WordPress FAQs: Most Frequently Asked Questions About WordPress

Here are the WordPress FAQ and their answers:

1. What is WordPress?

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) – an application that is used to create and manage digital content typically on the web. Currently, around 30 percent of all websites are powered by WordPress. That is, WordPress CMS is used to create and manage content for these websites.

2. Is WordPress free?

The WordPress CMS is absolutely free and open-source. But of course, in order to use it to manage your website, you need to have a web hosting plan, a server. i.e. storage and the necessary technologies – to keep your website files and folders as well as to install WordPress.

Webhosting plans are quite cheap these days. You can purchase a shared hosting plan for as low as $1 per month. However, for best performance, it is always good to go for a managed WordPress plan which is expensive.

3. What programming language does WordPress use?

WordPress uses the following programming languages:

  • HTML5 for base markup
  • CSS or Cascading Style Sheets (for base styles sheets)
  • JavaScript for frontend scripts
  • PHP or Personal Home Page for backend scripts or server-side programming
  • SQL or Structured Query Language to work with Relational Database Management System

4. Do I need to know coding in order to use WordPress?

Nope! Not at all.

WordPress is a CMS for the non-technical people. There are tonnes of free and paid plugins and themes to cater to your needs. You don’t have to write even a single line of code. Also, because it is the most popular CMS, there is a huge community of developers who are always ready to help you.

6. How to install WordPress on my site?

Most of the web hosting services provide a 1-click WordPress installation.

7. Is it possible to install WordPress locally, i.e. on my computer?

Yes, you can install WordPress locally, on your computer. However, this needs one to have some level of technical knowledge. You can install it using third-party softwares or manually using LAMP, MAMP, etc.

8. What is a WordPress theme?

A WordPress theme is a collection of templates and stylesheets that determine how your WordPress site is going to look. You can edit and manage the theme from the WordPress dashboard. The extent to which you can customize it (from the dashboard, without any coding) varies from one theme to another.

WordPress theme directory has hundreds of WordPress themes that you can use for free. Also, you can purchase premium themes.

9. How to install a WordPress theme?

From the WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance >> Themes >> Add New. Scroll and check out the WordPress themes. You can preview them to get an idea about how a site looks with a particular theme. Once you like a theme, click on “Install” to install the theme. After successful installation, click on “Activate” to activate the theme on your site.

10. Can I use a third-party theme with my WordPress site?

Definitely! You can upload the zip file of the third-party theme. To do that, go to Appearance >> Themes >> Add New >> Upload Theme.

11. How do I make changes in the appearance of my theme?

From your WordPress dashboard, visit Appearance >> Customise. From here, you will be able to make the necessary changes, like changing the colors, adding header image, logo, favicon, changing fonts, etc. Note that the amount of control you get over making changes varies from one theme to another.

12. What is a WordPress plugin?

A WordPress plugin is an addon, a software piece that can be installed and added to a WordPress-powered site. A plugin helps in adding new features and functionalities to the site.

The plugin repository of WordPress has around 54,717 plugins for every purpose you can think of.

13. How to install a WordPress plugin?

From your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins >> Add New. Search for the plugin that you want to install. Then click on “Install Now”.

14. Can I set up static pages with WordPress?

Yes, you can. WordPress differentiates static and dynamic pages as ‘Page’ and ‘Post’ respectively. To create a static page, you can create a new Page from Dashboard >> Pages >> Add New.

15. Can I create an online store with WordPress?

Yes, of course. You can install WooCommerce, an open-source WordPress plugin for eCommerce solutions to create an online store with WordPress.

16. Can a WordPress site have multiple users/authors?

Yes, you can have multiple users/authors in a WordPress site. Go to Users >> Add New from your dashboard to add users.

17. What are the different roles I can assign to the users of my WordPress site?

For every user, you can choose one of the following roles:

  • SEO Editor
  • SEO Manager
  • Subscriber
  • Contributor
  • Author
  • Editor
  • Administrator

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