WordPress Smart Guide

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The Smart Guide For Fast Start With WordPress

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May be You are reading this for one or two reasons:

1) In case you are already well-versed with WordPress, then you are here because you want to see what’s in this tutorial. Well, your comments and feedbacks are more than welcomedbusiness2

2)  And If you are a newbie to WordPress, then you need some kind of help to make building your website easier and an enjoyable one. You may go on learning from what’s in this wonderful article.

Well, It takes very little effort to build your website as you practice along here. WordPress has become easier and easier to use. I like WordPress very much because it is easy and simple with its drag and drop features aside from the fact that it is absolutely free! No comparison to a few years ago and how hard things used to be.

What you see here is a compilation of what I learned when I created my website ,a quick start guide for you to make your website run nicely. So, let’s take a look at the dashboard! Here’s how it looks on your computer screen.

These are the most-used part in building your website:

A. Your website name brings you back and forth from the dashboard to a view of your website. Click it and see what happens each time you click.

B. The left hand sidebar shows you all the things you can do to your website. Try to Click each one and explore what you can see. Get acquainted with them as you will be using these very often. Try to click each one and  find out where it brings you and what it can do to your website.

Now customizing the website:

By now, you must have already set up your website. If not, click here and see how you to build your website in 30 seconds

How to change a them

Lets have some fun here and start customizing your website and make it the way you wanted it to look. So, log in to your WordPress dashboard with your username and password.

You can change the appearance of your website by changing your theme. There are more than 1400 themes that you can choose from in WordPress. They are available to you and are ready to be used. In the dashboard go over to “Appearance” and click on “Themes.” Then “Install Themes”

Once you click the “Install Theme” tab, you will see various options to choose. You can filter the features and choose the color, the number of columns, the width that you prefer, select some specific features, and subject. Or you can scroll down and click the “Find Themes” tab on the top.

Once you have picked the theme that you like the most, install now, and then activate. Once you have activated, refresh your website, and you will see the new theme installed in seconds.

Now how about the pages

To add and edit pagse can be confusing to a beginner especially when it does not appear the way you wanted it on your website. By now, you must have created your “About Me,” “Privacy Policy,” and probably “Home” pages. You must have also deleted some of the default pages that you don’t need in your website by wordpress as a starter.

Let’s take a look at editing a page. This is how it appears on your screen when you open a page that you want to edit:

In here, you can change anything on your page and explore every feature that you can see. If you want to change any of your text within the page, simply highlight the text(s) and make the changes. Its that simple.

On the lower righthand sidebar, you will see “Page Attributes” which is very important in the setting of your menus. There is the parent, template, and the order.

A- Parent:no parent” means that the page is a menu name on your navigation menu. You can select the menu name where you want your pages to be and they will become a drop down of your menu. It is really simple once you have the hang of it.

B- Template: you may leave this on the template default. But in case you want a different setting, you can choose where you want your sidebars, and how many columns you want on your website if this feature is available on the theme you picked.

C- Order: The order is from 0 through the number of menus you have on your website (0, 1, 2, 3, etc. 0 being the first and I have no ideas why, So, if you want your “Home” page to be first in your menu, the order would be 0. If your “About Me” page is next, then the order would be 1 etc.

Same goes here with the drop downs from your menu. You can order them from 0, 1, 2, 3, . . . however make sure they appear on your navigation panel.

Always UPDATE any changes and make sure to publish your pages.

Note:  If you don’t want your “Privacy Policy” to appear on your menu, simply scroll down on your privacy page (or any page for that matter) and unclick the box under Exclude Pages.

How to add pages in this menu:

Pages don’t automatically add to your menu. And may be you want to know why.

Let’s go to dashboard, appearance, and click menu. This is what appears on your screen:

The Theme you choose plays a lot roll with the way the theme is structured to navigate, you will always find a “Theme Locations” which shows the navigation panel. Some have only one menu. Others have a header and a secondary menu.  You can choose what page to include in each of the menus. Still on other themes, you can find three or four panels which may include header, secondary, footer, or mobile navigation panels.

Try to explore your own theme. Here’s a closer look. To add pages to your menus, scroll down the left hand sidebar and look for “Pages.” Click the pages you want to appear on your menu- header, secondary, footer, or mobile- then add to menu. This will then appear on the menu. Never forget to save or update every time you make some changes, you may loose all your updating work.

Go ahead and Feel free to explore your menu. Create menu names. Add or delete pages to your menu, just keep exploring.

How about exploring the widgets now

In the dashboard, You will see the different widgets available in the theme you chose for your website. Some of these widgets appear on your sidebar as default widgets. You can always remove them and add those that you want to appear on your sidebar. Here is a few that are common.

  • RECENT COMMENTS – shows the most recent comments in your pages. You can customize the number of comments that you want to appear on your “Recent Comments” widget.
  • RECENT POSTS – shows the most recent posts in your website. You can also customize the number of posts that you want to appear in your “Recent Posts” widget.
  • SEARCH – this allows your visitors to search within your website.
  • CUSTOM MENU – enables you to add your custom menus to the sidebar
  • SOCIAL MEDIA – allows you the capability to connect with your visitors in the social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so on.
  • TEXT BAR – makes adding a banner or ads very easy.
  • CATEGORIES – a dropdown of  the various categories of the website pages.
  • ARCHIVES – IT collects your website posts each month.
  • CALENDAR – This shows a calendar of your posts

Placing Widgets on the sidebar: 

Placing some of the widgets that you like is very easy. Just drag and drop whatever you like to appear on your sidebar. Depending on the theme of your choice, there can be one, two, three, or four sidebars. Just drag the widgets and drop them on whichever sidebar you want them placed.

To delete widgets:

Drag the widgets that you don’t like on your sidebar and drop them on the “Inactive Widgets to maintain their settings.

That’s all about widgets. Explore them on your dashboard and see what happens when you drag and drop them back and forth. Have fun!

some tips and advice:

By now, let’s have some overview of what it takes to bring your website into the next level of functionality! Here are my best 3 tips for a great beginning.

1.  A unique page on “About Me” Page will make your website visitors become interested in you and what your business is all about. this can be the “most-viewed” page. Most people take a look at the author first before going into more details of a website.

3.  The theme of your website matters. People will not bother wasting their time in reading the content of an amateur-looking website. The “look” of our website shows our authority and authorship. So, as soon as your budget allows you to do it, opt for a premium and professional  theme.. REMEMBER: Your visitors’ first impression will either make them want or not want to read your content.

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Hope this was of a great help, for further assistance please feel free to write me using the comment box below- visit the home page to learn more on how to master the online world.

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Sincerely

Sam Ammouri

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