F.A.Q.’s WordPress Training | WordPress Course in Lakeland, Tampa, and Orlando!

What is WordPress

WordPress is open source web software that you can install on your web server to create your website, blog, community or network. WordPress started out as a tool for blogging, but has evolved into a full-fledged Content Management System (CMS), capable of powering websites, networks and communities.

Why Choose WordPress?

One of the principal advantages of WordPress is that you are in control. Unlike remote-hosted scripts such as Blogger and LiveJournal, you host WordPress on your own server. Installation is very simple, as is the configuration. Unlike other software programs, there are not a million files to chmod nor are there dozens of templates to edit just to get your site set up and looking the way you want.

Also, Blog pages in WordPress are generated on the fly whenever a page is requested, so you do not have multiple archive pages clogging up your web space. Waiting for pages to rebuild is a thing of the past because template changes are made in scant seconds.

WordPress is built following W3C standards for XHTML and CSS, ensuring that your site is more easily rendered across standards-compliant browsers. Other browsers are supported with a few hacks; it’s a reality of the web that hacks are necessary.

Aggregator support is built-in with a number of standard RSS configurations already done for you, as well as Atom. Following standards makes your WordPress site easier to manage, increases its longevity for future Internet technology adoption, and helps give your site the widest audience possible.

What are WordPress features?

WordPress has an extensive list of features and, as it is constantly evolving, this list of features is constantly growing. Check out the up-to-date list of features.

When was WordPress first released? 

WordPress started out life as a fork of b2/cafelog by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. The first version was released in 2003

How is WordPress license?

WordPress is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

What is GPL?

The GPL is an open source license. This means you are free to modify and redistribute the source code under certain conditions. You can read more about why we chose the GPL on the License Page.

What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

WordPress.com is a blog network run by Automattic. It uses WordPress software, but individual blogs are hosted and managed by WordPress.com. This is a free service with premium addons and upgrades.

Here at WordPress.org, you can download WordPress, the web software that WordPress.com runs on. Once you’ve downloaded it, you can upload it to a web server and run your own WordPress website.

There is useful information about this distinction on the WordPress.com website.

Can I transfer my blog from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress installation?

WordPress.com is a blog network run by Automatic. It uses WordPress software, but individual blogs are hosted and managed by WordPress.com. This is a free service with premium add-ons and upgrades.

Here at WordPress.org, you can download WordPress, the web software that WordPress.com runs on. Once you’ve downloaded it, you can upload it to a web server and run your own WordPress website. It can also be installed automatically on most major ISPs like 1and1.com and GoDaddy.

There is useful information about this distinction on the WordPress.com website.

How is WordPress related to other blogging applications?

WordPress was primarily inspired by Noah Grey‘s Greymatter open-source web log and journal software. It is related to b2, sort of a second cousin twice removed. You can use WordPress to post your own stories, ideas, rants, reviews, links, and pictures of your toothless Uncle Ernie at the wedding reception, if you choose. In addition, you can customize the look and feel of your site. Numerous themes are available and may be modified in many different ways. Through the use of WordPress Themes, you can quickly change the look and style of your site. You can also extend WordPress’ functionality through the use of Plugins. Plugins let you create the website or blog that suits your needs. As you can see, its functionality exceeds or at least is similar to what is available in most blogging tools today.

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Can I transfer my blog or website from other services to a self-hosted WordPress installation?

You can transfer any blog or website from any service you wish. We have a list of guides which will help you to transfer from your specific platform.

Do I  need to know PHP to use WordPress?

No. You should be able to use WordPress through the user interface, without ever having to touch PHP.

The only time you would modify your WordPress website with PHP would be when integrating some of the plugins. There are a small number of plugins that still require manual edits to your files. In most cases, clear instructions are usually given within a text file with the plugin.

Other than that, you would not be changing any of the PHP files.

For advanced information check out Know Your Sources

Learn more about WordPress terms: where can I get help?

The WordPress Codex has a Glossary where you can find definitions of many of the key phrases associated with WordPress.

