After completing the swift 5 minutes Installation of WordPress or one click install from your web host, the question that arises in mind is “what’s next?”
Next level is to get informed about how the various functions and features work and how to make your new site your own. For that let’s take an informational step by step excursion to get acquainted with it. During the first few steps of this tutorial please do not change anything. After that, soon you will be able to change everything.
The first step is to log into the “administration area” or back end of your website. After placing “wp-admin” after your domain name (e.g. http://example.com/wp-admin), visit your site log in page. Now by using your password and user name, log into WordPress.
Start at the Top
Main Administration Screen called the Dashboard appears after logging in that is actually the brain behind your website, the desirable place where you can express your innovative ideas like writing enchanting prose thus making your website as appealing as possible.
The area “toolbar” appears at the top of the screen. After clicking on the link that is your site name, your new WordPress site will appear with its unique look. This is the place where your most of the time will be spent.
Test Drive your WordPress Site
Test drive enables you to catch an overall view that how it all works as its essential to see how WordPress Twenty Twelve Theme is laid out.
Right now, the layout you are looking at is called WordPress Theme that is the appearance, styling of your site. The WordPress TT Theme offers a “header” at the top with title and tag line for your site. Below will appear the menu and along the side some titles and links. This consists Widgets and the middle of the page contains body, the content area and footer appears at the bottom.
Come look at the post, there is title, below is the date the post was written, then the essence, the content of post and eventually some data about the post. This is called post meta data, containing the category of the post etc. Scrolling down the page will bring you to the footer which says “Proudly Powered by WordPress.
Different sections with information will appear at the back of side bar, including some Recent Posts, Comments, Archives, Categories, Links to Administration section, RSS feed and Log Out.
Some Minor Details
Minor details about the layout and design of the page are good to consider as you will need to make some modification to escape from monotony. Move your mouse over the title of post, look how it changes color. It is called a hover.
A Quick Trip Around
For this time you have only one post residing within a page that is laid out as your home page. Clicking on the title of the post will bring to the actual page of the post.
Posta are usually stored in Categories or Tags so you can keep related posts together. Some designers give alternate, different design to each post page. Changes are made from only few files called template files. To learn more about, Stepping into Templates can help.
Test Drive the WordPress Administration Screens
To be familiar with the backend of your web site lets test drive the WordPress Administration. In this regard, Dashboard at the very first page contains a collection of details and information about the activities and actions on your site.
Main navigation menu on the left side of the screen includes details about those administrative functions that you can perform. Moving your mouse down the list will bring sun-menus and choosing “parent” navigation section will open all the options included in it. The various menu items will include, Dashboards, Posts, Media, Links, Comments, Appearance, Plug-in, User, Tools & Setting. Clicking on these will bring you to different articles to help you out and getting informed.
Next to minor features come the gigantic features of the WordPress Admin which are as follow:
Quick Changing the Look
The appearance theme screen allows you to change the look of your site swiftly. Hundreds of appealing themes are available for you that are designed by expert WordPress designers and users as well. WordPress Twenty Twelve Theme can help in this respect. Simply click on the Activate button under a theme and blinking of the eye will bring you to another world with changed perspective.
Writing and Managing Posts
In the Administration screen, take a glimpse of the Posts Screens. For managing and writing the posts, tabs under the post menu can be used. Let’s experiment your test post in Add New tab.
The Codex code on writing post will take you step by step in writing the post if you are hesitant to continue by your own. Read through the article and post your first entry, then, return to this article and we are here to take you to other step.
Begin with a catchy title, then, move onto the message and after writing, click Publish button that is on right side of the post entry window. You can view your post by clicking your site name in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
Feeling exhilarating to view your post being published? That’s cool!
Let’s move onto some bigger objectives.
Planning is what personifies the aim. For a successful and vibrant, solid website, solid planning plays a vital role. So, from leisure let’s move to copy and pen, do some manual work, use the mind, use the senses and define the real purpose working behind your web site.
Question it, “What are you going to do with it?”
It will give you a clear Sharpe direction to continue with.
Using the Information
As the audience usually involves young generation so information should be used in the way as to attract the attention with lively, fashionable, funky graphics. Give your purpose statement in clear terms defining your aim or goal.
Then, jot down your topics that are called categories. If the date of posting may cause threat to the success of page then having links to your posts referenced by date is important. Or if the information is such strong, without the restrictions of time and space then having your posts referenced by category is preferable.
What Information Do You Want to Share?
Consider the information the reader might need to know. A WordPress feature Pages makes it easy. Some common information includes, About Us, Contact Us, Sign up for Our Mailing list.
The dynamic interchange between you and the viewer is created by comments. Do you want comments on your post? Definitely, as it’s the best way to know how much compatible and creative you are. You can give your feedback too.
Put Posts in Categories
From the post>category screen, click on the tab for All Posts. The test post you entered will appear. Under the title of post, move your mouse, Edit, Quick Edit, Trash View links will appear. Click on Edit to edit your post. Now on the right side you will see Categories. Choose any of the category by clicking in the box next to it, hence your post is categorized.
Customizing Your WordPress Site
This informational guide tour must have made habitual to it. Now you are in position to customize your site. You can now find a favorable wordpress Theme, customize the look & enhance your website with plug-ins.
If you want to expand your website design or development skills, the Codex can help you a lot in terms of WordPress Theme Directory, Using Themes, Theme Development, Stepping into Templates & Files, Blog Design & Layout, CSS Overview, Techniques & Resources, FAQ, and CSS Fixing Browser Bugs.
If you are familiar with HTML, PHP you can easily customize WordPress the way you want.