Create a website with WordPress
A so-called content management system (CMS for short) – like WordPress is one – makes the design and maintenance of a website quite easy. The program runs like the page itself on the web server, so you can operate it via the browser. Creating components of the website on your own computer first and then uploading them is superfluous – and impractical anyway. Because thanks to WordPress & Co., several users can work on an online presence at the same time and publish content, for example, from any computer with an Internet connection worldwide. But the biggest advantage is: WordPress can be downloaded for free.
Install WordPress for free
Installing WordPress is comparatively simple, but requires a little know-how in terms of web servers. A prerequisite for installing WordPress is a web hosting package with a MySQL database (at least version 5.0) and support for PHP (at least version 5.2.4). Many web hosts offer their customers an installation service so that you don’t have to load WordPress onto the server and install it manually yourself. This makes the setup even easier because you only have to enter a few details such as username, password, email address and name of the new page, and the provider does the rest. You then log in via http://name-ihrer-seite.de/wp-login.php and you can start designing.
Build your own website with WordPress
After logging in, the so-called backend welcomes you, through which you can manage all components of the website. This includes text, images, themes (see below), but also users, extensions and other administrative tasks. You can access the individual areas via the menu items on the left-hand side. For example, by clicking on “Contributions” you can create and publish new texts. These are primarily intended for blogs or news sites where new content is frequently added. If you would rather create a classic website such as an online business card or a company website, the “Pages” menu item is the right one. This is where you create new static websites – also important, for example, to include an imprint, a guest book or an about-us page.
Free WordPress themes
It is particularly easy to change the appearance of your website. So-called WordPress themes take care of that. These regulate not only the colors, but also the structure of the page. Menu at top or side? Two or three column layout? Large lead image across the page? The theme specifies all of this. WordPress already comes with a few themes, but there are thousands more on the Internet – many of them free. Just type “free wordpress themes” into Google. It could be difficult to choose the right one from the mass of hits. You can also use the “Design” menu item to search for new templates and install and activate them straight away. So try out different layouts and see what you like.
Install WordPress plugins
In addition to the easy management of content and flexibility in design, expandability is one of the great strengths of WordPress. With many free plug-ins you can easily increase the functionality of your website. Guest books, forums or contact forms can be integrated with little effort. Most of the time, however, the extensions work in the background and keep spam out of the comments under the articles, ensure a better ranking on Google or automatically make backups of the entire page. Simply click on the “Plug-ins” menu item and browse through the huge range. The extensions are downloaded and installed in just a few steps. But don’t overdo it and uninstall unused plug-ins. On the one hand, extensions increase the loading time of your website and, on the other hand, they are potential gateways for hackers.
Use WordPress safely
Speaking of security: Set up new access for employees via the “User” menu. You can assign different roles to them. For example, an administrator can change all settings in WordPress, an employee can write a maximum of texts, and an editor can also release them. You can find an overview at http://de.support.wordpress.com/user-roles. Make use of this role concept. And: Give every user a secure password. Because anyone who knows the access data of a user has access to the backend via the login address (see above).
Free themes for wordpress
20 WordPress themes
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