4 Steps to Install a Website Template In WordPress

Learn how to install a website template to your WordPress website in 4 beginner-friendly steps.

First, in WordPress, templates are called “Themes”. Themes are templates, and templates are themes. When searching for a WordPress theme, make sure the theme actually says “WordPress” on it.

There are thousands of WordPress themes out there. Picking a good one can be tricky, but adding it to your WordPress website is easy. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add a custom website design template to your website. If you need help finding a good theme, please see this guide.

If the theme says it’s made with just HTML and CSS, chances are it won’t work on your WordPress website. The template should say WordPress somewhere. To check if a theme you found will work, follow the steps below. If it’s not the right kind of template, it will tell you, and it won’t hurt your website.

Steps to Use a Website Template in WordPress

Step 1: Backup

First, before you install a website template, make a backup. No really, do it. Do you really want to risk losing your website? I use a plugin to automatically backup and store my website, so I don’t have to worry about it. Or, a good hosting company will do this for you. But just make sure you really do have a backup before moving on.

Step 2: Download the Theme (Template)

Every theme maker does this a different way. Some themes are free, some are paid, but one way or another, you should be able to download it to your computer. If you’re not sure how, ask in the comments below, and I can give you specific instructions.

Still looking for a theme? Check out StudioPress and Zakra. The both have lots of themes to choose from, and will even help you get it installed if something goes wrong.

Once you’ve downloaded the theme, you should have a .zip file on your computer (e.g. ThemeName.zip). If you can’r find it, look in the Downloads folder or the Desktop on your computer.

Step 3: Upload the Website Template

Now that you have the theme on your computer, you can upload (put in the cloud) the theme, so you can install the website template on your website. Go to your website’s Admin Screen (e.g. www.example.com/wp-admin).

On the sidebar on the right, click Appearance (with the little paint brush icon) appearance men in wordpress admin screen.

Now you are looking at a list of all themes you already have installed. WordPress comes with a few starter ones. At the top of the page, find the Add New WordPress Add New Plugin button button and click it.

The next page will show you some free themes you can install if you want. But we’re not doing that. At the top, click the Upload Theme button The WordPress Uplaod Theme button

 

New things appear at the top. In the middle, a button That says Browse… is now available.

WordPress uplaod webiste template screen

Click that Browse… button, and your computer will open a new window, and ask you where your theme you want to upload is on your computer. Find the .zip file from step 2, and double-click on it.

The new window will disappear, and you will be back looking at the same screen as before, only now, next to the Browse… it should have the name of the file you just uploaded.

WordPress uplaod webiste template screen with example upload

Click where it says Install Now and WordPress will install your theme. BUT, it’s not ready yet, one more thing.

Step 4: Activate your Website Template

WordPress webiste template installed screen

The page will reload after a moment, and if all goes well, you should see some text saying the Theme installed successfully. Below that text, there are some options, click on the Activate link.

 

Final Notes & More Resources

You did it! You now know how to install a website template in WordPress. Take a look at your website’s homepage (by clicking on the name of your website in the upper-left), and see what it looks like. If you don’t like the way your new theme looks, go find another one, and repeat the steps above.

If you already have words and pictures on your website, they might be jumbled up on the new theme. This happens because every theme is made by a different company, and has different ways of making themes. Sometimes you have to fiddle with a new theme to get it right. To avoid this problem, stick with one theme company that makes lots of themes, then if you need to change the theme, stuff won’t get so mixed up.

 

4 Steps to Install a Website Template In WordPress

Ever heard of WordPress, but don’t know what it is? Learn the secret website developers use to make your website with no code.

Website are insanely complicated. There are hundreds of things to think about, and that before you even get to the coding! Form generation, e-commerce, user roles and permissions, content scheduling, community management, the list goes on.

I doubt you want to spend the next year learning all of it. So instead, I’ll show you a way to skip all that, with one powerful (and free!) tool.

