Install WordPress

Introduction to WordPress

I love using WordPress, I have been using it for the past few years and it has managed to do everything I have ever needed.

Couple its flexibility with the amount of themes and plugins that are available mean that this really is the “complete” solution for a huge number of web projects.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a Content Management System, CMS for short. Essentially, it provides experienced, and inexperienced users with a nice interface to manage a website. Originally WordPress was a blogging platform but it has since evolved into a Website solution and runs around 20% of ALL websites.

WordPress runs my website, no matter whether you are setting up a blog or a complex E-Commerce site, WordPress can handle it.

One of the reasons that WordPress is so popular is because it is an Open Source project. This means that it is free to use and developers (like me) can manipulate and change it to fit the needs of any project.

For more information on WordPress, please click here.

WordPress Community

You will find a never ended source of support, advice and code from the WordPress community. No matter what you problem, you will be able to find a plugin or a solution for it.

Google is your best friend, if you have a problem simply search for it but if you can’t find the answer, feel free to email me at and I’ll do my best to help.

The WordPress support forums can be found here.

What is a “Theme”?

A WordPress theme is a package provided by a developer that makes your site look beautiful. A theme simply modifies the way in which a website is displayed. You don’t have to have any complicated knowledge in order to install a theme and make your website look great.

I will be providing you with step by step instructions to install a theme later in this course.

What is a “Plugin”?

A plugin is something that you can install to extend the functionality of your website. For example, you can install a Plugin called “Contact Form 7”. This will enable you to place a contact form on any page.

Some other plugin examples are:

  • Social Media Share Buttons
  • Newsletter Signup Forms
  • Search Engine Optimisation

By installing a plugin, it enables you to simply add functionality without having any coding experience. I’ll explain how to install a plugin later in this course.

How Can I Use WordPress For My Website?

Once WordPress is installed, you can start writing content and setting up your website. WordPress can be used for anything, whether you are setting up a blog or a fully functional E-Commerce system, WordPress can handle it.

By following this course, you will have a website to meet your needs, no matter what they are, by spending no more than $100!


After you have read this article:

  • I know what WordPress is
  • I know what a WordPress Theme is
  • I know what a WordPress Plugin is
  • I know where to find support for WordPress issues
  • I am ready to start building a website

Install WordPress

Adding Media to Content

Thanks to WordPress, adding an image, a gallery or a video to a post or a page couldn’t be easier. Once you have done it once, you’ll be amazed at how simple it is. I think that the process is very similar to how you insert an image into a Microsoft Word document.

Adding Media Content

To add an image saved on your PC to your post or page, when editing or creating a page or a post simply:

  • Click on the “Add Media” button above the text editor.
  • Click on Upload Files.
  • Click on Select Files in the middle of the screen.
  • Find the image you’d like to put on your website.
  • Click on the file and click “Open”.
  • Complete the image title, description, caption and alt text to the right hand side of the image.
  • You can also add a link to any image, below the Attachment Display Settings, change the “Link To” setting and enter the link you’d like to assign to the image.
  • If you don’t want this particular image to link to anything, simply select “None”.
  • Click on Insert Into Page.

There you go, you now have an image that either links or doesn’t link to something on your post / page. Why not try to add a few other images and get them displaying on your site?

Adding Previously Used Media Content

This is very easy, in the previous section where you chose “Upload Files”, simply select “Media Library” and follow the same steps as above.

Removing Media Content

This is as simple as deleting text on a post or a page. When editing or creating content:

  • Click on the media item.
  • Hit backspace or delete on your keyboard.

That’s it, the image or other item of media will be deleted from your page.


You should now be able to:

  • Add Media to a post or a page
  • Remove Media from a post or a page

As always, if you’d like more information or have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Install WordPress

Create a Menu in WordPress

Almost every site on the World Wide Web uses a navigation menu. WordPress has the same functionality that is built in to make it simple! After this lesson you will have a Menu for your site and should be able to move forward and build a site from what you have been taught!

Adding A Menu in WordPress

To add a menu to your WordPress site, simply follow these steps:

  • Navigate to Appearance -> Menus from the Side Navigation Bar
  • Click on “create a new menu”
  • Enter a Menu Name
  • Click on Create Menu
  • Select the location the Menu will be displayed. This may look different but should always say which area the menu will be displayed (for example, Header / Main Menu).
  • Click on Save Menu

You now have a menu ready to be displayed on your site.

Adding An Item To A Menu

It couldn’t be simple to add an item to a menu:

  • Select the item from the left hand side of the screen
  • Click on Add To Menu
  • On the Right hand side, drag the item into position.
  • Click on Save Menu

That’s it, it is that simply to add any item, including custom links to your website!

Removing An Item From A Menu

Another task that WordPress has made quick and painless. Just follow these steps to delete an item from a menu:

  • Click on the down arrow next to the menu item (right hand side of item)
  • Click on Remove
  • Click on Save Menu


After this post you now know:

  • How to create a menu
  • How to add items to a menu
  • How to remove items from a menu
  • How to position items within a menu

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me.

Install WordPress

Install WordPress – Quick and Easy Guide

This lesson will show you how to install WordPress and get a website online. This is a massive step, but it is surprisingly easy. Luckily, your web host along with WordPress make it really easy to install and get a basic website on the World Wide Web.

In order to complete this lesson you need the following:

  • Web Host
  • Domain Name
  • cPanel

Install WordPress With One Click Install

Login to cPanel

Navigate to your cPanel login, this can normally be found by going to, for example my login prompt is

Find the One Click Installation Package

Within cPanel you will have a One Click Installation Package and a logo called “WordPress”, it will look like one of the below images:

Follow the Installation Guide on the Screen

This is a really simple step, just hit “Install WordPress” or “Install” and complete the fields that are required.

As a minimum you will be asked for the following:

  • Domain – Select your domain name from the list. If your domain name isn’t in the list, contact your hosting provider.
  • Directory – Leave this blank
  • Admin Name – This will be your username for the WordPress site, you will not be able to change this.
  • Admin Password – This is the password for the WordPress site, choose something secure.
  • Email Address – Enter your email address.
  • Blog Title / Site name – Enter the name of your Website. This can be anything. If your domain name is, choose something like “Bob Shenton Flowers”.

If there are any other fields, leave them as default, you do not need to change them.

After you have completed the above fields, click on Ok / Install and you can say that you have been able to install WordPress.

If you have any problems at this stage, please contact me or your hosting company.


That’s it, you now have your WordPress site installed. To test, open up a browser and navigate to your domain name, you should see the standard WordPress home page with a “Hello World” post on the homepage.

Install Manually

You don’t need to have One Click Installation in order to setup WordPress, it just makes it a little easier! I actually couldn’t explain this any better than the guys over at WP101, i’ve embedded their video into this lesson:


You should have been able to install WordPress and by typing in your domain name in a browser, you should see the standard WordPress home page.

Congratulations, you now have a website!

As always, if you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment.