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23rd Feb
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A Beginners Guide To WordPress

Earlier this year, W3Techs reported that 26% of all websites on the Internet as of Feb 22nd, 2016 ran on the WordPress blogging engine. This really shouldn’t be too surprising–Wordpress has an enormous and highly loyal following as well as a slew of developers working on the platform.

Free WordPress Themes

Your first step of picking the right template for your WordPress install. There are thousands of themes to choose from, both free and premium (requiring subscription or one-time fee). Finding free templates is easy enough, you can do so right inside of the WordPress manager. Go to Appearance > Themes > then click the ‘Add New’ button.

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This will bring you to a screen where you can choose from a large list of available free templates. You click each one to get a nice preview of what the template looks like. Then, when you’ve found the perfect look for your website, simply click the install link. If you don’t like the theme you can deactivate it later or simply install another choice. Easy.

Premium Themes

If none of the free themes catch your fancy, you have the option of purchasing one of the many premium themes that exist. While they cost money, these themes tend to offer far more customization and layout options and have the added benefit of customer support and updates. We’ve included links to many of the popular and reputable premium theme sites:

Plug-Ins

Plug-ins are the main way to extend the built in functionality of WordPress. One of the easiest ways to install plug-ins is similar to installing themes. Go to Plug-ins > Add new then choose from the available plug-ins or search to find the one you want. Note the star rating near each plug-in. This is a good way to measure how effective the plug-in is. Also note the last date updated. Plug-ins older than half a year or so run the risk of not being secure. One last piece of advice is not to get too plug-in hungry and install a bunch at once. The first problem is every plug-in you install takes power to run, the more you use, the slowest your website could be. The second problem is if you ever have an issue with a plug in affecting your site, having too many makes it hard to diagnose which plug could be the culprit.

Well that’s all for this guide, hope it help to in-doctrine you into the wide, wonderful world of WordPress. As always, stay subscribed for more tips and trick from Vibrant Web.