WordPress logo on geometric background

What is WordPress? Your All-In-One Website Tool

WordPress is an amazing tool that does hundreds of thing to help make your website. It’s called a content management system (CMS) because it organized the content (words, pictures, video, and pages) of your website. Instead of coding, you can use their tools to add words, pictures and videos to pages with drag-and-drop tools.

And, it’s completely free, made and maintained by enthusiastic volunteers.

Many Great Features

So what is WordPress? What does it do? WordPress makes it easy to add a contact form to your website. Or an e-commerce store to sell things online. It can help you with little stuff, like adding social media links to your pages. It can help you with big stuff, like creating a blog where people can post comments and engaged with visitors. There’s no coding (unless you really want to).

With it installed on your website, you just search for features you want on your website, and click to add them. WordPress calls these features plugins, and there’s over 56,000 free ones.

It also has thousands of free website designs you can easily add. They have designs for blogs, online stores, professional portfolios, fan sites, hobby sites, and everything else. You can do a search for free designs here. And, they’re all customizable.

How to Install WordPress

The part most people don’t understand is how to install WordPress on their website. I created a free detailed guide for beginners on how to install WordPress, and all the other things you need, like getting hosting and a domain name.

WordPress is used by one-third of all websites on the internet. It’s easy to see why: no coding, infinitely customizable, and totally free. Give WordPress a try the next time you are making a website, you will be pleasantly surprised.

What is WordPress? A Beginner’s Guide

This guide covers the basics of making a page in WordPress, and how to use the tools on the WordPress Page editor.

All about blocks

Pages are the main place for content on your website. A page can have text, images, videos, and links to other pages or websites. In a previous post, I covered how to create and publish a new page, but today I want to take you on a tour of the page editor, and what all the buttons and knobs are for. Put on your safari hat, and let’s strike out!

Getting Set Up

First, make sure you are logged in (if you don’t know how to log in, it’s covered here), then on the admin screen, click on Pages. You can make a new page, or edit a page that already exists. You can edit an existing page by clicking on its name. For today, I will make a new page. To make a new page, click the Add New button towards the top-left of the page.

To make a new page in WordPress, click the Add New button
Press Add New, on the Pages screen, to make a new page

 

You are now on the page editor, ready to make a new page.

A blank new page in WordPress
What a blank page in WordPress looks like

 

Add Content with the WordPress Page Editor

Now you are ready to add some content! The content can be text, images, video, and more. In order to do this, you will have to understand a new feature in WordPress: Gutenberg Blocks.

Blocks are sections of text, images, videos, quotes, picture galleries and more. They make up the content of your web page. For example, a picture on your page would be a block, as would a paragraph. When typing, every time you hit Enter to make a new paragraph, you are also making a new block.

Example of paragraph block in WordPress
Example of three content blocks on the WordPress page editor

 

Now that we’ve covered what a block is, let’s cover how to get them in the WordPress Page Editor. Before you start adding blocks, make sure you have put in a title for your new page, visitors won’t know what a page is about if it doesn’t have a title!

How to Add a New Block

New blocks come from the little plus sign in the upper-left corner.

Click the plus sign to make a new page in wordpress
Press the plus sign every time you want a new block

 

WordPress list of block for making pages
WordPress list of block for making pages

Pressing the plus sign will open up a small menu where you can choose the block you want. When the menu first opens, you are looking at the Most Used group of blocks, but there are more to choose from if you scroll down. Alternatively, if you know the name of the block you want, you can use the search box at the top.

A paragraph block is for the bulk of your text.

A heading block is for titles and subtitles.

You will mostly be adding headings, paragraph, and image blocks.

I recommended you add a bunch of blocks and play around with them. You can always delete them later. For example, see if you can figure out the difference between the Image block and a Cover block. Curiosity and patience is the key to learning.

