Creating a Movie Review Site – Part 3, Installing WordPress

Date: 11/7/19  2 Minutes To Read

In the previous article you learned about how to get hosting for a movie review site. Now that you have hosting you a content management system (CMS) to manage all of your articles. We recommend WordPress because it’s easy to install, easy to use, and will scale with you as your site grow.

Read on to find out why you should use WordPress and how to install it.

Why Use WordPress?

In the old days of the web, amateurs had to build pages by hand and upload them to a server. This becomes difficult to manage as websites grew larger and more complex. Coders started building more elaborate systems that could generate pages dynamically. Then content management systems were born.

Now anyone, regardless of coding experience, can benefit from this technology. In this tutorial, you’re creating a movie review site. After you’ve reviewed 25 to 50 movies, you’ll have 25 to 50 pages of content at least. Imagine what happens when you get to 100 or more.

WordPress lets you easily manage hundreds of pages from a single user-friendly interface. It’s easy to use and it’s free.

Getting WordPress Installed

WordPress is basically a program written in the PHP programming language. When you install WordPress you are installing it’s source code files. You’ll also need a database where the program will store your content for retrieval later.

There are two ways to install WordPress:

  • Manual “5-minute” install
  • Auto install with script installer

Both of these procedures are covered in our full guide on how to install WordPress.

The Basics of WordPress

You’re a WordPress user now. In order to make things easier later, take note that all of the content you add to WordPress are known as “posts.” This will make it easier for you when we create custom post types later in this tutorial series.

By default, WordPress comes with these generic post types:

  • Posts
  • Pages
  • Media

These are posts that are programmed to display differently when used on your site. Don’t worry too much about it now. Just remember that everything is a post.

In order to familiarize yourself with using WordPress, you are best advised to read from the WordPress Education channel.

In the next tutorial you will be learning about creating a maintenance page, so you can work on your site without launching it to the public.

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