WordPress – A personal experience

When I first decided to join the blogosphere, five years prior, I had no idea of which platform to choose and no one to guide me. I hit on WordPress early on, because of its fame, and as soon as I made my first blog, I realized this platform was the one for me.

Guide4WordPress Guide HandbookFocus on the blogging

Why does a person start a blog in the first place? Well, the purpose is usually to put his or her words, pictures or ideas out for the world to see. Someone who is intent on blogging does not want to have to bother with tiny details like working out how to change headers and learning html in order to design the nitty gritty of the blog appearance. A blogger just wants to blog. And WordPress understands that. Just pick a prefabricated theme, and begin blogging!

WordPress Themes

Speaking of themes, WordPress has a huge selection of both free and premium themes. The premium ones are, of course, the nicest, but the free ones have quite a few gems too. The huge variety means you’re likely to find what you’re looking for without too much difficulty, but in case you can’t, there are quite a few flexible themes that allow you to customize to your heart’s content.

Tutorials

It happens – sometimes you just get stuck, or you see a new widget somewhere and want to put it up on your own blog, or you just want to learn more about the features available. In all of these cases, you can simply turn to the helpful WordPress tutorials, which patiently explain how to go about the more complicated things. Of course it is also possible to get some advanced help with the guides that are available for you.

Widgets and Menus

In the beginning, I had no idea what these things were. Over time, however, I learnt about the variety of widgets and menus options that WordPress offers. You can add calendars, countdowns, images, your profile details, your blog stats, visitor areas, links to facebook pages or twitter feed, and a whole host of other options to the sidebars and the bars at the bottom. In addition, you can cluster pages by categories, and add a menu at the top, fully customizable to suit your needs.

Different people, different blogs

Gone are the days that blogging was only for would-be writers. Nowadays there are cooking blogs and photography blogs, travel blogs and bite-size blogs. WordPress, fortunately, can accommodate them all. There are themes specific for each of these types, and you can have additional features like slideshows and picture-only posts, depending on what kind you want to do. Over the years, as blogging has expanded and evolved, WordPress too has done the same in order to continue providing a good blogging experience.

Premium features

If there’s any disadvantage to WordPress, it’s that a lot of features are currently only for premium bloggers, that is, you have to pay for them. While the prices are not so bad, if you blog only for pleasure and not for profit, it can be a little difficult at times, especially if you really want a particular feature and yet are unable to get it. However, for those willing to shell out, there are many, many features that can be accessed for a price and that make your blogging experience even more enjoyable. For those who can’t, the freely available package is more than enough for the simple blogger.

All in all, my blogging experience with WordPress has been pretty good. I would definitely recommend it to other bloggers, especially new ones looking for a home for their works.

How do you set email forwarders in Direct Admin

Email forwarders are very practical when you have more than one email account and you don’t want to check every account seperately. The e-mail forwarder sends all emails from one particular account to another.

email forwarders in wordpress website

  1. Forwarders: Click on the text ‘Forwarders’ to start creating email forwarders. Once clicked, you will see a screen similar to the image below.

In this screen you will find an overview of the email forwarders that are already created.

create a new email forwarder

  1. Create new E-Mail Forwarder: Click on the text ‘Create new E-Mail Forwarder’ to create a new forwarder.

Now, you will be forwarded to a screen similar to the image below.

wordpress email forwarder

  1. Forwarder Name: Enter the email address you want to forward here.
  2. Destination Email: Enter the email address receiving the forwarded emails here.
  3. Create: When all fields are filled out, you can click the ‘Create’ button to create the new email forwarder. Once you click, you will return to the previous screen with the overview of email forwarders.

Start a WordPress website – Check domain availability

When you want to start a WordPress website you need to think up a domain for your website. The domain is very important and you should think carefully which domain you choose. For example, our domain name is guide4wordpress.com. The name says exactly what we have to offer. This makes it a stronger name which doesn’t need much explanation.

Non-existing words are currently popular to use as a brand name. We also call this Neologisms, which are completely made-up words, such as Wii, Kodak or Flickr. Neologisms can build your brand, but in the beginning it will be much more difficult because nobody knows the word / brand.

Brand names come in many styles. A few include:

  • Initialism: A name made of initials such, as UPS or IBM
  • Descriptive: Names that describe a product benefit or function, such as Whole Foods or Airbus
  • Alliteration and rhyme: Names that are fun to say and stick in the mind, such as Reese’s Pieces or Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Evocative: Names that evoke a relevant vivid image, such as Amazon or Crest
  • Neologisms: Completely made-up words, such as Wii or Kodak
  • Foreign word: Adoption of a word from another language, such as Volvo or Samsung
  • Founders’ names: Using the names of real people, (especially a founder’s name), such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell or Disney
  • Geography: Many brands are named for regions and landmarks, such as Cisco and Fuji Film
  • Personification: Many brands take their names from myths, such as Nike; or from the minds of ad execs, such as Betty Crocker

It’s common to register the brand name as the domain name for your website. You can use this website http://www.whois-search.com/ to check if it’s still available. Fill in the requested domain name (for example: www.yourbrandnamehere.com) and click on the go button.

NOTE: A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority, or control on the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name.

Why would you choose for WordPress?

WordPress is an easy to use content management system (CMS). It is so user friendly that almost anyone can make a website or blog with WordPress. The basic WordPress installation is giving you many tools and options to create a customized website, furthermore it is possible to add several custom made plugins to extend the functionalities of your website.

With wordpress.com you can make your own website for free and WordPress will host it for you, but the options and functionalities are limited. A wordpress.org websites is a website that is hosted (and therefore paid) by yourself or a hosting partner. This version has unlimited functionalities. We strongly advise you to host your own website and install the WordPress CMS on it to take full advantage of all the functionalities.

De difference between WordPress.org and a WordPress.com website:

Difference between wordpress

Guide4WordPress introduces two new guides for WordPress

WordPress is a user friendly content management system (CMS) that gives users a wide range of easy tools to build a website without having to possess extended knowledge of HTML, PHP or Javascript. We wrote two WordPress guides because a little help is always wanted. These guides explain in easy steps how to get the best out of your WordPress website.

Installing WordPress Help GuideInstalling WordPress

This guide explains in detail how to install WordPress on your website. We explain step by step how you can register a domain, host your website and install WordPress on it. You need to install the WordPress CMS before you can start using its amazing features.

 

Basics of WordPress Help GuideThe Basics of WordPress

This guide explains you all the basics of the WordPress content management system. You will be able to install themes, publish posts, write pages, add media, include widgets and sort the menu after reading this guide. Step by step we will explain which actions you need to take to get the best out of WordPress.