What is WordPress?
WordPress is a popular, open-source software platform used to create about 40% of websites worldwide. It supports a robust array of third-party plugins and themes, providing users with various ways to design and customize their websites without having to know how to write code.
WordPress needs to run on a web server so that your users can access your site. Sites at Gettysburg provides the storage and web services needed to operate a WordPress site.
- Log into Sites at Gettysburg.
- Under the Applications heading, click the WordPress icon.
- Click the Install this application button.
- In the Domain field, choose the address that begins with https:// and your domain name. Be sure to that address includes the “s” after http to avoid browser security warnings.
- Enter a Directory name. This name will be appended to the end of your website’s URL. Thus, keep it short, descriptive, and avoid any spaces or special characters.
- Scroll down and enter an Administrator Username and Administrator Password. Use a unique username and password. Do not use your Gettysburg username and password as your WordPress administrator credentials.
- Scroll down and enter a Website Title and a Website Tagline. You can change these entries once the website has been created.
- Scroll down and click the Install button.
- The installation process will begin and a progress bar will appear.
- Once completed, you will see the new WordPress site in your list of Sites at Gettysburg applications. Click the link ending with wp-admin/ to begin editing your WordPress site.
Updating WordPress and Plugins
For security reasons, it is always a good idea to keep WordPress sites and plugins updated.
- Choose Dashboard > Updates.
- If necessary update WordPress and/or any Plugins and Themes.
Further Resources for using WordPress
- Musselman Library has created a Digital Humanities Toolkit site that includes extensive information about creating websites using WordPress and Sites at Gettysburg.
- For information on the 2023 default theme in WordPress, see WordPress Twenty Twenty-Three Theme Tutorial: How to Make a Website with Full Site Editing (FSE)
- See Making a WordPress Website Using Sites at Gettysburg (PDF) for a quick start guide to WordPress and Sites at Gettysburg. (This guide does not cover the “Full Site Editor” features added to the 2023 theme in WordPress.)
- WordPress Administration Screens
- Working with WordPress Pages
- WordPress Block Editor
- List and Descriptions of Various Block Types
- Using Themes
- Managing Plugins
- WordPress Widgets
- Block Patterns
- Using a WordPress Media Library