Hey, welcome to this WordPress
for beginners course! In this course, we’re going to teach you
everything you need to know about setting up and managing
your WordPress site. But first, let’s take a look at what
WordPress is and what it can do. If you’re watching this, you probably
already know a bit about WordPress, but let’s just start with the absolute basics, to be sure. WordPress is a CMS,
or content management system. It allows you to build a website and publish content that you want
to share with the world. There are basically three things
that are central to what WordPress does. First, there’s an advanced text editor,
called the block editor, that helps you write content for your post
and add all kinds of media, like images and videos, to them. Second, it offers ways to manage
and structure your content so it’s an actual website, and not just
a collection of posts and pages. And, lastly, it has all kinds of options
to customize how your site works and what it looks like. Now, the really cool thing about WordPress is that there are huge libraries
of ready-to-use templates and features that people have created for you
to hand-pick and apply to your site. Some are free, some are paid. In any case, all of these resources
allow you to do a lot of things, even if you don’t know how to code. By making smart use of these resources, you can make your site
exactly what you want it to be. Which makes WordPress
a very easy-to-use CMS. And in this course, we’re going to show you exactly how to make maximum use
of its beginner-friendly nature. Another great thing about WordPress
is that it’s both free and open-source. Open-source means that everyone can see and contribute to the program code
that shapes WordPress. This creates a very powerful ecosystem. WordPress doesn’t belong to anyone company. It is freely editable by a bigger community
of people who build on what’s already there, improving WordPress one step at a time. That’s one of the reasons why there are
so many great extensions to the core of what WordPress provides,
and why it’s so versatile. Now, let’s get practical: what can you
actually do with WordPress? What are your options? Well, only almost everything! As I’ve told you, one of the big powers
of WordPress is that you can use it
to do all kinds of things. Want to blog?
That’s what it was made for. Want an online shop? No problem,
just install an e-commerce plugin! Want to set up a news site,
a membership site, a photography site? I could go on, the options are countless. Because it’s so easy to customize, WordPress is a very strong
and flexible foundation that can house anything you want to build. In the upcoming modules, we’re going
to dissect this foundation completely, so you’ll be able to create your website
as you’ve always imagined it!