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Inherited a WordPress site - totally new to WP (4 posts)

  1. alexxifo
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Hi, I usually make websites using Dreamweaver. I know HTML and CSS quite well. But I am brand new to WordPress.
    I inherited a site that was built in WordPress. I connected via FTP, and can see the remote files, but I've gone through every one (I think) but cannot find anything but what seems to be generic shell type pages.
    What do I need to do? I downloaded WordPress, but I still don't know what to do.

  2. catacaustic
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    What you need to do depends on what you are trying to do. Do you want ot edit the pages, posts, content, etc? Do you want to make changes to the layout or look of the site? Do you want to add in something new?

    The big thing to remember is that WordPress is a dynamic DMS. It's nothing like having a heap of static HTML files on a server somewhere, so if you're used to Dreamweaver only then it will be a bit of a learning curve to get used to the different way of working with things.

  3. 2ninerniner2
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Additionally, WordPress is database-driven, meaning that all the pages and posts are stored in and retrieved from the database as required; there are no "page" files. or any other for that matter, generated by WP. Numerous settings are also stored in and retrieved from the database.

    Generally, the only files that are added to a WP site are the media files (images, etc.), plugins and themes, and these are added via the WP dashboard and stored in their respective folders within the wp-content folder.

    To work on a WP site, you do not need WP on your computer; it's done completely online.

    That said, one can install WP on their own computer to test plugins, themes, etc., but you need to set up a compatible server environment there first before you can install WP. There are many freely available for both Mac and PC. Have a look here for more on this subject:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Installing_WordPress_on_your_own_Computer

  4. JumboClicks
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    your design files are found in

    wp-content/themes/yourthemename

    I would not suggest editing them in dreamweaver

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