Getting Started – Installing WordPress and Understanding the Dashboard

The July 2013 meetup session is the first of a series of seven classes that will be presented on the third Monday of every month through January 2014. The session descriptions of ‘The WordPress for Beginners’ series have been posted on the Austin WordPress Meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/austinwordpress/.

‘The WordPress for Beginners’ series of classes have been developed to guide those new to WordPress from install and set up, to the expansion and administration of a WordPress site. Session notes and videos will be posted for those who were unable to attend the presentations.

This first presentation in the series is aimed at new users who are not yet familiar with how to install WordPress, create a basic site, or understand the features and functions of the WordPress Dashboard.

The first resource anyone new to WordPress should spend time with is the WordPress Codex. It is the online manual for WordPress and a living repository for WordPress information and documentation. The Codex is updated and maintained by volunteers in the WordPress Community.

If you want to review the WordPress installation process, you will find ‘Step-By-Step’ instructions at http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress.

For those of you who might not want to wait for the next WordPress Meetup session to tackle an issue with your WordPress site, you might fine the WordPress for Beginners’ lessons in the Codex helpful. http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons.

All of the WordPress Dashboard (Administration Screen) features and functions that we discussed in this session are describe/illustrated  in the ‘First Steps With WordPress’ section of the Codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/First_Steps_With_WordPress.

The next class in the ‘The WordPress for Beginners’ series will be ‘Sensible Site Navigation —Building an Information Structure’ you can sign up at: http://www.meetup.com/austinwordpress/events/127417972/

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