WordPress is a basically a software which can be used to create and host websites without having to use coding. It has both free version as well as a paid version. WordPress is also used to write blogs and other knowledgeable content, hosting of a website primarily to sell or to showcase one’s products.
The core components of WordPress are –
1. The Dashboard – When a person first signs in, the first thing that can be seen on the left is Dashboard. Dashboard allows to access the key areas of admin link.
2. Posts – Posts are the most important component of WordPress. One can publish a post using this option. The published post can be seen under the heading “Published,” and there are also options of finding posts that were drafted or thrashed. A person who has a website on WordPress will be utilizing posts link to write content for a blog or any new updates for the site. This is found on the Dashboard of WordPress and once hovered upon the option and click on it to find options like “All Post,” “Add New,” “Categories,” and “Tags.” There is an option for readers to comment in Post section of WordPress.
3. Media – The next component that is there is Media. While we write the content, we can insert some pictures, videos, document files, or audio to the content to make it look good, and this can be done through Media. Once clicked on Media, “Add New” option needs to be clicked on and image can be added using “Click to Browse” option or drag and drop option or “via URL” one can be used to add media according to our likes. Media can also be accessed via “Add Media” option while writing the post. It also has “Media Library” which can be used to store media content for any future use.
4. Pages – This option comes after Media option. Pages are static in nature, for example a landing page of a website. There is no option to comment on these pages unlike in Posts. Pages are unlikely to be have content changed from time to time. Websites are usually made up of many pages, like Home Page, Blog, Contact Us, etc. “Add New” page option is to add new pages, and has “Tags” option also.
5. Themes – These come under the section of “Appearance” option. WordPress has its default theme but it allows to change the themes of website pages to make it look presentable and elegant. Loads of themes are provided and one can select from the many colorful ones to change appearance of pages in website.
6. Plugins – The next option after Appearance on the Dashboard of WordPress site is Plugins. A new feature can be added on websites with the use of plugins that will improve the functionality of the website. WordPress paid version offers this benefit to its users to add plugins while free users cannot use this feature. The best part is plugins help add an extra feature to the website without having to know to code.
7. Comments – The menu option after Testimonials is Comments option. All comments given on WordPress site appears in this section. One can view, reply, and manage the comments through this. One can enable or disable comments according to one’s liking. This can be done by clicking on “Settings” options and then on “Discussion” option. This will take to “Discussion Settings” and one can see “Default Article Settings” and then “Comments.” Once an option is clicked, it is important to save the setting by clicking on the “Save settings” button on the right-hand corner.
8. Users – If more than one person has access to WordPress Site, the Users option is used to give access to them and their names appears under this section. One can add a team member or add subscribers through this tool.
Concluding Remarks – Overall, WordPress is a great platform where one can dream of making their own websites without having to depend on a software programmer to do it. It is less complicated and one can own a domain, simply build a site, or write a blog effortlessly on WordPress.