WordPress is the most popular free content management system (CMS), or, more simply, an engine for websites (mainly blogs and news resources). It is written in the PHP programming language, the database format is MySQL, that is, the most common. Read about the installation features and functions of the platform, creating a website using WordPress in this publication.
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Installation in five minutes
What WordPress is capable of
WordPress works on computers with any operating system, since it is installed directly on the server where your site is located. The platform is equipped with a built-in search engine optimization engine and social media interaction capabilities.
Where will we put the engine? The WordPress.com service offers to host your site on its site for free – you will receive a subdomain and a minimum package of services on it, that is, a site control panel, protection and updates supported by the site owners, that is, the actual community of the engine creators.After going through a simple registration procedure, you will be able to create a website, and the volume on the server will be 3 GB, in addition, ads from WordPress will spin on your pages, and the design will have to be chosen from the standard set. True, you can choose the premium version of the services (+ 10 GB of disk space, no ads, custom design, additional content placement options), as well as your own domain in different zones. This will cost an additional $ 99 per year for the premium and $ 18-25 for the domain.The inability to install the new plugins you need, restrictions on your own advertising and third-party registration forms when working on WordPress.com forces you to turn to other versions of the engine used on standalone hosting . Once you have a domain and hosting provider , you can create a WordPress website by downloading the CMS for free from WordPress.org . In this case, there are ample opportunities for installing additional plugins (free or paid), finalizing the site “for yourself”. On the other hand, the site owner is responsible for choosing and setting up hosting, installing WordPress on the server, security and updates, and so on.Finally, if you have a powerful enough home computer that can be used as a server, the CMS is installed directly on it. Beforehand, you will need to install a local web server on your PC, of which there are plenty (for example, XAMPP, LAMP, etc.) for different operating systems. Instructions for installing local web servers are available both in numerous programmer blogs and in the manual on WordPress.org. However, this path is less likely for the average blogger than paid remote hosting.
Installation in five minute To start working on WordPress, you should install the pre-downloaded CMS on the hosting server, where your site will be located, using the management console to which the hoster will provide you with access. In the console, select “File Manager”, then place the folder with the engine in the public_html directory. To make the entire site work on WordPress, we place the engine in the root directory. You can also install the engine on the hosting server using the FTP client that you create when registering the site. To work with an FTP client, in particular, special programs are used, for example.After uploading the engine files to the server, you need to create a MySQL database for WordPress and attach a user to it using the appropriate section in the control panel / FTP client. After successfully completing this process, go to your domain and you will see a prompt from WordPress to create a settings file. Then follow the instructions – enter the database name, username and password that you generated before in the table. Then WordPress will ask you for the site name, username and password, after which you can start working with the engine. Read detailed instructions “from manufacturers” here .By the way, there are sites specializing in making it easier for bloggers to work with WordPress. You can register a subdomain on such sites or enter your own domain (if you have one) and proceed to create your site using WordPress in your personal account. You will not need any manipulations with its installation and hosting. Naturally, the use of such resources is paid. Some hosters offer a built-in WordPress dashboard.
What WordPress is capable of The work with the WordPress engine itself is carried out through the management console (Dashboard) located at the link www . site – name . com / wp-admin (where www . site is name . com – your website address). At the top of the interface there is a clickable name of your site, when you switch to which you will also see the admin panel, which allows you to quickly manage it. Through the console menu “Users – Your profile”, you can configure the display of the admin panel and in the console. In addition, you can access the profile from the menu that appears when you click on the username at the top right of the screen. Also on the right there is a button for display settings (for choosing the display format for menus and console components) and a link to the help section.The central block of the console is occupied by a set of panels that regulate interaction with WordPress. The section “Right now” shows statistics on posts, pages, categories, comments, the currently active topic and the current version of the engine are marked. The “Quick Publish” window will allow you to create a new post and accompany it with media content and tags without going to the menu. In the Recent Comments panel, you view, approve, reject, or remove comments on blog posts. “Fresh Drafts” contains the latest drafts of new publications, and “Incoming Links” – mentions of your site in other sources, collected by search engines.In the “Plugins” section, WordPress informs you about app updates and new products that you can install right away. The WordPress Blog posts community news , and Other WordPress News posts external mentions of the system. Panels can be “dragged” around the screen with the mouse, and can also be customized via the “Customize” button that pops up next to the panel.The menu (on the left) contains a ton of items, depending on the selected theme and plugins added. “Console – Updates” will allow you to receive information about new products and add plugins. The section “Records” provides for managing existing records, adding new ones, creating categories and tags. In addition to records, you can create new pages on the site. They are permanent, do not belong to the chronological flow of the blog. Adding pages and managing them is done through the “Pages” menu item.The item “Media” leads to a list of all photos, audio, video, allows you to add new ones. Management of links posted on your site is carried out through the menu item “Links” – they can be added, grouped by headings. Adjusting comments – this is for the “Comments” section.Design tasks are solved through the menu item “Appearance” – themes, new content blocks (so-called widgets), for example, side columns, are changed and added here; an arbitrary menu is created; the background (color and images) on the site change, the options for displaying the theme without changing the code of the latter; PHP and CSS file editor is used; the site title is managed.In “Plugins” you view existing applications, add new ones, edit their code. In “Users” you edit the administrator profile, add or change the parameters of other users. “Tools” are intended in particular for importing third-party records to the site and exporting content to a backup copy, quickly performing certain actions on the site.The Parameters item describes the site settings (title, date and time, e-mail), publication methods (for example, deleted), post formats, comments, pages, media files. Particular attention should be paid to the “Privacy” sub-item – it regulates the access of search engines to your site. While the site is in development, search indexing should be banned. Also important is the “Permalinks” item, through which you can configure the so-called CNC (human-readable URLs), that is, a format of links to your publications that will be understandable and remembered for users.F??or those who want to make themselves known on the network, costing a minimum of costs and special knowledge, this engine is irreplaceable.