WordPress is one among the best Content Management System(CMS) which could be easily customized according to our needs. In this article, I am going to tell you the best ways to learn using WordPress which includes its local installation ,steps of using WordPress.com, video tutorial courses , plugins and list of some important plugins. If you are a newbie in blogging then this article will be useful to give a kick start to your blogging carrier using WordPress.
If you are a newbie in blogging then read: Basic WordPress blog settings
How to Install WordPress locally:
There are few steps that needs to be followed to install your WordPress site on a local host.
Step #1. The very first step starts with the installation of WordPress on your local computer. We will be using Xampp which is an open source software that allows computer to serve as a local server. You can download Xampp using a link – sourceforge.net/projects/xampp . There are many versions available like Xampp for Windows,Linux,Mac etc. but we will be using Xampp for Windows as it is one of the mostly used operating system.
Once Xampp gets downloaded , the next step is to install it on your computer . Now, you can use your computer to serve you as a local host for your WordPress site.
Step#2. After complete installation of Xampp, click on its icon and run all its features like Mysql and Apache. Now, go to Mysql > admin > create database .
Step#3. The next step is do download WordPress from www.wordpress.com . You have to follow below given steps after unzipping the WordPress file : Go to wp-config-sample > set database name , username and password
Now , save the file name as WP-config instead of WP-config-sample
Step#4. Now , type http://localhost/mysite/wp-admin/install.php in your browser and fill the details required.
Once , you are done with all the steps given above. You have successfully installed WordPress locally on your computer.
This is how we can install WordPress locally on our computer using Xampp.
How To Use WordPress.com for blog:
If you are newbie in blogging then I am going to tell you that “How to make a blog using WordPress.com”.
Go to www.WordPress.com: Click on ‘Get Started’ as shown below in the image below.
2. Fill Required Details: Now, you need to fill all the required details like email address, username , password etc. as shown below.Then click on ‘Create Blog’.
Step#3. Email Confirmation: You need to confirm the link send by WordPress.com and this link will leads to open the Dashboard of your WordPress blog. In Dashboard , you can do all the editing like adding posts, themes,plugins etc.
Step#4. Adding Posts and Pages: You can add articles to your blog using posts and pages. A Blog or a Website is a collection of web pages where one could find useful information so post can be called as an article where you can add text, pictures , videos or any other use. Pages helps in categorizing your content and you can land to these pages and post as:
Post/Pages > Add new > Write Post/Page title > Write Content > Publish
Step#5. Setting up Theme: You can upload a theme according to your choice and requirement. You can land to theme sample by following below link:
Appearance > Themes > Install themes > Activate
Step#6.Comments: You can manage all your comments which means that you can approve all valuable comments and delete all spam comments of your site from here.
How to learn using WordPress with Video Tutorial Courses:
There are many useful websites which are providing WordPress Video tutorial videos from basic to advanced level . Here , i will give you some important links of some websites which are known for providing best WordPress videos.
Wp-videotuturial.com:- This websites consists of all videos which are going to help in setting up your blog and monetizing it . All you need to do is to register by giving your username, password etc. You will be asked for trial and premium courses. Now , you can login with your account and you can have access to all free WordPress videos and when you are done with these free videos , you can upgrade to premium videos.
Lynda.com:- This is an another website which consists of some good videos on all WordPress topics. There are plenty of videos on other softwares as well and you can search desired videos of WordPress tutorial by typing in the search bar . It is important to implement all the learning’s gained from the video tutorials otherwise it will be of no use. Here is a snapshot of few sample videos that you can learn from this website.
Some Important Plugins for your WordPress blog:
Plugins adds good functionality to your WordPress blog so it is important to choose the right plugins for your WordPress blog . Here , i am explaining few plugins which are must for a WordPress blog.
1. WordPress SEO by Yoast: The most important and useful seo plugin for a blog is “WordPress SEO by yoast“. This plugin is really helpful for newbie because this plugin evaluate everything about your post like focus keyword, keyword density, word length, inbound link and outbound link etc.
2. Captcha: Now, this is also a good and useful plugin for your blog . Captcha helps in safeguarding your blog from hackers. And if you want to know more about hacking or how to prevent our blog from hacking so you must see this article - “How to prevent our blog from hacking“.
3. Akismet: This plugin helps in preventing our blog from spam comments. If you want to use this plugin so just go to:
Plugin > Add new > search ( Akismet ) > install > Activate Plugin .
After that you should be having the key to activate this plugin .
Now, i am giving some steps of getting akismet key.
step #1. First ,You have to click on ” Get an Akismet API key”. Then, you will see this kind of picture shown below. It is shown “Good bye to comment spamming”
Step#2. If you are having a WordPress account , login with your I.D but if you do not have it yet so don’t worry you can sign up from there.
Step#3. After getting login to your account you will see 3 options. I know you are thinking that this key is paid or not ? Don’t worry you just need to follow these steps . Now you have to choose 3rd option and signup. See in below screen shot.
Step#4. Now, see in Yellow circle, you will find an arrow. Just drag this button from right to left then you will see the cost getting set to zero. Now ,fill your name and click on continue and you are done with it.
If you are looking for more plugins then here is a link: Top Essential WordPress Plugins
These are some best ways to learn using WordPress. I hope you are cleared with all the topics discussed and if you are facing any problem then ask me via comments.