How to Get Started with WordPress in the New Year

Posted OnJan 1, 2014     CategoryQuestion & Answer     CommentsNo comment

So you’ve heard about WordPress and want to get involved, and we all know there’s no better time than the new year. Here’s the start of our guide to get you started with WordPress, whether it’s just setting up your first site, or building your first theme, we’ve got you covered.

It’s the new year, and you’ve decided that it’s time for a change, time to try new things, perhaps even follow up on some old intentions.

Your resolution may be something as simple as going to the gym, to read more books, or even to just start your own website be it business or pleasure. Or a step above that, and to regularly publish your thoughts and other musings online. Or maybe many more steps complex than that, you want to learn how to create a custom design — all of your own — for your newly minted site.

If your aspirations lie in this direction then you’ve come to the right place. This guide has been put together by someone who has been in that place and followed through to see the other side. I’ll be detailing the necessary steps to take in an order that makes sense, to get you on the way through this journey.

Be Realistic

It’s important to be realistic, especially if this is your first time creating your own website, and know that it won’t happen overnight — this is essentially a new skill you’re learning, and like any new skill it takes time, practice, and a little commitment.

We’re Using WordPress

WordPress is a free Content Management System, it’s the most popular in the world and runs, at the time of writing, 22% of the Internet. Due to this it has an enormous community, and you can find an answer to almost any question in a mere Google search. Not to mention it’s wildly easy to find a new Theme, which defines your site’s appearance, for your site, or customize the default layout with built in, easy to use, functionality.

WordPress is very easy to use, even if you’re not that computer literate, and its aforementioned popularity means support is always close at hand, and you can get a website up and running in under 10 minutes.

What are we going to cover?

In a word, everything. More specifically, we’ll break this into two tracks, writing and development, as we understand people want to enter at different points. Loosely speaking we’ll be covering the following.

Writing Development
Create a WordPress Site Hosting your own WordPress site/domains
WordPress Dashboard HTML & CSS
Theme Management PHP
Posts & Pages WordPress Concepts
Categories and Tags Filters & Hooks
Widgets The Loop
Writing Template Hierarchy

How long will this take?

The answer to this is the answer to most questions — it depends. Naturally, if you commit more time, you will learn faster, you could blast through all of this in a few weeks, or it might take a few months, even up to a year, it’s really a matter of how much time you put in.

It’s recommended that you practice regularly, rather than one big chunk of time, once per week, as it will be more conducive to remembering what you do.

Without Further Ado

It’s time to jump in, make a start with the writing guide, or dive straight in to the development guide!

                  Developer Track                  Basics and Publishing Track

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