Welcome to the WordPress Video Training Series! This course will teach you the absolute basics from explaining what WordPress is (it isn’t just a blogging platform!) to showing you how to create your first content on your website.
This series also covers advanced steps such as creating new user accounts, proper configuration techniques, and so much more.
As for navigation, I’ve made several attempts to make your viewing experience as seamless as possible. Your choice of navigation include:
- Use the links above the HD video to either go forward or backwards through the lessons.
- Go to the main WordPress Video Training section and select your video there.
- Use the menu at the top of the screen under “Training” and get to the video training section there.
So what is WordPress?
WordPress is one of the most popular and free content management systems available. Just how popular? Currently, if you check the WordPress stats page, over 62,100,000 websites are using WordPress at the time of this writing and the number continues to grow astronomically. What is most important to realize though, for those willing to purchase web hosting and host their own WordPress.org WordPress installation, you can do much more than just operate a blog on your site.
WordPress is a fully functional CMS, or content management system, that allows you to manage all of your content, including blog posts, special pages, front page content, and whatever else you think you need on your website under one roof. Whatever your niche is, chances are, you’ll be able to get your first website up, operational, and looking the way you want much quicker if you start with a free WordPress.org installation.
Why Use WordPress?
WordPress is Open Source Software
- WordPress is completely free for commercial or private use.
- Hundreds of volunteers contribute to the WordPress core.
- WordPress is constantly being evolved and improved. So many new features are being added to the system on an almost monthly basis.
If there’s ever a security problem with the core, WordPress is updated very quickly. All you’d need to do is click a few buttons and the software updates to the latest version. There’s no need to manually update the files via FTP or pay your hosting provider to update the system for you. It really is a matter of a couple clicks and the software updates.
WordPress is User Friendly
Do you worry about hiring a full-time webmaster that will update your content as you need? If you start with WordPress, you’ll be able to update, remove, and add to your content easily. As a full content management system, you’ll have instant access to your site’s layout, content, and more with the ability to update as needed.
- There is no need for a pricey webmaster.
- Easily manage and update your own content.
- Need need to learn XHTML, HTML, PHP, or MySQL.
Even if you want to make customizations to your website, you’ll likely find code snippets and resources that will walk you through the process of making the changes with a simple Google search. The support for WordPress is absolutely massive and comprehensive.
Know Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, Open Office Writer, Corel WordPerfect, or some other word processing software? If you do, you already have the skills to use WordPress! It really is that simple to update your content with colors, bold, italics, links, and more.
WordPress is Flexible and Extensible
You’ll have access to thousands of WordPress themes. These themes allow you top change the look, layout, and structure of your website by simply uploading a theme zip file, via WordPress, and then activating it on your site. Later on in this training series, we walk you through that simple process.
Need added functionality? That’s where WordPress plugins come in to play. If you need it, there’s likely a plugin that will expand the basic functions of WordPress into an absolute powerhouse. Whether you need a poll, contact form, embedded social networking integration, image gallery, spam protection, or anything else, there’s a plugin for that.
One of the reasons I chose WordPress as my content management system was the support, community assistance, and tutorials available throughout the web. Although there are other free CMS platforms available, WordPress has the largest fanbase, largest support network, and is the easiest to find solutions for.
Sources you can use for WordPress assistance include but not limited to:
WordPress is SEO Friendly
WordPress is fully W3C standards compliant, has built in RSS and Ping-O-Matic support, and builds clean, search-engine friendly HTML code on your site. There are also plugins available that will help you enhance the SEO capabilities if you need including one of the most popular plugins called WordPress SEO by Yoast.
Full Control Of Your Content
There are blogging solutions available like Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, and Tumblr available, but they all have limitations, including WordPress.com which we get into in the next training video in this WordPress Training Series. However, all of these systems have limitations with what you can do with your content.
It is best to not limit yourself with a proprietary solution that locks you down to their rules and regulations. Instead, start with WordPress.org and have full control including monetizing methods that will help turn your website into a wonderful business with a monthly revenue stream.
Already on a proprietary system? You should be able to find a way to export that data and import that data into your WordPress installation. WordPress includes several data import functions and plugins if you need them. The best thing about WordPress is you’ll have easy access to your content should you decide to change systems later with full built-in support to export and import as needed. Bottom line, you are in full control of your content.
Continue Learning WordPress
In the next lesson of this series, you will learn the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
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