How to Change the Order of Blocks

Every block can be rearranged, at any point. But how to rearrange them is hidden. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Put your mouse cursor over the block you want to rearrange.
  2. Three new icons will appear on the left side of the block, in the middle. An up arrow, a down arrow, and in the middle six dots in two rows. If you click on the arrows, it will move that block up or down in the order of blocks.
    1. Alternatively, you can put your mouse cursor on top of the six dots in the middle, and click-and-drag the block to another location. Think of those dots as a handle, or a friction point so you can push on them.

Blocks can be in any order you want, but can only be in one column. If you want blocks to be in more than one column, you’ll need a new block just for the job.

How to Add More Columns

Warning: This is a bit more advanced, and can be very frustrating.

The difference between rows and columns
I need a reminder, maybe you do too…

I need a reminder, maybe you do too…

Most of the time you won’t need another column. More columns tends to make your page rather narrow, so only use it when you need it, like for comparing two products side-by-side, or for a more newspaper-like layout, it might be just what you need.

In WordPress, a column is a type of block. It’s a special block, because it can hold other blocks inside itself. To make a column block, press the plus sign to add a new block, and find column, and click it. If you don’t see Column in your Most Used section of the new block menu, there is a little search box at the top of this menu, where you can type column.

This will add the column block to the bottom of all your other blocks, so if you have several already, you might need to scroll down to see the new column block. Also, there’s not much to see, as the columns are currently empty.

WordPress page editor, example of two columns
An example of a column block with two blank columns

Optional: Add more Columns

Before you add any content into your new columns, decide how many columns you want. You start with two by default, but you can have up to six! To change the number of columns for your column block, you have to click on an invisible area, just above your column (above where it says “Start writing or type / to choose a block”). Just start clicking randomly in that empty area until you get it. This will probably be the hardest thing you do today.

WordPress page editor, example of creating columns
To change the settings of a column block click the emptiness above it

 

Phew! You got it! Now look on the far right side of the page, where all those settings we’ve been ignoring are. When you click on a block, those settings change. Now that you’ve selected the column block (not the blocks inside the column block), the settings on the right will have a slider that will allow you to change the number of columns.

Example of the WordPress slider to make columns
This slider changes how many columns your column block will have

Click and drag the handle on the slider until the number on the right reflects how many columns you will get. If you don’t want to use the slider, you can also delete the number and type in your own, either way works.

Now you have lots of columns! Add blocks to your project, and click and drag them to the column you want them in.

How to Remove a Block

Sometimes you will want to throw a block away. Even when it’s removed, you can bring it back if you change your mind. Here’s how to delete a block in WordPress:

  1. Click anywhere in the block you want to remove.
  2. Look at the white toolbar at the top of the page. It is full of icons. Click on the three vertical dots to open up more menu options. A drop down menu will appear
  3. Go to the bottom of this new menu, click Remove Block The WordPress Remove Block button

Poof! It’s gone! If you deleted it by mistake, or want to undo any other mistakes, press the undo arrow in the white top navigation bar.

Last Step: Make your Page Live

Now that your page is ready for the world, it’s time to publish it. Publishing a page changes its status from Draft to Published. A draft can only be seen by you from the WordPress admin screen, a published page is visible on your website to everyone. You can always turn it back into a draft later.

To make your page live in the WordPress Page Editor, click the Publish… button The WordPress Publish button in the upper-right corner. Then –and this is weird– press that button again (the second time it won’t have the three dots at the end). Once you click it a second time, you should get a green notice saying the page has been published, and a link that you can click on to see what the live version looks like.

The WordPress Page Published notice
A notice informing you the page is now live

 

And there you have it! A live web page, ready for the world. Remember to add your new page to your website’s menu, if your theme doesn’t do this automatically. Otherwise, people won’t be able to find your new web page.

You Are Now a WordPress Page Editor Master!

Now you know a bit more about Gutenberg, the WordPress Page Editor. You can now add, move, change, and remove blocks.

It’s not an intuitive program, but practice will make it easier to use. Take your time, explore the buttons, make mistakes, and press undo often.

