If you want to build a successful online business, then learning WordPress fast will be vital.
But even though WordPress is easy to set up, it can still take years to master.
That’s why I wrote this step-by-step guide.
It shows you how to quickly master WordPress so you can start building your next website.
To install, delete, manage and update themes in WordPress from the main dashboard click on Appearance > Themes.
Remove Default Themes
With any WordPress installation, you should remove any WordPress themes you are not using and should only ever have two themes.
To remove your unused themes, hover over the theme and click on Theme Details.
Now in the bottom right corner click on Delete.
This is what it should look like with just your main theme plus the child theme.
Add New Theme
To add a new theme simple clicks on Appearance > Themes > Add New.
You can search the free WordPress theme repository by typing in the Omni search box for a specific theme or keyword.
In this case, we’ve searched “Generate” for the GeneratePress theme.
Once you found the one you want you can click on Install.
Once you’ve clicked Install it will start to install in the background and once complete you will have a confirmation notice.
From here click Activate.
Upload WordPress Theme
To upload a theme from a 3rd part or a premium theme simply click Upload Theme.
From here, simply click on Choose File then select the .zip file from your computer.
Once uploaded click Install Now.
Once uploaded, you will receive a confirmation message then to activate the theme click on Activate.
Plugins add a lot of flexibility to WordPress.
It’s easy to delete plugins and you can do this individually or in bulk.
When you first install WordPress you want to delete the default plugins if you’re not going to use them.
That is the same for any old plugins you no longer want to use or need, this is for security reasons and to also help reduce WordPress bloat.
To delete a single plugin simply click on the Delete button under the plugin name.
To delete plugins in bulk, use the checkbox to select the plugins you want to delete.
Then from the drop-down menu next to apply, select Delete then click the Apply button.
Once a plugin has been removed you will get a notice to say it’s been removed successfully.
You should note, that just because it’s been deleted doesn’t always mean that everything has been removed.
Plugin developers at times don’t always add the functionality to clean up after itself so a lot of old data is left behind in the database.
Learn more about how to clean up your WordPress website here.
Just like a WordPress theme, Installing plugins uses the same method.
To install a plugin simply click Plugins > Add New
Once you’ve clicked on Add New you can search the WordPress plugin repository using the Omni search box.
In this case, we’re searching for the “Rankmath” SEO plugin to install.
Once you found the plugin you’re looking for click Install Now.
Once installed click Activate.
To upload a premium, custom or plugin that isn’t found in the WordPress repository you simply click the Upload Plugin button.
From here you need to activate the plugin simply click Activate Plugin.