WordPress Tutorial 1: Introduction

by birtanpublished on July 3, 2020

hello everyone welcome to an

introduction to WordPress this series of

videos has got something for everyone

from beginner to intermediate to

advanced users if you're a beginner or

someone who doesn't want to write code

you will learn the fundamentals of using

the WordPress back-end to create pages

posts navigation menus but just basic

settings and then you can combine that

later with pre-existing themes and

plugins to create your own websites

however for our intermediate to advanced

users we're gonna roll up our sleeves

and learn how to create a theme from

scratch

which means we're going to begin with

zero Files zero lines of code and we're

going to write everything together so

you can really learn how to bend

WordPress to your will and get it to do

whatever you need it to do now before we

get started let's spend about a minute

to review what wordpress is and why

we're so excited to be using it so what

is WordPress

well WordPress is a free open-source web

publishing system which is just another

way of saying it's a free tool to help

you build websites so who uses WordPress

perhaps you've heard that it's used by

small businesses or for personal blogs

but it's also used by governments

schools nonprofits and fortune 500

companies which means WordPress is for

everyone it doesn't matter who you are

or what you're trying to achieve with

your website there's a good chance that

WordPress can help you now not only can

WordPress help you but the community

surrounding WordPress can also help you

and it is a massive community somewhere

between 17 to almost 20% of all web

sites on the internet are powered by

WordPress that's almost one in five now

I can explain later why that's an

amazing statistic that we should all be

excited about and that we all benefit

from but for now just know that a lot of

people use WordPress and finally the

greatest strength of WordPress at least

in my opinion is the attitude

surrounding it there's a very can-do

self empowered helpful let's keep things

simple but

remember that we can achieve anything

attitude attached to WordPress and I

absolutely love it so in this series of

videos I want to share some of that love

for WordPress with you and get you

started

so let's dive right in in front of you

is the wordpress dashboard you'll also

hear this referred to as the WordPress

admin or the WordPress back-end you can

think of this as home base this is where

you administer your website this is

where you create posts and pages so on

and so forth now it's important to point

out that the general public the people

that view your website cannot and will

not see this back end or this dashboard

only you as the site owner or site

content contributor will see this so if

you imagine it's the year 1950 and we're

running a newspaper the general public

doesn't see the printing press or the

offices where you're journalists work

they only see the front facing newspaper

so in this case the public only sees our

website the way that we construct it

whereas this WordPress back-end this

looks relatively the same for all

WordPress websites and it's where the

content creators work to add content to

the website and administer the website

and I think that'll make more sense here

in just a moment so for example if we

click posts in the left hand menu we see

a list of news post titles so this one

reads how to assess website analytics

this one is titled tutorial demo files

posted and you can tell right away that

this is not how a public facing website

will be laid out this is not interesting

or captivating in any way this is only

for the site owners and content

contributors so these are the existing

posts on the website so we can click on

one if we want to begin to edit it and

then this is very similar to a word

processing program we can bold certain

text make it italic we can add new text

and then when we're done we can simply

click this update or Save button and we

just saved an update to a post so that's

how simple it is to edit existing

content with WordPress now let's take a

look at how easy it is to create new

content altogether so if we go back to

the post screen we can see a list of our

existing items if we click this add new

button we can simply provide a title new

example post and then you just add in a

bit of content in the body section add a

bit of Latin dummy text you can choose a

category if you'd like so we can choose

between article or news or we can even

add a new category just for

organizational purposes let's call this

news and then just click this blue

publish button and that's it we just

saved a new article and it would now

show up on our front facing website and

that's really the heart and soul of the

WordPress back-end

you can edit existing content and create

new content now there are different

types of content so for example we were

dealing with posts however let's take a

very quick look at pages the best way to

describe pages is to simply contrast

them with posts because the two are very

similar but there's a key difference so

let's say for example we ran a blog or a

news based website most of our content

would live within posts because we want

this constant stream of content flowing

through our website however we still

might have a few static pillars in our

website like an about Us page or our

history page or contact us page now when

I just used the word static to describe

pages that doesn't mean that they're

locked in place or that you can't edit

them so for example if we click on about

us we can edit this page we can make

this text bold we can add new paragraphs

and then click the Update button so the

content isn't fixed in the sense that it

can't be changed

it's a bit more subtle than that what we

really mean is that posts are usually

displayed in reverse chronological order

so the newest posts are at the top if

you think of a news website but pages

aren't really part of a stream or river

of content they're sort of independent

timeless in a way and that's what we

mean when we say fixed or static but

aside from that you can see that pages

and posts are nearly identical you

provide a title and then a bit of

