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This perfect Guide to Learning WordPress in only 7 Days

Do you want to create your own blog or professional website? Perfect. Today it is essential to have a presence on the Internet . Whether you have a local business in your city, you are dedicated to freelancing, photography, offering any type of service or any other profession, the Internet offers unmatched advantages available to everyone.

Doctors, students, designers, entrepreneurs, small business owners, in short, they are all those who can take advantage of all the technology available today, make themselves known, position themselves, increase sales and grow exponentially.

Many people believe that to have a professional website or blog it is necessary to spend thousands of dollars or euros on a designer or programmer, a very expensive hosting service and high monthly maintenance fees.

With WordPress you can do everything yourself. Create a Web page your way and then, if necessary, request the help of a designer or programmer for more advanced or personalized functions (only if necessary).

Do you want to know how? Very well!

I present you a 7 day plan to learn WordPress. One lesson a day with theory and steps to take.

Read it, put it into practice, and start building your website TODAY! There are no excuses 🙂

How to learn WordPress in 7 days

One lesson a day. Although if you want you can also take all of them in less time 🙂 Also check the end of the article where I offer you something very interesting.

Day 1 – Basic information

The first day is about knowing what WordPress is, how it works and all kinds of basic information about the platform and how it works.

Also on this first day it is good to learn basic concepts of WordPress, terms that are used frequently and other types of information that can be very useful when you are working directly with the system.

For this I recommend you visit the WordPress Codex, where you will find different definitions and concepts that will help you a lot.

Finally, you will also need to know the basic requirements to be able to use WordPress successfully. These are a web hosting account and a domain.

Day 2 – Installation

Since you learned all the basic information about WordPress and how it works on the first day, it is time to dive right into the installation of the platform to start using all its functions.

Before installing, you have to make sure you have your own domain and a web hosting account.

For the domain I recommend GoDaddy or Namecheap.

Once you have these two tools, change the server names by following the following tutorial:

For this you can use a script like QuickInstall or also perform the manual installation.

Day 3 – Basic Configuration

Now yes, you already have WordPress installed. Now is the time to get fully into the platform and everything it offers.

The first step is to do the basic setup.

The first thing you will have access to when you log in with WordPress is the main desktop, which has different components with which you will gradually become familiar.

Enter the Settings section , which is made up of the following sections:

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Comments
  • Media
  • Permanent Links

Review each of these sections, especially the Permanent Links part , where I recommend you select the option of “Entry Name” so that in this way the URLs of your blog have keywords and terms related to the content you publish.

This gives excellent benefits for the SEO and branding of your site.

In addition to this, you can also customize the home page of the WordPress dashboard, which has different widgets that you can add or remove by clicking on “Display options” in the upper right hand corner.

At the end of this third day you will have the basic configuration of the platform ready and we can go to the next level.

Day 4 – Plugins

The fourth day is all related to plugins, those little tools that make WordPress such a powerful and flexible system.

There are thousands upon thousands of plugins available to install.

The plugins that you are going to install will depend a lot on the type of website you are going to create and the needs you have.

If, for example, you are going to create a virtual store, you are going to need a plugin that turns WordPress into a system for buying and selling products (Woocommerce, Cart66 or Exchange are good options).

Of course, there are certain “universal” plugins that I recommend installing regardless of the type of site you are going to create or the market niche that you are focused on. These cover basic needs such as security, SEO configuration, loading speed, design and other topics that every Webmaster must attend to.

Day 5 – Themes and design

So far we have seen basic configuration and plugins. On day 5 we focus directly on themes and web design.

To modify the appearance and design of WordPress, themes are used, which work as templates that are installed in a couple of clicks.

Each template has a panel of options to be able to modify characteristics such as backgrounds, colors, basic structure, typography, sliders and much more.

There are free themes and “premium” themes that imply an economic cost that depends on the developer and everything that it includes.

In your WordPress dashboard, go to the Appearance> Themes section to be able to manage everything related to the installation and administration of templates.

There are many other theme providers, although these are the ones I recommend the most based on my experience.

You can also start with a free theme if you don’t have the resources to purchase a premium one. With a simple search on Google (Example: the best free WordPress themes) you can have access to hundreds of designs.

Although eventually and when you have the possibility, I recommend updating to a premium template.

Day 6 – Content Publishing

Everyone should know that The main part of any website or blog is its content, because you also know that content is king.

There are 2 ways to add content and information in WordPress:

  • pages
  • Posts

Pages are static content. For example, the Contact, About, Policies or any other similar page that can be seen on almost all sites and blogs. They are also used if you are going to have a personalized “home page” and not the classic blog.

Everything that is not blog articles is added on pages. To begin, enter the WordPress Dashboard and click Pages> Add new .

Posts are the way content and updates are added to a blog. All articles and information published are entered chronologically.

Entries use categories and tags to classify them. Pages on the other hand have hierarchies and can also use different templates depending on the theme used.

To add posts, click Posts> Add New.

Both functions use the WordPress editor, which is easy to use to edit content and give it a great layout and design.

Take action:

  • Create the essential pages you need
  • Add your first blog post
  • Create between 5 and 10 categories for your blog (Posts> Categories)
  • If you are going to create a blog, it is important to update it frequently with relevant and useful content for your readers.
  • Pages will help you communicate the universal and static message of your site.

Day 7 – Web Traffic and Marketing

Although this last day does not have to do directly with WordPress and its functions, it is important since it will allow us to start planning and growing your site. It is useless to comply with the first 6 days if afterwards nothing is done to generate visits, readers and positioning on the Web.

Most of the blogs end up abandoned due to lack of visits and web traffic.

What to do about it?

Create a web traffic and marketing plan.

At the 7th day you can have your website or blog ready. Maybe not 100% but 70% of the base and then take care of different aspects such as design, install more necessary plugins, add content, format it, etc.

In addition to everything we saw, WordPress also offers different functions such as use of Widgets, Custom Menus, import tools, comments, updates and much more.

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