Getting Used to WordPress

If you are someone who just started using WordPress, or maybe you come from a different WP CMS in the world, there are some things you may need to adjust to.

Here see a list of 5 things you probably WP every user should know about.

Vs WYSIWIG HTML. WordPress uses what is known as What You See is What You Get Editor. What this means, is the built-in editor that works like a word processor interface used to use when creating an email using Gmail or Yahoo mail or any time you type a letter to someone in your computer. Yes, you do not have the option to switch to the HTML editor (text) if you want to use, but for the most part, you use a WYSIWIG (pronounced “whizzy-wig”) or “Visual”; Editor.

Plugin. Out of the box, WordPress is a CMS that is very capable, however, there are some things you can not do with this application as it comes. That is where plugins step in. There are many different plugins for things like forms, SEO, image galleries and changing the functionality of WordPress. Some plugins require configuration, others are not. The thing to remember, is that if there is something you are trying to do and can not imagine if, maybe there is a plugin that will help you achieve.

Theme. Some people call it a template, but whatever you call them, these themes are what control the look and feel of your site. Changing the theme is as easy as just selecting the menu theme under “Appearance”. Installing the theme, as easy as clicking the “Install theme” tab, under Appearance> Install theme and then choose a new theme from the updated lists etc or do a search to the theme.

Self-host vs. host. Perhaps this is one of the biggest points of confusion. You always, always need hosting for your WordPress site. The difference is if you use a free hosting WP itself provide or pay for your own hosting account. If you are using a free hosting, you are limited to the type of themes and plugins that you can use, as well as the type of content you can post. You will also have a website with a “your-site-name.wordpress.com” address instead of “your-site-name.com” address.

Hosting account. Talk hosting account, if you are self-hosting your blog, you need to buy hosting personal account. Currently, most of the webhosting provider that is supported by WordPress, so not really a problem. Some webhosts provide one click installation, and others want to install it manually. Just ask to see if the host supports one click install or not.

That’s 5 things you may need to get used to if you are planning to start a new website or blog using WordPress.

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