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  • As a severe novice with zero experience with Word Press and web or blog design, I am starting with Getting Started with Word Press. From the start, before installing WP, it says “few things you need to have and do.

    I don’t know what it means to access to your web server (via shell or FTP); I don’t know what it means ‘A text editor, an FTP client.’ I don’t know what it means to be prepared with a secure password for your Secret key.

    More from Getting Started with WordPress.
    You need access to your site and its directory and software to proceed with the installation. These are:

    Access to your web server (via shell or FTP)
    A text editor
    An FTP Client
    Your web browser of choice

    Things You Need to Do to Install WordPress
    Begin your installation by:

    Checking to ensure that you and your web host have the minimum requirements to run WordPress.
    Download the latest release of WordPress.
    Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your hard drive.
    Be prepared with a secure password for your Secret Key

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  • If you haven’t used FTP before, it’s going to be a big learning curve, but it’s worth it so you can know how ot fix things if they go wrong in the future.

    If you’re concerned about what you need and what you can do there’s some other options available. The first is to get a hosting account that has a one-click installer for WordPress. There’s a lot of them around, so they are easy to find (don’t ask for suggestions here… that gets to many SPAM’y replies and gets the threads shut down). The second is to go for a hosted and managed WordPress service. I haven’t used these, but they are great for someone that’s starting off and doesn’t want the hassles of learning the tech stuff. The third choice is to go to and sign up for a blog there. There’s not as much freedom to do the changes that you might want to do, but it’s free and it’s a great place to start and learn.


    Do you have wordpress installed?
    I saw that you mentioned before is this your site and you want to go in and add content? or do you start from scratch completely?

    Please let us know how far you have gotten and we can help you out.


    Good question and thanks for your reply. Since around November ’12 I have been on the WP learning curve and though I have made progress, a lot is still very foggy. A web designer set up my WP in November with the understanding that I would then “learn” WP and manage the site, manage the content. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on and watching a lot of videos. Little by little the pieces are coming together.
    So to answer your question, I would say yes (is this right?) WP has been installed. I can go to the website and log in to admin and get to the Dashboard.
    I am currently watching a video which is very good and clear. It started from the very first step and I follow along on my website/dashboard. I am trying to get to the place where I can manage all the content on my website, images and blog. As I said, I have made progress but still lots of questions such as when adding an image, how to determine exactly where it is to go on a page or blog. Or if I want to add a text box on a page, how to place it in a specific spot. These are only examples of number of questions I have. As I go through the video, some of the questions have been clarified or answered.
    I thought about starting from scratch on another site in order to learn
    “hands on” but decided I needed to learn my website.
    Another challenge is the designer added WooCommerce and WooThemes plug-ins. I have learned that a person can know WP but if they have WooCommerce and WooThemes, it is very different. So in addition to learning WP, I am learning WooCommerce and WooThemes. What is difficult is WooCommerce only provides support to the person who purchased the WooTheme which is the designer for my website. Even though I am the user, I can’t get support from WooCommerce. I have to direct my questions to the web designer and host of my website.
    Thanks again for your help.

    I live in Houston, Tx and last week found a Houston WP MeetUp group and attended their meeting. Met lots of good people and helpful networking. This group will be a signficiant part to my progress in WP.

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