WordPress is one of the most widely used content management systems (CMS) in the world. It’s not that difficult once you get rolling, but be aware that there is a bit of a learning curve, and prepare yourself for a challenge. Remember! Learning new skills is tough in the beginning, but if you persevere, anything is possible.
The great thing about WordPress is that you don’t need to know any code to get a beautiful looking website online. The only real challenge you’ll face is becoming familiar with some of the parts of WordPress (I may call it WP for short), what they do, and where they are located.
Unfortunately, I can’t teach you everything you need to know! WordPress can do a lot of stuff, and there is no way to explain it all, especially in a text-based ebook. There are tons of tutorials you can find on YouTube or written guides people publish on their own blogs.
I will give you a basic rundown of the main elements you need to know, and you can learn the rest as you go. In the last chapter I will direct you to some resources with tutorials on how to build WordPress websites for affiliate marketing.
Wordpress Main Elements
Dashboard: This is a quick snapshot of different things happening on your website. I rarely use this, but it’s a prominent feature of the WordPress back-end.
Themes: This is where you can find and choose the look of your website. There are 10,000+ free ones to choose from that you can download to your website automatically in this area.
Widgets: These are little “boxes” located in the sidebar or bottom (footer) of your website.
The location, size, and features of widgets varies greatly based on theme. Don’t forget to remove
the default ‘meta’ widget from your website as serves no purpose. I always like to start of a new site with a “recent posts”, “pages”, and “search” widget in the sidebar.
Menus: What they do is pretty self explanatory, but how to use them might not be very intuitive. Custom menus are located under Appearance > Menus. You can create a list of pages or posts on your site and put them in a variety of menu areas on your site. The design, location, and number
of the menus you have depends on your theme.
Users > Your Profile: This is where you can write a short user profile about yourself. This will not be visible on the site unless you are using a plugin or widget that takes information from this page.
Settings > General: You can define the name of your website and your tagline on this page. DO NOT
change the WordPress Address or Site Address or you will break your website.
Settings > Reading: There are some interesting settings in here. We currently have a blog roll on our home page, but you can also use a static ppdafgbeooikfsiynfoo.ublwogsapnott..cYomou can set how many blog posts show
on your blog roll, and whether to use a full text or summary for the blog roll. I highly recommend using the summary.
Settings > Discussion: This is your comment settings area. You can uncheck “Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article” and “Allow link notifications from other blogs” because we don’t need those. Leave everything else as-is.
Settings > Permalinks: You probably don’t have to mess with this area, but double check that the settings are set to “Post Name website.com/sample-post/” OR “Custom Structure website.com/%postname%/. This is important for search engine optimization (SEO).
Plugins: These are like little ‘apps’ that can add features to your website. There are tons of free ones that can be downloaded under Plugins > Add New. There are also paid ones that usually have better features, better code, and support.
Comments: This is where you moderate comments on your website
Pages/Posts: Pages and posts are where you publish content to your website. Posts and pages look exactly the same to search engines, but there are some minor differences to consider when choosing which ones you want to publish your content to. In general, pages are for core elements of your website, while posts are for your keyword optimized content