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Wordpress Setup Basics for Dummies by Haneef Puttur

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Wordpress Setup Basics for Dummies by Haneef Puttur

  1. 1. WORDPRESS Haneef Puttur www.haneefputtur.com
  2. 2. QUICK INDEX  How to Login  Adding Pages / Posts  Adding Categories  AddingTheme  Adding Navigation / Menu  Adding Widgets  Adding Plugins  Adding Users
  3. 3. WORDPRESS POSTS If you are using WordPress as a blog, then you will end up using posts for majority of your site’s content. Posts are content entries listed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s home page. Due to their reverse chronological order, your posts are meant to be timely. Older posts are archived based on month and year. As the post gets older, the deeper the user has to dig to find it.You have the option to organize your posts based on categories and tags.
  4. 4. WORDPRESS PAGES Pages are meant to be static “one-off” type content such as your about page, privacy policy, legal disclaimers, etc. While the WordPress database stores the published date of the page, pages are timeless entities. For example, your about page is not suppose to expire. Sure you can go back and make updates to it, but chances are you will not have about page 2012, about page 2013 etc. Because there is no time and date tied to pages, they are not included in your RSS feeds by default. Pages are not meant to be social in most cases thus does not include social sharing buttons, or comments.
  5. 5. CATEGORIES /TAGS / SLUGS Categories are meant for broad grouping of your posts. Categories are there to help identify what your blog is really about. It is to assist readers finding the right type of content on your site. Categories are hierarchical, so you can sub-categories. Tags are meant to describe specific details of your posts.Think of these as your site’s index words.They are the micro-data that you can use to micro-categorize your content.Tags are not hierarchical. Slugs is the user friendly and URL valid name of a post. Most common usage of this feature is to create a permalink for each post.
  6. 6. WIDGETS  A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page.  WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to- use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. Widgets can be easily dragged and dropped into a specific widget area. You can find the list of available widgets and widget areas by going to the Appearance » Widgetssection in your WordPress dashboard.
  7. 7. PLUGINS A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. In the WordPress community, there is a saying that goes around: “there’s a plugin for that”. They makes it easy for users to add features to their website without knowing a single line of code. There are thousands available for free to download at the official WordPress plugin directory.
  8. 8. THEME  In WordPress, a theme is a collection of templates and stylesheets used to define the appearance and display of a WordPress powered website.  They can be changed, managed, and added from the WordPress admin area under Appearance » Themes. There are several free and paid WordPress Themes available. WordPress.org has a large collection of free ones in their Themes Directory.  Each one comes with a different design, layout, and features. A user needs to choose the one that suits their taste and requirements for their website. There are those that are designed to serve specific kind of websites, e.g. WordPress Photography Themes are designed for photographers and photography websites.
  9. 9. SIDEBARS  A sidebar inWordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used byWordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme.
  10. 10. MENU  Navigation Menus, or simply Menus, are a WordPress theme feature which allows users to create navigation menus by using built-in Menu Editor located inWordPress admin area under Appearance » Menus.  Users can add posts, pages, and custom links to a menu using drag and drop functionality
  11. 11. PERMALINKS  Permalinks are the permanent URLs of your individual blog post or page on yourWordPress site. Permalinks are also referred to as pretty links. By default,WordPress URLs use the query string format which look something like this: http://www.example.com/?p=233  However by going to Settings » Permalinks option page, you can modify the settings to change these query strings into human readable strings. Example: http://www.example.com/2012/10/wordpress-for-beginners/  There are various different formats that you can use. Day and name, mon and name, numeric, post name, and other. Any format that is not the default one is SEO friendly. It just comes down to your preference after that.
  12. 12. USER ROLES A user role defines permissions for users to perform a group of tasks. In a default WordPress installation there are some predefined roles with a predefined set of permissions. Each roles has a certain number of set tasks it is allowed to perform that are known as “capabilities”. These roles are  Administrator (When a user installsWordPress, it creates a new user with the username and password defined during the installation – All permission with update blog version)  Editor (Can write, edit, publish, and delete posts which includes posts written by other users and can also moderate, approve, and delete comments. )  Author (Can upload files, write, edit, publish and delete their own articles)  Contributor (Can edit and delete their own posts, but they can not edit or delete published posts. )  Subscriber (Cand maintain their profile on aWordPress website, but they can not write or publish articles)

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