For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been talking about ecommerce scripts like osCommerce and Magento. This week, decided to switch gears and talk a little bit about WordPress, a state-of-the-art publishing platform.
Most of you are probably familiar with using WordPress to write blog posts, but many of you may not realise that you can actually create an entire web site using only WordPress! This is an ideal solution for those of you who want your web site to be more than just a blog but aren’t really interested in using a content management system like Joomla! or Drupal. The first step to using WordPress is choosing a hosting plan. After you’ve ordered your hosting plan, you will be able to install WordPress. All of our plans come with Installatron, the premiere auto-installer plugin for cPanel, so installing WordPress, or any of the other 60 free scripts offered by Evohosting, is quick and easy.
To install WordPress, you need to do the following:
If you’ve ever used a content management system like Joomla!, a web development application like Dreamweaver, or even a word processor like Microsoft Word, then you should have no problem using WordPress. Really, it’s that easy. Plus, there are tons of free WordPress themes available, and they make creating a posts and pages super simple. Check out the links below for a few sites that offer free WordPress themes:
Just download the theme you want to use and upload it your web site. You can activate the theme by clicking Appearance on the left side of the dashboard, selecting the theme, and clicking Activate in the upper right corner. You can check out your new theme by clicking Visit Site.
Now that you’ve activated your theme, you can start creating posts and pages. If you take a look at your dashboard, you’ll see that you’ve already created a post and a page. To edit the existing post, just click on the word “Post”, and click on the title of the post (it will be titled “Hello world!”). Now, you’re free to edit the title and content of the post. Once you’ve finished writing, you can preview the post by selecting “Preview” under Publish on the right side of the dashboard. This shows you what your post will look like to visitors of your site. If you’re happy with your post, just click “Publish” to display it on your site. You can also save it as a draft or continue working on it.
Creating a page works in much the same way. Just select Pages on the left side of your dashboard, click the title of the page (it will be titled “About”), and you can edit the title and the content of the page. Like with posts, you can preview, save, and publish pages just by clicking the respective buttons under Publish on the right side of the dashboard.
To delete posts and pages, just select Posts or Pages on the left side of the dashboard, tick the box next to the post or page you want to delete, and click delete (the delete option will pop up when you hover over the title of the item you want to delete).
To add a new post or page, just select “Add New” under Post or Pages (for pages, just click on Pages to see this option), and enter the title and content for the new page or post you want to create. If you’re using a WordPress template with a navigation bar (like my current favourite theme, Elegant Grunge), you will see that each new page you add is automatically added to the navigation bar. If you want a page to be nested inside another page (for example, you may want to have a main page called “Menu” and then pages under it called “Dinner” and “Lunch”), all you need to do is change the Attribute on the right side of the dashboard from Main Page to the page you want the subpage to fall under.
Pretty simple, right?
So, ready to start using WordPress?
* Just choose your hosting plan
* Install WordPress in just a few clicks
* Find a cool template
* Start writing your posts and pages today!
I hope you enjoyed my brief introduction to creating posts and pages in WordPress. Be sure to check back soon, because I will be covering how to use Tags, Categories, Plugins, and much more in future posts!