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The language of WordPress

Are you scared of touching the wrong button in WordPress?  Not sure what everything does and so ignore them and just use the small amount that you do know but would love to know more?  

The first thing to look at is what the main parts of WordPress mean.

  • Dashboard
  • Posts
  • Pages
  • Plugins
  • Appearance
  • Menu
  • Dashboard

This is the main interface once you log in, the higher your permission the more options, for example if a customer creates a login for your site they would probably not have permission to create pages or posts on your site (unless the admin gave them permission to do so).

Posts

These are small articles or blogs that are added value to your site visitors and particularly useful to your target clients.  By adding blogs on a regular basis your site is updated and search engines see that it is not an abandoned or ignored site.

Pages

Pages are static and show particular information.  Pages tend to be created and left only updated when needed.

Plugins

Plugins are one of the things that make WordPress so great, they expand what WordPress can do.  The software can only do so much so if you want an added feature, like GDPR or pretty social media icons, you could either learn to program and create something yourself, or add plugins that do the work for you.

If you don’t like how one plugin works you can disable then install another one.

Appearance

The appearance section contains themes which are so brilliant but most people don’t realise how great they are.  Themes contain lots of settings, what fonts, colours and the layout.  If you create your posts and pages uses the text styles you can quickly change the entire look of your site and do not need to tweak or update pages.

Menu

The menu contains links to different parts of your website.  WordPress now lets you create multiple menu’s and to add custom items so they do not have to be a list of your pages.  You can add in links to other web locations, a specific blog post, you can hide pages that you do not want to show in that menu.

You could have a menu for the top of the site and a separate menu for the footer with the pages you have to have like terms and privacy policy.

What part of WordPress baffles you?

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