Is It Necessary For Me To Know How To Code To Work With WordPress? Print

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No, it's not true! However, it'll be a tremendous help if you do. Even developers aren't always required to code when it comes to WordPress.

The fact is, the WordPress team has gone to great lengths to make website construction simple. As a result, many of the greatest WordPress features (customizable themes, text, menus, and colors) are available with a single click.

 

Using WordPress's Visual and Text Editors

However, you'll want to add a WordPress feature that involves coding at some point throughout your website construction process. It's beneficial to have a basic understanding of HTML markup. WordPress, for example, provides two types of editors for your website's content. WYSIWYG stands for "what you see is what you get," and this is the "visual" tab you see below.

It lets you similarly format text to Microsoft Word or Google Docs. However, there may be times when you need to make changes to the html of your article. For example, perhaps you need to include a piece of code or change the structure of a link. In that instance, you'd go to your editor's "text" tab and see something like this.

This recommendation applies to both posts and pages. However, when it comes to adding functionality to your website, WordPress plugins are the way to go. Plugins have been written for just about any function you can think of, whether you're a developer or not. The majority of them are free. Even if you can, you don't want to recreate the wheel at that price!

 

Adding Features to WordPress Plugins Without Using Code

Plugins are pieces of software that work in tandem with your WordPress theme to offer functionality.

Choosing a plugin for a certain purpose might be difficult at times. We recommend knowing the platform and determining which features are useful to you if you're new to WordPress. Then a quick Google search can help a lot.

Many themes have pre-installed plugins—click Plugins in the left column of your WordPress dashboard to check which plugins you've installed.

 

 

How to Select a High-Quality Plugin

Because WordPress is an open-source platform, anybody may create and distribute plugins. Therefore, you may do two fast tests to verify that you select a high-quality plugin that fulfills your requirements. (Remember that if a plugin doesn't function or you don't like it, you can always deactivate and delete it.)

Plugin Evaluation

The ranking is the first thing you'll notice. To confirm that the Plugin is being utilized and that people enjoy it, look for higher ratings and a larger number of ratings.

Information on the Plugin

Then, in the lower box of the display card, look at the plugin information. First, you can look up the plugin author (in this instance, it's Automattic, the company that invented WordPress, so it's very trustworthy). Next, take note of the total number of installations. It can be a helpful quality indicator if a plugin doesn't have many ratings.

Installing a WordPress Plugin

Installing a WordPress plugin is simple and does not involve any coding. It's easiest to do it from your WordPress dashboard. To add a new plugin, go to Plugins and Add New (the button next to the heading says Plugins). After that, you may search for plugins using the search box on the right and then install them.

When that, click Activate after the Plugin has finished installing. Your Plugin will now show in the Plugins section of your WordPress dashboard, where you can access and adjust settings as needed.

The zip file is another option for installing a WordPress plugin. Just be cautious of third-party websites and download official plugins instead. Free plugins that aren't from WordPress might expose security flaws on your site. If you choose this option, proceed to Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin, as seen in the screenshot above. Then, choose the zip file from your PC and follow the directions.

 

CONCLUSION

Are you ready to get started now that you know how adaptable WordPress is, whether you know how to code or not?

 

 


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