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WordPress is a piece of software designed for the non-technical public. In the most simplest form, it can be described as software that will allow anyone to create Content on the Internet!

It is quite similar to Microsoft Word or Google Docs or a similar Word Processing application. If you have some experience with any one of those kind of applications, then you already have 50% of  WordPress knowledge!

In technical jargon, WordPress is a CMS platform. Content Management System. Let that not scare you away. It just means you can create any type of content – text, pictures, graphics, videos etc. and display it on the Internet – the World Wide Web, for the rest of us to view. 

This website will try to cover, what WordPress is capable of doing, its structure, and its various components that allows you, as a beginner, to create Web content and publish it on the Web for others to view.

  • About WordPress
  • Themes
  • Plugins
  • Posts
  • Pages
  • Media
  • Menus
  • WordPress is a Blogging Software & Platform
  • It is based on Themes and Plugins
  • It facilitates users to create Websites
  • It has features to add Posts, Pages, Media and Menus
  • At an advanced level, it allows creation of online selling of products
  • As part of the online Commerce sites, you can get customers to pay using online payment methods
  • It allows you to send bulk email for promotions
  • It allows for subscribers to sign up and be regular customers
  • Obviously when it is comes to selling products, you have to manually package & mail it to customers
  • Websites to advertise Services, like online/in-class education, photography, videography, plumbing, carpentry, electrician, etc.

WordPress uses what are known as Themes. You can think of a Theme as the foundation of a building. Like how you first construct the foundation on a piece of land, before building rooms on  top. When WordPress is installed, there are a few pre-designed Themes (from the creators of WordPress), that get installed as well, to get you started.

There are literally thousands of Themes created by third party programmers, available for use with your Website. Most of the Themes are free to use. There are also Themes for a fee - Paid Themes. Everyday, more and more Themes are created by independent programmers - both free and paid versions. 

There are a couple of Rules:

  • You have to have at least one Theme installed in order to build your site.
  • Only one theme can be used on one Website.

Before you start creating your Website, it is good practice to try out different Themes with temporary content or what are called, dummy content or placeholder content. Even while the content remains constant, when you switch to different themes, the content gets displayed in different formats.

You play around with a number of different Themes, and finally you narrow it down to the one you like best. This process of trying a variety of Themes can be time consuming when you first start out learning WordPress. Once you gain enough experience, you will eventually have short listed the Themes you like, and would be in a position to decide which Theme you would use for different clients. That is, until you stumble upon a Theme you have never had a chance to test! There is always new Themes coming out!

PLUGINs are small programs created by independent programmers. If you use a cell phone or a mobile device like a tablet, then it makes my task easy to explain what a Plugin is. The simplest way to describe Plugins is to think of them as Apps that can be downloaded onto your mobile phones or tablets. I am sure that will make sense and give you peace of mind and tell yourself - 'Hey, that is something I can understand!'

They are of two types of Plugins. And they perform one of two things.

  • One, if WordPress has a feature that is lacking some functionality, a specific Plugin would have been created to extend the functionality that is missing in the native feature. Meaning that the Plugin is just an extension to the existing Feature and not an independent entity.
  • However, the second type is, if WordPress does not have a feature, a Plugin would have been the brainchild of a creative programmer who thought of and created it, to add the missing feature. This will co-exist with WordPress and will reside as an independent entity.

When WordPress was created and set in motion, about a dozen years ago, it was mainly meant to be a Blogging Software. The word Blog is coined from the words - Web logging. Oookay...moving on...for now, just remember the word POSTS. YES... it is the same word on this Tab! We will address it in a moment.

A Blog is when someone initiates a topic of conversation, say for example, an experience eating at a restaurant in town, with his or her own photos of the items ordered, with comments on how each item tasted, how much it cost, whether he or she will return to the restaurant, and if so, how often, how the employees treated the customers etc. etc. you see where this conversation is going.

The topic can continue with comments from visitors to the website, expressing their own thoughts on the subject. This interaction can go on almost forever, since new people may be visiting the website in the future, right? Hence the website will be dynamic. This entire process of someone initiating a conversation and others joining in, is called a POST. There can many topics that can be started, each of which will become a POST. Now... POSTing and inviting comments is termed as BLOGging.

There ... now you know about POST & BLOG! WordPress initially was created for the sole purpose of Blogging. Over the years, it has evolved and grown big & strong, with many innovative features added to its original core structure. Now it is the biggest and popular Website creating software in the world! 

PAGEs are quite similar to POSTs. The main difference is a PAGE is static, whereas a POST is dynamic. If you have been following this tabbed content, in the order in which it has been created, you would have learned about how WordPress was initially started as a Blogging platform and a brief mention of it evolving into a Worldwide popular application to create Websites.

One of the features it included, when it started evolving, was the ability to create a WEBPAGE or just PAGE, as it will be referred to, in future. Everyone who uses the Internet has in some way, shape or form, visited Websites. Be it a News site, Weather site, Learning site, Online Marketing site etc., etc., These sites showcase latest news items, latest weather details for any city or town in the World, offer you a list of courses you can sign up and start learning or order products that are displayed and get it delivered to you at home. 

