Setting Up a WordPress Site

WordPress Functions

Getting to grips with WordPress functions seems to be the only real way into understanding WordPress enough to be comfortable creating and modifying templates, as I want to do. The Function Reference seems a handy link to remember but the Search function rarely seems to find it (perhaps because it’s incomplete), so here is the …

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The Home Page

Now it’s time to get the look and the layout of the home page just right.  The home page can be static, in that its content can be changed by editing via the admin section only, or it can be dynamic, in that all or part of it can be updated whenever a post is added …

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These are the Plugins which I think will be most useful for my “typical” website. Maintenance mode – a handy option which allows you to display a polite “website unavailable” message to visitors, while still allowing signed-in administrators access to view the website. Visualize Advanced Features – provides additional editing buttons to users using the visual …

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Get the Look

Get the look right.  Hopefully you have some kind of look – colours, fonts – in mind and ideally a header image, even a logo. Select a likely theme as a basis.  See Using Themes and Theme Development for reference. Work on the style.css and header.php and footer.php files to get the fonts, colours, layout and header …

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Extra Security

I like to keep my database name, username etc in a special secure place, not in the standard configuration file. So I’m going to make those changes next (details not published of course but in my personal notes!) This has not proved to be as simple as it should.  The first attempt gave a Headers already sent …

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Displaying Blog in the Root Directory

It’s neat to keep all of the WordPress files in their own directory.  In particular, it adds to security to store the files in an unexpectedly named subdirectory (not wordpress but something a hacker is unlikely to guess).  However you might actually want the pages to appear in the root directory, as in (not Here’s …

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Getting Started

Here’s what I needed to start with:- Domain name and hosting. Well, that’s easy, hosting is with my usual host (great value, all the features and space small organisations might need at a great price), who can also register a domain name for you.  For country level domain names (eg, I prefer, …

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Growing a website

I enjoy developing websites.  I enjoy communicating with people.  I want to see how quickly I can get a website up and running, looking good, including various information pages, blog support, with security and technical issues handled.  And anything else I might think of. And then I can offer that service to people.