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If you are just starting out, you can look at your site in your browser right now, and what you are seeing is your home Page with the default Theme, a sample Post, a sample Comment, plus there is a Menu. Chances are, you don’t need any training at all to see these different elements on your new web site. The only tricky thing is the Theme, but the Theme is just the overall way the page looks, and where things are at. That’s all that is, and everything else is just obvious right there on the page.
There, you know 5 things about web design that you didn’t even know you knew, and are well on your way to using WordPress. The Page, is what shows up at your web address, the theme is how it looks, a Post is when you “Post” something on your site, a Comment is when someone makes a “Comment” on your Post, and a Menu is… well, a menu.
Now you really need to learn something, so pay attention! WordPress, what you are using here, has two separate parts. There’s the Website part, which we call that the “Front-end” because it’s what everybody sees when they go to your Page. In WordPress, there is also a “Back-end” called the Dashboard, and that’s where you go to control the look, feel and content of everything about your website.
Off we go to the Dashboard…
Honestly, that default theme is terrible, right?! I know you want to change it, so let’s do that.
1. If you don’t already see a big dark menu on the left side of your screen, go up to your browser address and add wp-admin/ to the end of your page address (http://bestblogsever.com/YourSite/wp-admin/), then hit the enter key.
2. Either that dark menu just showed up on the left side of your screen, or a logon screen came up. If it’s a login, just enter your name and password and hit the login button.
3. Now, that menu on the left is your “Dashboard,” and it’s where all the magic happens. Before we get to changing that ugly default theme, let me point out two things in your Dashboard. We already talked about Posts and Pages, and if you look at your dashboard, you will see the corresponding controls for your Pages and Posts. If you look a little further down the list, you will see a control called Appearance so go ahead and click on that button.
4. OMG, look at that pile of Theme’s! Now we get to go pick one to replace the ugly default theme, and here’s how it works: The very first theme, in the upper left hand corner is always your active Theme. It should say it’s active and have a Customize button. For all the other themes, when you put your mouse over them, three things happen: A little box pops up that says Theme Details, and two more boxes pop up that say Activate and Live Preview.
5. Look through the list of themes and find something that looks interesting. “Benevolence” is a good theme to start with… but you can pick any. Before you click on anything, all you need to know is that you can preview the theme just by clicking on the Live Preview button. You can click the Theme details box for more info, but the thing to do is preview themes until you see one you like, then click the Activate button to make it make it yours.
Go back to your actual website, refresh the page, and what you will see is a huge change. Try out different themes, and play with it a little.
In my next installment, I’m going to talk about Posts and Pages, and we’ll start creating some content and fill your pages up to give your site a fuller, richer look. Until then, go ahead a take a look at some of the training videos in the following groups:
One of the first things you are going to have to become familiar with if you are not already familiar with WordPress is something called the “Dashboard.” That’s where all the magic happens when you are customizing your site to give it it’s own look and feel.
Themes are one of the building blocks of a WordPress based website. They allow you to change the overall look and function of your website without disturbing the data you have already entered, perhaps when using a different theme. It’s perfectly fine to change you themes as you work through the different ways you might want your site to appear.
The Web is a visual place, so good sites incorporate a lot of images into their design.
Posts and Pages are the glue that holds your site design together and allow you to publish your vision. Pages are part of the functional side of your web layout, and Posts are a lot like pages, but there is a different framework within WordPress that handles them as unique events that can be commented on by people who see them (or not) and have a history of revisions.
Outside of Pages and Posts, there are things that need to be configured that help your site visibility on the Web, and that allow you to manage what is happening with your website on a daily basis, like managing users and posts, or creating menus for your site, and setting up categories and tags.