Frequently Asked Questions
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free software. It means you are free to download, install, use and modify it to match your needs. You can use it to create any kind of website.
While the WordPress software itself is free, you need a domain name and web hosting to install it.
A domain name is the address of your website on the internet. This is what your users type in their browser’s address bar to access your website (for example, wpbeginner.com).
Web hosting is your website’s house where all your website files are stored.
Overview of WordPress
WordPress is a free and open source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It is the most widely used CMS software in the world, and as of May 2019, it powers more than 30% of the top 10 million websites and has an estimated 60% market share of all websites built using a CMS.
WordPress started as a simple blogging system in 2003, but it has evolved into a full CMS with thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes. It is licensed under the General Public License (GPLv2 or later).
First Steps with WordPress
I have done the 5-minute installation. Now what? #I have done the 5-minute installation. Now what?
You’ve just completed the 5-Minute Installation of WordPress or the one-click install from your web host. So what is your next step?
Let’s take a step-by-step tour through your WordPress site and see how the different functions work and how to make your new site your own. During the first part of this tutorial, please don’t change anything within the programunless it is part of the tutorial. After following these steps, you’ll soon be changing everything.
Begin by logging into the administration area, or the back end, of your website. Visit your site’s login page by placing wp-admin after your domain name (e.g., http://example.com/wp-admin). Some themes provide a login link or form on the front end as well. Now log in to WordPress using the username and password you created in the 5-minute install.
After logging in you are on the main Administration Screen called the Dashboard. This is where the organization of your site begins.
At the top of the screen is the area called the toolbar. Click on your site name; it’s a link and it will take you to a view of your new WordPress site. Like it? Don’t like it? Doesn’t matter, just look at it. This is where you are going to be spending a lot of time!
Welcome – Shows links for some of the most common tasks when setting up a new site.
At A Glance – Displays a summary of the content on your site and identifies which theme and version of WordPress you are using.
Activity – Shows the upcoming scheduled posts, recently published posts, and the most recent comments on your posts and allows you to moderate them.
Quick Draft – Allows you to create a new post and save it as a draft. Also displays links to the 5 most recent draft posts you’ve started.
WordPress Events and News — Latest local events and news from the official WordPress project.
You can update to the latest version of WordPress, as well as update your themes, plugins, and translations from the WordPress.org repositories.
If an update is available, you᾿ll see a notification appear in the Toolbar and navigation menu. Keeping your site updated is important for security. It also makes the internet a safer place for you and your readers.
Click on the Update Now button when you are notified that a new version is available.
Tips: In most cases, WordPress will automatically apply maintenance and security updates in the background for you.
Updating Themes, Plugins and Translations
To update individual themes, plugins or Translations, use the checkboxes to make your selection, then click on the appropriate Update button.
To update all of your themes, plugins or Translations at once, you can check the box at the top of the section to select all before clicking the update button.
Posts – Make some content
Posts are the principal element (or content) of a blog. The Posts are the writings, compositions or discussions.
Via the All Posts Screen you can select the Post or Posts you wish to edit, delete, or view. Multiple Posts can be selected for deletion and for editing. A powerful bulk edit feature allows you to change certain fields for a group of Posts. A handy in-line edit tool, called Quick Edit, allows you to update many fields for an individual Post. Various search and filtering options allow you to find the Posts you want to edit or delete.