Learning WordPress for Beginners

WordPress is the most popular publishing platform in the web and is estimated to power about 17.6% of all sites.  The free software enables web developers to design and maintain beautiful websites. It’s easy to use, highly customizable and is completely free. On top of this, it is supported by a supportive community of developers and users from all over the world.

Some of the top companies in the world such as Sony, CNN, NASA and The New York times use WordPress as it flexible and powerful. In other words, you are left with unlimited possibilities when creating a WordPress website.

How to install WordPress

One of the reasons why WordPress is popular is because of its ease of installation.  You can set up a WordPress site from scratch in 5 minutes using the popular 1-click installers or the built in WordPress installer.

Choosing your design

With WordPress, it is possible to make your website look professional and beautiful. With thousands of web designers and developers who have made professional plugins and themes, it is easy to create a beautiful website. It is important to make the right choice of a theme because it will only take a few seconds for you to create a good or bad impression online. Choose a theme that will relate to your niche, is compatible with mobile devices and most browsers and strives for simplicity.

How to choose good themes

With so many themes out there, it can be challenging to get a good theme for your site. However, there are some tips that will save you money and time when choosing a theme for your website.

  • Theme setting. This refers to the theme control panels. Choose professional and polished themes that have control panels that make it easy for you to adjust logos, fonts, layouts and colors.
  • Support for child and parent themes. With child themes, it is possible to save money, time and headaches as it separates shared features into ‘Parent’ themes and thus allowing you to maintain your customizations (or child themes) should you decide to make any feature into a ‘parent theme’ in future.
  • Mobile support. Choose a theme that is able to adjust to appear the best for whatever device that visitors will be using (Desktop Computer, iPhone or iPad)
  • Frequent and automatic updates. A good theme should provide automatic updates to ensure that your website is protected from latest security threats and risks.

When you use WordPress to build your site, you can be assured of a beautiful, dynamic and a full-featured site that you will definitely be proud of.

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