WordPress for Beginners: 11 Terms You Need to Familiarize Yourself With
Peeps….this is going to be a fun post! If you are new to WordPress and even if you are not, this post will serve as a mini guide and round up of some of the terms that you should familiarize yourself with.
It may (or may not) come as a surprise to you but WordPress is prolly one of the most popular website and blogging platforms out there in the marketplace these days.
Last I checked, WordPress powers more than 27 percent of the entire internet, has more than 47,000 plugins
So yea… WordPress is for the most part a platform that a lot of people love and use to power their websites and blogs.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a CMS (content management system) that makes it super easy to manage the content that you publish to your website or blog.
I was introduced to WordPress in around 2009 when I started a tech consulting business. I’ve gotta be honest, I didn’t think much of it.
When the web designer that I worked with at the time told me she was building my site with WordPress, I was hell bent on her doing it.
Well because I didn’t understand the benefits that WordPress had versus other website platforms.
If you want to change the “design” of your site, with WordPress you just need to install a new theme. Or…if you want to add social media icons to the sidebar of your site, you can just install a plugin to do this.
Plus, WordPress is FREE and only takes minutes to install and crank up a website. Before I turned to WordPress, I was using HTML templates and using Dreamweaver to design them.
Let me be the first to tell you… this process was not fun at all yall! It was painful to say the least because you had to use FTP tools to make all of your changes and updates.
Why Is WordPress Such a Popular Platform?
WordPress is super popular because of these 3 main reasons:
#1: It’s FREE to use and easy to install. Most web hosting companies like Siteground have a one-click installation for WordPress. What this means for you is that in a matter of minutes, you can have a fully functioning WordPress site up and running.
#2: It’s flexible. You can do just about anything that you want with a WordPress site. If you want to run a membership site, you can do it with WordPress. Want to create a store and sell products or services from your site? Yep…you can do that with WordPress too. So yea folks, WordPress is #amazinggggg….
#3: It’s easy to use (once you get used to it). I know some of you are prolly rolling your eyes at me…but seriously, once you get used to using WordPress, it is easy peasy. Fortunately, there is no shortage of information out in the blogosphere about WordPress. So if there is something that you don’t know, you can learn it.
Now… as for the terms that you should familiarize yourself with…let’s get to em.
#1: Wordpress Login
Before you can make any changes to your site, you will need to login. The login for your site is typically found at the following URL – http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
Now…you will need to replace “yourdomain.com.com” with your actual domain name. So..as an example, if your brand’s domain name was (JustBlazeConsulting.com), then your WordPress login URL would be: http://justblazeconsulting.com/wp-admin
#2: The WordPress Dashboard
The Dashboard – This will display your main Dashboard ‘homepage’. In the top left of your Dashboard you’ll see some brief stats on the number of Posts, Pages and Comments.
In your WordPress Dashboard, you will find the “Menu” item. This is where you’ll find all of the options to update and configure navigation menus on your site.
Now depending on the type of WordPress Theme you are running, you can have multiple menus on your site that can include a “Main Menu” and a “Footer Menu”.
Your Main Menu is the menu that will be displayed on the top of your site, whereas the footer menu will be displayed on the bottom of your site.
This is where you can create a new Blog Post. From the “Posts” section, you can also also view all of your current blog posts, update your blogs categories and add Tags to your blog posts.
This is the area in WordPress where all your uploaded images, documents or files are stored. You can browse through your Media library, as well as edit and update the files.
This is where you can create and maintain all of the pages on your site. In this section of WordPress, you can view all of the pages on your site and add new ones.
The Appearance menu allows you control how your site looks. With this menu item, you can choose a new Theme, manage your site Widgets or Menus and even edit your site theme files.
Plugins add more functionality to your WordPress site. With this menu item, you can add or delete plugins within here as well as activate or deactivate them.
This screen lists all the existing users for your site. Depending on your Role, you can also add new users as well as manage their Roles. In WordPress, there are 5 main roles that you can apply to new users that you add to your site. They are: Subscribers, Contributor, Author, Editor, and Administrator.
The settings section of WordPress is where most of your site is configured. Among other things, it allows you to configure your site name and URL where your Posts appear, whether people can leave Post Comments or not and numerous other settings for your blog.
In the comments section, you can manage and view all of the comments that people leave on your blog. With this section you can also remove unwanted and “spammy comments as well”.
Your Next Steps…
Over to you peeps….
What has your experience been with using WordPress? Good? Bad? Either way, I would love your feedback. Thanks yall!