WordPress Basics: Everything You Need to Know – G2 CrowdWordPress
There’s no denying that the world wide web is – in fact – wide.
If you want a piece of the internet pie for yourself, consider choosing WordPress, the most popular CMS platform, to host your website. With so many exciting features and customization options, you can truly make your website exactly what you need it to be. Whether you’re building a travel blog or an eCommerce website, WordPress does it all.
If you’re new to the platform and could use some help before you get started, you’ve come to the right place.
Need to learn more about something specific? Jump ahead to:
- Posting a blog
- Embedding a YouTube video
- Installing a theme
- Best plugins
- Creating a contact form
- Strengthening security
- Common WordPress mistakes
- Discover WordPress tips
You’ve made a WordPress account. You have your ideas and your goals mapped out. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get started creating your dream website. Here’s what you need to know.
How to post a WordPress blog
We’ve all heard the phrase Content is King, so it’s more important than ever that know how to post a WordPress blog. When you have an idea for the next big (and potentially viral) blog post, strike while the iron is hot and get started.
In addition to the actual copy of your blog post, don’t forget to come up with an engaging title, add media and a featured image, and select relevant categories and tags. Plus, make sure you take the time to edit the URL to best match your keyword or overall topic.
Blogging isn’t just for teenagers alone in their bedroom. Don’t forget to make it a priority in your marketing strategy!
How to embed a YouTube video
Now that you have the bulk of your content written for your blog, you may want to embed a YouTube video into your WordPress post to add some flair. You have plenty to choose from, as YouTube users share 400 hours of new video every minute.
The actual process is short and sweet, and you can do it by using either the Text Editor or Visual Editor option tab, whichever you find to be the easiest for you.
Install a WordPress theme
To ensure that your WordPress site conveys the right message you need to install the right theme. This is easier said than done as there are thousands of WordPress themes to choose from, making it easy to feel overwhelmed.
The themes available to you will depend on the type of WordPress account you have. Your options range from a free theme, a premium theme, or a custom theme that you can upload.
As you browse the WordPress Theme Directory, you can filter your options so you have a better idea of the themes you can choose from.
Once a theme catches your eye, make sure to view the details and preview how it will look on your site before you make the changes live on your site.
Best WordPress plugins
Similar to WordPress themes, WordPress also offers a large variety of plugins to choose from. So, how do you choose the right one for your site and its needs?
We asked the experts and compiled a list of the best WordPress plugins so you can install the plugin you need for your website. Whether it’s for SEO, tracking data, optimizing images, or blocking spam, these experts weighed in on their favorite plugins.
However, keep in mind that not every WordPress plan allows for the installation of plugins, so check to see which plan your website is hosted on before you navigate the world of plugins.
Creating a contact form
If you’re looking to get in touch with the visitors of your website, consider adding a WordPress contact form to your site. There are many WordPress plugins that allow you to add a form to your website.
Depending on the plugin you choose, you can edit the form to include all the details you’re looking to acquire. You can also add custom fields, set up notifications for when a form is submitted, and change the text users will see once they submit the form on its confirmation screen.
Strengthening WordPress security
In a world where cyberattacks are the fastest-growing crime in the United States, don’t forget to protect your website from hackers.
There are a few ways you can go about strengthening WordPress security to ensure that the site you worked so hard to create, manage, and market doesn’t fall victim to a cyber attack. The three main ways are to use two-factor authentication upon login, install one of the many WordPress security plugins, and take the time to invest in an SSL certificate.
67 percent of organizations reported being breached at some point in the past. Don’t let this happen to you.
Common WordPress mistakes
WordPress is the most common CMS you can choose from and it boasts millions of users all embarking on the journey of creating their perfect website. Along the way, people are bound to make mistakes, and it’s best to learn from the mistakes of others so you can avoid the most common pitfalls.
There are a lot of mistakes you can make while using WordPress, but some of the most common ones are:
- Picking a theme that doesn’t fit your brand
- Installing too many plugins
- Forgetting to back up your site
- Using images that aren’t optimized
- Not considering site security
- Test changes on a live site
We all make mistakes, but you’ll learn how to avoid these WordPress mistakes and better use the CMS. And, hopefully, save yourself some pain and suffering along the way.
Discover more WordPress tips
Before you get started, check out what they had to say about choosing the right theme, using widgets, uploading powerful images, learning to code, and so much more.
Create the website you’ve always wanted
Now that you know the ins and outs of WordPress, what this CMS offers, and the must-have features, you’re ready to start building the perfect website. It’s easier said than done, but hopefully, now you feel both more confident and more knowledgeable about what lies ahead.
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