WordPress Tutorial

WordPress Starter Tutorial

This tutorial is for informational purposes only. There is no need to have a WordPress account to use this web site.

This site uses the free wordpress software.  WordPress is web based. There are a number of tutorials on setting up and using wordpress. Some may claim it is very easy to use, but like many programs that do amazing things, it does have a learning curve and so expect to spend some time on the tutorials. The reward is that you will be able to develop a wonderful interactive web site without the need to learn scripting commands; wordpress does all of this in themes, wizards, and a friendly interface called Dashboard. Start by looking at

Get Started

Next browse the following
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Don’t expect to get all this at once. Some links want to sell you add-ons but as you look these over do not buy anything at this point. In fact this Communiversity site has not purchased any extras. You may want to look at these more than once, but at some point you need to just jump in, make mistakes, correct them, and then keep going. Before you jump in give some thought to what you will call your blog (it is really a web site!). Unless you purchase a domain name (not recommended by me) your URL will read xxx.wordpress.com , where xxx is the name you have chosen.

Once you have logged in your blog name will appear on the upper left of your screen. If xxx is already taken you will be asked to choose another name. Hover your curser over the blog name  and on the drop down menu select theme. On the screen that opens select themes (in the blue top region), then free. Communiversity uses Twenty Ten as a theme. It is easy to change, so start with that.

Now, back to hovering over the blog name, click on it to see if wordpress gave you a first generic post. You can edit this if you want. For now, go back to hovering over your site name and this time select dashboard. Left click and choose posts. Select Add New. On this screen you will post something to appear on the opening page. Be sure you are in edit mode (click on edit at the bottom of the page). Give your post a name and type something in. Do not be too fussy since you can edit this later. Be sure to click update and then go back to click on your blog name to see the results.

Next hover over your site name,  select page then new.  Again be sure you are in edit mode.  Give your page a name, add any content, and click on update. Now you need to use the menu (under dashboard appearance) screen to create a new tab under your site image that links to this page. This process can be automated.  By a drag and drop process, you can move tabs so as to create drop down tabs and keep your site tidy.

Explore your new site to see how to change themes, make hot links, add images, add slideshows, add widgets, etc. Note that you need to add a new page before you can link to it in a menu. Note also that when you are editing, pages or posts, you can switch between visual and text views.  In text view, where it may be most convenient to add hot links, you may see some hypertext markup language (html) that computers can read.  They all start with < for open and end with / > for close.  For example <p> means start a new line and </p> means pay no more attention to that command.  Likewise the command <em> means bold and </em> closes that command.  Html language has had at least 5 major revisions since it was first written for browsers in the 1970s, but the good news is that you do not need to know that language to do great things with wordpress.

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