A Beginners Guide to building websites with WordPress
Digital growth has been tremendous in the last decade due to smartphones’ rise and the affordability of many digital devices. As per a Verisign survey, 93% of users these days tend to look up the internet for research before purchasing, with 91% using the internet to look for local goods or services. The same survey also highlights that 84% believe a business with a website is more credible than one that only has a social media page. Forbes mentions that one of the main reasons one should have a website for their business is to increase their organization’s credibility.
Along with this, NoCode technologies, including platforms with drag and drop interfaces, have made it simpler for anyone to build a website or a web app (or PWA) at an affordable cost. Several website building softwares or content management systems, as they are called, have gained massive recognition. In most cases, they allow users to build websites & apps without any knowledge of programming or coding. In fact, as per research by userguiding.com, 85% of people said that no-code tools add value to their lives.
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This book explores WordPress (hosted on WordPress.org), a content management system (CMS) used to build blogs, websites or any app using NoCode concepts. WordPress is used by 64.2% of all the websites using content management systems which is 43.0% of all websites on the internet, making it #1 globally in the list of CMS.
Suppose you think WordPress is only for amateurs. In that case, you will be surprised to know that several leading and high-traffic websites, such as TechCrunch, Sony Music’s official website, Facebook Newsroom website, etc., are built using WordPress.
WordPress is highly customizable. It can be molded in any way and used to build any website or app. Its functionalities can be expanded in numerous ways using plugins, and its aesthetics can be modified using themes. Due to its massive popularity, there continues to be a vast active community; therefore, there is never a lack of community support. To top it all off, it has several options for SEO, leading to better discoverability on search engines like Google.
Despite all this success, WordPress remains free and open-source, so anybody can use it for commercial or non-commercial purposes without paying any licensing fee.
In this book, you will learn WordPress features, including –
- Installing WordPress on a laptop for experimentation.
- Creating, editing & managing posts & pages.
- Creating, editing & managing categories & tags.
- Uploading, editing & managing media content.
- Managing comments and their relevant settings.
- Understanding the basics of themes and overall website aesthetics and appearance.
- Extending the website’s functionality using plugins.
- An example demonstrating the use of Elementor – a NoCode theme that is used to create interfaces, webpages etc.
- Adding & managing users.
- Using tools to import and export features.
- By understanding these key features available in WordPress, you will be able to utilize them to build a website.
This book is hence suitable for anyone interested in building a website. This is not an exhaustive list; however, I believe the following may benefit the most from this book –
- Early-stage Startup founders
- UX & UI Designers
- Web Designers
- Digital Marketing professionals