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Updates fix security gaps in addition to bringing fascinating new features and squashing unpleasant bugs. With WordPress, you’ll have three things to keep updated: WordPress itselfYour themesYour plugins Small updates will be made automatically by WordPress; larger upgrades will require your consent (since they may disrupt your plugins/themes). You’ll also be responsible for theme and plugin updates. The simplest way to deal with any of these issues is to go to your updates tab. You’ll be able to update all of your plugins, themes, and WordPress all at once from there. Here’s what it’ll look like when everything is up…

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You don’t want your brand-new website to get hacked! And, because WordPress powers around 30% of the internet, there are tens of thousands (if not millions) of hackers attempting to break into WordPress sites on a daily basis. As a result, you must ensure that your seals are tight and your WordPress site is secure. This means a couple of things: Use unique usernames and passwords The username “Admin” is the default for the first user created in all WordPress installations. You should definitely modify this by creating a new Administrator account with a distinct name and password. Because a…

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Enabling gzip compression improves the speed of your WordPress site by compressing the code and text. It accomplishes this by locating and replacing comparable chunks of text in files (temporarily, everything will appear exactly as you typed it lol), which, because HTML and CSS files include so many repeating pieces of text, can lower the size of a WordPress page by 50-75 percent. There is a technical technique to enable gzip compression via your site’s.htaccess file that is less likely to cause problems… You can do it if you know what you’re doing. So, in the interim, we’ll make use…

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But don’t worry, y’all, we’re not done yet! For the time being, you may be — the steps outlined here are all you need to get from zero to “grandma can see my website over the internet tubes.” BUT. WE. ARE. NOT. LEAVING. YOU. HANGIN’. THERE. FAM. Because, aside from building your pages and blog posts and fully customizing your site to your heart’s content, there are a few other things you’ll want to do (on a regular basis) to keep your WordPress site functioning well. Starting with site speed. This one’s important for 2 reasons: If you want free…

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So we’ve definitely smashed that publish button a few times to save our work, but for a new WordPress site, your work won’t be live on the internet for the world to see until we publish… the website. On the WordPress dashboard, you’re gonna see a little notification at the top that says “Your site is currently displaying a ‘Coming Soon’ page.” Once you’re locked, loaded, ready to explode it (there’s a reason we’re not pro rappers)… Crush that “click here” link and let the sparks fly! Table of Contents The first step is to obtain a domain name and web…

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When you hit the “Publish” button on a blog post, it immediately appears on your blog page. If you don’t have the “Automatically add new top-level pages to this menu” setting checked, you’ll have to manually add your pages to your site’s menu if you want them to appear in your header menu (which is where you generally link to pages). So, once you’ve finished building your WordPress website pages, go to “Appearance” and then “Menus” in the sidebar. You won’t have any menus here if you’re developing a website from the ground up with WordPress (though sometimes themes like…

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WordPress blog posts vs. pages Well, both posts and pages will: Posts, pages, what’s the big deal/difference?! Have a title/headline (like “How to Use WordPress Tutorial” or “5-Day Free eCourse”)Have body content (like all the words and images in this post)Have meta info (author, publishing date, etcCan be added, edited, and deleted.Can be seen by anyone or password-protected so only certain people can see them.Can contain text, video, auto, links, and images.Can be spruced up visually and functionally with plugins and themes. The difference is this: Pages are less fluid; you typically have a small number of them that don’t…

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Now that we know how to make our site seem awesome, it’s time to add some pages like “About” or “Contact” – items that aren’t your homepage (which is always included) or blog entries (which will be added next). Return to the WordPress dashboard and navigate to Pages, then Add New. That’ll open up a new page to edit/create. The background around the “Add Title” is pink because that’s what Hestia comes with by default, change that by finding “Featured Images in the right-hand sidebar and add any image you want just like we did when customizing above. Now you…

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Okay, for the following stage in our WordPress tutorial, let’s use your new theme to customize the look and feel of your site. Hestia and Orbit Fox were chosen for this tutorial because they provide a lot of possibilities and are simple to customize. If you choose a different theme, such as Divi (which is the best, but only available as a premium option) or a different customization plugin, such as Elementor (which is also a winner when it comes to WordPress customization), you’ll have a lot of similar options, but some may be different or missing. Return to your…

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Plugins are the next main item you’ll want to look into/install after you’ve installed a super nice theme. Plugins for WordPress allow you to extend the functionality of your website. For example, if you want to create an online store, you’ll need product pages, a shopping cart, and payment processing, among other things. It takes a long time to set up on your own, but when you install the WooCommerce plugin, it takes around 4 seconds. To install plugins, go over to the “Plugins” tab in the main menu, then click “Add New”. From here you’ll see all the featured…

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