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WordPress Beginners Guide to Starting a Blog

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Here, you’ll find step-by-step tutorials to walk you through starting your own WordPress blog. This is an ongoing collection of blogging tutorials and tips for WordPress beginners.

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Here, you'll find step-by-step tutorials to walk you through starting your own WordPress blog. This is an ongoing collection of blogging tutorials and tips for WordPress beginners

How to Start a Blog in 5 easy Steps

You’ve made the decision to start your own blog — congratulation, that’s great! Starting a blog doesn’t have to be intimidating or confusing. If you don’t know what’s involved or where to begin, LearnWP is here to help. We know you can do this. There are free blogging platforms available but, we recommend that right from the start you choose a self-hosted wordpress.org install. If you’re already on wordpress.com or need to understand the difference

Customize your WordPress theme the right way with Child Themes

WordPress theme customization You’ve searched hour upon hour for the perfect WordPress theme. You find one that is very close if you could only change this or that. The problem is if you make changes directly to the theme files you won’t be able to update the theme without losing all your customizations. The solution to this problem is to create a child theme. “With a child theme, you can update the parent theme (which

How to choose a WordPress Theme

What is a WordPress Theme? A WordPress theme is a collection of files that controls the styling of a website or blog. If you change themes, the overall design your site will display differently in a browser. Every new WordPress installation comes with a default theme installed and activated. WordPress “ships” a new annual default theme every year, the current default theme is Twenty Sixteen. How to Change your WordPress Theme Follow these 3 steps to change your Theme in

What happens if I change my WordPress theme?

Will I lose everything if I change my WordPress theme? No, you won’t lose everything. WordPress has been designed so that themes can be changed. All functionality that is WordPress core or plugin related will remain intact when you change your theme, anything that is theme-specific will be gone. Here’s how it works — What happens to my Page & Post content? One of the beautiful things about WordPress is that your website content is stored in a

How to publish your first post in WordPress

If you’re following along with our instructions from How to Start a Blog in 5 Easy Steps then congratulations, you’ve reached step 5. You’re ready to write and publish your first post and start blogging with WordPress. Before publishing your first post, here’s how to create a static Home page & a Blog page WordPress will initially display your blog posts on your home page. WordPress started as a blogging platform so the assumption is that

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating & Editing WordPress Galleries

One of the most challenging lessons we teach in our WordPress Intensive workshop is the WordPress Galleries module. WordPress comes with gallery functionality built-in. You don’t need a separate gallery plugin. Often WordPress beginners get frustrated with how many clicks it takes to create a default WordPress gallery and they’re concerned that they won’t remember how to do it when they try on their own. In this tutorial, we walk you through each click step-by-step. How do I add a

Will updating WordPress break my site?

We understand your hesitation to update your WordPress website. Breaking your website and not knowing how to fix it is a legitimate fear. But not updating really isn’t a good thing. Instead of ignoring updates, you should educate yourself about what can go wrong when you update WordPress and how to fix it. In this post, we answer your questions and provide you with solutions. Why should I update WordPress? How do I know when WordPress

How to show your profile photo in blog comments

During our WordPress courses, we are often asked how to change the grey and white icon of a person that shows in blogs with comments. The generic “Mystery Person” image is the default avatar displayed on WordPress websites. WordPress beginners see others displaying a profile picture and they want to know how this is done. Do you want to show your own image beside your comments on other blogs? Do you want your image to display when you respond to comments on

3 Common Mistakes WordPress Beginners Make

In our last post — 4 Tips every WordPress Beginner Needs to know — we highlighted some common challenges WordPress Beginners face. In this post, we discuss three common mistakes beginners (and many seasoned bloggers) make. In most cases these three things aren’t going to make or break your website but avoiding them will make it easier for you to keep WordPress updated. will make your site less cluttered and better organized — which will save you time.

4 Tips every WordPress Beginner Needs to know

Sometimes students attending our WordPress workshops have some issues that have been puzzling and frustrating them for some time. We really enjoy the reactions and their excitement when we solve their challenge. Here are the solutions to three four common but oh so frustrating issues encountered by WordPress beginners.   TIP#1:  How do I get a single line instead of a full paragraph break in WordPress?!! Are you frustrated with the WordPress visual editor?  Every time you hit enter you get a

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