Publishing With WordPress
Welcome to the first lesson in the Publishing With WordPress Crash
Course. This Courset will help you learn the ins and outs of using
WordPress to easily publishcontent your own online.
In this first lesson let’s talk a little about what WordPress is, how it
works and how you can use it to publish your own content online.
WordPress is a powerful content management system used by millions
of people across the globe and it makes publishing content online
extremely easy, even for people who are new to the online publishing
When it comes to using Word press to publish your own content it is
important to understand that it has virtually unlimited possibilities, so
you can feel free to let your imagination run wild and get ready to build
the website of your dreams.
Whether you are planning to publish a personal blog or to use
Wordpress to build your business website there are a wide variety of
themes, widgets and Plugins to help you get the job done. This makes
it one of the most versatile publishing platforms available online today.
Not to mention its ease-of- use, allowing even a complete novice
quickly set up and publish content.
Today we are going go over a few of the main benefits associated with
First of all, as I mentioned above, it is an easy-to-use, fully functional
content management system and to make it even better it requires no
special skills or techy knowledge to use. As a matter of fact you can
learn all the basics in just a few hours and have your website up and
running the same day. It really is that easy and if you should happen to
run into trouble you will find a multitude of free guides and video
tutorials that can quickly help you on your way.
One of the most wonderful things about using WordPress is the ability
to change the look and feel of your website at will. With thousands of
free WordPress themes and a multitude of premium themes that you
can purchase you can literally change the design of your site every
week if you’d like, all without losing any of your content. But the flexibility
and functionality doesn’t end there!
Once you start using WordPress you will have access to a powerful
array of WordPress Plugins, that will allow you to quickly add
sophisticated and interactive functions to your website all with simple
one click installation. Inside the plugins directory you will find that there
are literally hundreds of Plugins that you can use to help make your
website more user-friendly and attractive to your visitors.
Plugins make it possible for you to do so many wonderful things. For
instance; you could set up a article directory blog, a busy portal, a
membership site or even a fully functional e-commerce store. You will
find a wide variety of free Plugins available from the directory inside
your WordPress dashboard. You will also find that there are many
speciality Plugins that you can purchase.
When it comes to choosing themes or Plugins for your website there
are no shortage of options available, but it’s important to be careful and
choose your themes and Plugins from reputable sources, because
some unscrupulous designers may try to embed harmful scripts and
codes for their own nefarious purposes.
But don’t let that stop you from taking full advantage of everything that
WordPress has to offer. It isn’t difficult find safe themes and Plugins.
When you start browsing for theme’s and plugins’s inside the directory
you will notice there is a simple rating system that will allow you to read
reviews and comments before you decide to use them.
If you are having a hard time deciding on which ones are reputable
and which ones are not, look for recommendations from respected
sources like TechCrunch, Smashing Magazine or from more
experienced designers. It never hurts to do a little spy work too!
HINT: If you come across a reputable website that is using WordPress
you can do a little snooping to find out what theme they are using. Most
of the time you will see a link at the very bottom of the page.
Before we close this first lesson I wanted to share with you one more
thing that makes using WordPress such a wise decision. WordPress
makes it very easy for you to interact with your audience, customers or
potential customers, helping you create loyalty among your readers and
increasing your public credibility online. This real-time interaction
makes it possible for you and to build a real relationship your visitors.
It also makes it easy for you to increase your website’s perceived value
and generate income online and that’s always a good thing!