WordPress Guide for Website

1.       How to create a WordPress website?

A.      Here is the complete procedure:

  • §  Open https://wordpress.com in a browser
  • §  For the first time user click on “Get Started” button on the right top corner of the browser
  • §  Choose the category which you want to create à Blog/Website/Online Store/ Portfolio
  • §  We take here the example of creating a website, so click on website
  • §  Choose a theme (Every time u refresh you will see different set of themes)
  • §  But skip the step now, as you feel better to choose once you are done with initial set up
  • §  Select you domain name à A free domain will have an extension of wordpress.com (Eg: https://contentwritermanasakonda.wordpress.com/, but if you are willing to have professional domain URL, you can purchase from the list shown for your search
  • §  Pick a plan/ package. Apart from free package, you will have premium packages which are paid version. Unless, it is for a business purpose, you can choose the free package
  • §  Create your account
  • §  You can create the account with your existing email id and choose a password of your preference
  • §  Click continue
  • §  You will receive a verification email, by clicking on verify you will be directed to the WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click continue
  • §  You can now view your website by clicking “View Site” on the left panel under “My Site” or just type the domain URL in the new browser
  • §  You can have one WordPress with multiple sub-domains
  • §  Always use “/wp-admin” at the end of your domain URL to get redirected to your WordPress Dashboard Eg: https://contentwritermanasakonda.wordpress.com/wp-admin and login with your credentials

2.       How to open WordPress dashboard?

A.      Please follow below steps to open the WordPress Dashboard

  • §  Open https://wordpress.com in a browser
  • §  If you have already created your WordPress account and have verified it, click on “Login” on the top right corner of the browser
  • §  Enter your login credentials to Login
  • §  You will be in your WordPress dashboard

3.       How to change WordPress theme?

A.      Here are steps to change your WordPress theme:

  • §  Go to WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click “Appearance” on the left side of the panel
  • §  Click “Themes” from the list of items
  • §  Choose “Free” on the top, this enables the free version themes unless you want to go for a paid theme
  • §  The famous used WordPress theme especially for a beginner is “Big brother”
  • §  Click “Activate”
  • §  Close the pop-up
  • §  Now click on “View Site” from the left panel of WordPress dashboard under “My site”
  • §  You will now see your theme activated on your website

4.       How to change site icon on WordPress?

A.      It is easy, follow the following steps:

  • §  Go to WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click “Appearance” on the left side of the panel
  • §  Click “Customize” from the list of options
  • §  Click “Site Identity”
  • §  Scroll down the page
  • §  Click “Site Icon”
  • §  Select your image from the desktopàSelect File
  • §  Click Select
  • §  Click “Save & Publish” on the top right of your browser
  • §  Click “ View Website”
  • §  Refresh the page and you will notice the icon change

5.       How to add logo on the header for WordPress?

A.      Follow the below steps:

  • §  Go to WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click “Appearance” from the left panel
  • §  Click “Customize” from the list of options
  • §  Click “Site Identity”
  • §  Click “Add Logo” (After selecting logo, deselect option for Site Title & tagline)
  • §  Click “Set As”
  • §  Click “Save & publish” on the right top corner of the browser
  • §  Click “View Site” under “My Site”
  • §  Refresh the page to see the modifications.

6.       How to create/edit “Home Page” on WordPress?

A.      Follow these simple steps on WordPress dashboard, to amend the Home Page via WordPress

  • §  Go to WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click “Posts” on the left panel
  • §  Check the box before      First Post in the List
  • §  Delete the complete content on the page
  • §  Insert your content as needed
  • §  To insert an imageà Click “Add Media” from the gear menuà Upload file à Select Image à Insert into post (You can amend the alignment, link to & size) àEnter à You can continue writing the desired content on the Home Page
  • §  Click “Update” on the right top of the WordPress dashboard
  • §  Now, you can click “View Site” under “My Site”
  • §  Refresh the page to see the update

Amendments suggested after adding content on the Home Page:

  • §  Remove “Title” under “URL Extended”
  • §  Do amendments to the “Permalink” under “Title Box”
  • §  A canonical extension is suggested like https://contentwritermanasakonda.wordpress.com/about-me/
  • §  URL will be updated and Site Extension will be updated
  • §  Click Update on the right side of the WordPress browser to save the amendments
  • §  Click “View Site” under “My Site”
  • §  You will be able to see the amendments

7.       How to create and edit pages?

  • Follow the below steps to Add New Page on WordPress or Edit the existing Page on WordPress
    §  Go to WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click “Pages” on the left panel of WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click “Add New” button from the list of options
  • §  Enter the “Title “ of the Page
  • §  Enter the content in the body of the page
  • §  Click “Publish” on the right side of the WordPress dashboard
  • §  Now “View Site” under “My Site” and see the changes
  • To “Edit” existing Page:
  • §  Go to WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click “Pages” on the left panel of WordPress dashboard
  • §  Choose the page on the right side
  • §  Click “Edit” option when you mouse-over on the pages
  • §  And now you will be able to amend the page
  • §  Click “Update” on the right panel of the WordPress dashboard
  • §  Now “View Site” under “My Site” and see the changes

8.       How to edit “Contact us” page on WordPress?

  • §  Go to WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click “Pages” on the left panel
  • §  Click on “Contact” Page from the list of available pages
  • §  Click “Edit” under the Contact Page
  • §  Delete the existing code
  • §  Click “Add contact form” button from the gear menu
  • §  Keep the required fields Click “-“ button to remove unwanted fields
  • §  Click “Add a new field” to add a new column à Give the name of the Label eg: Mobile; Field Type: Text;
  • §  Tick the button before “Required” if it is a mandatory field to be filled
  • §  Click “Save this field”
  • §  You can drag and drop the fields as per your required arrangements
  • §  Click “Add this form to my post”
  • §  Click “Update” on the right side of the WordPress dashboard
  • §  Now click “View Site” under “My Site” to see your contact form on your WordPress website
  • ** Don’t forget to amend your permalink for every page” Rename Title as per canonical format

9.       How to activate “New Page” on WordPress?

A.      Follow these steps:

  • §  Go to WordPress dashboard
  • §  Click “Appearance” on the left panel
  • §  Click “Menus” from the options
  • §  Select/tick the new page which you to activate
  • §  Click “Add to the Menu” button
  • §  Tick/enable the box Automatically add new top-level pages to this menu
  • §  Click “Save Menu” bottom on the right side