A Beginner's Guide to WordPress

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A Beginner’s Guide to WordPress

WordPress, often referred to as WP is a free and open source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and paired with a database (MariaDB), used by more than 40.5% of the top 10 million websites as of March 2021. You can think of it as a factory that makes webcontent such as blog posts or pages.

A key difference between WordPress and static webhosts such as Squarespace or Wix is that, in WordPress you can run apps that store data in your database (back-end server). WordPress is more powerful, but may have a higher learning curve due to its comprehensiveness.

In this guide you will learn how to Set up your first WordPress Site, Add an email to allow your site to send Emails, and Add Plugins.

Mobile App

Site Bay has developed a Phone app for Android and iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Use the app to add new blog posts and pages to your site, moderate comments, reply to comments, and more. The app features an easy to use and unified interface to manage both your Site Bay account and your WordPress sites in one place. If you’d prefer to use your phone, Follow our Mobile Quickstart Guide.

Set-Up

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If you don’t already have a Site Bay account be sure to make one and get 20% off for a limited time using our Intro Offer here. Then follow our WordPress site creation guide to get a site up and running.

First, navigate to your site’s WordPress admin dashboard. Enter your site’s url in your browser’s address bar and add /wp-admin/ to the end of the url.

Next, use the email/username and password you picked at the site creation screen. The password to enter here should be different from the password you used to sign up with Site Bay.

The admin panel is used to manage the content for your WordPress site. This is where you can upload images, write blog posts, and design new pages for your visitors to enjoy.

  • Blog Posts are a type of page listed from newest to oldest. Use these to write guides, updates, or reviews for example. You can organize posts by adding tags or categories.

  • Pages are not listed by date and are normally used to display information about your site. For example, adding an About page for visitors to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. Most themes display Pages in the navigation at the top of the site, but can also be displayed in the sidebar.

  • Themes are used to give your site a unique look and feel. All WordPress installations come with a preinstalled theme. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website without altering the core code or site content. If you used one of our Template sites a custom theme will be installed and configured for you. Otherwise, the default twentytwentyone theme will be used. You can also browse the official WordPress.org themes directory to search through thousands of themes.

  • Plugins are used to extend the features and functionality of a site. We recommend only installing a few necessary plugins to ensure the security and performance of your site.

Next Steps

To add extra functionality, look at our Installing Plugins Guide