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    How do I start with WP?

    I've been hand-coding HTML for 20+ years, and know basic CSS, but I want to transition over to a CMS, and I've heard nothing but good things about WordPress. I've purchased several WP books, but all seem directed toward getting a blog on-line, and that is NOT my interest -- my interest is in general websites (which may have a blog, but probably not).

    So, using Sitepoint resources, what are your recommendations for starting. FYI, with my 4-monitor development setup, I much prefer Ebooks to hard copy books, and in somewhat prefer Ebooks to on-line courses -- book on left screen, editor in center, browser(s) on the right.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by websquad View Post
    I've been hand-coding HTML for 20+ years, and know basic CSS, but I want to transition over to a CMS, and I've heard nothing but good things about WordPress. I've purchased several WP books, but all seem directed toward getting a blog on-line, and that is NOT my interest -- my interest is in general websites (which may have a blog, but probably not).

    So, using Sitepoint resources, what are your recommendations for starting. FYI, with my 4-monitor development setup, I much prefer Ebooks to hard copy books, and in somewhat prefer Ebooks to on-line courses -- book on left screen, editor in center, browser(s) on the right.

    Thanks!

    Bob
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    Hi Bob,

    Learnable has some good resources on Wordpress (here: https://learnable.com/topics/wordpress). I'd strongly recommend that you learn some php as well as you'll need it to be able to make any substantial changes to a theme.

    Out of interest, what do you have on the fourth screen in your development setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by websquad View Post
    I've been hand-coding HTML for 20+ years, and know basic CSS, but I want to transition over to a CMS, and I've heard nothing but good things about WordPress. I've purchased several WP books, but all seem directed toward getting a blog on-line, and that is NOT my interest -- my interest is in general websites (which may have a blog, but probably not).

    So, using Sitepoint resources, what are your recommendations for starting. FYI, with my 4-monitor development setup, I much prefer Ebooks to hard copy books, and in somewhat prefer Ebooks to on-line courses -- book on left screen, editor in center, browser(s) on the right.

    Thanks!

    Bob
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    I don't know of any books. A good under-the-hood Wordpress development book would be handy, that's for sure. As far as getting started, are you looking for information about using Wordpress, writing, publishing, basic administration, using Wordpress as a CMS? Or are you looking more for programming resources, developing themes and plugins and that sort of thing? I have a bunch of links in a file somewhere. I would have to look for it.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/
    Wordpress as a CMS

    You don't mention any experience with PHP. Maybe you are more interested in the HTML and CSS of Wordpress?

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development

    You may have heard good things about Wordpress, there are a few drawbacks as well:

    * Wordpress is big and bloated and without the use of a caching plugin consumes more than 100 times the server resources of a static HTML page request
    * Wordpress is prone to hacking if a security vulnerability is found meaning that anyone using Wordpress has to check for updates regularly, preferably every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franny_uk View Post
    Hi Bob, ... out of interest, what do you have on the fourth screen in your development setup?
    I worked with three monitors for years, and icons kept getting in the way. So I purchased a used 15" monitor that swiveled to portrait aspect ratio and it is now my icon corral. It's off to one side -- only used a few times/day.

    Thanks for the Wordpress input. I'll investigate.

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    Don't discount the "WordPress as a blog" articles. First step is to get WordPress setup and knowing it in & out from a user's perspective - which section is where and how to adjust a setting, how to use the software. And then comes the part where you take a peek under the hood and start developing over WordPress.
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    Ive only ever setup wordpress on a one click installer before.

    How do I set wordpress up on local host to play more with it?

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    If you already have PHP, Apache & MySQL setup on your machine then its really as simple as:

    1. Create a database in MySQL
    2. Go to wordpress.org & download WordPress
    3. Unzip WordPress into your web root (say /path/public_html/wordpress/)
    4. Browse to where you unzipped WordPress in your browser (like http://localhost/wordpress/ )
    5. Follow the wizard that opens

    Its pretty straight forward. For more checkout http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

    And get familiar with WordPress Codex, the documentation is quite extensive and your best friend.
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    Youtube man, has the answer to every question I've ever asked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asp_funda View Post
    If you already have PHP, Apache & MySQL setup on your machine then its really as simple as:

    1. Create a database in MySQL
    2. Go to wordpress.org & download WordPress
    3. Unzip WordPress into your web root (say /path/public_html/wordpress/)
    4. Browse to where you unzipped WordPress in your browser (like http://localhost/wordpress/ )
    5. Follow the wizard that opens

    Its pretty straight forward. For more checkout http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

    And get familiar with WordPress Codex, the documentation is quite extensive and your best friend.
    Thanks for sharing tutorial. kindly can u suggest me any channel on youtube of wp
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