How do I use WordPress?

Somebody asked me recently: “How do I use WordPress?” Well, I had to first ask him what he really meant. Did he mean How do I use WordPress? Or did he mean to ask me a general question. In other words: How do you use WordPress? The answer I gave him stunned him a bit and he chuckled because he thought I was fooling him. I told him this: To your advantage! But when he asked me he actually meant he had no clue how WordPress really worked. So I gave him the few steps that you really have to do to build your WordPress blog.

How do I use WordPress? How do YOU use WordPress!

First of all, let’s clear something up here. You might have seen the abbreviation CMS. Wikipedia says the following: A Content Management System (CMS) is a computer program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content as well as maintenance from a central interface. And there you have it. That is what WordPress is. So when someone asks the question: “How do I use WordPress?” he actually asks how to set up a content management system. WordPress is a CMS.

You will need a host to install WordPress. Personally I can highly recommend Hostgator, but there are quite a few good ones. BlueHost is another one. After you have bought your domain name (I recommend GoDaddy) and you have transferred that domain name to your host, you use a little piece of software (provided by your host) called Fantastico de Luxe to set up your WordPress installation. That is literally pushing a button a couple of times and you have your WordPress installed.

You then need a theme. That is basically your website layout. I recommend the WordPress themes of Elegant Themes, for the simple reason that they look good and they have a lightning fast forum where you ask questions and many times you have your answer within minutes. You can check out their themes when you click here.

How do I use WordPress - A theme from Elegant Themes

A theme from Elegant Themes

And then comes the part where you start writing your blog posts about anything you want. Your passion, your cause or what have you. And if you want some great instructions on the nitty gritty about WP, you can watch the video below, which is a great start. The guy is a little crazy but he takes you through the basic steps.

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