There are a lot of subjective and objective tests you can apply to make sure you choose the right theme for your site — read more about them here
A WordPress plugin adds functionality to your site. This could be functionality for your visitors (such as a contact form
), functionality to help you to administer your site (such as easy backups
), or just behind-the-scenes changes that offer improvements (such as making your site load faster
). Learn more about plugins here
Once you install WordPress, you can log in to your site by appending '/login' to the end of your domain name. For example, 'winningwp.com/login'. You'll then need to enter your username and password, which you created when you installed WordPress. This video shows the process in detail
To update the core WordPress software, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins, you can go to Dashboard → Updates
in your WordPress dashboard. You can also update plugins and themes from the Plugins
and Appearance → Themes
areas in your dashboard. Learn more about updating WordPress (and why it's important)
The WordPress.org theme
directories are the best places to find free themes
. The WordPress.org team monitor the quality and require developers to pass certain checks to list their theme or plugin at WordPress.org.
There's nothing wrong with free plugins and themes, but premium ones often have better features/designs, premium support, and better documentation/user guides.
Posts are chronological — that is, they have an actual publish date and are listed from newest to oldest. They're what you use for blog posts.
Pages, on the other hand, are more for static content, and don't have any public publish date. Use them for 'about' sections, 'contact' pages, and the like.
This video has more information on the differences between the two.
Categories and tags are two ways to organize your posts. Each post must have at least one category, while tags are optional. Additionally, categories are usually a bit broader, while tags are more specific. This video explains the differences in more detail
You can add all types of media content by clicking the Add Media
button while creating a post or page. Here are more detailed guides for adding images
A widget helps you to add content to certain areas of your site without needing to know any code. The most common area is your theme's sidebar, but you can also use widgets in other ways. Learn more about WordPress widgets
The WordPress Customizer is a relatively new addition that makes it easier to customize how your website looks and 'feels'. It gives you a live preview of your site, as well as easy options to change how things look. You can access it by going to Appearance → Customize
. Learn more about how to use the WordPress Customizer
No! There's no hard limit on how many plugins you can use on WordPress, and, while you should never install unnecessary plugins, there's nothing wrong with using a lot of high-quality plugins. This video explains why
Permalinks affect the structure of your site's URLs — for example, the bolded part of this URL is the permalink: winningwp.com/wordpress-faq
You can set your site's overall permalink structure by going to Settings → Permalinks
. Learn more about permalinks
For most sites, the Post name permalink structure is the best option.
A 404 error is what someone sees when they attempt to visit a page that doesn't actually exist on your website. As a result, your site displays its 404 page. Check out some good examples of 404 pages
There are several quality plugins that can help to reduce spam, the most popular being the free Akismet plugin
Go to Users → Your Profile
in your WordPress dashboard, and you can change your password in the Account Management
area at the bottom of the page.
You can also reset your password by clicking the Lost your password?
link on the WordPress login page, or check out this video
for some more ways to reset your admin password.
Your theme should give you a way to control various aspects of typography on your site, or you can use your own CSS for even more control. This post explains both methods