WordPress basics for building a WordPress site

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Creating Your First WordPress Site

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Logging in to WordPress

It’s time to begin building your new WordPress site. To start, visit the My Sites page of the MyPressable Control Panel and click the WP Admin link for your new site. Using the username and password you received via email for your new site, log in the WordPress admin page. If you run into trouble with logging into your site, you can reset your password using the Lost your password? link or contact our Help Desk for assistance.

Signing into WordPress login screen for the first time.

 

WordPress Admin

Once you’ve logged into your new WordPress site, you’ll be taken to the WordPress admin screen. The WordPress admin screen is the place where you can add new pages, posts, plugins and themes to your site. It’s best to start with simple changes, which is why we recommend you read our article on Four Steps to Getting Your Site Up and Running from the Pressable Knowledge Base.

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WordPress admin dashboard.

 

Posts

Ready to add content to your new WordPress site? WordPress makes it easy to share content on your site using posts, which are displayed in reverse chronological order. You can add a new post to your site by clicking Posts on the left-hand side of the WordPress admin screen and then clicking Add New. The posts screen is also the place to manage your site’s existing posts.

WordPress creating a new blog post dashboard.

Pages

WordPress stores static content, such as information about a site’s owner or a listing of products available for sale, in pages. You can add a new page to your site by clicking Pages on the left-hand side of the WordPress admin screen and then clicking Add New. The pages screen is also the place to manage your site’s existing pages.

Creating a new page in the WordPress admin dashboard.

Plugins

Would you like to improve your new WordPress site’s SEO or create an online storefront? There’s a WordPress plugin for those tasks and more. You can install a new plugin on your site by clicking Plugins on the left-hand side of the WordPress admin screen and then clicking Add New. The plugins page allows you to find a plugin that’s right for your site by searching WordPress’ extensive library of plugins. The plugins screen is also the place to manage your site’s existing plugins and installing plugins you might have acquired from a third party.

Add plugin menu listing options for WordPress plugins to download.

 

Themes

Your new WordPress site can be further customized through the use of a theme, which defines the look, design and feel of your site. Every WordPress site comes preinstalled with a great theme, giving you the option to customize the existing theme or install a new theme in its place. If you’d like to install a new theme on your site, you can do so by clicking Appearance on the left-hand side of the WordPress admin screen and then clicking Themes. From the themes page, you can view your site’s installed themes or add a new theme using the Add New link. The themes page is also the place to customize your theme. To do so, click Customize for your site’s active theme.

WordPress dashboard menu for activating a downloaded theme.

 

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