What is WordPress?

WordPress is a content management system (CMS) – it provides a way to create content, which is saved to a database, and displays the content within pages with themes that style the content and provide navigation. There are other CMS options out there (Joomla, Drupal, and more), however WordPress is the most popular for small businesses, organizations, and even some large corporations thanks to its ease of use, stability, and security. 

How does WordPress work?

WordPress allows almost anyone to create a website in a day, using its setup wizards, easy-to-use themes, and intuitive admin interface. After choosing a theme from the directory, your pages and content can be styled with just a few clicks. Creating content is as simple as adding pages, posts and categories, and setting up a main menu (some themes do this for you).

Most content is saved to a database, which is read by WordPress and formatted based on the theme and styles chosen. Between the WordPress core files, plugin files, and database content, your website is assembled and displayed on your visitors’ devices.

Pages, Posts, and Categories

What’s the difference between Pages and Posts? That’s a common question asked by many new WordPress users. Pages are just content that is displayed on its own individual page. You can add images, tables, and more to a page. Menu links can also bring users to a specific page.

Posts are similar to pages – they can include images, tables, and other elements just like pages can – however posts are usually categorized and can be placed within pages or feeds on your site. Some themes use posts to fill blocks on the home page or footer area, and blog pages can display multiple posts within a single page.

Post categories are used to organize posts on your site. Users can search or choose to view posts from specific categories. Menu links can also bring users to pages that display posts from specific post categories.

WordPress Media Manager

Pictures, videos, audio files, and even documents can be uploaded to WordPress with the Media manager. The Media manager allows you to upload, organize, and add details (title, description, etc.) too files within your site. The media manager is also used when adding photos/videos/etc to posts or pages. It also allows you to crop, rotate, and further edit photos and  some videos.

Many themes add navigation items to your main nav when you create a new page, however if you want to change any of your menus (perhaps to move items to a submenu or add links to post categories), you can do that too! To change your navigation, go to Appearance > Menus and select the menu you’d like to change from the dropdown. Once selected, you can drag items from the left to your menu, and drag menu items above or below each other to rearrange them. Creating a submenu is as easy as sliding a menu item to the right below the item you’d like to be the “parent” item.

Still need some help?

As a Managed WordPress client, you get discounts on support and web work. If you have a support contract with us, you’re already covered! Reach out to us using the “Contact” tab on your WordPress Admin Dashboard or reach out through one of the options on the contact page.