A Page can be anything - a Contact Us Page, an About Us Page, a Products Page, and so on.... In fact, a POST is another kind of PAGE, in a sense! Every one of the example Websites mentioned above, will have more than one PAGE of information. Correct? WordPress offered the means to create Pages as a feature in the first phase of its evolution to becoming bigger....and it never looked back!

You have seen what Posts and Pages are, in the previous Tabs. And you understand that both are content with text or words. Generally speaking, text or words are the way we humans communicate. Just imagine someone speaking about a very interesting topic. The speech covers all the necessary information. It has points that are rare gems. However, if the entire speech is delivered in a monotone with no inflection, no modulation of the voice, just a droning voice with words.

That will gradually be uninteresting, will make people that are listening to become bored, eventually leading them to doze off. Right? So, in order to make an interesting speech the voice has to be commanding in its tone, intonations have to be used at the right spots, sometimes lowering the tone, sometimes raising it to make a point ... so on and so forth... this is possible when we humans speak. Agreed?

But how does one invoke interest on a Web Page or Post? Words on a Page or Post cannot have the same kind of impact like our voice. So how can that be achieved? Obviously, what a voice can project, mere text can never deliver. But boring text can be improved upon. In order to make a Page or Post more interesting, one has to include pictures, graphics, videos, animation .... the term that is used for these non-verbal items is MEDIA!

Media - pictures, graphics, video... anything that draws attention and retains the interest of the person viewing your Website!

OOOkaaaayyy! You are almost there. You are now aware of what POSTS are. Also PAGES. You understand why MEDIA is needed to make a POST or PAGE look interesting. And you learned that there can be more than one PAGE or POST. Correct? 

Okay then. If you have multiple Pages and/or Posts on a Website, it begs the question, how does one navigate between these Pages and Posts. This one is easy. I know. I also know that you know! However, I have to include this item - MENU, since it should not come as an after thought. It should be considered as an important feature of a Website. In any case, there is very little to explain. Everyone can very easily understand the concept. 

There is one technical term that needs to be defined though, so that it becomes extremely clear when we get back to the MENU itself. The term that I want to introduce is HyperLink. The word is normally shrunk and is referred to, as just Link. A Link is a word or picture which when clicked by the left mouse button, will take you to a different location on the same Page or Post, or to a totally different Page or Post. Sometimes when you click on a small picture, it brings up the larger version of the same picture.

Ahhhh... I can see the light in your eyes! You recollect having done that quite a few times in your travel across several Websites! Yes! You understand! The thing is, you probably did not know the technical term, that is all. Ok, let us connect Link & Menu. Yep! You got it - a Menu item is a Link to another Page or Post! Great! Good catch! 

On to the actual Course, please contact me for details!

THIS IS ANOTHER WAY TO DISPLAY THE TABBED CONTENTS
  • WordPress is a Blogging Software & Platform.
  • It is based on Themes and Plugins
  • It facilitates users to create Websites
  • It has features to add Posts, Pages, Media and Menus
  • At an advanced level, it allows creation of online selling of products
  • As part of the online Commerce sites, you can get customers to pay using online payment methods
  • It allows you to send bulk email for promotions
  • It allows for subscribers to sign up and be regular customers
  • Obviously when it is comes to selling products, you have to manually package & mail it to customers
  • Websites to advertise Services, like online/in-class education, photography, videography, plumbing, carpentry, electrician, etc., 

WordPress uses what are known as Themes. You can think of a Theme as the foundation of a building. Like how you first construct the foundation on a piece of land, before building rooms on  top. When WordPress is installed, there are a few pre-designed Themes (from the creators of WordPress), that get installed as well, to get you started.

There are literally thousands of Themes created by third party programmers, available for use with your Website. Most of the Themes are free to use. There are also Themes for a fee – Paid Themes. Everyday, more and more Themes are created by independent programmers – both free and paid versions. 

There are a couple of Rules:

  • You have to have at least one Theme installed in order to build your site.
  • Only one theme can be used on one Website.

Before you start creating your Website, it is good practice to try out different Themes with temporary content or what are called, dummy content or placeholder content. Even while the content remains constant, when you switch to different themes, the content gets displayed in different formats.

You play around with a number of different Themes, and finally you narrow it down to the one you like best. This process of trying a variety of Themes can be time consuming when you first start out learning WordPress. Once you gain enough experience, you will eventually have short listed the Themes you like, and would be in a position to decide which Theme you would use for different clients. That is, until you stumble upon a Theme you have never had a chance to test! There is always new Themes coming out!

PLUGINs are small programs created by independent programmers. If you use a cell phone or a mobile device like a tablet, then it makes my task easy to explain what a Plugin is. The simplest way to describe Plugins is to think of them as Apps that can be downloaded onto your mobile phones or tablets. I am sure that will make sense and give you peace of mind and tell yourself – ‘Hey, that is something I can understand!’

