SEE THE UPDATED VERSION OF THIS TUTORIAL HERE: www.youtube.com This Intermediate-level WordPress tutorial shows how to change your theme when your site is hosted on wordpress.com. It also shows you how to find a new theme on a site like themes.wordpress.net, download it to your computer, unzip and upload it to the wp-content – themes folder on your web hosting server, and activate it using Dashboard – Presentation. If you need help with using FTP software (required for this tutorial) just send me a comment.
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How To Create A WordPress Website There are a lot of people learning how to create a WordPress website. It is one of the most popular content management systems. It has literally been downloaded over twelve million times off the internet. With so many people using the program you have to wonder; just how easy it is? Very, very easy. Beginners are learning how to create a WordPress website and getting there very first one up the same day. The process only takes a few short minutes, and has all the prompts for you to do the creating. There are even some tutorials out there for you to use to add in plug-ins to the site. While the standard version has been used so much, and by all sorts of people; the easiest I have used is the WordPress Express. This version literally takes the learning out of how to create a WordPress website. There are only three basic steps to the process, but you will need a domain name ahead of time, and web hosting. How To Create A WordPress Website.
All you basically have to do is pick a name for your site, pick the template you want to use and review those, then just create. It’s that easy, and that fast. You can then go and customize your site within minutes and get it set up the way you want it to. You don’t have to worry about being stuck with the template you picked either. How To Create A WordPress Website.
The new versions of this program allow you to change the colors, themes, and templates even after you have created them. The MU version (multi-user) also allows you to control more than one site from the same dashboard. No matter which version you use, WordPress is something that even beginners can do with ease and a sense of accomplishment. Any program with WordPress is set up to be user-friendly, and they deliver on that. Think about it; over twelve million downloads means that people are using this and liking it. How To Create A WordPress Website
Beginner’s Guide to Installing a WordPress Plugin A WordPress Plugin is an add-on that allows you to easily add customization and functionality to your blog without programing any files. Basically, they add tons of new features to your blog in a simple manner. There are thousands of plugins available for WordPress, and each one exists for a certain purpose. For example, there is a plugin that will display your most popular posts in the sidebar. Now that you know what a plugin is, its time to learn how to add them to your blog. There are a few ways of going about this, but for the beginner, this is the most simple and straight-forward method. Once logged on and in the WordPress Dashboard, find the ""Plugins"" tab located in the left sidebar. Under this tab you will find a section labeled ""add new"". Click on this. You will now be in the plugins section where you can search, browse, and upload plugins. Type in the name of the plugin you are looking for. (For example: ""Popular Posts""). This will bring up the search results. Browse through these and find one that strikes your interest. (Pay attention to the star-ratings of the plugins, because they will give you an idea of what other WordPress users think of them). Once you find an appropriate plugin, click on ""Details"". Here you can read more about the plugin, view screen shots, and most importantly, check if it is compatible with your version of WordPress. If everything checks out with the plugin, all you must do is click on ""Install Now"". The plugin will now be installed, but you still must activate it by simply clicking on ""activate"". Once you have activated the plugin, you will see the title of your plugin displayed under the ""Settings"" tab in dashboard sidebar. Here you can edit the settings of the plugin to further customize it. (Please note that not all plugins have settings to adjust). You have now successfully installed your first plugin! Way to go! It wasn’t so hard, was it? Beginner’s Guide to Installing a WordPress Plugin
5 Easy Steps To Build A WordPress Website
Are you planning to build your own website and yet you don’t have enough technical knowledge and don’t have enough budget to hire someone to build it for you? Worry no more because building a website is not really difficult as it sounds and it cost only a few bucks. With WordPress, it is now possible for ordinary people to create their own website easily. What is WordPress? WordPress was launched in 2003 as a blogging platform, but it has evolve as a legitimate CMS (content management system) in fact it has numerous awards already, in 2007 WordPress won a Packt Open Source CMS Award, in 2009 WordPress won the best Open Source CMS Award.
And in 2010 WordPress has won the Hall of Fame CMS category in the 2010 Open Source Awards. More than 10% of the top 1 million websites uses WordPress already. Perhaps its growth is phenomenal because it is really easy to use. Here Are the Five Easy Steps in building your own WordPress website starting from scratch:
1. Choose a Domain Name – A domain name is the address that you type in your browser that ends with a.com,.net,.org and etc. You can register in an accredited domain registrar which is accredited by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN. There are hundreds of registrars out there, and the price of each domain is usually lower than $15 per year.