 

How to Use the WordPress Page Editor

Menus! A menu is a bunch of links on your website that you can click to go to other pages on your website. A menu is like a table of contents in a book, but instead of showing you a page number, you click on the page you want, and it takes you there. This guide will show you how to create WordPress menu like a pro, in 3 easy steps!

Almost all websites have a menu, and yours should too. The only reason not to have on is if your website only has one web page, but this is uncommon. For example, if you have a home page, and an About Me page, that’s already two pages, so you’ll need a menu. If there is no menu, visitors to your website won’t know how to get to the other pages you made.

Here are the steps we will follow to create a menu in WordPress:

  1. Make Some Pages
  2. Create a Menu
  3. Add Pages to Your Menu
  4. Optional: Create a Sub Menu (How to Make a Drop Down Menu)

Step 1: Make Some Pages

This isn’t really part of making a menu, but if you have no pages on your website, you will have nothing to put in your menu! Add at least one page to your website (see this post on how to add new pages). It’s easier in the long-run if you make all the pages you want to have on your website first, then make the menu. So do that, I’ll wait.

Step 2: Create a WordPress Menu

Okay, you have made and published some pages on your website. Now we can create a menu. To make a menu in WordPress:

  1. Log in to WordPress. You should already be logged in since you just made the pages. You can tell you are logged in by looking in the upper-right corner. If it says “Howdy [your name]” you are logged in. If not, check out this guide on how to log in.
  2. From the WordPress admin screen, look on the left side of the page where all those links are, and find and click on Appearance appearance men in wordpress admin screen
  3. Menu link in Appearance menu in WordPress sidebarThe page will reload. Then, look back at Appearance, and below it there will be several new options. Click on the link that says Menus.
  4. You are now on the menu making page. Right below where it says Menu structure in the middle of the page there is a box labeled Menu Name. Fill in a name for your menu. You can call it anything you like, this name will not show up anywhere on your website.
  5. Click the Create Menu button on the left.

Step 3: Add Pages to Your WordPress Menu

Making a new menu in WordPress
A new menu, ready for pages

You are now ready to add the pages you made in Step 1 to your menu. The menu page is split into two main sections: the small bar on the left entitled Add menu items, and a bigger area on the right called Menu structure. The bar on the left has many sections you can switch between, but we only need the Pages section, which is already open. In that Pages box, you will see a list of the pages you made with checkboxes next to them.

You will pick the pages you want from the left bar and place them in your menu on the right. Here’s how you can do it:

The Menu screen in WordPress
A video showing how to add a menu item in WordPress. Written directions are below.
  1. On the left bar, the one titled Add menu items, check the box for the pages you want to add. You can check as many as you want. (Note: if you don’t see all the pages you want, but you know you have already published them, click the tab that says View All, this will show you all the pages you have, not just recently made ones.)
  2. Once you’ve checked at least one box, press the Add to Menu button just below the list of pages.
  3. Wait a sec.
  4. On the right side of the page, called Menu structure, you should now see the page or pages you added. The Menu structure area is a “drag and drop” tool, so you can use your mouse to rearrange the order of the menu items. The order in the menu will be the same on your website’s menu. There is no “right” order to put them in, just organize your pages in a way that makes sense to you.
  5. Press the Save Menu button on the far right of the page when you are done.

Optional: Create a Sub Menu (How to Make a Drop Down Menu)

When I move the menu items around, why are some not lined up with the rest?

While you are rearranging your menu, you may notice some pages are scooted over to the right a bit, like so:

Organizing a mnu in WordPress
Example of a menu sub item in WordPress

Believe it or not, this is a feature, not a bug! If a menu item is indented to the right, that makes it a “sub item” in the menu. A sub item is how you make drop down menus in WordPress. If you save the page and look at your menu on your website, the sub item won’t be visible until you put your mouse cursor on top of the menu item above it in the menu order.

For example, in the picture above, I won’t see the Blog menu item on my website unless I put my mouse cursor on top of About. Then, a drop down menu will appear, revealing the Blog menu item.

