How to Use WordPress on Existing Website
WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS), which means that it is suitable for use with any existing website. This tutorial will teach you how to use WordPress to update and maintain your site, as well as provide you with plenty of helpful tips along the way.
Install WordPress On Your Site
Installing WordPress is straightforward and can be done in just a few minutes. All you need to do is visit the WordPress website, and click on the Get Started button. You will then be presented with the familiar WordPress installation screen, as shown in the screenshot below:
As you can see, you will be asked to provide a few pieces of information about your site. You must first select a hosting plan (this will determine how much bandwidth and storage space you have), and then enter a domain name (this will be the address that your site will be displayed on). Once you have entered the information, click on the Install Now button to begin the installation process. This will take a few minutes, and during the process you will be presented with a series of confirmation screens.
Once WordPress Is Installed, Import Your Website’s Content
Once you have installed WordPress on your site you can begin importing your existing website’s content into the CMS. To do this, simply click on the Import button on the WordPress dashboard. This will open a file manager, where you can browse to choose the folder containing the articles, images, and other content you would like to include on your site. Once you have chosen the content you want to import, click on the Imported button to confirm the process.
Customize Your WordPress Dashboard
The WordPress dashboard is where you will spend most of your time while using the CMS. When you first log in you will be presented with a screen containing important information about your site (this will depend on how you have configured the WordPress installation, but it will generally contain your site’s name, blog address, installed plugins, and some usage statistics). You can access this same dashboard area from any page on your site by clicking on the Settings tab at the top of the page.
From this dashboard area you can access your site’s privacy options (you need to make sure these are set to be able to use the CMS), as well as configure a variety of settings affecting the appearance and functionality of your site (for example, you can choose to have the site display posts in a certain order, or enable comments on posts). You can also find the site’s RSS feed in the dashboard (this will provide you with easy access to all the new content published on your site). You should regularly review these settings to make sure they are up to date and to maintain your site’s overall appearance and functionality.
Configure WordPress For Mobile Use
If you write and publish content on your site that you want to be able to read on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, you will need to configure WordPress to suit these uses cases. To do this, click on the Settings tab at the top of the dashboard. This will open a new screen, where you can select the mobile version of the site (this will depend on how you have configured the WordPress installation, but it will generally be the case that the mobile version of your site will have a different URL than the main site).
Once you have configured the mobile version of your site, you can test it out by creating a new post and then viewing it on a mobile device. If you see that the content is not displaying correctly, you can click on the Debug button to get instructions on how to fix the issue.
These are the main steps to follow if you already have a site and want to update it with WordPress. Keep in mind that this is an overview only and the steps required to install and use WordPress vary slightly depending on your technical knowledge. If you would like to further explore the functionality and features of WordPress, be sure to visit the WordPress website or consult with a WordPress support professional.