Powering up more than 33% of all the websites on the internet with consistent growth, WordPress can easily boast of its bright and sustainable future. Even impressive is that if you only narrow the websites built on CMS solutions, the WordPress market share gets even higher with a whopping 66%.
WordPress supplements all the typical website content management systems by facilitating e-commerce solutions, multi-vendor marketplace solutions, ERP solutions, website analytics solutions, SEO solutions, and bringing so many more into the mix in the form of plugins, themes, and other core features.
Website developers and programmers are attracted to the WordPress ecosystem because of its rapid yet steady growth. However, you will need to acquire a really impressive combination of skills before you slay it.
In this blog, we have combined a guide for beginners to acquire basic Wordpress development skills in 2021; read below to find out more.
The first and foremost step for WordPress website development is to choose a unique yet attractive name for your website to stand out from your competitors.
The domain name would be your business or product name if you didn't already know. Avoid making hasty decisions when it comes to picking your domain name. Even if you're having second thoughts, there are resources available to aid you.
The following is a small checklist for picking a WordPress domain name.
A server hosts every website you've ever visited. This implies you'll need to get web hosting from a hosting company.
Because we're creating a WordPress website, you can select a hosting plan from WordPress.com or another third-party hosting provider.
Before we continue, let me clarify something. There are two versions of WordPress: wordpress.com and wordpress.org. The difference is that you can host and develop a website on WordPress.com. WordPress.org is often used to obtain themes and plugins for your website, which is hosted elsewhere.
There are three types of hosting services: shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS), and managed hosting. In the first case, server resources are distributed among many locations. In the long term, if these sites, and yours, develop, you may run into performance difficulties. You may discover that you require a VPS service or a managed hosting package.
So, while selecting a hosting service, keep the following in mind: what are your business objectives?
The Wordpress dashboard features nine most essential sections that are:
There are seven more menu options in this area.
The "pages" are not dynamic. You can have a "homepage," a "services" page, a "contact us" page, and so on. You may include your most recent blog entries, as well as your portfolio, under posts. These are dynamic pages because they always display your most recent website material at the top.
On your basic pages and posts, you'll notice a drop-down menu with choices like edit, quick edit, trash, and view.
All of your material, including photos and movies, is stored here. You may either drag and drop or upload them. You may also include media at the post/page level.
"Comments" is the fourth dashboard area. You can control the comments on your posts from this page. You'll get a lot of spam comments, which you may transfer to spam or trash. You can provide your approval to the relevant ones.
You can do the following at this level:
Many elements cannot be controlled just by theme, such as SEO optimization, website security and backup, tables, forms, e-commerce capabilities, etc. Plugins exist to make up for the absence of such choices.
You will determine who gets access to your website at this level. Depending on your needs, you can provide access to contributors, guest authors, editors, and others.
Under "Tools," you may import and export tool data to and from other content management systems (e.g., Blogger).
There is also a "Site health" area, which displays important information about your WordPress settings and issues that need your attention, along with some recommendations.
Because we must adhere to privacy policies, you can export or delete personal data for your users here.
To do so, navigate to your WordPress admin dashboard and select "Appearance" from the left menu, followed by "Themes."
Then, click the "Add new" button.
You will see a slew of templates appear, and you may sort them by latest, featured, popularity, or by characteristics.
When you have decided on a theme, click "Install" and then "Activate."
Your WordPress website's design is determined by the theme you choose. If you require anything more, you may need to seek something to fill in the gaps.
Every WordPress theme often includes two designs: one for the blog and one for the pages. Colors are restricted, and no unique modifications are available. This indicates that plugins will be useful at some point.
WordPress themes now have a theme customizer with minimal capabilities. They are a fantastic fit for those who do not require any special features and want to get their site up and to run quickly. You may add your own CSS styles as needed. Just make sure to select a theme with a layout that corresponds to your own vision.
WordPress website builders enable you to take the WordPress Customizer to new heights. Everything will be customizable: headers, page content, footers, navigation menus, global and individual style, you name it! There is no requirement for design or coding expertise!
Typically, it is a drag-and-drop operation. In addition, you will not have to worry about mobile design because the builders have it handled.
Don't you think it is time to call it a day?
We sought to keep things simple so as not to overwhelm you with information. However, the devil is in the details in the end. We provided you a birds-eye perspective.
The good news is that you can have your website up and operate in about 2 hours. However, the more features, pages, and material you wish to add, the longer it will take. And never, ever ignore the most recent web design trends.