WordPress.org is WordPress’s version of its self hosted blogging software. By Installing WordPress.org and hosting the blogging software on your site – you have a whole host of features available to you. If you’re not interested in hosting the blogging software on your own please see our other tutorial on How to Use WordPress.com. For a full list of features associated with WordPress please check out the WordPress.org Features page.
How To Use WordPress.org
Step One – Read
WordPress is a great product. It’s easy-to-use, quite powerful, and flexible. Before you invest your valuable time and energy into installing WordPress, there are some documents you need to read to help you get started. Take a look at the flow chart to the right to figure out where you should get started.
You may be able to skip a lot of the information in Step One – but if you’re starting out completely from scratch I suggest taking the time to read it. If you’re already fed up with trying to do this on your own we can do it for you.
Step Two: Make a Plan
Based upon the information you’ve just read, including instructions on installing WordPress, you should have a list of the things you need and things to do. If not, make that list now. You’ll want to make sure it includes the following information:
- Web Hosting Requirements Checked and Verified
- Versions of MySQL and PHP Checked and Verified
- Web Host Compatibility with New Versions of WordPress
- Your Website Username and Password
- Text Editing Softare
- FTP Client Software
- Your Web Browser of Choice
The following documents will help you understand more about how WordPress works and how to make a plan for your WordPress site:
It is important to make a plan about how you want to use WordPress on your site. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
- Will you install WordPress in the root directory, subdirectory, or you just want to make a test site to make sure you want to use it?
- Have you made a list of your site categories to organize your content by groups?
- Have you made a list of Pages you may want to add to your site, such as About, Contact, or Events?
- Have you thought about what you want in the header art of the site?
- Have you developed a content strategy and list of topics to help start blogging?
- Have you thought about how to integrate social media into your WordPress site and workflow?
As you can see there is a lot to consider when making your blog. If you’d like we can develop your blog for you or even consult your small business on the proper ways to build a blog and to use a blog.
Step Three: Install WordPress
The following information are things to consider when installing your wordpress:
- Editing the wp-config.php file
- How to Use the FTP Client and Software
- Changing File Permissions
- Upgrading WordPress
- Common Installation Problems
Step Four: Setting Up WordPress
- Admin Panel
- Set the Blog Name in Settings>General
- Creating Pages with Pages>Add New
- Creating Posts with Posts>Add New
- Install WordPress Plugins
For an entire overview of how to set up a wordpress.org site see New to WordPress.
Tutorial Video (Admin Panel)
Conclusions and Final Thoughts
WordPress.org is a great platform. We use it all the time. It’s a fairly simple and cost effective way to create an awesome site without having to re-invent the wheel. On top of that, the plugins allow you to completely customize the look and feel of the site as well as optimize the website for search engines. If you’re interested in finding out more about developing a wordpress site contact us today and we can help determine the best solution for you.
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