How to get started using WordPress

Author: Denny Brown Last modified on: December 22, 2013 11:44 pm
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Let’s assume that you have installed WordPress, Builder, and a Builder Child theme.

We strongly recommend that the next thing to do is to start adding content to the site. Resist the urge to mess around with the design elements of your site or the navigation details of your site. Create some content first!

See this rant on why it’s a bad idea to do design work before working on your content.

First, you need to log in to the administrative section of your site. This is also known as the “back end” or “dashboard”. The “front end” is what your visitors see. The “back end” is where you make changes to what your visitors see. See How to log in for more info.

Content comes in (at least) three flavors:

  • Pages
  • Posts
  • Widgets

Pages contain static information that isn’t going to change very frequently. When the page was created doesn’t matter much. Pages usually are organized hierarchically and appear in a navigation menu of some kind. See How to create pages for more info.

Posts contain timely information. When a post was created usually does matter. Posts appear on the Blog page in “Most recent first” order. Posts are usually organized in categories (which can also be hierarchical); within a category, you normally see “most recent first” order. See How to create blog posts for more info.

Widgets can be static text (like how to contact you) or dynamically created lists like the most recent posts. Widgets normally appear on all pages, or maybe all pages within a section of the site or within a category. Exactly where a widget appears is configurable and computable.

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