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  1. jayson_co
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I have installed WordPress (was easy since it was a once click install from my host, DreamHost). I am now realizing how difficult the rest of this is going to be. I am hoping someone can talk to me via Yahoo Messenger about some of the many questions I have. I am on Yahoo 80% of the time so if you wouldnt mind lending me a huge hand in answering some of my questions I would greatly appreciate it. My Yahoo profile name is jayson_co.

    Thank you in advance,
    Jayson

  2. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I would suggest that you post your problems here ?
    Just list a few at a time ..

  3. eridan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If you state your questions here, I'm sure you will get the help needed much faster.

  4. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    In other words we prefer it when Mohammed comes to the mountain. Less lifting that way.

  5. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You may also find better/more answers if you post each question in its own thread.

  6. jayson_co
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I appreciate the quick replies. I will try my best, but please take into account my "newbie"ness.

    My site is : http://www.neverfaded.com
    I am looking to create a blog similar in look to this: http://coda.co.za/

    I like the layout of it. I have looked over many of the WordPress Templates that are avaliable to download, but I dont know if any are better to mess around with to get a similar look to the above site or not. I am leaning towards templates like China Red and Connections if I cannot find one that would offer a similar layout.

    I guess I need help figuring out how to install a new template (if this is te best spot to start???). How difficult is it to install a new template? Do you recommend any FTP program over another?

    I guess my other immediate questions that pop into my head are my MYSQL database <----- got no clue what that even is.
    Also what do i need to do with RSS - also got no clue about this either.

    I knew I was tackling a big job creating my first blog, which is also my first website altogether. I appreciate any help anyone can lend me.

    I also assure you I will probably have about 700 more questions.

    Thank you in advance (again),
    Jayson

  7. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    First up Welcome to WordPress. It can look neat right out of the box or with a good theme installed. What you want is a bit more advanced. It might be a good time to learn. Many folks use WP as a tool to get into html, CSS and then php.
    Realistically it is going to take time, and a lot of application. Sometimes new guys say *I want a blog like this* and the url is a 10 year experienced web designer.
    There are short cuts. There are folk willing to help. You could get your blog running then have a development install as well for hacking about in. Good luck.

  8. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    mySQL: Your host should detail that. So long as they let you have one for your account, it's no problem

    RSS: that will take care of itself. For now, forget about it :)

    Templates ? Easy to drop in, and then what Root says.

    And only 700 more ? pah ... you'll be sorted in no time .

    -----

    What is your website address ?
    Who is your host ?

  9. jayson_co
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Root,

    Thank you. I am doing it for the reason you describe - a good reason to get into html, CSS, and php.

    I am in no rush to have my site be as in depth as my insipration by tomorrow. I realize this a going to be a LONG process. I have been a graphic designer for 6 plus years, but have been only involved in print. Creating my own site, and being able to tweek and learn on it, was what I thought would be the best route to learning web design.

    I guess I am just looking to get up something that is similar in "bones" to the site I posted - learn what the "things" are in WordPress - like my MySQL database, RSS (Entries and Comments) and any other side things that would be helpful.

    Once I got up a "functioning" blog. The look and feel can move along more slowly.

    Thank you for your reply.

  10. jayson_co
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    website address is http://www.neverfaded.com

    Host is DreamHost.

  11. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Well you can go a very long way without any php at all. And there is absolutely no need to mess with the mysql barring a catastrophe. For design its html plus CSS. Should keep you busy :)

  12. jayson_co
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Any suggestions on a template that may be better looking than another as fas a style similar to the one I mentioned above?

  13. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

  14. jayson_co
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    yes.

    Is there a post here that would detail how to install a new theme?

  15. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Download the theme
    Unzip it
    Upload the resulting folder into the "themes" folder which is inside the "wp-content" folder

    Login to your blog
    click Presentation
    Look down that page
    Select new theme

    Should do it ...

  16. jayson_co
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I appreciate your help Podz!

  17. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Heh - I'm just up late and around. Keep posting - there are many people who will continue posting help :)

  18. jayson_co
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Well I'm going to narrow down my favorite templates to a final selection. Once I do that, I'll try the install. If no problems occur I may consider today a success.

    Small steps, small steps.

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