WordPress is the most popular blogging platform in the world. It us currently used by more than 60 million sites! It is a flexible, easy-to-use open source software supported by a solid organization and millions of users.
This post is the first in a series of posts that will discuss issues concerning the use of WordPress and show in considerable detail what to do before setting up a blog, how to install and set up WordPress for the first time, and then how to tweak the installation and use the multitude of add-on software to make it look good, perform great, and do the things we want it to do.
I will show how to install WordPress, find and install good-looking and fast themes, how to use CSS to modify the look and feel, which plugins are essential and how to install them. We will tear some of the outer layer away and even take a look at code; CSS, HTML and PHP.
I have used WordPress for many years in several blogs, and I have also worked on WordPress installations for clients. In this series I will tell you not only how to do things, but also try to convey how I think about the various issues. About other useful software that makes blogging using WordPress easier. What is important in choosing a theme? Which plugins are essential? How many plugins should you have? Which tweaks to the PHP and CSS are most important? Obviously there is no one right answer to these questions, and if there is, I don’t have it. So I can’t give you that. What I can give you instead is what I have found out and think, based on my experience (including my many, many mistakes along the way).
The posts will run about every second to every fourth day, each dealing with a stage in the process. Along the way we will check continuously on the performance of the blog and take snapshots for eternity of how it looks.