2. Host your Domain – A server that rents you a space so that your site will be visible on the internet. This would cost about less than $10 per month for a shared hosting account which is already reliable.
3. Installing WordPress Software To your Web Host – You can install or upload WordPress software using an ftp client like Filezilla or some hosting companies provide one install click to make it easier.
4. Making a static page – It is important to make a static page so that your site does not look like a blog. You can make a static page easily in your WordPress dashboard.
5. Selecting A Theme – There are thousands of free themes that you can choose, themes are extremely important because the appearance of your site depends on it. There are also premium themes available that are quit expensive but free themes are good enough. The bottom line here is that WordPress is really a great software to start-up your new website.
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WordPress Website – Using the WordPress Dashboard
I would like to congratulate you on building your WordPress website and commend you for the actions you have taken to get Your Home Biz up and running the easiest way.
In this article and video I am going to explain the WordPress Dashboard. After logging into your WordPress website you will be on what is known as the WordPress Dashboard. From the dashboard is where you can finish setting up your WordPress website and access all the features WordPress has to offer.
So let’s get started.
In the very top line you will see the name of your website in the area to the right. You will also see a box with an arrow that says new post. This is where you can go directly to other features in WordPress which I will explain in future articles. You will also see Howdy (whatever name you chose). Next you will see a log out area (this is where you can log out of your dashboard). Finally you will see two tabs under the first line and over to the left. Screen Options and arrow and Help. The Screen options area allows you to change the look of your dashboard and I recommend leaving it as is for now. The Help section is where you can go to get help with your WordPress dashboard.
Now sometimes you will see a yellow box under the top line saying you can update your website to the most recent version. If you see this box I recommend clicking on it and then clicking on the Auto Update section. This keeps your website up to date with WordPress.
Underneath the above information you will see your screen divided into two sections. The first over to the right is a column (under the dashboard box) that takes you to all of the features WordPress has. The larger second section labeled Dashboard is basically a section to keep you up to date with WordPress information.
Before I go into the explanations I would like to recommend to you to set your WordPress website up with the Networking feature. This will give you the ability to create subdomains from your WordPress dashboard. For those of you not knowing what a subdomain is I will explain. A subdomain is like creating a whole new website. Your main domain will be Your Domain Name.xxx and a subdomain would be xxxx.Your Domain Name.xxx. This gives you the ability to set many websites up under one domain name. You can visit WordPress at codex.WordPress.org/Create_A_Network for the complete details. I am also going to give you a part of the WordPress directions below.
Create a Network
“”As of WordPress 3.0, you have the ability to create a network of sites (Multisite). This article is instructions for creating a network. It is very similar to creating your own personal version of WordPress.com
NOTE: If you are currently running WordPress MU, you do not need to complete these steps. your network is already enabled. Once you upgrade to the 3.x branch, you will be prompted to update your.htaccess rules for MultiSite.
Alert! If you have upgraded to WordPress 3.1, the Super Admin menu has been replaced with the Network Admin section. Look on your admin HEADER on the far right: it will say “”Howdy, YOURNAME – Network Admin – Log Out””. The link is ‘Network Admin.'””
If you activate the network option you will get an additional box in the first line. This box next to the Log Out box will say either Site Admin or Network Admin. Because you have activated the network option you will now have the option to use the dashboard as the Network Admin (everything you do from here has effects on all your sites) or as the Site Admin (everything from here is for one particular site). When you are in the Network Admin dashboard it will say Site Admin next to the Log out box and when you are in the Site Admin Dashboard it will say Network Admin in the box next to the Log out box.
I will give a quick overview of the column under the dashboard box when you are using the Network Admin dashboard (I will go into greater detail of every option in future articles). If you have activated the networking feature you will a section title Sites. This is where you can view all the sites you have built in WordPress under the one domain name.
Next you will see a Users section. This is where you can setup different users for your WordPress website and control what access they have.
The next section is Themes. In this area you have the ability to change the design of your website and control a lot of what people see on your website. Once again I would like to state I will be doing more articles and videos explaining these in detail.
The next section is Plugins. This is where you can install different plugins to make your WordPress website have more features and perform other tasks for you.
The next section is settings and this is where you can set different settings specific to your needs and once again I will state that I will explain these in future articles and videos.
The final section is updates and this is where you can get updates for your WordPress website and updates for features you are using
Now I will explain the column on the left under the dashboard box when you are in the Site Admin dashboard. From this dashboard you will be able to work on one particular site.
