- About WordPress
WordPress is the most used content management system (CMS) worldwide. Though it’s mainly a blogging tool focused on posts, categories and tags, it can also be used as tool to create any other kind of websites. It’s open source based. The big market share is the reason why we focus on WordPress, though there are lots of other and also good ones on the market.
WordPress can be used in different ways:
a) Directly via the WordPress.com website, using a subdomain (like yournamewhatsoever.wordpress.com), this offer is actually for free (but may contain ads). Choice of design is free, but design customizing options are optional and costly. Upgrading via WordPress is possible, letting them hosting your domain name (like yournamewhatsoever.com) on their webservers.
b) Run your own WordPress setup on a webserver of your choice (this is actually how your class room projects are running)
The way a) is the fastest and easiest way to get familiar with wordpress, but it’s limitations (no design and function options) are too significant.
Usually, a browser and a working internet connection is all you need to use it beside the required login. Photoshop, Illustrator and a code editor may be used in addition.
- Open your WP account
Open the link you and log in.
- The Dashboard
The left side navigation contains 12 categorys:
- Dashboard – the overview of your admin site
- (Home/Updates – ignore updates! Do not update themes and plugins before asking me)
- Posts – create, edit, manage your posts (more about the difference posts/pages later)
- Media – upload and manage your media files (pictures, pdf’s, whatever)
- Pages – create, edit, manage your pages
- Comments – manage the comments (if your posts are commentable)
- Appearance – choose a design theme, customize it (if available), manage widgets, your menu(s), customize header, and there’s even a code editor (don’t use unless you’re an expert)
- Plugins – download and manage plgins (particular functions)
- Users – you may add other contributors to your blog, with various roles
- Tools – import/export entire WordPress sites, and othe tools
- Settings – contains a lot of subcategories. Of importance are the first five ones (general, writing, reading, discussion, media)
We’ell go through the dashboard and settings in detail, on-screen beamed.
You may find more informations about using WordPress here:
- Official WordPress lessons (english)
- WordPress.com Support: Overview
- WordPress.com Support: Writing and editing
- WordPress Forums english | german
- First steps (12 videos, german)
Do not hesitate to use the WordPress.com support pages to find solutions. Just use the search function within the support section.