Netolink Internet Marketing » Digital Marketing Blog » WordPress – What is and how to use? Professional Guide

WordPress – What is and how to use? Professional Guide

You’ve probably heard the word “WordPress Website”, “WordPress Blog”, “WordPress self-hosted”, “WordPress.com”, and so on.

As a professional and leading company, we prefer to build our customers site on the WordPress system mainly because it is an open content management system that allows personalization, editing and other options without limitation and as you wish. This is very different when it comes to a closed system.

This guide will deal mainly with the WordPress system, how to use it, what is WordPress dot com and more.

What is a WordPress?

WordPress is a content management system developed in the past for blogging and subsequently expanded and now you can manage and publish professional content and build most professional sites.

Recommended tools for WordPress sites
  • Cloudways - Best WordPress web hosting!
  • Elementor PRO - a WordPress page building plugin (recommended).
  • JetPlugins - an extension plugin for Elementor (recommended).
  • Astra PRO - a WordPress theme among the best.

In a small note, the system is developed in open source PHP based on MySQL database and is distributed freely (Open Source). That is, if you are interested in choosing a hosting company, these are the things that you need to ask for, whether storage supports PHP and whether you can create a MySQL database.

The system allows to create a professional and high-quality website and add templates, plugins, add-ons and other interesting things.

How to use WordPress?

It is important to note that there are 2 versions of WordPress and they are: self-hosted or storage at WordPress.com. When independent storage allows you to get a professional website and with unlimited development.

The following steps are primarily intended for use for WordPress sites self-hosted. If you use WordPress.com storage, the menu will be different and there will be missing details.

Log in to the control panel

First of all, you must log in to the management panel on your site, where you can manage your entire site, add new posts, manage comments, pages and more. In order to do this, you must enter a link that points to your admin panel.

This is how it looks:

When you enter your username and password, you will be taken to the control panel, where you will find all the necessary tools.

This is how the control panel of the website built on the WordPress system looks. Of course, you can change colors and sometimes there will be different plugins. The side menu changes from site to site and depends on a number of factors, but mainly the number of plugins you have on the site.

Usually, when you add extensions to your site, they will create a side menu or top menu for them.

In order to understand what everything says, let’s go through all the menus in order. It’s important to note that we’ll ignore some of the options because they will not show up in your account or other extension names will appear. We will talk about default menus in any WordPress site.

Note that almost all menus are opened – that is, once you stand on them with the mouse, the submenu will open. Also, when you click and enter one of the tabs, all the menus below will appear permanently.

Dashboard

In the Dashboard tab, you can see global things on your site and upgrades.

  • Home – Here you can see all your posts, all comments, recent activity, and other relevant details.
  • Upgrades – here you can see what has to be upgraded on your website.

* It is important to note that before you upgrade, it is very useful to make a copy to the site, or in a professional word, you need to do a “backup”.

Posts

Here you can manage all your site’s publications, categories, and tags.

  • All posts – here you can see all your posts, edit them, delete and more options.
  • New post – here you can add a new post to the site.
  • Categories – Here you can manage all categories of your site,
  • Tags – You can see all your tags.

* We wrote an article about the difference between a tag and a category – are invited to read.

Media

Here you can manage all the media of your website, images, videos, files, documents and more.

  • Library – Here are all your media, you can edit them, change their name or description and more.
  • New file – You can upload a new file directly from the map (or through the post).

Pages

Here you can manage pages of your site. Pages are essentially different from posts and their purpose is to create regular pages of the site.

  • All pages – here you can see all your pages, edit them, delete and more options.
  • New Page – Here you can add a new page to the site.

Comments

Here you can see all the comments of the users on your site, the comments appear mainly in posts. In addition, comments can be edited before posting or after posting, commenting on users, and other interesting options for audience management.

Appearance

Here you can see all the templates, menus and edit your site in terms of code.

  • Themes – Here are the templates for your site.
  • Customize – Here you can design the template as much as it allows to do so.
  • Widgets – all the widgets of your site, adding them to a sidebar and more.
  • Menus – Here you can manage the menus of your site, their location and adding links to the menu.
  • Edit – here you can edit the template. It is recommended not to touch anyone who is not knowledgeable.

Plugins (Extensions)

In this section, you can add extensions to your site, manage them, see if there are updates, and more.

  • Installed plugins – All plugins you have installed on your site, even if they have not been enabled. You can also delete them from a map.
  • New plugin – the option to add a new extension to your site.
  • Editor – Edit the plugin in the form of code. It is recommended not to touch anyone who is not knowledgeable.

Users

In this section, you can manage all the users of your site. This is convenient when you run a community through the site and the users are listed on your site. You can also divide new roles, add users and remove them.

  • All Users – Here are all users of your site.
  • New user – Here you can add a new user to the site and assign it a role.
  • Profile – Here you can manage all the information about your user, add a picture, description, links, etc.

Tools

Here you can see various WordPress tools.

  • Available Tools – all kinds of tools that can be used.
  • Import – You can import posts to your WordPress site from other blogs like Blogger, RSS, WordPress and more.
  • Export – here you can export your site for backup or transfer the site to another WordPress site.

Settings

This is one of the most important parts of your site, here you can define all the options on the site. From your site name, link structure, comment settings, and more.

  • General – Here you must define all the general settings of the site: site name, web address, description, language, time zone and more.
  • Writing – Site writing settings, default categories, and default content.
  • Reading – Homepage visibility settings, how many posts will be displayed, and more.
  • Discussion – Managing the entire section of the site discussion, comments and more.
  • Media – Manage the sizes of images on the site.
  • Permalinks (Link Structure) – Here you can edit and update the link of the site, whether the post will appear in the link, whether the date and more.

Conclusion

That’s it on what is a WordPress site and how to use WordPress. As we have said, WordPress is an open source system that is free and therefore you can create a blog easily and without the need for an external body. As you saw in this article, its use is quite simple and it is very convenient.

On the other hand, if you want to build a website for your business, it is not serious that it looks like a blog, in which case it is necessary to contact a professional website builder like Netolink. We will answer all your questions, we will be able to characterize your site professionally and build it at a quality level.