How to Use WordPress: Features and Functionalities (Infographic)

WordPress is the most powerful Content Management System (CMS) in the world. In fact, the popular platform is used not only to create blogs but also widely used to create a website. Over 100,000 new WordPress sites are created each day making it the most popular CMS platform ever made.

Out of all the popular content management systems available Wordpress overwhelmingly owns a majority of the market share. Take a look at these astonishing numbers that our researchers uncovered.

Popular Content Management Systems – Market Share:

    • WordPress ( 58%)
    • Joomla ( 10.2%)
    • Drupal (6.2%)
    • Blogger (3.5%)
    • Other (221.%)

These statistics (first reported by W3Techs) show that overwhelmingly WordPress is the website design platform of choice for millions across the web. Personally, I believe WordPress’s dominance can be closely correlated with how easy it is to use and how nice of sites can be produced. BestWebHostingGeek.com, is just one of many sites we own that are completely built using WordPress. In a previous article we showed readers how to easily install WordPress using Bluehost, to follow up we decided to release an infographic that explains the different features and functionalities of WordPress. Take a look.

How to Use Wordress (Infographic):

How to Use WordPress

How to Use WordPress – Features & Functionalities:

Our talented graphic design team put together this awesome infographic that gives an organized and clear visual breakdown of the features and functions of WordPress. The graphic can serve as a valuable resource to anyone new to WordPress.

Typically once you install WordPress on your hosting account you can log into your account/admin panel by visiting: “www.YourSiteName.com/wp-admin”. Once you login as an administrator you will see a variety of tabs on the left sidebar. These tabs give you complete control over your entire website or blog. I will discuss each tab in detail below so you can understand each function’s role.

  • Posts: The “Posts” tab is broken down into three sections: Add New, Categories, and Tags.[br][br]The “Add New” button allows you to create and publish new dynamic content to your website or blog. Often owners use “posts” to publish articles, rich content, news, promotions, etc.[br][br] The “Categories” button allows you to organize and structure your posts by their type. For example, if you have a website about cars you may wish to organize posts into categories by car brands. [br][br]The “Tags” section allows you to assign certain keywords to posts. The keywords should accurately describe the content within the post and is used to help readers search for content about a certain keyword.[br][br]
  • Media: The media tab allows you to view and edit media documents that can be embedded into your posts and/or pages. Currently there are four categories of accepted media including: Images, Documents, Audio, and Video.[br][br]
  • Links: The links area gives you complete control over the links that you wish to link to from your website. You can organize links into categories and add them into your site’s sidebar using widgets.[br][br]
  • Pages: Pages are very similar to posts in functionality; however, pages are used more for static pages. It is common for pages like the Homepage, About Us, Contact Us, etc. to be build as pages because the content is more static and rarely will be changed.[br][br]
  • Comments: From this category you can approve, edit, approve, disapprove and administer comments left on your blog by your visitors. Often times many of your comments will be left from spam-bots so be sure to review each comment before approving. You may also consider downloading a free comments filtering pluggin from the pluggin section.[br][br]
  • Appearance: The appearance section is perhaps one of the more important sections within WordPress and what sets it apart from other content management systems. With WordPress you can easily control the look and functionality of your site by utilizing themes and widgets. I will outline the different sub-categories within the appearance section below.[br][br]Themes: In my opinion one of the coolest features of WordPress is the ability to easily change the look and feel of your site INSTANTLY without having to change any of your content. Simply search for and install the WordPress theme of your choice.[br][br]Widgets: Widgets allow you to drag and drop a variety of cool features and functionalities into your website’s sidebar.[br][br]Menu: This section allows you to easily control the link navigational structure of your website.[br][br]Background: Want to change the background of your website? Simply upload your desired background image here.[br][br]Editor: Manually edit and update the PHP code for your website. This will give you 100% control over your website/blog’s appearance; however, I only recommend adjusting code if you consider yourself an advanced user of WordPress.[br][br]
  • Pluggins: There are literally thousands of WordPress pluggins available to you for free. From the Pluggins tab you can search for and install pluggins into your website. Pluggins are awesome because they allow you to incorporate advanced features and functionality into your website without having to manually code them.[br][br]
  • Users: The users section will display a complete list of all of your site’s registered members. You can add, edit, or delete members and assign certain permissions to each user. For example, you can make a specific user an administer, subscriber, guest blogger, etc.[br][br]
  • Tools: This tab includes a variety of tools that you can use for your website. Sometimes when you download a pluggin the settings for the pluggin can be control within the “tools” area or within the “settings” area.[br][br]
  • Settings: This is another VERY important tab and you should take the time to manually click on every button within this section and review each setting. You can manually control all of your website’s settings including but not limited to: Page Title, Description, Permissions, Permalink Structure, and much more. Often when you download a WordPress pluggin you will need to control its settings from this area.

