What is WordPress?

WordPress is the most widely used website building tool in the world today. It’s completely free (yes free), and allows you to build powerful, good looking, cost effective websites. WordPress can make you look savvy, serious,  desperately attractive and cool. There are over 24,000 extra  “Plug-in” options and useful components allowing you to do a […]

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

The WordPress platform comes with two difference approaches. WordPress.com The WordPress software for your website is managed by a company called Automattic who originally created WordPress. You don’t have to worry about any maintenance, security or hosting costs. The service is free. This is great if you want to set up a simple site. WordPress.com also […]

Managing WordPress backups

Sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes they go seriously wrong If you need to restore your site, you will need recent backups. Make sure in your disaster plan that you have multiple and recent backs that you can easily access. There are a few approaches to backups and I recommend that you use multiple approaches at […]

WordPress maintenance

Your WordPress core software and plugins must be updated regularly. One of the easiest ways for Hackers to attack your site is via old, out of date software. With WordPress, like most online software, exploits and ways to hack the software are regularly discovered. The WordPress community also regularly fixes the holes and exploits. If […]

Basic WordPress security

There are a few things of varying complexity that you can do to make your WordPress more secure. The very Basics are: Upgrade your WordPress regularly Only use themes and plugins from a reputable source or the official repository. Make sure you use secure passwords Don’t use “Admin” as a username (anything but). More information […]

Overview of the main WordPress components

The WordPress software consists of 3 main components: Database This is a file where all the settings and the website text are stored. Core WordPress files These are all the files that make WordPress work. These get overwritten regularly when we upgrade so we do not touch any of these files. Custom Files These are […]

One click install vs manual installation

One click install Some hosts provide tools which will install WordPress with a few easy clicks. One of teh popular tools to install WordPress with one click is Fantastico Manual Installation WordPress is one of the most simple website software packages to install, however there are a few things that you will need learn such […]

How to Install WordPress

Information on manually installing WordPress can be found: WordPress Codex – Installing WordPress Hello My Name is E

Using WordPress categories and tags

Categories and tags are terms that classify your post content, to make it searchable and to group like content. More information on categories and tags can be found here http://make.wordpress.org/support/user-manual/content/categories-and-tags/   The difference between categories and tags is explained here. http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/ We recommend using categories as your primary labeling for your posts as categories can […]

WordPress editing tools

When you’re creating a page or a post you will find a tool box or ‘kitchen sink’ to help you edit your content. The tool box sits just above the main content box where you write in the content your adding to the site.   In the tool box you will also find the tools […]

How to create a post

Creating a post is pretty much the same process as creating a page. Step by step details can be found here at http://codex.wordpress.org/Posts

Introduction to posts and pages

WordPress pages are created in your dashboard under pages. You would use pages to create content pages like the ‘About’, ‘Contact’ and ‘Home’. More information on pages can be found here at http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages   WordPress posts are different from pages as they can be archived, categorized  and feed into pages. Like a blog or news […]

Basic WordPress configuration

To set up the basic WordPress configuration of your site you will need to set up a few settings. Step by step instructions can be found here http://codex.wordpress.org/New_To_WordPress_-_Where_to_Start and here http://codex.wordpress.org/Settings_General_Screen   Permalinks are the url addresses of your website. To edit /set these up there is a resource here http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks   Users comments on […]

How to install themes and plugins

You are going to need to download your chosen theme/plugin and install it into your WordPress dashboard. This is fairly simple. First purchase or download onto your desktop. Then to install a theme go to your dashboard, then appearance, then themes. Select “install themes” . Upload – select the theme on your desktop and click […]

How to find and select the best themes

Before you start looking and selecting a theme, ensure that you have your website mock-up in your hand. That way you should be able to stay on task and find a few themes that match your criteria.   There are quite a few places to look for a theme. Start with http://wordpress.org/themes/ . These themes […]

Introduction to themes

Like plugins there are thousands of themes to choose from. A WordPress theme is a template or a framework that you will add your content to. A theme consist of a bunch of files that sit on your cPanel and are called template files. They basically create the visual output of your website. A detailed […]

Recommended WordPress plugins

Posts such as http://www.wpexplorer.com/best-wordpress-plugins/ will give you an overview of tested and recommended plugins. Type into Google ‘recommended WordPress plugins’ and reviews of the best of best will help you select.

Free, freemium and commercial (what is best)

Sometimes we used paid plugins when developing websites. Such as Backup Buddy or Gravity Forms. We used this plugins as they are business critical elements to the site. Therefore they have return on investment. Most of the plugins we use are free, but if the functionality you need is a mandate for your site then […]

How to find and select the best plugins

There are thousands to choose from. The important bit in selecting a plugin for your site is choose from reputable developers. The best place to look for them is here http://wordpress.org/plugins/ Plugins that are listed on WordPress.org are free and have been tested. Additionally you’re able to read other users comments on the deliverables of […]

Introduction to plugins

Plugins are basically additional functionality that you can add to your website. For example a booking system or a twitter feed. More info on what a plugin is can be found at WordPress Codex.

Introduction to menus

Your WordPress Menu will be found in your dashboard under Appearance. Most themes have at least two menus that you can customise. To create a menu select create a new menu up the top of the page. Name your menu and then select/tick the pages that you want to include. Once you have selected your […]

Introduction to widgets

WordPress Widgets give you the ability to add content to your pages and posts via sidebars. You will find them in the Appearance section of your dashboard.   More information on Widgets can be found here at WordPress Codex

Introduction to users and roles

WordPress has different user and roles. When your site is set up you will be asked to create an admin user. All other users to the website will need to be created. This is done through the dashboard – Users area. A brief description of users roles are as follows Administrator – somebody who has […]