (i.e. http://www.yourdomain.com/howtotraincats), then you should change and edit your permalinks. Otherwise, it’ll look like http://www.yourdomain.com/?p=45 or http://yourdomain.com/2015/02/27/sample-post. Have a quick tour on this video to learn the tricks.
If you want your homepage to display your latest posts or a certain pages only (won’t change unless you redefine it), this one will guide you on how to do just that.
4. How To Use WordPress Media
In most, if not all, of your Posts and Pages, you’d need to insert images, audios, videos or any file that’s necessary to optimize your post. The Media section of WordPress that’s shown in the video below will help you in this endeavour.
You may actually need to add PDF’s, Word or any other file to your WordPress post. This clip will walk you through the process.
Articles with images are more likely to be read, or at least scanned, than those without. The video below will walk you through the process of doing so.
Embedding videos from Youtube, Vimeo or from your own computer to any of your posts will engage your readers more especially if the videos can directly relate to what they need or what they’re looking for at that particular moment. Go through this video tutorial and learn how to insert videos in WordPress.
5. How To Use WordPress Pages
When I was starting in WordPress, one of my questions was “what’s the difference between Pages and Posts?”. That took a while before learning it the hard way – Google! Well, Google per se is good, but the results that’d give beginners were startling. To make your life easier, everything you need to know, including the adding of Pages, are prepared for your convenience. Simply put it this way. Pages are those that don’t normally change often – About Us, Mission/Vision, Contact, FAQs, Help, etc. Posts are different and will be tackled below in further details.
Creating A Contact Page
Sites with a Contact Page or a Helpdesk are much more credible than those without. At least that’s how I feel. Putting your number and/or contact details can definitely bring you closer to your clients. Learn the specific tricks here.
6. How To Use WordPress Posts
Posts are your blog’s “real” contents. They could be information, facts, news or entertainment in the form of videos, infographics or plain articles with a few images, videos, graphics or a combination of all. The posts are normally updated a few times a week or a month since not everyone can do it daily. As your blog matures, your contents grow handsomely. Hopefully, you’ll continue to keep your site updated. As a side note though, you can use PLR contents just in case you’ll run out of ideas for your posts.
There you go! With these tutorials, you can already create a great site/blog for your offline or online businesses. There are still a lot to learn, but these can already keep you busy in the next few days. You’ll definitely come up with a great, presentable site or two.
If you want to go farther though, you can have the rest of the videos as listed below for free (backing up your blog, alignment of images, protecting posts with password, moderating or disabling comments, setting up spam protection and a lot more)! In fact, the list below will further widen your understanding of WordPress.
- How to use WordPress – change a theme
- How to install a plugin
- How to add a page
- How to create a home page
- How to use WordPress – add a post
- How to change text
- How to add a link
- How to add a video
- How to add an image
- How to use WordPress – add media (files)
- How to make a download link
- How to make a download page
- How to use WordPress – secure a download page
- How to password protect a page
- How to moderate comments
- How to use WordPress – disable comments
- How to set up spam protection
- How to make a redirect
- How to add header/footer scripts
- How to use WordPress – add line breaks
- How to make a contact page
- How to make a support desk
- How to make a zip file
- How to display content on multiple pages
- How to use WordPress – make an email link
- How to add a menu
- How to add a widget
- How to integrate Aweber with blog
- How to add an exit pop up
- How to use WordPress -cloak your links
- How to track your visitors and sales
- How to use WordPress – split test pages
- How to back up your blog
- How to add an email address
- How to use WordPress – add an email forwarder
- How to add an autoresponder
- How to align text
- How to align an image
- How to use WordPress – make an alert pop up
Note: The FREE package doesn’t include the PLR license. You may however find it here.