Example of dropdown menu in WordPress
An example of a drop down menu on a website

If you don’t want to have a drop down menu, you will just need to keep clicking and dragging the sub item until it lines up with the other menu items. Basically, you just have to fiddle with it until it looks right. Even the most advanced WordPress users struggle to get things lined up correctly, so you are not alone.

You can have multiple sub items in a drop down menu, and you can have as many drop down menus as you want. It all comes back to how you want to organize your website. Personally, I usually avoid drop down menus, because some people won’t know how to use them. Drop down menus are best for websites with lots of pages.

Conclusion

Now you know how to create a WordPress menu and add pages to it. If you create new pages later on, make sure to come back to the Menu page to add your new pages. There are lots of other things you can do with menus, so explore this page, save it, and see what it does on your site.

With some WordPress themes, you can have multiple menus that have different pages in them. For example, your theme might have a menu in the footer (the very bottom) of your website. You could make another menu just for the footer, and put boring pages down there, like the privacy policy or other legaleze.

Explore what menus can do. Break it, fix it, learn!

Create a WordPress Menu in 3 Steps

WordPress is wildly popular. It helps all sorts of folks make and manage websites. But the core of WordPress is limited. All it can really do is make pages and posts and help you with the design. But most websites need more than that. What if you want to sell products online? What if you want people to share your blog posts on social media? Or how about being able to change the layout of a page without coding (like Weebly, or Squarespace). That’s where a WordPress plugin come into play.

A “plugin” is a tool that you plug in to WordPress to add some new feature. What specifically a plugin does could be anything you can think of. In fact, there are over 54,000 free plugins available to you, right inside WordPress. They can help you with the design of your website, add new features, help you communicate with your visitors, increase your protection from hackers, or automate boring tasks. These are just examples, there is so much more.

Any coder can make a plugin, and share it with others. This means there are some real stinkers out there, as well as some brilliant ones. Luckily, I will show you how to tell a good plugin from the bad, so stick around!

WordPress has a built-in way to add, edit, and remove plugins. This post will cover how to find a good plugin, add it to your website, and set it up. And if you don’t like a plugin, I’ll show you how to get rid of them as well. But be warned: every plugin is different, and while I will show you how they work in general, it up to you to do your homework and explore your plugins.

How to Find WordPress Plugins

WordPress has over 54,000 free plugins available for you to use. Installing them is simple, the tricky part is finding a good one. In this section we will go over how to find a plugin, and how to tell a good one from the garbage.

Where Do I Find the Available WordPress Plugins?

Follow these steps to begin your search for a plugin. Since there are so many, it’s a good idea to have a feature you want for your website in mind, so you know which keywords to search for.

  1. Log in to the WordPress admin screen
  2. In the list of links running down the left side of the page, locate and click on Plugins WordPress plugin icon link (it’s somewhere in the middle of the list).
  3. The page you now see is a list of all the plugins you currently have. If this is a new website, WordPress will give you a few to start out with, but you can remove them if you want. Click the Add New WordPress Add New Plugin button button on the top-left of the screen.
  4. You are now on the plugin search page. You can browse through featured and popular plugins by clicking the sections on the top-left. But the main thing to do on this page is type a search in the search bar on the top-right. One to three words should do it, for example try “social media”, “colors”, or “security”.
WordPress plguin page how to search
Type in this search box to find a plugin

 

When you start typing in words, the search will begin automatically, there is no need to press a button to search, it just happens. You will likely get dozens of results, so WordPress ranks the results by popularity and rating.

The information about a plugin on the search page usually isn’t enough to make a decision to use it, but you can click on the title of a plugin to learn more about it. When you do, a popup will appear with a more detailed description, written by the author of the plugin.

Pay attention to the star rating, and avoid anything with three or fewer stars. Also pay attention to the number of “active users”. This number is how many people are currently using this plugin on their website, right now. A number under 100 is a red flag. Yes there are good plugins that aren’t popular, but you don’t need to risk it. Let others try out new plugins, and just stick to the vetted ones.

