WordPress Tutorial for Beginners
This tutorial gives you an overview and talks about the fundamentals of WordPress.
- WordPress is a free and open-source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.
- WordPress has a web template system using a template processor.
- WordPress users may install and switch between themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website or installation without altering the information content or structure of the site. Themes may be installed using the WordPress “Appearance” administration tool or theme folders may be uploaded via FTP.
- The PHP, HTML (HyperText Markup Language), and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) code found in themes can be added to or edited for providing advanced features. Thousands of WordPress themes exist, some free, and some paid for templates. WordPress users may also create and develop their own custom themes if they have the knowledge and skill to do so.
- WordPress’s plugin architecture allows users to extend its features. WordPress has over 30,000 plugins available, each of which offers custom functions and features enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific needs. These customizations range from search engine optimization to client portals used to display private information to logged-in users, to content displaying features, such as the addition of widgets and navigation bars. But not all available plugins are always abreast with the upgrades and as a result, they may not function properly or may not function at all.
- Native applications exist for WebOS, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. These applications, designed by Automattic, allow a limited set of options, which include adding new blog posts and pages, commenting, moderating comments, replying to comments in addition to the ability to view the stats.
- WordPress also features integrated link management; a search engine–friendly, clean permalink structure; the ability to assign multiple categories to articles; and support for tagging of posts and articles. Automatic filters are also included, providing standardized formatting and styling of text in articles (for example, converting regular quotes to smart quotes). WordPress also supports the Trackback and Pingback standards for displaying links to other sites that have themselves linked to a post or an article.
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- In an effort to promote better security, and to streamline the update experience overall, automatic background updates were introduced in WordPress 3.7
- Individual installations of WordPress can be protected with security plugins. Users can also protect their WordPress installations by taking steps such as keeping all WordPress installation, themes, and plugins updated, using only trusted themes and plugins, editing the site’s .htaccess file to prevent many types of SQL injection attacks, and block unauthorized access to sensitive files
- Individual installations of WordPress can be protected with security plugins. Users can also protect their WordPress installations by taking steps such as keeping all WordPress installation, themes, and plugins updated, using only trusted themes and plugins, editing the site’s .htaccess file to prevent many types of SQL injection attacks, and block unauthorized access to sensitive files.
Development and Support
- WordPress is also developed by its community, including WP testers, a group of volunteers who test each release. They have early access to nightly builds, beta versions, and release candidates. Errors are documented in a special mailing list or the project’s Trac tool.
- Though largely developed by the community surrounding it, WordPress is closely associated with Automattic. Automattic handed the WordPress trademark to the newly created WordPress Foundation, which is an umbrella organization supporting WordPress.org (including the software and archives for plugins and themes), bbPress, and BuddyPress.
- “WordCamp” is the name given to all WordPress-related gatherings, both informal unconferences, and more formal conferences.
We have compiled a few more articles to get you acquainted with the WordPress course. We will cover these in-depth in our WordPress online training sessions.