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In this WordPress tutorial, you will find everything you need in order to create a website with WordPress. From installation to backups – we have it all covered.
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WordPress – OVERVIEW
- Introduction to WordPress
- Why WordPress is popular
- What is CMS
- Tools needed to develop a website
- WordPress.com VS WordPress.org
Introduction to WordPress
WordPress first saw the light of day on May 27, 2003. The founders 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).
When WordPress was first launched it had several users but over time grew into the biggest and most popular CMS in the world. Today, WordPress is powering over 75 million websites.
Research carried out in 2020 shows that this content management system is used by more than 26% of the 10 million best-ranking sites.
Why is WordPress so popular
After finding out the massive number of users WordPress has, it may leave you wondering, why is it so popular?
A mixture of several factors should be taken into account. The general viewpoint is that WordPress is a simple blogging tool, however, it is much more than that.
Due to the fact that WordPress is free and an open source project, it allows anyone to improve and edit its code according to one’s liking. It also features thousands of free plugins, themes, widgets, and other tools.
All these features allow you to create any type of website, starting from simple blogs, personal websites or portfolios, ranging to e-shops, knowledge bases or job boards.
Another factor is that WordPress is completely free and supports all hosting platforms with PHP and MySQL. On top of that, this CMS is constantly updated with new versions that improve security, include new features and improve overall performance.
Last, but not least, WordPress has a huge community with dedicated forums and discussions all over the internet. The amount of data that is available and thousands of WordPress tutorials also make WordPress one of the easiest to use content management systems out there.
What is Content Management System (CMS)
The Content Management System (CMS) is a software which stores all the data such as
text, photos, music, documents, etc. and is made available on your website. It helps in editing,
publishing and modifying the content of the website.
WordPress was initially released on 27th May, 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.
WordPress was announced as open source in October 2009.
User Management: It allows managing the user information such as changing the
role of the users to (subscriber, contributor, author, editor or administrator), create
or delete the user, change the password and user information. The main role of the
user manager is Authentication.
Media Management: It is the tool for managing the media files and folder, in which
you can easily upload, organize and manage the media files on your website.
Theme System: It allows modifying the site view and functionality. It includes
images, stylesheet, template files and custom pages.
Extend with Plugins: Several plugins are available which provides custom functions
and features according to the users need.
Search Engine Optimization: It provides several search engine optimization (SEO)
tools which makes on-site SEO simple.
Multilingual: It allows translating the entire content into the language preferred by
Importers: It allows importing data in the form of posts. It imports custom files, comments, post pages and tags.
It is an open source platform and available for free.
CSS files can be modified according to the design as per users need.
There are many plugins and templates available for free. Users can customize the
various plugins as per their need.
It is very easy to edit the content as it uses WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get is a user interface that allows the user to directly manipulate the layout of document without having a layout command).
Media files can be uploaded easily and quickly.
It offers several SEO tools which makes on-site SEO simple.
Customization is easy according to the user’s needs.
It allows creating different roles for users for website such as admin, author, editor and contributor.
Using several plugins can make the website heavy to load and run.
PHP knowledge is required to make modifications or changes in the WordPress
Sometimes software needs to be updated to keep the WordPress up-to-date with the current browsers and mobile devices. Updating WordPress version leads to loss of data, so it a backup copy of the website is required.
Modifying and formatting the graphic images and tables is difficult.
Tools needed to develop a website
The tools that are used to make a website are as follows:
- Web Server
- Domain Name
WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two ways of hosting a WordPress site.
The thing that varies with these two methods is the actual host. By using WordPress.org, you may download the script free of charge and host it yourself on a local machine or with a hosting provider (such as Hostinger).
On the other hand, WordPress.com takes care of all that by hosting the site for you. You don’t have to manage a web server, pay for hosting or download software, however, ads are shown on your site.
Both WordPress.org and WordPress.com have certain pros and cons.
If you are not interested in having your own hosting or managing a web server, then WordPress.com may be the way to go.
It is free and can be quickly set up. You will also have various features and options for your site’s customization.
However, it comes with downsides. Your website will include WordPress.com in the URL and you will not be able to upload custom themes or plugins.
The ability to edit or modify PHP code behind your site will also not be possible.
Using a self-hosted version from WordPress.org provides more flexibility and control over your site. You will be able to use your own domain name, upload themes, plugins and install them.
You will also have access to your WordPress files, database, and code, meaning that you will be able to modify it according to your liking. The most popular and powerful WordPress sites are self-hosted, as it provides greater flexibility and the ability to implement custom functionality, code, and designs.
Last but not least, in case WordPress is not the CMS for you, having your own hosting account will allow you to test other content management systems such as Drupal or Joomla.
This WordPress tutorial will focus on the self-hosted WordPress version.
System Requirements for WordPress
Database: MySQL 5.0+
o WAMP (Windows)
o LAMP (Linux)
o XAMP (Multi-platform)
o MAMP (Macintosh)
Operating System: Cross-platform
Browser Support: IE (Internet Explorer 8+), Firefox, Google chrome, Safari, Opera
PHP Compatibility: PHP 5.2+
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Download the WordPress zip file from the official site.
Then, you can continue with the installation process as discussed further.
It’s very easy to set up WordPress into your system. The following steps describe how to set
up WordPress locally on your system.
Step (1): Extract the downloaded WordPress folder and upload it into your web server or
Step (2): Open your browser and navigate to your WordPress file path, then you will get the
first screen of the WordPress installer as shown in the following screen. In our case, the path
is localhost/< Your_WordPress_folder >.WordPress
Select your language for the WordPress and click on Continue.
Step (3): In this step, you can view the information needed for the database before
proceeding with WordPress installation.WordPress
Click on Let’s go!
Step (4): Here, you have to enter the information about the MySQL database as described
in the following screen
Database Name: Enter the database name which you have created in MySQL
database for WordPress.
Username: Enter the user name of your MySQL database.
Password: Enter the password which you had set for MySQL database.
Database Host: Write the host name, by default it will be localhost.
Table Prefix: It is used to add prefix in the database tables which helps to run
multiple sites on the same database. It takes the default value.
After filling all information, click on Submit button.
Step (5): WordPress checks the database setting and gives you the confirmation screen as
shown in the following snapshot.WordPress
Click on Run the install
Step (6): Enter administrative information.WordPress
It contains the following fields:
Site Title: Enter the name of the site which you are going to create in WordPress.
Username: Enter the username as per your choice while logging in the WordPress.
Password twice: Enter password two times to protect your site.
Your E-mail: Enter your e-mail address which helps to recover the password or any
Privacy: It allows the search engine to index this site after checking the checkbox.
After filling all the information, click on the Install WordPress button.
Step (7): After installation being successful, you will get a screen of the stating success as
seen in the following screen.
You can view your username and password detail added in WordPress.WordPress
Click on Log In button.
Step (8): After clicking on login, you will get a WordPress Admin Panel as depicted in the
Enter the username and password which you had mentioned during installation as shown in
step 6 and click on the Log In button