WordPress websites first saw the light of day on May 27, 2003. The founders of this software are Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. WordPress can be referred to as an online, open source site building tool based on PHP and MySQL programming languages. In more advanced terms it is called a content management system (CMS).
What is a CMS?
A content management system or CMS for short is an application with the ability to create, modify and publish digital content. In most cases, it also supports multiple users, allowing them to work in collaboration. For example, in wordpress websites it is possible to create several administrative users, each one having different privileges. Content management systems also include text and formatting features, the ability to upload videos, photos, audio, maps or even your own code.
How to install WordPress
To install wordpress websites using the SiteGround Wizard, first access your Customer Area. After you signup for our wordpress hosting package you will receive all the necessary information you need to login.
Once you login to your Customer Area for the first time, you will see a pop-up asking you if you want to Start a new website on your account. Select that option and click on the wordpress websites button.
A new section would appear where you should enter the login information for your new wordpress application. Once you are ready click on the Confirm button.
Next, choose what Enhancements you wish to add to your account – if you want to add any. When you are ready with this step – click on the Complete Setup button.
That’s it! You can now go to the front page of your site and check out the newly installed wordpress application.
How to create wordpress post
This tutorial explains how to create new posts on your WordPress website. First you need to log in your site wp-admin panel and go to Posts -> Add New.
On this page you will see the WordPress posts editor. The most important parts of this page are:
- Post Title – enter the title of your post in this field. On your theme it will be shown above your content.
- Post Content – you can use the WordPress WYSIWYG editor to add the actual content of your post. Note that it has two tabs – Visual (use the editor to format your text) and Text (add your HTML code directly).
Once you enter the content of your first WordPress post, you need to Publish it. Publishing brings your post to your actual website.
That’s it! You can now go to the front page of your site to check out the newly created blog post.
Installing WordPress Plugins
Installing WordPress plugins is an easy task even for a beginner. Free and freemium plugins are available on WordPress.org plugin directory. Just like themes, these can be installed by using the inbuilt WordPress installer. To install a plugin press the Add New button under Plugins and enter the name of the plugin you want to install in the search field. Hit Install and then Activate button.
There are thousands of premium (paid)wordpress websites plugins which cannot be installed from the official WordPress plugin directory. If you purchased a premium plugin, you would have to manually upload it to wordpress websites. The process is quite similar to themes installation. To proceed, press the Add New button under Plugins and hit Upload Plugin. Now select a plugin archive and upload it. Finally, install and activate the plugin. If you need a detailed guide.
Installing WordPress Themes
The look of WordPress site can be changed by applying themes. There are free and premium wordpress websites themes. Some of them are universal and can be used on any website. Others are built for a very specific purpose, for example, the e-commerce themes.
WordPress made theme installation super easy. It literally takes just a few minutes to install free websites themes. In order to proceed, access the Appearance section and search for a nice looking theme. You can even filter themes by features or colors.
Keeping WordPress Secure
Last but not least, in order to have a successful WordPress websites, you must harden its security. the most popular CMS in the world, it also turns out to be the most hacked. However, there are a few things that you can do in order to protect your site against hacking and other malicious activity.