Now that you’ve found the perfect plugin, it’s time to install it on your website.

How to Install a WordPress Plugin

Once you’ve searched for and found a good plugin, you are ready to install it. Installing a plugin means WordPress will take the code for that plugin, and add it to your website.

This new code will have to get along with the rest of your website, and sometimes problems occur. Once you’ve installed a plugin and set it up, take a look at your live website, and make sure everything is still working. And, as always, make a backup before installing anything on your website.

  1. From the WordPress search page, locate the plugin you want to install, and click the Install Now WordPress Install Now Plugin button button.
  2. Wait a sec. The button you just clicked will change to say Installing… WordPress currently installing Plugin button
  3. The button will change again, and it will now say Activate. WordPress Activate Plugin button Click it.

Now for the tricky part. One of two things will happen at this point. The plugin might take you to its settings page, where you can begin to set it up, or, you might be taken back to the main plugin page, where you see all the plugins you have. If the second option happens, you’ll need to hunt down the settings page. To make it even more confusing, some plugins are very simple, and don’t have a settings page.

You’ll want to find the settings page to set up your plugin, but also to understand how it works, and how many features it has. Keep in mind, the settings page controls how the plugin works, but it often adds new features elsewhere on your site. To find these new features, read the plugin’s description. Often they will give you a hint at where you can expect to find your new features. If that doesn’t work, try these options:

  1. The first place you’ll look for the settings page is from the main Plugins WordPress plugin icon link page. Find the name of your plugin, and look right under the name for settings.
  2. If not there, what kind of plugins did you install? If it helps you write blog posts, maybe you need to make a new post to see your new plugin’s features. If it has to do with pictures, maybe you’ll find it in the Media link.
  3. Or, look at the list of links running down the left side of the page. Do you see any new links?
  4. If that doesn’t work, put your mouse over (hover) each link in the list of links running down the left side, and look at the little sub-menu that pops out for anything that might be the plugin you’ve installed

What is a WordPress Plugin?

Oh, hello there! How are you today? What’s that? Oh, you’re confused about the difference between a WordPress page and post? Well, you’ve come to the right place! The fact is, there is a difference, but not much of one. It has more to do with where they will show up on your website. Come with me, and we will discover how to decide which to use on your website!

Definitions of a WordPress Page and Post

Page: A place for content (text, images, video) that may or may not change over time, and when you made it doesn’t matter. You can organize pages lots of different ways.

Post: A place for content that is date and time stamped, probably won’t change in the future, is grouped with other posts on the “Blog” page, and is organized by month, year, and topic.

Examples of the difference between a WordPress Page & Post

Example of a page and a post.

Example Post Example Page
Title: Merry Festivus!

Date: December 12th, 2022

Content: Hi everyone, I just want to wish you all a merry Festivus this year! I hope you all find peace and happiness this……

Title: About Me

Content: My name in Lybra Siempre, I live in Chicago with my two cats, Murphy and Milo. I work at……

What You Can Do with Pages

Pages tend to be for things like About Me, or Contact Me pages, or legal pages like the Privacy Policy or Terms of Use. There are no real rules about what is or isn’t a page. My rule of thumb is if I’m likely to make changes to it in the future, it’s a page.

Organizing Pages

Example of a page in WordPress
Example of a main page with links to sub-pages.

 

The big advantage of pages is that you can organize them any way you like, and they show up in the menu of your website. You can group together several pages into one section of your website. For example, if you had several pages of photography you want to show, you could have a main page called “Photography” where you introduce the work, and have links to the different photographic topics, like Nature, People, and Places.

Example of a main page with links to sub-pages.

Visitors to your website could click on the Nature link and be taken to another page, called a “sub-page”. It’s called a sub-page because it belongs to the group called Photography. The People page and the Places page are also sub-pages. Note that I decided they are sub-pages, and I can always change it later if I want.

