Introduction to Getting Started with WordPress Series
According to its website, WordPress is a “web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.” This really sums up WordPress, an open-source (not proprietary) project the functions as both a blogging platform and full-blown content management system (CMS).
WordPress was released in May 2003. It runs on the programming language PHP and a MySQL database. Since this is a beginner’s lesson series, PHP and MySQL won’t really be discussed. For now, just know that PHP is used to make your website do things and the data for your website is stored in the MySQL database, including pages and posts. As not every host provides an automatic install service such as Fantastico De Lux, you may need to manually install WordPress so this series will cover creating a database, uploading the WordPress files, and connecting to the database. These things may be complex at first if you are a beginner but they’re really not bad. If you find yourself screwing anything up or needing additional help, feel free to email me at any time.
Getting Started with WordPress
This series, Getting Started with WordPress, will be an undetermined number of posts that will take readers through the entire process of starting to use WordPress. It will range from topics such as domains and hosting to installation of themes and plugins to recommended tools for increased performance, optimization, and conversions.