How to Create a Post or Page on WordPress:

In order to get content on your blog or website it is important to add quality content over time. If you look at the bottom of the infographic (above) you will see a demonstration of the add post/page section and an outline of its features.

The first (top) box is where you will enter the title/name for your page or post. The name should directly and accurately describe the content in which the post with cover.

The second (large) box directly below the title box is where you will enter your website’s content. There are a variety of tools and buttons that you can use to control the look and feel of your content. The functionality is actually very similar to most word processors; therefore, very easy to use.

On the right sidebar you have the ability to select/add categories for the specific post. Again, these categories are important because they allow you to organize your website’s content.

Directly below the categories section you will find the “Tags” section. In this area you will type words and phases that describe the content on your page or post. These words will help users locate articles about a specific topic later on.

Finally, on the top of the right sidebar you will see a button that says, “Publish”. After you finish typing your page or post content simply hit this publish button and it will automatically add the content to your website for users to read.

Summary:

WordPress is the most powerful and most used content management system in the world. The layout of the admin area makes it extremely easy to customize your site’s look and content. We hope this article and infographic will serve as a great reference to you while you are learning how to use WordPress.

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How to Start a Blog: Step-by-Step Guide (Video)

Our team of researchers recently put together a nice graphic and some interesting data explaining why everyone should have a blog! The main points of the article were simple and clearly explains why every individual, business, and organization should have a blog and should be actively and regularly adding new content to it.

Despite some common misconceptions, starting a blog is actually extremely easy (you can have it set up in as little as 5 minutes). And it only takes about $3.95/month to start a blog that includes a personal domain name. It is easy, affordable, and most importantly it is actually quite fun to blog. We wanted to write a detailed step-by-step guide that walks you through the easy process of starting a blog… Following these simple instructions and you can have a blog up and running in a matter of minutes.

(Video) How to Start a Blog! – Guide for Beginners

Get Started Blogging – Follow These Simple Steps:

    • Step 1:  First we need to find a web hosting provider for our blog. There are several options on the web; however, not all are quality hosts and many hosts over-charge for their services. On the homepage of BestWebHostingGeek.com you will see 5 hosts on the sidebar. Our team of researchers consider these to be (in our opinion) the best web hosting providers available.
    • Step 2:  Although the hosting choice is really up to you we highly recommend using Bluehost! We personally use this host for our blog, they are reliable, very affordable, and make it EXTREMELY easy to start a wordpress blog using their 1-click install. We have partnered with this great hosting provider and are able to offer you an exclusive discount on their hosting. To enable this $3.95/month promo rate simple click on our exclusive Bluehost partner link. (partner link)
    • Step 3:  For the sake of making things easy we are going to walk you step-by-step through setting up a blog on Bluehost. After clicking on the Bluehost partner link above you will be taken to their website. Click on the big “Sign Up Now” button.
    • Step 4:  Under “I Need a Domain Name” play around, get creative, and choose a personal domain name for your site/blog. This name can be anything from your name or business name (ex. JonathanBurdon.com) or you can get creative and name it anything else that has not been taken. Continue by hitting the “Next” button.
    • Step 5:  Fill out all the required account and billing information. Bluehost.com is one of the largest and most reputable companies on the internet and secures your private information so you can rest assured your confidential information is safe and protected. Hit the “Next” button to continue.

      Tip: During this registration process you may see several boxes where they offer account upgrade options such as a ProPackage, Site-lock, Site Backup Pro, Search Engine Jumpstart, or Domain Whois Privacy. All of these things are optional and to save you money I would recommend you DO NOT purchase these upgrades. The basic $3.95/month hosting is VERY powerful and will work perfectly for your blog…  #SavingsTip

