WordPress Tutorial Series – Part 3 – By HostPapa Web Hosting
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WordPress Tutorial Series – Part 3 – By HostPapa Web Hosting

Hey y’all, welcome back! My name is Alex
and we’ll be going through video 3 of our WordPress mini-series… or tutorial if that’s
what you want to call it. Today, we’ll cover some more of the wonders that WordPress has
to offer… like static pages. In the previous video, we went over how to change the overall
look and feel of your website with a theme, put a title on it, and how to add some pretty
beautiful pics. In this video, we’ll be showing you how to add a static page. It’s
pretty exciting. For those of you already flipping browser
windows and googling ‘static page’, a static page is one where you put information
that won’t really be changing. It’s kind of an anchor page, and will always be the
same when people go to your site; you don’t change it too often. For example, static pages
are great when you’re making a contact us page, which lots of people have, and you should
too. It’s always a good idea to let your customers know how to contact you. Since we don’t need any dynamic content
on our home page, we’re going to create it as a static page, put a little bit of information
in here, what it’s all about, who we are, etc. So what we’re going to do from our
dashboard is look on the left and click pages. Here we see a list of all the pages we’ve
already made. Here is a default, run of the mill, not so great sample page that WordPress
gives you, which we obviously don’t need, so lets throw it in the garbage. To add a
new page, just click “add new” on the left hand side. Now it wants you to name it
something, so we will go ahead and name it “Home”. Here we’ve got an easy text
area where we can format the things we want to write. It’s super easy to use, and it’s pretty
self explanatory, just like any word processing program you’ve used before. So with most
pages like this we’re going to want to put in a picture, so we will click “Add Media”.
Here, you click “upload files”, and you can either drag the pic to the box, or go
browsing for it. Once we’ve done that you can click insert into post. Move it around
by holding the left click on your mouse, drag it, drop it right where you want it. Once
the post is looking the way you want it to, click publish, then the magic happens. The
page is now live. So now that we have all this set up, we have
to tell WordPress which page visitors will be coming to first, or ‘landing page’
as some call it. Do this by going to settings over here on the left, then under reading
you choose which page will be the landing page. Click on static, instead of the latest,
which is typically for blogs. Then we click the little arrow here, and choose Home. You’re
going to now save the changes by clicking on save changes. Now let’s flip over to
the other tab and hit refresh. Big surprise, it worked exactly as it’s supposed to. WOOOOO.
This is sweet, it’s all looking real nice, but let’s say we want to remove the comments
section. Go to where we always make the changes. Hint: it’s in the dashboard. Go to pages
and go to quick edit, then deselect “allow comments,” and simply click update. Flip
over to the other window and hit refresh. Take a look. WOW, shocking, it works. Look at this beaut of a site…it’s coming
together real nice, real nice. In the next video, we’ll show you how to
create dynamic pages.

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