Getting Started with WordPress

Lamplight started out as a freelance professional web design service but my business partner and I both got too busy to continue doing freelance work. I always meant to have a resource on the site for people who wanted to do it themselves but now that we aren’t taking new work, it seems especially prudent.

So without further ado, I’ll launch into it.

Most of the time, I use WordPress for it’s easy content management, rather than it’s blog functionality. If you are building a site for a client or you would rather make easy updates in a web-based WYSIWYG editor that download your html files using FTP, edit them in a text editor, and upload them again, WordPress might just be for you.

And of course if you’re blogging, it’s hard to beat WordPress as a blogging platform.

For the casual blogger who doesn’t require and custom functionality or theming, go to WordPress.com. This is a service that is hosted by WordPress and is free to use unless you require customization. I may write more about this later.

But if you want to make a website or a blog that you have complete control over, read on.

WordPress.org is the home of the latest download link for WordPress and a good place to go if you need answers from the creators of WordPress or the community. The WordPress Codex contains almost everything you could ever want to know about WordPress. The point of this blog, however is to boil down, from my experience, to just what you need if you are trying to get started with WordPress development.