    • Step 6:  After completing this easy registration process Bluehost will e-mail your account details to the e-mail address that you used while registering. Please remember/write down your username and password. We will use this information to finish setting up your blog.
    • Step 7:  After receiving your account information, visit Bluehost.com and click on the “Control Panel Login” button in the upper right hand corner. You will now be able to enter your account username & password. Hit “Login” to continue.
    • Step 8:   Congrats you are now logged into your account and are very close to completing your blog install. At the top next to the home button you will see a button that says, “Hosting“, please click that button. Your control panel will now be displayed and you simply need to click on the button that says, “WordPress” to begin the install. You should hit the green “Start” a brand new install button.
    • Step 9:  During this simple install process you will be asked a series of basic questions, the default selections should suffice for setting up the blog. I would suggest clicking the “Show Advanced Options” button to change the blog title, username, and password.
    • Step 10:  The final step to installing WordPress on the server is to click on the green “Install Now” button. Be sure that you have checked the box next to, “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2”.
    • Step 11:  Bluehost makes setting up your blog VERY easy. They automate all of the installation process, database installs, etc. You do not have to do any of this technical work, simply wait as Bluehost automatically installs WordPress. Wait until you see confirmation on the screen that the installation was complete. The screen will display your website URL, Login URL, Username, and Password. It is important that you write down or print this information so you can remember.

      Tip: You can now share your blog /website URL with others at any point.  It may be viewed at:  www.YourWebsite.com.

    • Step 12:  Congratulations… Within just a couple of minutes you now have successfully installed the WordPress blogging platform onto your server. Now you may automatically beginning working on your blog, adding new posts, etc. To begin working on the blog you simply need to access your admin panel. To do this [in your browser] visit your login URL  (ex.  www.YourWebsite.com/wp-admin). Type in your username and password to login.
    • Step 13:  Now that your blog is setup all you need to do is add new posts to your blog. From your admin panel simply click “Posts” and then “Add New” for each new post. Simply add a title to your post in the top box, add the content for you post in the larger box and when finished hit the blue “Publish” button.  As simple and as quick as that you have now began blogging.


      Tip:
      WordPress is a very user-friendly backend that makes blogging easy. Over time you can begin playing around with all of the amazing features of WordPress and can customize your blog. You may easy install WordPress themes & plugins to really add some spice to your blog. WordPress has developed their admin panel in a way that allows beginners to play around/adjust settings without risking messing up anything. So don’t be afraid to jump in and try new things!

Summary:

Our video tutorial and step-by-step guide covers in very specific details how to start a blog. The entire process is very easy and can be completed in as few as 5-minutes. If you are an individual, business, or organization and do not currently have a blog, I would strongly recommend you do so today. I promise you will not regret the decision!

Again, you have the freedom to choose any web hosting provider for your blog; however, our step-by-step guides are centered around our favorite host:  Bluehost (partner link)! Clicking on our exclusive partner link will enable an exclusive promo rate that will save you quite a bit of $ with this amazing host! If at any point after registering at Bluehost you would like additional help with your blog, simply call their amazing customer support at:  1.888.401.4678. They will be fast and eager to help you throughout this process.

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WordPress More Than Just a Blogging Tool

Every internet user is familiar with the word “WordPress” and why not, it has become the most widely used publishing platform because of is functionality. People often customized it to use as a content management system (CMS) but if offers more than that. More than 22% of the internet users used WordPress for just blogging purpose but it is more than that. Why WordPress? WordPress offer wide range of features that can be used to create an effective and useful websites. The best thing about WordPress  is that you can customize it according to your requirements as it is powered by PHP and MySQL so if you have knowledge about them you can create anything using WordPress. WordPress Themes: WordPress provide millions of built-in themes that can be used to create a website; one can easily install WordPress themes using control panel, dashboard or FTP depending on what type of server you are using. Beside this people can create their own themes, if you have strong knowledge about PHP and MySQL than you can easily create your desired theme. WordPress Plug-ins: One of the most attractive features of WordPress is Plug-ins; currently there are more than 16,000 WordPress plug-ins available over the internet designed for different purpose such as SEO, Social media tools and more. WordPress plug-ins has provided great deal of relaxation to the web masters as they can easily enhance their website functionality by adding the respective plug-in. With Just a click one can easily install WordPress plug-ins. WordPress Widgets: WordPress Widgets are built-in plug-ins which is used to add more functionality in the website, all you have to do is to activate them from your control panel. It provides interactivity features categories, tags, posts and more. One can customize its widgets panel depending on the theme such as some people place widgets on sidebar, some in header and so on. If you want of customize your widget appearance it can be done by accessing function.php file in the CSS. WordPress Hosting: Because of its features richness and user-friendly nature people are adopting it to create professional websites. Every single website over the internet needs web hosting so is the WordPress based website, any ordinary WordPress website can be hosted at any server but if you are using customized Worpdress application then you need a reliable WordPress hosting. A reliable web hosting company provide well configured WordPress hosting server so that you can easily install additional applications and plug-ins.