How to Install and Customize a WordPress Theme
Here is a summary of the steps:
1. Download the theme’s .zip file from the source where you purchased or downloaded the theme. Do not unzip the file.
2. Go to Appearance > Themes in your WordPress dashboard and click Install Theme.
3. Drag and drop the theme’s .zip file into the box or click the box and select the file from your computer.
4. Click Activate to start using the theme or click Try & Customize to preview and adjust some theme settings before activating it.
5. Refer to your theme’s setup instructions, documentation, and recommended plugins to configure and customize your theme further. You can also use the Appearance > Customize option to change some theme options like colors, fonts, menus, widgets, etc.
6. Enjoy your new WordPress theme!
For more details and examples, you can check out this Beginner’s Guide
How to Add and Edit WordPress Widgets
Here is a summary of the steps:
- Go to Appearance > Widgets in your WordPress dashboard and choose a widget area where you want to add a widget. You can also use the Appearance > Customize option and click on Widgets to access the widget areas.
- Click on the + icon at the bottom of the widget area to open the block library and search for a widget block that you want to add. You can also browse all the available widget blocks by category or collection.
- Click on the widget block to add it to your widget area. You can also drag and drop it from the block library to the widget area.
- Edit the widget block settings in the sidebar panel or the block toolbar. You can change the title, content, alignment, style, and other options depending on the widget block type.
- Repeat steps 2-4 to add more widget blocks to your widget area as needed. You can also reorder or delete the widget blocks by clicking on the up/down arrows or the three dots icon next to each block.
- Click on Update or Publish to save your changes and preview your widgets on your site.
How to Use WordPress Gutenberg Editor
WordPress Gutenberg is the new default editor for WordPress that was introduced in WordPress 5.0. It is a block-based editor that allows you to create and edit content using different types of blocks, such as paragraphs, headings, images, videos, lists, tables, and more.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use WordPress Gutenberg editor to create and edit your posts and pages. You will also learn how to add, move, delete, and customize blocks, as well as how to use reusable blocks and block patterns.
Step 1: Create a New Post or Page
To create a new post or page using WordPress Gutenberg editor, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on Posts > Add New or Pages > Add New. You will see a blank editor screen with a title field and a plus icon.
Step 2: Add a Title and Blocks
To add a title for your post or page, simply type it in the title field. To add blocks for your content, click on the plus icon at the top left corner of the editor or at the bottom of each block. You will see a list of blocks that you can choose from. You can also search for a specific block by typing its name in the search box.
To add a block, simply click on it or drag and drop it to the editor. For example, to add a paragraph block, click on the Paragraph block or drag and drop it to the editor. You will see a placeholder text that you can replace with your own text.
Step 3: Move and Delete Blocks
To move a block, hover over it and click on the up or down arrows at the left side of the block. You can also drag and drop the block to a new position by clicking on the six dots icon at the left side of the block.
To delete a block, hover over it and click on the three dots icon at the right side of the block. Then, click on Remove Block from the menu.
Step 4: Customize Blocks
To customize a block, select it and click on the gear icon at the top right corner of the editor. You will see a sidebar with different settings for the block. For example, for a paragraph block, you can change the font size, color, alignment, background color, and more.
You can also use the toolbar at the top of each block to access some common settings. For example, for a paragraph block, you can use the toolbar to bold, italicize, underline, link, or add media to your text.
Step 5: Use Reusable Blocks and Block Patterns
Reusable blocks are blocks that you can save and use again in other posts or pages. To create a reusable block, select one or more blocks that you want to save and click on the three dots icon at the right side of the block. Then, click on Add to Reusable Blocks from the menu. You can give your reusable block a name and save it.
To use a reusable block, click on the plus icon at the top left corner of the editor or at the bottom of each block. Then, click on Reusable from the list of blocks. You will see your saved reusable blocks that you can add to your post or page.
Block patterns are pre-designed layouts of blocks that you can insert into your post or page. To use a block pattern, click on the plus icon at the top left corner of the editor or at the bottom of each block. Then, click on Patterns from the list of blocks. You will see different categories of block patterns that you can choose from.
To add a block pattern, simply click on it or drag and drop it to the editor. You can then customize each block in the pattern as you wish.
Step 6: Preview and Publish Your Post or Page
To preview your post or page before publishing it, click on the Preview button at the top right corner of the editor. You will see how your post or page will look like on different devices.
To publish your post or page, click on the Publish button at the top right corner of the editor. You can also schedule your post or page to be published later by clicking on Immediately next to Publish and selecting a date and time.
Congratulations! You have learned how to use WordPress Gutenberg editor to create and edit your posts and pages.
How to Install and Set up WooCommerce on Your WordPress Site
Here is a summary of the steps:
1. To install WooCommerce, you need to have a WordPress site with a compatible theme. You can also use one of the hosting partners that offer pre-installed WordPress and WooCommerce packages. Then, you can go to Plugins > Add New in your WordPress dashboard and search for WooCommerce. Click on Install Now and then Activate to activate the plugin.
2. To set up WooCommerce, you can follow the setup wizard that will guide you through the basic settings of your store, such as your location, currency, payment methods, shipping options, and recommended extensions. You can also access the setup wizard later by going to WooCommerce > Help > Setup Wizard.
3. To add products to your store, you can go to Products > Add New in your WordPress dashboard and fill in the product details, such as title, description, price, inventory, shipping, and attributes. You can also add product images and categories. WooCommerce supports different types of products, such as simple, variable, grouped, external/affiliate, and downloadable products.
4. To customize the appearance of your store, you can go to Appearance > Customize in your WordPress dashboard and use the live customizer to change various options, such as colors, fonts, menus, widgets, homepage settings, and more. You can also choose a different theme that suits your store’s style and niche. WooCommerce recommends using the Storefront theme or its child themes for optimal compatibility and performance.
5. To extend the functionality of your store, you can install and activate various extensions that add more features and integrations to WooCommerce. You can find free and premium extensions on the WooCommerce.com marketplace or the WordPress.org plugin directory. Some of the popular extensions are WooCommerce Subscriptions, WooCommerce Bookings, WooCommerce Memberships, WooCommerce Shipping, and WooCommerce Tax.