They are of two types of Plugins. And they perform one of two things.

  • One, if WordPress has a feature that is lacking some functionality, a specific Plugin would have been created to extend the functionality that is missing in the native feature. Meaning that the Plugin is just an extension to the existing Feature and not an independent entity.
  • However, the second type is, if WordPress does not have a feature, a Plugin would have been the brainchild of a creative programmer who thought of and created it, to add the missing feature. This will co-exist with WordPress and will reside as an independent entity.

When WordPress was created and set in motion, about a dozen years ago, it was mainly meant to be a Blogging Software. The word Blog is coined from the words – Web logging. Oookay…moving on…for now, just remember the word POSTS. YES… it is the same word on this Tab! We will address it in a moment.

A Blog is when someone initiates a topic of conversation, say for example, an experience eating at a restaurant in town, with his or her own photos of the items ordered, with comments on how each item tasted, how much it cost, whether he or she will return to the restaurant, and if so, how often, how the employees treated the customers etc. etc. you see where this conversation is going.

The topic can continue with comments from visitors to the website, expressing their own thoughts on the subject. This interaction can go on almost forever, since new people may be visiting the website in the future, right? Hence the website will be dynamic. This entire process of someone initiating a conversation and others joining in, is called a POST. There can many topics that can be started, each of which will become a POST. Now… POSTing and inviting comments is termed as BLOGging.

There … now you know about POST & BLOG! WordPress initially was created for the sole purpose of Blogging. Over the years, it has evolved and grown big & strong, with many innovative features added to its original core structure. Now it is the biggest and popular Website creating software in the world! 

PAGEs are quite similar to POSTs. The main difference is a PAGE is static, whereas a POST is dynamic. If you have been following this tabbed content, in the order in which it has been created, you would have learned about how WordPress was initially started as a Blogging platform and a brief mention of it evolving into a Worldwide popular application to create Websites.

One of the features it included, when it started evolving, was the ability to create a WEBPAGE or just Page, as it will be referred to, in future. Everyone who uses the Internet has in some way, shape or form, visited Websites. Be it a News site, Weather site, Learning site, Online Marketing site etc., etc., These sites showcase latest news items, latest weather details for any city or town in the World, offer you a list of courses you can sign up and start learning or order products that are displayed and get it delivered to you at home. 

A Page can be anything – a Contact Us Page, an About Us Page, a Products Page, and so on…. In fact, a POST is another kind of PAGE, in a sense! Every one of the example Websites mentioned above, will have more than one PAGE of information. Correct? WordPress offered the means to create Pages as a feature in the first phase of its evolution to becoming bigger….and it never looked back!

You have seen what Posts and Pages are, in the previous Tabs. And you understand that both are content with text or words. Generally speaking, text or words are the way we humans communicate, and all is well. Just imagine someone speaking about a very interesting topic. The speech covers all the necessary information. It has points that are rare gems. However, if the entire speech is delivered in a monotone with no inflection, no modulation of the voice, just a droning voice with words.

That will gradually be uninteresting, will make people that are listening to become bored, eventually leading them to doze off. Right? So, in order to make an interesting speech the voice has to be commanding in its tone, intonations have to be used at the right spots, sometimes lowering the tone, sometimes raising it to make a point … so on and so forth… this is possible when we humans speak. Agreed?

But how does one invoke interest on a Web Page or Post? Words on a Page or Post cannot have the same kind of impact like our voice. So how can that be achieved? Obviously, what a voice can project, mere text can never deliver. But boring text can be improved upon. In order to make a Page or Post more interesting, one has to include pictures, graphics, videos, animation …. the term that is used for these non-verbal items is MEDIA!

Media – pictures, graphics, video… anything that draws attention and retains the interest of the person viewing your Website!

OOOkaaaayyy! You are almost there. You are now aware of what POSTS are. Also PAGES. You understand why MEDIA is needed to make a POST or PAGE look interesting. And you learned that there can be more than one PAGE or POST. Correct? 

Okay then. If you have multiple Pages and/or Posts on a Website, it begs the question, how does one navigate between these Pages and Posts. This one is easy. I know. I also know that you know! However, I have to include this item – MENU, since it should not come as an after thought. It should be considered as an important feature of a Website. In any case, there is very little to explain. Everyone can very easily understand the concept. 

There is one technical term that needs to be defined though, so that it becomes extremely clear when we get back to the MENU itself. The term that I want to introduce is HyperLink. The word is normally shrunk and is referred to, as just Link. A Link is a word or picture which when clicked by the left mouse button, will take you to a different location on the same Page or Post, or to a totally different Page or Post. Sometimes when you click on a small picture, it brings up the larger version of the same picture.

Ahhhh… I can see the light in your eyes! You recollect having done that quite a few times in your travel across several Websites! Yes! You understand! The thing is, you probably did not know the technical term, that is all. Ok, let us connect Link & Menu. Yep! You got it – a Menu item is a Link to another Page or Post! Great! Good catch! 

On to the actual Course, please contact me for details!

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