When you have sub-pages, you can show how they are organized in your websites menu, by making a “drop down” menu. A drop down is the kind of menu where you put your mouse cursor on the menu, and more options appear. While not required, it will help visitors understand how your website is organized.

example of WordPress drop down menu to show WordPress Page & Post
Example of a drop down menu with three sub-pages. You have to put your mouse cursor on the word “Photography” to see the sub-pages.

If you want a drop down menu on your website, you have to make it. See my other post about how to set up your website’s menu to learn how to do it, and add other things to the menu.

So, pages can have whatever you want, and can be organized however you like. Pages tend to change over time, but don’t have to. However, if you want to make a page where the time and date that you made it is important, you should consider using a post.

What You Can Do with Posts

You can do anything with a WordPress page and post. But posts are better for things like: announcements, news articles, opinions, tutorials are good candidates for a post. What you are reading right now is a post. Posts are often shared in emails and on social media.

A post, also known as a “blog post” come with a date, time, and author section attached to them. Most WordPress themes show this information to visitors automatically right below the post’s title. The date and time are automatically created, and the author is you, or whoever made the post (you can change this manually from the post’s edit page if you want).

If you want a blog, posts are the individual articles that make up a blog. Often, your WordPress theme will have a special premade page to show the blog posts, and many themes show the most recent posts on the homepage.

Keep in mind, posts are shown on your website in reverse chronological order, so the newest ones will appear on top, and the oldest will be at the bottom.

Organizing Posts

A website can have dozens of posts, so organizing them like pages will quickly become unmanageable. So WordPress uses three ways to organize posts: date, category, and tags. Below is just a quick overview, but to learn more about these options, and everything else about WordPress, please visit this guide where I explain everything about posts.

Organizing posts by date happens automatically. When you publish a post (make it live on the internet), that exact time you pressed Publish will be the date it was published. WordPress organizes posts for your visitors by month and year, and they can use the blog page to browse your posts chronologically. If needed, you can manually change the published date from the post’s edit page on your WordPress admin screen.

Organizing posts by category is up to you. It’s not required, but it will help visitors find information on a certain topic, and it helps search engines like Google understand what is on your website, and how it’s organized (which helps your website show up more often in search results). WordPress comes with one default category, called Uncategorized. Avoid using Uncategorized, as it doesn’t help your visitors understand what your posts are about. Instead, make your own categories, and add as many categories to your post as you like. Generally 1-3 categories is all you need.

Organizing posts by tags is up to you, and is less important. Tags are single words or short phrases that people might search for if they were looking for your blog post on the internet. For example, if you were writing an article about dog grooming, your tags might be: dog, grooming, clippers, towel, doggy shampoo, safety, etc. Doing this for every post will help people find your post when searching on your website, or searching on a search engine like Google. There’s no limit on how many tags you can have, so go nuts!

What if I don’t Want a Blog or Posts?

If you don’t want a blog, or any posts on your website, you don’t have to have them. Just make sure there are no published (live) posts on your website, and WordPress will hide the posts section on the homepage. Note that when you make a new website with WordPress, it automatically comes with an example post called “Hello World!”. You should delete this. To delete a post, go to the Posts link WordPress posts icon link in the WordPress admin screen. Find the post you want to delete, put your mouse cursor on top of it. New options will appear. Click Trash to move it to the trash (which hides it from your website’s visitors).

If your WordPress theme has a premade page called “Blog” or “News”, you may need to trash that page as well. You can find premade pages from the Pages link WordPress pages icon linkfrom the WordPress admin screen.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, you can use a WordPress page and post however you like. It really comes down to how you want to organize your website. Some websites have only pages, some have only posts, so it’s okay to set it up in a way that makes sense to you. And, if you change your mind later, you can always switch between a page and post using this plugin, so you aren’t locked in. In general, if you aren’t sure which one to use, use a page, since they are more general, and they show up in the menu of your website.

So plan out your website, think about what kind of content you want, and start making it happen!