Installing WordPress

  1. Many webhosts now offer “one-click” installations. Follow the instructions on your webhost’s control panel.
  2. Once you have created your WordPress install, you can log in to the WordPress dashboard which looks like this:
  3. Add content as pages or posts:
    • Pages are best for static pages (i.e. contact, resume, statement)
    • Posts are best for content that can be categorized (by date, media type, series name) and will show up in an RSS feed
  4. Help is in the upper right corner of every page.

WP Definitions.

  • Theme– the design of your website. It allows you to change the design without changing the fundamental code. The are hundred of themes in WordPress, part of the initial investment in putting your site in WP is to understand the logic of the theme you have chosen.

  • Pages vs. Posts– Both ways of adding content to your site. Posts are time-based, and expected to change (ie.News, your artwork). In pages, the type of content stays the same. (ie. Bio/Res) Posts have an RSS feed attached to them, pages don’t.

  • Plugin– WordPress, out of the box, is great for blogs and other generic sites. If you want to add features, you can install a plugin. A plugin is a bit of software that adds certain features

    • Examples include: a contact form, a way of monitoring stats, incorporating social networks, etc.

    • If software is open source (like WP) anyone can write plugins

    • There are tons of plugins available

  • Widget– allows you to easily and visually rearrange your content around your theme

    • for example: in the sidebar or footer of the site, you can change content or add a feature.