Updating a Website Using WordPress
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) used around the world for building websites. It is a free and open-source software that can be easily accessed by anyone with internet access. Being open-source means that anyone can study the code and learn how to modify it to meet their needs. This makes WordPress a useful choice for anyone who wants to update their website frequently. Let’s take a quick look at how you can use WordPress to update your website, step-by-step.
Step One: Install WordPress
WordPress is available for almost all modern web hosting services, so all you need to do is login to your hosting service and install the WordPress software. You can do this using your web browser’s install feature or by following the instructions provided by your web hosting service.
Once you have WordPress installed on your web server, you can use the Dashboard to launch the CMS. You will see something similar to the screenshot below:
Here we have a sample WordPress dashboard with a few pre-installed themes and plugins. You can use these to get started with WordPress, or you can choose from one of the many free themes or plugins available on WordPress.org. Remember: the more themes and plugins you have, the more options you have for styling your site.
Step Two: Launch The WordPress Admin Area (Dashboard)
The admin area is where you can modify all of the settings for your WordPress site. This includes such things as the theme, plugins, and more. Once you have logged in to your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings > General and change the “Web Site Title” to something more suitable.
The settings for WordPress can be modified from the dashboard itself, as shown in the screengrab below. Here we can adjust the general settings for the website, as well as the theme, plugins, and more. There are several options to choose from, depending on the features you want to use.
As you can see above, we have several options that we can choose from when it comes to general settings. These include things like the site’s name, whether you want to allow anonymous posts, posts in the future, or posts from specific blogs. There is also a setting to toggle comments on and off as well as the ability to choose what kind of theme you want to use (static or blank).
Step Three: Customize Your Site’s Appearance
Once you have launched the WordPress admin area (Dashboard), you can begin modifying the look and feel of your site. For example, we could change the theme here by going to Appearance > Themes, as shown below. If you have more than one website hosted on your web host, you can switch between the different themes using a widget located at the foot of your site’s front page.
We can also disable certain themes and plugins to make sure that our website is secure. For example, if we disable the TwentyThree theme here, that will disable all the functions of that theme, including the famous slide-in menu. You should never use a theme or plugin that you don’t need.
Step Four: Add Content To Your Site
Now that we have our WordPress dashboard ready to go, let’s add some content to it. To do this, we can either use WordPress’s built-in editor or choose from one of the many content creation plugins available for WordPress. The advantage to using a WordPress content creation plugin is that you can add a post or page with a few clicks of the mouse.
If you have a blog, you can use WordPress’s built-in publishing tools to add content to it. You don’t need to install any plugin to do this. Just go to Writing > Publishing and click on New to start a new post. You will see something similar to the screenshot below:
Here we have a simple “Hello World” post created with WordPress’s built-in Editor. You don’t need to know any HTML to use this tool, which makes it very simple to use. Just type your content and hit Publish to make it available for the world to see.
Step Five: Promote Your Site
WordPress is a popular choice for updating websites, but that doesn’t mean it is the right choice for everyone. If you want to update your website frequently and don’t want to use WordPress, there are other options available to you. However, if you want to use WordPress and are looking for ways to promote your site, you can use the free WordPress.org Stats app to track the amount of traffic the site is getting. This app is very easy to use, so anyone can get started with it and start tracking their site’s stats in no time. Just go to Statistics and click on Get Started to begin tracking your site’s stats.
WordPress’s built-in analytics tool can also be used to track the amount of traffic your site is getting. Just go to Analytics > Dashboard to launch the tool. The great thing about this tool is that it is completely free and open-source, which means that anyone can study its code and learn how to modify it to meet their needs. This makes it a useful choice for anyone who wants to track their site’s traffic, no matter what CMS they are using.
Step Six: Make Sure All Technical Settings Are Correct
At the end of the day, no matter what CMS you use, there is always a way to make sure that all the technical settings are correct. This means that your web host, DNS (Domain Name Servers), and more can be adjusted to ensure that your website functions the way you want it to. Once you are happy with how your site looks and functions, make sure to save all the changes. You can also use this step to test out new themes and plugins before you make any major changes to the site. This way, you can be certain that everything will work as expected.
Step Seven: Maintain Your Site
Finally, we come to the most important step: maintaining your site. This includes things like keeping backups of your site’s content, fixing any broken links, and monitoring your site’s security.
If you use WordPress as your CMS, it is very easy to maintain. Just remember to update your theme and plugins regularly (at least once a year). This will make sure that your site is always up to date and that it looks as good as new.
WordPress is a popular choice for websites because it is easy to use and always available for download. With that said, it is not the right choice for everyone. If you want to update your website frequently and don’t want to use WordPress, there are other options available to you. However, if you want to use WordPress and are looking for ways to promote your site, you can use the free WordPress.org Stats app to track the amount of traffic your site is getting. Alternatively, you can use WordPress’s built-in analytics tool to track the amount of traffic your site is getting. Just remember to maintain your site regularly (at least once a year) to keep it looking as good as new.