WordPress Plugins

One of the best features of WordPress is that there are many plugins available from a central location. Yes. You can write your own custom plugins if you choose, but most bloggers are not interested in learning how to write a WordPress plugin for a common feature.

To install plugins for WordPress, you will need admin access to your WordPress blog. Once you log in using an admin account, go your dashboard. The dashboard menu has a Plugins link. Click it.

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Content Management System (CMS)

Content Management Systems allow people to easily add documents, images and other digital content to websites.

If you’ve never heard of a CMS, also know as a Content Management System, you’re not alone. Content Management Systems are a relatively new tool even in terms of the Internet. Old time Internet users used HTML or Flash to share hobbies, family photos, and business information. Now, the majority of information created by people on the web is created using WordPress or other content management systems.

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Creating Normal Websites with WordPress

Most people and businesses don’t realize that WordPress is for websites, too. Obviously WordPress is popular among bloggers, because it has an easy interface for creating and posting new blogs. However, that same interface creates web pages and regular websites with the same ease.

By default, WordPress shows blog posts on the front page. Many business, for example, want a blog, but not as the front page. The trick for business and individuals that want to have WordPress for their website is figuring out how to get a normal web page as their front page in WordPress.

Here’s the trick to using WordPress to create a normal website.

1. Go to your WordPress Dashboard and navigate to Appearance.

2. Under Appearance, you will see Customize. Select Customize.

WordPress Customize
Dashboard -> Appearance -> Customize

3. Now select “A static page” and choose a front page from the drop down list of your published pages.

WordPress Customizing
Select Static Front Page

 

 

4. Don’t forget to click the Save & Publish button on this page.

Static Front Page
Make a website home page using a WordPress home page

One important note. You can’t choose a static page as your WordPress front page until you have actually published at least one page. So, don’t forget to create your new home page.