No wonder you want to learn WordPress to start a blog! The good news is that this content management system is easy to learn and easy to use. You don’t need to know HTML to build a website.
Read on for the best tips and tricks so you can learn WordPress in a week or less.
Learn WordPress This Week!
WordPress is a publishing platform that is user-friendly. It does not require you to know HTML. We will go over the essentials you need so you can confidently start blogging.
Follow along with us for day-by-day instructions to help you master WordPress in no time.
Day 1: Your Theme
We assume by this point you have installed WordPress, have a website and domain hosting ready to go. If not, check out how to install WordPress for beginners.
Today, you will start with the basics of customizing your site to suit your needs.
Choose a Theme
The visual appearance of your WordPress website is controlled by Themes. Understanding how themes work is crucial for you to learn WordPress.
There are thousands of WordPress themes available for you to choose from.
Look for a theme that has a design layout that complements the content of your site. It needs to look good but without compromising on usability and simplicity.
There are a lot of flashy themes with tons of bells and whistles. Don’t get pulled in by all the jazz. Your theme should enhance your content – not take away from it.
Check out 37 simple WordPress themes you should try.
First, click on My Sites -> Themes to browse through the choices. You can preview how a theme will look by clicking on the three dots on the right-hand side of the thumbnail and then Live Demo.
If you like how it looks, click Try & Customize. if that theme doesn’t work for you, keep on browsing.
Customize Your Theme
Now that you have chosen a look for your blog, you may want to customize it.
Here are a few things you can do to make your site uniquely yours.
Upload a Custom Header
Most themes allow you to tweak the look of the header (the image running across the top). Go to My Sites -> Customize -> Header Image to upload your custom header.
Tweak the Background
You can choose the background color for most themes Start by going to My Sites -> Customize -> Colors & Backgrounds.
Choose Fonts and Colors
You can change the fonts and colors to personalize your site. Have fun trying out various combinations to see what works for you. To start, click My Sites -> Customize -> Fonts.
That’s it for today. Hopefully, your blog is starting to take on your personality. By updating these customizable sections, you’ve had a good introduction to how to learn WordPress.
Day 2: Add Widgets and Plugins
Don’t be alarmed by these techy terms. We will explain everything!
Widgets allow you to add useful text, images, and other items to your blog.
Widgets allow you to easily add social media icons that visitors can click on to be directed to your various social media pages.
To add a widget to your site, log in to your dashboard then go to Appearance -> Widgets.
Here, you’ll see a list of the default WordPress widgets. Depending on your theme, there may already be some widgets in this area.
To add a new widget, simply click on it and drag it over into a widget area.
You won’t need the vast majority of the widget out there. And beware of adding widgets you don’t need. Too many widgets can cause problems for you and your readers.
There are 36,000 official WordPress widgets. Save some time and check out 20 incredibly useful WordPress widgets.
A plugin is a piece of software that can be added to a WordPress website. Plugins add functions to your blog without you needing to know any coding. Plugins let you add features such as a gallery, a slideshow, etc.
There are thousands available for free to download at the official WordPress plugin directory.
WordPress will now download and install the plugin for you. After this, you will see the success message with a link to activate the plugin or return to plugin installer.
From your dashboard, click on Plugins -> Add New. Type in what kind of plugin you are looking for in the right-hand area. You will see all the search results.
Make sure to click on the activate plugin link or it will not work on your WordPress site.
One of the most important plugins you need is a backup plugin. Backup your files into the cloud and restore with just one click!
Check out info on UpdraftPlus backup plugin.
Learning how to add plugins and widgets is an important step in how to learn WordPress. You’re getting there!
Day 3: Make Your Homepage
This is one of the best parts when you learn WordPress.
Your homepage gives an overview of what your blog is about and convinces people to read more.
Go to My Sites -> Pages -> Add. Name it “Home”. Don’t worry about writing text yet. Stick in a bit of placeholder text if you want.
Click on Publish.
Next, you need to make your homepage appealing. Here are a few ideas:
- Create a gallery or slideshow
- Write a welcome message for your readers with a linked list of your favorite posts
- Tell people a little about you and include a picture
Now, when you go to your website address, you’ll see your homepage. Great job!
Day 4: Make a Navigation Menu
A menu will help visitors navigate your site. Include one to avoid frustration.
Create a menu by selecting Appearance -> Menus in your dashboard. Next, select the pages you want to add to the menu. Do this by selecting the pages listed on the left-hand side and clicking on Add to Menu.
Drag and drop the pages into whatever order you want them to appear on your menu.
Day 5: It’s Time to Post!
Here is one of the best ways to learn WordPress: publish a post.
Make sure you know the difference between a post and a page.
Click My Sites -> Blog Posts -> Add. Choose a title, type your words, and click Publish.
Type in your words in the editor area. Once you’re done writing, click the Publish button to publish your first blog post to the world.
Repeat a few times to help you get the gist of it.
Day 6: Testing
Your theme may look perfect on your browser, but there might be something wrong in others.
Today, spend time checking how your theme looks on different browsers. Head to your site on Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.
Don’t forget to test how your blog looks on mobile devices.
If you want more detail on any topic, visit the WordPress Support page for answers to many frequently asked questions.
You did it!
If you followed along with this daily schedule, you’ve got the basics skills to learn WordPress and use it for your blog.
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