content you can update and save them now

posts and pages are really the heart and

soul of WordPress so in a sense if

you've already just learned how to use

WordPress it's that simple but you might

be thinking okay so there's posts and

pages is that it is that all WordPress

is and if it is why is WordPress so

insanely popular why do people make such

a big fuss over it so to address those

questions or that series of concerns I

will say this yes the core of WordPress

really is that simple but the core is

also very powerful and very easy to

extend and customize so for example

out-of-the-box wordpress only comes with

posts and pages so you can have a news

section and then a few static pages but

what if you wanted a completely separate

part of your website to have recipes so

dinners desserts meal ideas well you can

see in the sidebar that I've created a

custom post type named recipes and that

if I click that we've got all this

entirely different content here

beef stew feta chicken salad blackberry

pie potato salad chocolate cake and you

can see that we can even use different

categories or different taxonomy systems

we can categorize the meals as chicken

or dessert dinner and these categories

are entirely separate from the

categories that we use for the news or

blog section of our website and if we

click on one so if I click on potato

salad you can see that it looks just

like a post or a page so you can add

content oh here's where the ingredients

go here's where the instructions go but

it would be very easy to adjust some of

the settings in WordPress so that when

you're editing a recipe

there's all

another field down here that says recipe

rating and you can choose between one to

five stars and then there could be

another field called recommendation and

we would say whether we actually

recommend this recipe or not so the

point is is that you could have any

number of fields in addition to just

this main body text field and you can

have those fields only display for

certain content types

which means WordPress isn't limited to

just posts and pages

yes that's what it starts with out of

the box but WordPress is only limited by

your imagination we could create other

custom content types in addition to

recipes we could create restaurant

reviews photo galleries slideshows chefs

corner with interviews whatever your

imagination can think of you can really

extend and customize WordPress to help

you keep it organized dynamic and easily

accessible to the public now this first

lesson or video that you're currently

watching is just to whet your appetite

we didn't really get our hands dirty and

learn any of the details yet I do want

to say though I purposely did not show

you the front-facing website so if you

remember we discussed that only the

admin or the site owner sees this

dashboard whereas the public sees

something different they see the actual

website now the reason I didn't show you

what the website looks like is because I

don't want you to have any preconceived

notions of what a quote WordPress

website looks like there's a lot of

people that think that all WordPress

websites look the same or that they have

some cookie cutter formula but I'm here

to tell you that they don't need to be

that way and that largely they're not

that way WordPress does not place any

restrictions on how your website should

look the only reason some WordPress

websites feel cookie cutter or maybe

they look the same is because a certain

theme has become very popular a theme is

what controls the public facing portion

of your website it's what your audience

sees so again you as the admin you see

the dashboard when you're editing your

website and the public sees what the

theme outputs so the theme says okay on

the home page there should be five news

posts then there should be five recipes

and three restaurant reviews and

should use these colors and these

background images and this is how it

should look and function that's the role

of the theme now remember earlier when

we said that the WordPress community was

huge it is and it's also filled with

people who share their work so imagine

if someone who's a developer created a

really useful theme and then half a

million or a million people started

using that theme well at that point you

can start to understand why some people

might say WordPress websites look cookie

cutter because they've seen thousands or

even millions of websites using the

exact same theme but I'm here to remind

you that it's up to each site owner to

choose what their website looks like and

how it functions it's not WordPress is

fault

that certain themes become incredibly

popular and it's actually helpful to

move beyond themes and look at WordPress

as more of a tool WordPress is really

just a tool that stores information in a

database for you that makes that data

easy to manipulate easy to query easy to

present to the public and you can

leverage your own HTML CSS JavaScript

and PHP code to output whatever you want

to output now the beautiful part is that

there's no right or wrong way to put

together a WordPress website if you want

to use a free theme you can if you want

to buy a premium theme you can if you

want to design and craft and code your

own theme from scratch you can uh-huh

there's no right or wrong way and that's

what makes WordPress so unbelievably

amazing is that it's this huge community

of people all using the same platform

but they all use it in their own

different way and they share advice and

resources and tips and tutorials now

this video series is basically just me

sharing the info that I feel is the most

useful now whether you're a beginner or

intermediate or advanced user we're

going to be looking at all of the

different WordPress admin screens and

settings and we're also going to look at

how these different WordPress modules

tie into theme output so whether you

want to use a pre-existing theme or

whether you want to code your own theme

from absolute scratch we're going to

take a look at all of the factors at

play so thank you very much for watching

this in

directory video and I'll see you in

future lessons very soon thanks bye

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