1. Not Sure How To Share Your Content? WordPress Getting Started Guide!


WordPress is the easiest way to get started sharing your content with the world wide web! Even if you're not interested in blogging, WordPress can get your business off the ground and onto the internet, generating views and sales. Nixihost has put this guide together to make sure that you don't need to hire an experienced web professional to use our services and make an impact on your passion. After you're done reading and watching this guide, you'll be ready to install the WordPress plugin, optimize your website for search indexing and linking from other sites, select a theme, and create or delete users and posts. Let's get started by installing WordPress using the Scriptaculous tool in your cPanel.


Install WordPress


Temporary URLs

If you wish to use your temporary URL to get your WordPress site up and running before going "live", you will need to edit your wp-config.php file temporarily.

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Open the File Manager.
  3. In the popup window, choose "Web Root" and "Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)", and click "Go".
  4. In /public.html/, right click wp-config.php.
  5. Select "Code Edit" from the menu.
  6. Paste the following text in, using your Temporary URL from your welcome email in place of http://example.com:
    define('WP_HOME','http://example.com');
    define('WP_SITEURL','http://example.com');
    
  7. After you've replaced example.com with your temporary URL, click the "Save Changes" button.
  8. In another window, try to load your WordPress site using your Temporary URL.
  9. If it works, click "Close". If not, doublecheck that you've copied everything correctly, including your Temporary URL.


When you've got your site the way you want it and you're ready to "go live" with your URL, or when your nameserver changes have fully propagated out across the internet (this can take up to 48 hours), you will need to edit the wp-config.php file again and remove the lines that were added in Step 6.


Fixing Permalinks and Installing W3 Total Cache

By default, WordPress generates complex custom URLs for each request that can cause troubles with search engine crawlers or linking from other websites. By "fixing the permalinks" and installing the W3 Total Cache plugin, you're telling WordPress to generate permanent pages with sensible URLs, allowing search engines to index your site, and other websites to link to your specific content.

Fixing Permalinks


Installing W3 Total Cache


Choosing a Theme

WordPress has many themes and layouts to choose from. You can browse the available options and find something that best matches your interests, branding, or target market. It's easy to change the themes at any time using this simple guide.


Creating and Deleting Posts

WordPress is primarily a blogging tool. While many companies and organizations use WordPress for everything from sales (using Paypal to handle transactions) to public relations, content is still created and shared via posts. Whether you're reading this to learn how to share your ideas with the world as a blogger, promote your art or music, or connect with customers and clients, you will use posts to put your content onto your WordPress site.

How to Create a Post


How to Delete a Post




Creating and Deleting WordPress Users

If more than one person will be posting content to your blog, you can create user accounts. This can be useful if the posted content is different, or requires attribution.

Adding a User


Deleting a User


Install the CAPTCHA Plugin



Tips




Some Common Problems and Fixes




For more WordPress Guides, take a look at the WordPress Lessons site.


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