Step 1: Choose WordPress as your website platform
Truth be told, there are many website platforms that you can use when building a new site – Content Management Systems (CMS) is what they’re usually called.
The idea of a CMS is to give you some easy-to-use tools so that you’re able to edit your site’s content without any knowledge of coding. For the most part – from the user’s point of view – those CMS look much like the familiar interfaces at Facebook or Google Docs. You basically create new pages or documents, and then have them published to the web.
Here are the key details about WordPress:
it’s open source
it’s the ultimate DIY solution for website building
it’s extra versatile – can run any type of website
it’s fast, optimized, and secure
it’s SEO-ready – makes promotion easier
Now, one important distinction; the “WordPress” that we’re talking about here is “WordPress, the software.” You can find it if you go to WordPress.org.
There’s also the other flavor of WordPress – “WordPress, the commercial service,” which you can find if you go to WordPress.com. We describe the differences between the two here.
For now, though, let’s just remember that what we want is at WordPress.org, since it’s a more versatile and cheaper-to-use version of the platform. This will all become clear in the next steps.
Step 2: Get familiar with the WordPress UI
You can log in to your WordPress user panel.
This is what you’ll see:
After logging in successfully, you’ll see the main WordPress interface in all its glory:
(1) Welcome message – Some of the most important areas of the admin panel listed as quick shortcuts links – these are usually your shortcuts to how to make a website.
(2) The current status of your site and what’s going on with it.
(3) Posts – go here to create blog posts.
(4) Media – upload/manage images and other media files here.
(5) Pages – go here to create sub-pages.
(6) Comments – this is where you can moderate comments.
(7) Appearance – change your site’s design here and/or customize how certain things are displayed on the current design.
(8) Plugins – install new plugins here.
(9) Users – manage user accounts that can access the admin panel of the website.
(10) Settings – the main settings.
At this stage, it’s good to take care of some .