Blogging has pretty much become the way of life on the internet. Most blogging on the net is pretty much done on one platform, that is WordPress. God knows why the creator named it WordPress, but WE do know amazing this CMS platform is. Not only can you host your content on your own website, you can also host it on a free wordpress.com sub-domain. WordPress is simple from the beginning. However, there are a lot of things that most beginners won’t know. Even I didn’t know, before doing some experimenting on WordPress. So, here’s my WordPress tutorial for beginners based on my experienced. Whether it’s thorough or not, you decide.
WordPress Tutorial for Beginners
First, I will begin with the basics. Before installing WordPress, we’ll definitely need a host. If you need a free hosting, there’s a lot to choose from. I, however, wouldn’t recommend it. I used free hosting for the first time I ran my site and I was surprised. It had the speeds results of the basic Linux hosting plan of GoDaddy. However, after a while, the server just crashed and corrupted all my files. So, I learned my lesson. Never use free hosting cause you can’t sue them and win. Installing WordPress is easy if your hoster has a script installer. If you go to the CPanel, the option would be at the lower section of the page. If you install using Softaculous, you also have the ability to migrate your pre-existing WP website using the tab at the furthest right. For instructions on installing WordPress manually, click here.
If you’re planning to WordPress for fun or as a hobby, you should probably skip this section. The first essential plugin that a WordPress blogger should have is SEO by Yoast. The latest edition (31/10/2016) allows you to check keyword density, readability, and other SEO requirements. This plugin will improve your post’s SEO. Next, we have to options, Smush or EWWW Image optimizer. The job of both plugins is to compress image size. Smush has a limit, while EWWW doesn’t. So, I would personally go with the latter.
Afterward, you’ll need Autoptimize. This plugin will compress JScripts, CSS, and HTML. If you have problems with this plugin, comment below as I’ve faced a few and might have a solution. Use WP-Optimize to compress the database. Then, you’ll need WP SuperCache cause every website needs a caching system. Then, you’ll need BWP minify to minify your JScripts, CSS, and maybe HTML. Also, get Google Analytics by MonsterInsight. If you don’t have a Google Analytics account, register one since it’s free. Optional plugins, I would recommend is Simple Share Buttons and Quick AdSense. The first one allows you to add share buttons to a post, while the second allows you to place codes on a post or as a widget.
3. Hidden Settings
Sometimes, the theme that you pick might have a small font size. To adjust that, go to the stylesheet.css using the editor under the appearance setting of WordPress. Then, check for a body section in the text. If you found it, rewrite the font size using the digit you find appropriate. Don’t forget to add ‘px’. I would recommend a font size of 16 since its easy on the eyes. If you can’t find the body column in the stylesheets, you’ll have to use a plugin. Use the Tiny MCE advanced editor plugin. You’ll have additional settings in the post editor. Next, most theme use H2 tag for the page title, change it to H1 in the editor under content-page.php. By doing this, Yoast’s requirements won’t clash with the title’s tag.
Read this part of the WordPress tutorial for beginners, since it’s important. Before using CloudFlare, my website was significantly slow. After using it, my website became speedier. By using CloudFlare, you gain their CDNs and security features. It’s simple, just enlist your website using a CloudFlare account, which is free. Then, enter additional record details through the setup. Finally, change your nameservers. Using CloudFlare will speed up your website by at least 20%. It also protects you from potential hacks. If you do install CloudFlare, install its plugin for WordPress for better customization.
Conclusion of This WordPress Tutorial for Beginners
Some themes I would recommend to use is Sparkling or Make. For a theme framework, I would suggest Gantry if you haven’t started. Finally, no alignment for images is best suited for most themes. Using left alignment will best work on only some themes. That’s all, thank you for reading. Hit that share button as it helps and subscribe for more. Again, thank you and I hope you’ll have a nice day.