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Many small business owners,freelancers, hobbyists etc want a website or blog, but find the cost of professional web designers prohibitive.
However at the same time they don’t feel that they have the expertise to design and build their own website.
WordPress is a content management system that enables anyone with basic computer skills to build their own profession looking website or blog.
It is so popular that over 20% of all new sites (wiki) use it, and it is used by many top brands like CNN, UPS (wordpress notable users).
Although building websites using WordPress is considerably simpler than using the old HTML templates, and web editing software like Dreamweaver, it does require a little effort to become familiar and comfortable with the system.
All you need is a domain name and a web host that supports WordPress (almost all do) .
Here is a complete blueprint for building and setting up your own WordPress website or blog.
Once you have installed and configured WordPress its time to add Plugins, create menus add Posts etc. WordPress Basics for Beginners will get you started.
You can also find extensive tutorials on the site and the latest articles here
If you are stuck then please ask a question.
Before you can begin to understand how the WordPress load process works you need to understand how standard HTML and PHP web pages work.
When you request a file on a standard website that uses just HTML web pages then then web server simply retrieves the file and sends it to you. Continue reading
There are many articles and tutorials on the web that cover the WordPress loop, the aim of this tutorial is to introduce the loop to complete beginners.
Why the Loop?
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The WordPress package contains many different files and directories. We are going to look at how the files are organised, and also look at some of the more important files.
Having an understanding of the files and directories is important when it comes to manual installs, backup, restores, maintenance and development Continue reading
WordPress Themes come with multiple templates for displaying pages,posts,archives etc.
Each page type can, and often does have, its own template files.
Below is a screen shot of the 2012 theme folder. Notice the files archive.php, author.php, category.php. Continue reading
Shortcodes were introduced in WordPress 2.5 and are used for adding macros to a page or post.
There are several built in shortcodes like the Gallery shortcode that come with WordPress, but you will encounter Shortcodes most often when you install plugins. Continue reading
Photo galleries allow you to showcase your photos.
There are many photo gallery plugins for WordPress but NextGen is the most popular and the one I will be using here.
Before you can add your pictures you will need to prepare them for the web. Continue reading