How to Install WordPress on Windows using XAMPP Server

WordPress is the world’s most popular tool for creating websites. It is capable of creating any style of website, from a simple blog to a full-featured business website. You can even use WordPress to create an online store.

If you are aspiring to be a developer, WordPress is one of the few content management systems that you will find yourself learning. Most people who have never built a site find it very easy to get started with WordPress since with WordPress, you do not necessarily need any coding or design skills to get a professional website. There are millions of freely as well as premium themes available for download. You can simply get such a theme and change the appearance and content to match your prefered website design.

In this tutorial, we are going to cover how to install WordPress on a Windows machine using Xampp. We will cover two major topic;

  1. Installing Xampp on a Windows machine.
  2. Installing and getting started with WordPress on a Windows machine.

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How to Deactivate a Plugin when you are Locked out of WordPress Dashboard

There are situations when you can get locked out of the WordPress dashboard. There are several reasons why this happens, and most of them have different solutions. Some of the reasons that may lead to a person being locked out of WordPress dashboard are : 

  • Your username and password not working as well as the recovery method. This might be caused by forgetting the username and/or the password or someone hacking your website and changing the login credentials.
  • You can also be locked out of the WordPress dashboard after attempting to log in with the wrong credentials many times. This is an excellent way to block hackers who use software to try and get your login credentials.
  • The dreaded white screen of death. This happens when you see a blank white screen when you visit your website. This can be caused by several issues among them a problem with one or many plugins.
  • A PHP parse error. This can happen when you alter the website’s code and forget something as small as a semi colon. You can edit a plugin code or a theme code and forget something. This might lead to issues accessing the WordPress dashboard.
  • Installing incompatible or corrupt themes and plugins.

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Beginners Guide to Installing a WordPress Plugin

A WordPress plugin is a piece of software written in the PHP language that contains functions that are added to a WordPress website and is used to add new features or extend the functionality of the WordPress website. They integrate seamlessly with WordPress. There are so many plugins available today, an example of one is the Custom Login Page Customizer. In this tutorial, we are going to cover three ways through which we can add a plugin to a WordPress website. They include;

  1. Searching for a plugin from the admin panel and installing it
  2. Manually uploading a plugin file from the admin panel
  3. Uploading the file through ftp.

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How to Setup a Custom Page as Home Page in WordPress

By default, WordPress shows the posts page as the home page. This is the page that has your latest posts, shown in a reverse chronological order. However, website owners may prefer to show a static page or a splash page as the home page instead of showing the latest posts.

In this tutorial, we are going to discuss a step by step guide on how change your wordpress front page. We will set up a static page as your home page. I am going to assume that you have a WordPress website running and want to change your homepage.

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Beginners Guide to Creating Categories and Subcategories in WordPress

One of the best ways to organize your content on a WordPress website is through the use of categories. Categories allow site visitors to browse through the website’s content by topic or a grouping rather than doing it chronologically. Before going further with this tutorial, it is important to note that categories are different from tags. Categories are used for grouping of posts on a WordPress website while tags are used for describing specific details of a post.

There are two ways through which you can create a category in WordPress. They include;

  1. Creating a category from the categories menu under Posts in the dashboard.
  2. Creating a category directly from the post creation and edit screen

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Beginners Guide to Creating and Publishing a Post in WordPress

You have created a blog on WordPress but do not have any posts to show to your target audience. How do you do that? Creating posts on WordPress is a simple thing for most people, but it can prove to be very difficult for beginners. In this tutorial, I am going to discuss a step by step guide on how to create a blog post. I will discuss various aspects of creating a blog post including;

  • Creating a New Post
  • Creating a title
  • Creating post body
  • Editing the Permalink of the post
  • Adding a featured Image
  • Adding an Image inside Post Content using the media library
  • Selecting a category
  • Previewing A Post
  • Publishing a Post
  • Saving Post as a draft
  • Schedule a Post
  • Updating a Post
  • Un-publishing and Deleting a Post

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