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What Do You Need to Know To Use WordPress?

When it comes to WordPress, there are a few things that people should know in order to be effective WordPress users and authors:

What WordPress is and What it Does

Wikipedia offers an accurate description of WordPress that is nicely summed up:

“WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 22.0% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites.”

For more information about WordPress, visit the About page on WordPress.org. Continue reading What Do You Need to Know To Use WordPress?

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You Can Count on WP Tally

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you knew how many times your own hand-coded Plugin was downloaded? According to Jeff’s Chandler recent WP Tavern article, “How to Obtain The Total Download Count For Plugins Attached to a WordPress.org Username,” a new Plugin called WP Tally does just that: it keeps track of the number of times any one Plugin has been downloaded.

WordPress: Where in the World

It was eleven years ago.  In 2003 WordPress.org opened for business. May the Twenty-Seventh, 2014 marked the launch of what has become the world’s most popular, Content Management System.

The WordPress Map Unfolds

Based on the Developers Emeritus list of members, the early WordPress community  
was largely from the San Francisco Bay area, Denver, Atlanta, England, and Ireland, though the members were spread across the world.

As word spread, interested bloggers and developers visited the WordPress user forums to get their questions answered, and stayed to help others, contributing to the development of WordPress. The WordPress community quickly grew,

In the beginning, there was too much going to to keep up with tracking visitors, but in time, the team started paying close attention to their visitors and statistics, digging deep into their demographics especially after WordPress.com, the free site hosting service, was launched in 2005. Continue reading WordPress: Where in the World

How to Use the WordPress.org Forums

Most people who spend any time on the web are familiar with forums, message boards where people get together and talk about certain specific subjects.

The WordPress.org forums are a great tool for anyone having trouble with their self-hosted WordPress site. In this tutorial, we cover some basics about using the WordPress.org forums:

  • How to access the forums
  • Posting on the WordPress.org forums
  • How to properly phrase a request for help
  • How to answer a forum question

How to Access the WordPress.org Forums

  1. Go to WordPress.org Support Forums

    A picture of the WordPress.org homepage, with the "Support" link opened up and the links for Forums and Documentation displayed

  2. Select the forum that best pertains to the problem you are having. 

    A picture showing some of WordPress.org's sub-forums,

It is worth noting that there is a specific forum for Multisite WordPress users as well as WordPress Plugins, Themes, and other areas of WordPress interest and support.

Posting on the WordPress.org forums

Now that you’ve navigated to the appropriate forum that pertains to the problem you’re having, it’s time to learn how to post in the forum.

  1. First, login to your WordPress.org account using the form at the top of the forum screen. If you do not already have a WordPress.org account, instead click on the “Register” button, which will take you through the steps of creating an account.

    Picture of the WordPress.org log-in form, as well as the "Register" button

  2. Click on the “Add New” button next to the forum’s title to start a new post. 

    A picture of the "Add New" button on WordPress.org's forum page

How to properly phrase a request for help

When starting a new post, it is important to give it a title that will clearly convey what help you are seeking.

Here is an example of a properly phrased request for help:

Picture of a WordPress.org post, asking for help with a password error

Anyone viewing the forums can tell at a glace what problem this user is having and if they are able to assist them.

A properly phrased request for help means it is more likely to get a response. Avoid overly general titles like “Looking for help!” or “I’m getting an error” as these are more likely to be ignored.

How to Answer Forum Questions

To answer a forum question, simply log in and click on the title of the post you wish to answer. This will bring you you to a screen that will allow you to reply to the question asked.

A picture of a reply form to a WordPress.org forum post

Finding posts that have a fewer number of replies will usually be more beneficial than responding to a post that has a large number of replies. While there’s nothing wrong with adding your voice to the conversation, there’s a better chance that the poster has already found the help they were looking from from a previous response.

Putting It All Together

WordPress.org’s forums can be a very powerful and helpful resource. By following the steps detailed in this post, you can not only find help to issues you are having with WordPress but also help strengthen the community by helping to solve the problems of others as well.

Here are some helpful articles to guide you through the WordPress Support Forums.

Website vs Blog: Never Has So Much Been Said About So Little by So Few

image of Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
The headline quote is blog sarcasm based on Churchill’s 1940 Battle of Britain address ‘Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.’

The blog sarcasm, attributed variously to English professors in the UK and US, is uninformed. Read why.

Here are some of the most common myths around websites and blogs:
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