Tech Talk – WordPress

Welcome to Tech Talk.

Over the last couple weeks I’ve been spending a fair bit of time messing around with the various technical aspects of this (and other) blogs and websites that I’m involved with.

I thought it might be a good idea to post a little bit about some technical (yet simple) aspects of blogging.

So, I’ve created a new category – Tech Talk – and will most likely add posts over time.

The format and nature of MatthewsBack.com is to document my sore back, my come back and my various online side hustles.  Come Backs and Side Hustles will no doubt involve my learnings, sharings and teachings of what I’m doing, what I’m selling, and what services I’m providing.

Perhaps just as importantly – I plan to show HOW I’m doing it from a technical perspective.

The technology behind blogs and websites can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.

And, if it’s not your thing for what ever reason, then it is easy to find someone to help you !

WordPress Rules !

Quite simply, if you want to have a blog, then WordPress is the way to go.  Full stop.

However, perhaps not quite so simply, there are two kinds of WordPress – WordPress.org and WordPress.com – and these are easily confused.

WordPress.org is the best option.

WordPress.org is the backend software that controls gazillions of websites and blogs around the world.  And it’s free.

To setup a blog or website using WordPress.org, as a very simplistic summary:

  1.  You will need to purchase a Domain Name.  A domain name is your website url, your website address.  Using a real estate analogy, a domain name is your “online street address” equivalent, so that people can find you and visit your website.
  2. You will need to purchase Hosting.  Hosting is essentially virtual online realestate “land” – a section on some servers hard drive that will hold the files / images / bits and pieces that make up your website.  Purchasing Hosting space is easy and cheap, and can grow with your business.
  3. You will need to link your Domain Name and your Hosting together, or put another way, associate your domain name with your hosting account, so that your domain name points to your hosting.  Almost all Hosting and Domain Name companies make this extremely easy.
  4. You will need to install WordPress into your Hosting.  Again, most hosting companies make this fairly easy.  (or, I can help you if you wish – Contact Us).
  5. Once WordPress is installed, you can use it to create your website.

So – Hosting is your “land”, the domain name is your “address” and the actual website itself is your “house”.  Just like using houses / real estate as an example, your house is the actual building that your visitors will want to find.  However, the house is built on some land and is easily found if your visitor knows your address.

Obviously there is a little more to it than that, but overall that is the concept in a nutshell.

Note – WordPress.com is another option where the WordPress company themselves control and host your website.  Your domain name usually works out to be “MyWebsite.Wordpress.com”.  Yes, it is usually free, but you have very little control.  Good for playing around, but not the best option if you have a vaguely serious or professional business, service, offering or online presence.

Themes and Plugins

A WordPress Theme is the “look and feel” of your website.  You can use your Theme to change the colours, add menus, resize text, , etc, and overall change the layout of your website.

WordPress has approximately several bazillion Themes – about half of which are free.  You can purchase themes as well, however if you are just getting started, then free is probably best.

A WordPress Plugin is a specific piece of functionality that can be added to your website.  For example, an image slider on your home page, or a Contact Us form, or some backend security options, an ecommerce solution for selling stuff on your site, or a backup process – these can all be handled quickly and easily by installing an appropriate WordPress plugin.

Again, WordPress has at least gajillion Plugins – again about half of which are free.

Themes are the “bricks and mortar and paint” of your WordPress website.

Plugins are the “bells and whistles” of your WordPress website.

Sometimes configuring the themes and plugins can be a bit tricky, but overall the good ones have simple user interfaces and logical steps which make it easier.

Like Themes, plugins are easily installed, or if you need a hand I can help you if you wish – Contact Us .

Once WordPress is installed on your hosting, you can then login to what is known as your WordPress Dashboard.  This is the “back end” of your website where you can write posts, create your pages, add your images and videos.  Your WordPress Dashboard is where you can configure and control your website.

In a perfect world, if you can create some fairly fancy documents within Microsoft Word, or IOS Pages, or put something up for sale on eBay, then you should be able to work out how to use the WordPress Dashboard.

Just remember to use it for Good and not for Evil.

Thanks,

Matthew

As time goes on I plan to share other website creation handy hints and useful stuff using this Tech Talk category within the posts and pages of MatthewsBack.com .  Any other Tech Talk requests, please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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