Maintaining your website yourself using WordPress

It is very necessary to keep your website up-to-date for optimal visitor experience, that helps translate to business. This means having to change information from time to time and pay someone for maintenance work. Now if you can spare a little time, you can manage your website content yourself if its designed using WordPress. No knowledge of html or programming is necessary.

WordPress started as a simple blogging platform back in 2003. WordPress isn’t just for bloggers anymore. it has since then grown-up and become a full-fledged winning content management system in a few short years. WordPress is emerging monopoly in CMS (Content management system). As of Jan 2013, its now being used by 25 percent of all websites published and 50 percent of all the CMS we know. Take a look at what Google trend shows for WordPress vs Joomla (another content management system platform) and you can see a infographic about the popularity of WordPress here

wordpress_vs_joomla

wordpress_vs_joomla

The functions of WordPress seem to be endless, as more and more people are harnessing its power for template designs, blogging, corporate websites/blogs and so much more. WordPress is extremely user friendly. Other content management systems boast about their endless list of features, but more often than not, they are extremely complicated to use. WordPress however, is easy to adapt to without any needed support.

Maintaining your website

To add a new post  or a new page

To add a new post of a new page to your blog/website you’ll need to create a new post or page, upload/edit content and “update” the page, which will push it live on your site. You get an interface similar to Microsoft word and don’t have to worry about HTML. Its very easy to not only add text but also insert images and videos.

wordpress editing

wordpress editing


To add images, video, animation, sound

Its very easy to add multimedia content such as images, video, animation or sound. All you need to do is to click on “Media -> Add New ” on the dashboard. Select the media files that you want to add, drag & drop them in the box as shown below. You can then select these to insert in your pages or blog posts.

drag & drop media files

drag & drop media files

The media library is shown as a list with preview image as you can see below.

media library

media library


To make changes in website navigation structure

WordPress has a very simple drag and drop menu system, that has almost zero learning curve. This make it possible to modify your website navigation system, even have pull down menu structure …….all of this without any coding whatsoever.

wordpress menu

wordpress menu