The first box will be sites if you have activated the Network option and this is where you can see all the sites you have or create a new one. You will not see this line if you have not activated the Network option.
The next line will be Posts and this is where you can post information to your main page and continue adding new content.
Next is Media and this is where you can incorporate media features into your site.
The next line is Links and this is where you can see where your website is linked to.
Next is Pages and this is where you can add new pages to your website and edit any pages you have already created.
Next is Comments and this is where you can view and control any comments that have been posted on your WordPress Website.
The next line is Appearance and this is where you can control the design and features of your website.
Next is Plugins and this is where you can add, enable and disable the plugins you have chosen to use for your website.
The next line is Tools and this is where you have access to any tools that are used in your WordPress website.
The final line is Settings and this is where you have many options to make your website the way you want it to be.
This has been a longer article than I really expected but I really believe it is crucial for you to understand the dashboard and how I believe it is in your best interest to set your WordPress website up with the Network option.
I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you view my next article.
Add an HTML Sitemap to a WordPress Website
Here’s some easy to follow instructions on how to add an HTML sitemap to a WordPress website.
After scouring the web and nearly giving myself a headache I found a solution, so this will hopefully save others those near headaches.
I’ll ramble here a little to begin with, to make getting to the crux of the problem easier, but you’re welcome to just leap to the formula below.
You see, when you find the site that provides the code for a WordPress HTML sitemap, it gives all the information, but not quite all the information on how to implement it – this was the frustrating part.
So I was armed with the ‘plugin’ code and the ‘shortcode’ to activate the sitemap, but didn’t really get the installation instructions of: “”Add the shortcode to the page(s) of your choice””. You see an HTML sitemap is a page alone, it shouldn’t be added to specific pages, it should usually be on a page called: sitmap.php/htm/html &c.
I wanted my sitemap to be linked from the footer of every page of the site.
So to start with you’ll need the ‘plugin’ code, which is courtesy of Angelo Mandato (credit at bottom of article); there’s 2 options: you can go to the installation page, where at the top right of the page there’s a big red button, or use the instructions below, which I’ve stated as being easier.
Being easier, I’d advise you to log-in to your WordPress Dashboard and click on ‘Plugins’ (left-hand menu), a little drop down menu reveals ‘Add New’ click here, on this page there’s a search box, type in ‘HTML Sitemap’ and click on ‘Search Plugins’. At the top of the list you’ll see: ‘HTML Page Sitemap’, version ‘1.1.1’ – click on install.
Okay, 1st of 3 jobs completed.
Now to create the interaction between the ‘plugin’ and the ‘shortcode’ which is [html-sitemap], you’ll firstly need to click on ‘Pages’ (in the left-hand menu) of your WordPress Dashboard, in the drop down menu you’ll need to click on ‘Add New’, this will create the new sitemap page. Where it asks for ‘title’ enter ‘Sitemap’, in the ‘content’ box you need to add your ‘shortcode’, which is [html-sitemap], make sure you use square brackets. Now because you don’t want this page in the main navigation, it is advisable to give it a parent, so in the ‘Page Attributes’ (right-hand menu), click on the ‘no parent’ drop down and put it under ‘Other Info’ or something similar, click on ‘publish page’.
Okay 2nd of 3 jobs done.
Now we need to get the sitemap visible on every page of the site. Back to the WordPress Dashboard, in the left-hand menu click on ‘Appearance’, the drop down menu offers the link ‘Editor’, click on this. In the right-hand menu of the new page all the ‘Templates’ are listed, go down till you find ‘Footer’ (footer.php), click on this and you’ll see the content of your site’s footer links. You will most likely have the following in the footer already: Powered by <>a href=””http://www.WordPress.org””>WordPress<>
Right after this add the following: | <>a href=””http://www.MYWEBSITE.com/sitemap”” target=””_blank>Sitemap<>
Naturally change the ‘MYWEBSITE’ to your own website and the.com to.de,.nl or.co.uk. Click on the blue button ‘Update File’.
That’s it job 3 of 3 completed.
Go to your website, press the ‘F5’ key, you may have to do this twice (that’s computers for you), and in your footer you should now see your newly created link to your site’s HTML sitemap, click on the link to test it, and you should find a nicely laid out sitemap indexing all your site’s pages.
Now naturally you may want the sitemap to be more detailed, for this I will reference you back to Angelo’s site, where he explains this further, but for me I just needed a nice clear HTML sitemap and no further headaches.