You've decided to start blogging, and you want to use WordPress. This article provides what you need to get up and running.
The first step is to get WordPress installed. If you haven't ordered a hosting account yet, this is very easy. When you order your hosting package with A2 Hosting, simply select WordPress - A2 Optimized in the list of auto-installation options. After your account is set up, WordPress will be ready and waiting for you.
If you have already ordered a hosting account with A2 Hosting, there are two ways to install WordPress:
After WordPress is installed on your account, it's time to start making your site your own.
This step is optional. You may already have existing content that you want to import into WordPress, such as raw text or posts from another blogging application. Unfortunately, because there are a huge number of blogging applications, each with its own storage format, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to importing existing content into WordPress.
Luckily, the official WordPress documentation site provides a comprehensive list of applications and how to import their content into WordPress. For more information, please visit https://codex.wordpress.org/Importing_Content.
Before you starting creating and posting content, you should do some site customization. WordPress makes this easy with its support for a large number of themes and plugins.
A theme provides a site's look-and-feel, including fonts, colors, page layouts, and more. There are thousands of themes available for WordPress, both free and paid. To see the wide variety of themes that are available, please visit https://wordpress.org/themes.
After you choose a theme, all you need to do is install it, and your site instantly has a completely new visual appearance. For information about how to install themes in WordPress, please see this article.
Plugins extend and enhance WordPress functionality. As with themes, there are thousands of plugins available, both free and paid. There are plugins to help improve security, generate site statistics, optimize image files, and much more. To see the types of plugins that are available, please visit https://wordpress.org/plugins.
You've installed WordPress, and done some basic site customization. Now it's time to get down to the business of actually creating and sharing content!
WordPress separates content into posts and pages:
Typically, you'll initially create a few static pages when first setting up your site, and then leave them untouched. On the other hand, you'll be adding and editing new posts frequently.
Let's create a new post for your site. To do this, follow these steps:
Under Add New Post, in the first text box, type a title for the post, such as Hi mom:
In the large text box, type the content for the post:
The Publish section displays the status of the post:
To save the content as a draft and work on it later, click. To preview what the new post looks like, click . Because this is a very simple example, go ahead and click . The post appears on the home page immediately.
Now that you know how to create and publish a post, let's create a new static page. To do this, follow these steps:
Under Add New Page, in the first text box, type a title for the page, such as About me:
In the large text box, type the content for the page, such as “I am a thirty-something tightrope walker who likes to read Nabokov by moonlight”:
The Publish section displays what you need to know about the status of this page:
To save the content as a draft and work on it later, click About me page appears automatically on your site's home page.. To preview what the new page looks like, click . Because this is a very simple example, go ahead and click . On most themes, a link to the
Some themes may require some additional configuration to get the About me page link to appear. For example, if you are using the default Twenty Fifteen theme, follow these steps to make page links appear on the home page:
After you post content, you probably want readers to be able to add comments and discuss what you have written. WordPress makes it easy to approve, edit, reply, and do other tasks with reader comments.
For information about how to manage comments for WordPress, please see this article.