WordPress Training Course Preparation and Requirements

Here are a few preparation steps to complete before attending the class and other things you need to know:

  • Bring Your Laptop that is ready to connect via Wi-Fi. WordPress in an online platform that requires access to the internet.
  • WordPress Installation Steps 1and1, GoDaddy, and Hostgator
  • If you do not have your domain and hosting you can sign up for hosting and domain at 1and1 (preferred).  Choose Linux Hosting,“Unlimited” or “Performance” Package, which includes a Free domain name.
  • Bring a light sweater or jacket. The room gets cold at times.
  • Lunch will be on your own from approximately 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. There are several convenient restaurants in the area, including Boston Market across the street.
  • Coffee and donuts will be served. Parking is Free.
  • Please arrive as early as possible. We will be here beginning at 8:30 a.m. to help you get setup. We begin sharply at 9:00 a.m.

Email Carmen Lopez if you should have any further questions at: carmen@nmx2.com   We look forward to seeing you at the course.

How to Set Up WordPress on 1and1, GoDaddy & HostGator

These are the instructions for setting up WordPress Website on your Internet Service Provider, ISP, 1and1.com, GoDaddy and Host Gator.

GoDaddy:

WordPress® is a personal publishing platform, or content management system, that you can use to set up a blog on your website.

To Install WordPress on Your Hosting Account
1.    Log in to your Account Manager.
2.    Click Web Hosting.
Click one of the following, based on the type of hosting you have. You can tell this by the second word in your hosting’s description beneath your hosting account’s domain name, e.g. Deluxe Web correlates to Web (Hosting Control Panel).
1.    Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Launch.
2.    In the Popular Apps section, click WordPress.
3.    Complete the on-screen fields, and then click OK:
·       Domain — Select the domain on your account you want to use.
·       Directory — Enter the directory after the domain name where you want to install WordPress. If you want the domain name itself to use WordPress, the directory field should only have “/” entered.
·       Enter a Username, a Password (and its confirmation), and an Email Address.
WordPress will be installed to your hosting account with the options you selected within 24 hours. When it is complete, you will receive a confirmation email.
HostGator:
Install WordPress via QuickInstall – Hostgator
1.     Login to cPanel.
2.     Scroll down to the Software/Services section and click on the QuickInstallicon/link.
 
3.     On the left, under Blog Software, click on WordPress
 
4.     Click on Continue.
5.     Fill out the Application URL, if needed.
Note: This is the path where you want to install WordPress. If you leave this field blank, WordPress will be installed to your main domain. If you use blog in this field, WordPress will be installed to http://yourdomain.com/blog. Don’t leave this blank if you don’t want WordPress to be your main website or if you already have content on the root of your account.
6.     Fill in the rest of the fields and options (the email, blog title, first and last name can be changed later through the WordPress Dashboard)
7.     Click Install Now!
 
8.     After WordPress is finished installing, you should see a “Congratulations!” message like the one below with a link to click here. Click that link, and it will bring you to your newly installed WordPress blog!
Your admin password will be emailed to you at the email address you provided in step 7. Retrieve your password and then visit the URL to which you installed WordPress, adding /wp-admin — Visit our login tutorial for more information on how to log into WordPress.
Note: If you recently changed your name servers or DNS records, it is possible that you will not be able to access your new WordPress installation until the domain propagates. This could take up to 24 to 48 hours.

1and1.com
Login to 1and.com

Go to Website/Applications
                Click on “1and1 App Center”
Click on “Install” in the WordPress Tab
Click “Install in Free Mode”
Accept “Terms of Use”
In General Tab /  Installation Settings
                Enter Name of the Site
                Select “Existing Domain”
                                Arrow down and select a domain
In Application Setting
                Create an Administrator LogIn (Cannot be admin”
                Create a Password
                Enter Administrator Email
                Enter Website Title
                Click “Continue”
In Database Tab
                Select “New Database”
                                Write a “Description”
                                Create a Password
                                Repeat the Password
                                Set Table Prefix
                                                Leave as Is or give it a new name
                Click Continue
In Webspace
                If only one site is hosted leave it as is
                If several sites are hosted click on “…” and create a “New” Folder
In Summary
                Click “Install”
You will see “Installing”. When WordPress installation is ready (15 min to 2 hours) 1and1 will send you an email, or you can refresh the page to see if the installation is ready.
Remember to select Linux Hosting and SQL Database Option for your hosting.