Basic Functions Of WordPress

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WordPress has evolved over the years, into one of the most popular and powerful website creation platforms available in 2020.

Over 1/3 of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress, so if you are wondering whether you should use it or not, let the numbers answer for you.

WordPress’ learning curve is steeper than that of Wix and more simple site creation tools, but the rewards a user gets out of learning the basics of WordPress outweigh all other competitor platforms.

Here are the basic functions of WordPress in 2020.

CREATING AND EDITING A PAGE

Open up your dashboard and click on Pages. Then, click Add New. The Pages tab is where you will manage all pages for your website.

Add in a title for your page. This is what it will be called.

Next, decide on what content you wish to add next. If you are wanting to add text, click on start writing or type / to choose a block. 

To add a different element in the block, click one of the + icon on the right-hand side. Choose from quote templates, images, spaces and my other elements from their drop-down menu.

If you want to add a new block with elements, click the + icon 

in the top left-hand corner.

Once you have added a block, you can access the settings and customization settings for your block by clicking directly on the content. The one settings menu will pop out on the right under the Block tab. The rest of the settings can be accessed by selecting the block and navigating the pop-up header and three dots on top of the block.

To move a block around, hold and drag the 6 dotted square up or down.

Alternatively, click the arrow in the desired direction.

Once you are happy with your page, click Publish located in the top right-hand corner. 

If you would like to preview what your page looks like before you update or publish it, click Preview.

If you would like to undo or redo an action, click the < icon to go back one action or the > icon to redo one action.

UPLOADING AND EDITING MEDIA LIRARY

Your Media Library is where all of your image assets are saved. If you’ve uploaded an image onto your site or on a previous site, it will show up here. You can remove it or upload new image assets. 


To access this page head over to the WordPress dashboard and go to Media.

Alternatively, head to an empty block and add in an image element. You can access your media assets when you are selecting what image to place into an image element.

PLUGINS

WordPress is already an incredible web builder, and to top it all off, WordPress allows third-party interfaces to assist in the building process. To browse the wide range of available add-ons, head over to your WordPress Dashboard. Click Plugins and hit Add New.

In the search tab, search for any plugin you may have heard about to assist your design process.

Some honorable mentions are Visual Composer and Elementor.

If you click on Plugins from your WordPress Dashboard, you can scroll through all of your active plugins and decide which ones you want activated or deactivated.


Michael has a passion for running and fallen in love with trail running, exploring the surrounding mountains of the Garden Route. When he is not in the mountains he spends his days growing his client's accounts at Xploited Media.

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