Why WordPress and How It Works

How to Build a Profitable Home on the Web — Episode Three

Building and running your new Web site doesn’t have to be a chore. Ever heard the old adage, “Work smarter, not harder?” I’m pretty sure they were talking about using WordPress to run your blog, because there’s no simpler, cheaper, or more powerful way to build and manage a Web site!

So, dig in and see how you can benefit from using WordPress to handle all your content delivery needs. Heck, it’s so good that we even use it to run Tubetorial.

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  1. Love this, you make it tempting for even us technically shy people to want to go give it a whirl! I looked for a trackback url, but didn’t find one… just know that I’ve posted about this over at BuildaBetterBlog.com. Thanks,

  2. I can’t believe how easy this can be. Your videos will surely help those that have been reluctant to jump into web design take the plunge. Thanks:)

  3. Great video Chris. Just want to add that with the one-click WordPress install, there’s nothing to even download from anwhere else. It really is just one simple step, and that’s why I chose this route back when I started Copyblogger.com.

  4. Eventually, I’m going to use WordPress, and when I did, I was just planning on using one of the hosts that are listed on the wordpress site. However, after seeing this, I’ve reconsidered and will most likely use MidPhase. As Brian says, tutorial marketing is truly effective.

  5. That’s a pretty good intro… now bust us out some really good stuff like, uh, modding a theme and using Photoshop to make our themes killer !

    What about it large one ?

  6. It’d be nice if this tutorial was out a year ago. Back then, I don’t have any concept of installing things like WordPress; I thought it was a piece of software and installed on the PC.

    Anyway, this is still great as there’re lot more people who wanted to become more serious bloggers.

    I’m looking forward for the next episode coz one of the most important thing, though, is the presentation of the blog and how it looks like, the different types of functions, unique features we can “exploit” with WordPress; otherwise, why using WordPress? Within a couple of seconds, anyone could signup for a FREE blog at livejournal, blogger… …

  7. Thank you for the great video. I have just installed WordPress on my site a couple of days ago & am just getting started with WordPress. Your video explains step by step how easy it is to use WordPress.

  8. Thanks for the video.

    I currently use wordpress and was wondering:

    How can i add page specific page titles and page descriptions so that i can optimise them with my keywords/phrases. It appears the only way you can do this is by having the actual post titles with the keywords in, which isn’t ideal. And the page description seems to come from the first few words of the post. Compare this with a page say designed in Frontpage, where you can add the keywords and description independent of the content?


    Ray Prince

  9. Nice set of instructional videos – they should really help out a lot of future bloggers.

    If you are going to cover the plug-ins, be sure to mention the PodPress plug-in.

    Some Features of PodPress
    – Full featured and automatic feed generation (RSS2, iTunes and ATOM and BitTorrent RSS)
    – Preview of what your Podcast will look like on iTunes
    – Podcast Download stats
    – Support for Premium Content (Pay Only)
    – View MP3 Files ID3 tags when your Posting
    – Control over where the player will display within your post and what it will look like.
    – Support for various formats, including Video Podcasting
    – Supports unlimited number of media files.
    – Automatic Media player for MP3, MP4, MOV, FLV, ASF, WMV, AVI, and more, with inline and Popup Window support.
    – Audio Comments using the MobaTalk comment system

    Michael B

  10. Ummmh! Nice video but “why wordpress” (no answers!) if there’s other CMS more powerfull and secure and friendly than WordPress. Easy it’s not better.
    How many security holes were found on WordPress this year?
    I’ve tested a ton of CMS’s and finally found Textpattern the better choice.

  11. Einstein: I really can’t answer that because I’ve never used Slashcode. For what it’s worth, I can safely say that WordPress probably has an order of magnitude more users, though. Of course, there are a lot more IE users than FireFox users out there, so I guess sheer numbers are a poor metric!

    Mr. Mxyzptlk: If the two of us were presented with a task, and we had to use our respective CMS platforms to solve it, I would bet the farm on being able to solve it more quickly and more elegantly thanks to WordPress’s famous extensibility and monstrous plugin repository.

    So, why WordPress? Because it’s the ultimate platform for “scaling out” a Web site. If your business model changes, WordPress is malleable enough that you can tweak it to suit your ever-changing needs.

    Also, I see a real advantage to having a worldwide team of developers in your corner, but that might just be me 🙂

  12. I personally recommend WordPress, and dude thanks so much for recommending MidPhase they rock my socks off.

  13. Great tutorial – I’ve been looking into setting up a blog recently, and this may just have swayed me. Can I make *two* suggestions for your vocal recording though? It does sound like it’s been recorded in a room – you can hear the echoes. Simple answer – put a duvet behind the mic so it absorbs a lot of reflections. I’d also say you need what’s called a pop stopper so you don’t get plosives lie ‘b’, ‘p’ etc forming that little ‘boom’. This is just a hoop with a thin mesh over it that stops the air from hitting the mic. You can buy them really cheaply, or make your own – with a wire coathanger and a nylon stocking stretched over it. I’m not kidding – you’ll find many home studios with this arrangement! Two fixes that I think will really improve the vocal recording, that cpst next to nothing. But I’m not dissing the tutorials at all – they’re great!

  14. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP! Your videos are going to help our online businesses sky rocket!
    IM still amazed :O :O :O
    Thanks again

    Tenesia & Alexandra

  15. As far as CMS is concerned WordPress does indeed rock! From 2.1 onwards, if one nows all the “ins and outs… and all the round abouts” and can make that “coding” stuff work for them and their needs then well and good. Have no doubt though (and contrary to the belief of many). WordPress is most definitely a CMS sytem… Therefore it can be a simple blog… a website… a membership site… a campaign site… a media portal… a journal… a single page… or a bazillion pages or posts each with their very own individual look and feel (if that is what you want your audience to feel). It can be a soap opera.. it can be a thriller… comedy or drama… it is as flexible as two dimensions can get. As far as security is concerned… well let me say this… all codes can be penetrated (that is part of our evolutionary process). So let us not be confused about our intentions here… And that is the point… WordPress is a vehicle for the best of intentions (some call it a platform… others call it something else). Need some driving lessons then Tubetorial is a driving instructor you can call on… Great Stuff!

  16. Great Video. . I got a lot of info from that about WordPress. My question is ,Normally, we will install WordPress in httpdocs or in public_html of a domain. But is it possible to install it in the root directory of a domain not in httpdocs or public_html. I was new to WordPress and looking forward for your reply.


  17. “Work smarter, not harder? Nailing it on the forehead. Maybe assertive but that is the fact. So people should migrate to WordPress if they are looking for more than what they are getting right now from other softwares.

  18. WordPress is a Website Creation Tool.
    It’s just one more tool in a vast toolbox of Site Creators.
    You can do some pretty amazing things with WordPress for all kinds of marketing.
    Find the right template and get to work. I am using wordpress right now as a stand alone static website.

    It took a little template tweaking, but it works just fine.
    And if you want to use it as a Blog, then that is a website too.

    Use the right tool for the job. Being effective requires a complete set, not just a hammer.

    wordpress is just as managable as a website design in dreamweaver