Are you looking to learn WordPress and build a great website? One of the best part about WordPress is it’s ease to use and free of charge. Now a days WordPress becomes more and more popular CMS (Content Management System). Learning WordPress does not require a lot of time and money. In this article we’ll show you how to learn WordPress in a Month (or less).
Why Learn WordPress?
WordPress is the world’s most popular open source (that is available for FREE) content management system. WordPress allow you to build a great website.
WordPress is now powering 14.7% of the top million websites in the world, up from 8.5%. And 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress. It also generates thousands of job opportunities around the world.
WordPress allows people to share their ideas, stories, build communities etc.
What do i need to learn WordPress?
Learning WordPress is easy to use if you are willing to spend few hours each day for a week. You just need some very basic search skills (i.e how to Google) to follow instructions.
You don’t need to know HTML or other programming language to build website. If you have some HTML knowledge then it is well and good for future.
Most skilled WordPress users started from scratch just like you.
So, Let’s dive into learning WordPress…
Monday: Initial Setup
Now that you have chosen the right platform, the next step is to choose your domain and hosting.
Your domain is the website address that users will type to visit( i.e. thecodeplanets.com ). The next step is to choose web hosting. This allows your website to be seen to other people on the internet. You can purchase it on Godaddy, hostgator etc.
Once you get domain and hosting, you are ready to install WordPress. You can visit WordPress Installation Guide and follow the instructions.
Congrats, you have created a WordPress site. The next step is to learn basic WordPress things.
Tuesday: Learning The WordPress Basics
After installing WordPress, it is time to get familiar with the system.
Now you have a good grasp of your WordPress admin area and you’re probably eager to play with plugins.
Wednesday: Using WordPress Plugins
The real power of WordPress is in the WordPress plugins. WordPress plugins allow you to enlarge your website functionality (i.e. adding Contact form, create e-commerce store, etc.)
There are more than 30,000 free plugins available on the official WordPress plugin repository alone. First of all you should look at how to choose the best WordPress plugin.
Exploring plugins will keep you entertained for most of the day. Next thing we will cover is WordPress themes.
Thursday: Using WordPress Themes
WordPress theme is to control the look and feel of your website. WordPress themes are pre-built templates that you can install and customize for your website.
There are more than thousands of free and premium themes available for WordPress. You can download free themes from the WordPress Themes directory. If want premium themes, you can go to theme shops like Themeforest, StudioPress, Elegant Themes, Themify.
Friday: Customizing WordPress
Each websites does need different customization. It will depend on what you need to do with your website, you will came across new questions. For example how to add a contact form