Learning how to use WordPress to build your own WordPress websites is one of the best business decisions you’ll make. Why? Because you have a lot of options available to you that many platforms don’t offer. It’s also easy to customize your website, without the assistance of a website designer, through the many free plugins, widgets and themes offered through WordPress.
Finally, the best advantage is that you don’t have to know anything about programming and coding to create your own WordPress websites! That’s right, if you have dreaded building your own website because you don’t understand HTML, PHP or CSS coding, then you have nothing to fear when you learn how to use WordPress because you don’t need this information.
It doesn’t matter if you are using WordPress to create a business website or a personal blog. You have the ability to bypass the HTML option and use the user-friendly WYSIWYG option instead.
What is WYSIWYG?
When word processing first came out, WYSIWYG was a term quickly used by professionals. It means “What You See Is What You Get.” In years past, when sentences were typed into a word processor, one didn’t know if he’d actually get exactly what he typed. Therefore, when technology improved, WYSIWYG was used to let people know they get exactly what they see on the screen.
When working with WordPress, you’ll see the term “visual,” which is used in place of WYSIWYG. When in the “visual” format, you’ll see exactly what your article will look like when posted, as you typing it. Now, if you were to type an article under the HTML option, you will need to use various codes within your content to get the information to appear how you want it when it goes live.
As you can see, things are much simpler to understand with the visual option. You can use icons to manually change your font type and color, add shading, create text boxes, as well as, add lists to your posts; all without worrying about HTML coding.
Creating Posts with WordPress
Many people prefer to type their blog posts and/or articles into a word processing program like Microsoft Word and then copy and paste the completed document into their blogging platform. This can cause a lot of problems for WordPress users. Why?
There are actually a lot of codes embedded within Microsoft Word documents. This will cause things to appear differently when you copy and paste from MS Word into WordPress. However, WordPress has created a Microsoft Word icon that you can use when transferring an MS Word document into WordPress.
While the icon should help WordPress recognize the embedded codes and change the formatting for you, it doesn’t always work as intended. You can fix the problem by using the icon “insert as plain text” and then paste your text directly through this application. The embedded codes should be removed when you use this option. You can then use the visual tab to format the document to your tastes.
WordPress also provides users with a “preview” button so they can get a final preview of exactly how their posts will appear once it goes live on their site. It’s a great tool to use as it ensures that your posts appear exactly how you want them to when finally posted.
The features mentioned above are standard WordPress features. However, there are many more that make WordPress very easy to use. These benefits make it easy for users of all skill levels to create their own website, whether it’s for business or personal use, as you don’t have spend hours of your time learning HTML coding.
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