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WordPress is one of the most powerful content management systems (CMS) available. It’s versatile, constantly updated, and totally free. You can use WordPress to create simple blogs, large complex websites, and anything in between.

Learning how to use it without any prior experience can be difficult, but I guarantee that after taking this course you’ll be completely comfortable with installing WordPress, adding new content, customising WordPress themes, using WordPress plugins, and managing existing blogs or websites.

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Once your site is up and running, learn how to install and configure free plugins for backup, security, caching, and SEO in our courses Essential WordPress Plugins and WordPress Secure Setup Guide. If you're setting up an eCommerce site, check out A Beginner’s Guide to Using WooCommerce.

1. Introduction

1.1 Welcome to the Course

WordPress is one of the most powerful content management systems available. It's versatile, constantly updated, and totally free. And with it, you can create simple blogs, large complex websites, and anything in between. Now, learning how to use it without any prior experience can be quite difficult. But after taking this course, I guarantee that you'll be very comfortable installing WordPress, adding new content, customizing themes, installing plugins, and also managing existing blogs or websites. This course is quite large, so we're gonna split it up in three chapters. First, we'll discuss the basics, what is WordPress, how to install it, both locally and on a live server. And we'll also get familiar with the dashboard. The second chapter is dedicated to content management. Here, you'll learn how to work with posts and pages, how to upload media, how to manage comments, and also how to work with widgets and menus. In the third and final chapter, you'll learn about working with themes, plugins, and also how to customize WordPress with the built-in settings. We have a lot to go through so let's kick things off with the basics. In the next lesson, we'll dive a little bit deeper into what is WordPress. See you there.

2. The Basics

2.1 What Is WordPress?

Hello and welcome to the first lesson of this course. Now, I'm going to assume that you have no experience with WordPress whatsoever. So we're going to get started with the basics. In this lesson, you're going to learn what is WordPress, where you can get it, what you can do with it, and also the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. Let's begin. What is WordPress? Well, let's use two definitions for it. The simplest definition would be that WordPress is a piece of software that you can install and use to create a blog, an app, a website, and so on. The more complex definition would be that WordPress is a CMS or content management system. Now from its name, I think you can deduce what it's for, right? It's for managing content. So WordPress gives you a platform that you can use to share content with the world. And it also gives you all the tools you need to do that efficiently and effortlessly. So that is WordPress basically. It's an open source software, and open source means that its source code is freely available. So anyone in the world can contribute to it to make it better, to improve it, and so on. As I was saying in the previous lesson, it's also free, so that's a big bonus. And WordPress has been around for quite a while now. And during this time, it was constantly updated. And it's now reached version five point something, I don't know the exact number, but it's past version five. And during this time at each major version, and new features were added. The platform itself was improved a number of times. Bug fixes all over the place. So the team behind WordPress is hard at work to bring us new features and to make content publishing much easier for everybody. So that's a quick look at what is WordPress. Now where can I get it? Well, you can work with WordPress in two different ways. You can go to wordpress.org or you can go to wordpress.com. And depending on how you want to work with WordPress, you would choose one of the two. So let me show you. Wordpress.org is where you can get the standalone version of WordPress and install it on your own server. Wordpress.com allows you to build a website with WordPress except you're using their own platform. So your website will be hosted on their servers. There's a slight difference here. This one is the easiest option, because it removes like the more technical aspects of working with WordPress. While this one is the slightly more complex option because you need a little bit more knowledge to get things up and running. But it's not difficult at all, as you'll see during this course. Now wordpress.com actually is a paid platform. So of course you can start with a free plan that's available or you can choose from different pricing tiers. And each one has a different set of features that are more or less better suited for certain types of users or a certain type of website or a blog. It really depends on what you want to create. And if you'll scroll down here, you'll actually see a comparison table between each plan. And you will see what you get and what you don't get for each of these plans. So if you're gonna use wordpress.com, I strongly suggest you check this out first. So you can see which one is better suited for you. To give you an example, if you want to be able to upload custom themes, which is here, you will need to start with the business plan or the e-commerce plan. But if you just want like the very basic stuff, you can start with the free plan as well. Now for this course, we're going to use wordpress.org. We're going to download the standalone version of WordPress and we're gonna install it on our own server on our own computer and we're going to work with it directly there. So what can you create with WordPress? Well as I was saying in the introduction, from simple blogs, to large, complex websites and anything in between. Basically, anything that can be created by using a content management system, can be created with WordPress. So if you have or if you need to create a website for, I don't know, a car dealership, you can do that with WordPress. Maybe a website for a real estate agency. You can do that with WordPress, a portfolio for a photographer, maybe, you can do that. An app can do that as well. It might require a little bit more coding. Depending on the app, but you can totally do it. So as I was saying, WordPress is very versatile, you can create virtually anything with it. And that's what makes it so popular and so powerful. It has this huge community behind it that's constantly working on the code. That's constantly producing themes and plugins so that this platform that was once just a blogging system, just a blogging platform is now a powerhouse, an amazing tool that can be used to create virtually anything on the web. Now, since you are somewhat familiar with what WordPress is all about, let's proceed to installing it. We'll start in the next lesson where you'll learn how to install WordPress on your local machine and what kind of software you need to make it all work. See you there.