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WordPress Guide: How to add media files such as; music,video,picture,etc. In wordpress

WordPress Guide: How to add media files such as; music,video,picture,etc. In wordpress

In this chapter, we will study how to Add Media files in WordPress. WordPress allows you to add, all kind of media files like videos, audios and images.

Following are the steps to Add Media.

Step (1) − Click on Media → Add New in WordPress.

WordPress Add Media

Step (2) − Then, click on Select Files option to select the files from your local storage as shown in the following figure.

WordPress Add Media

Step (3) − Add Media files such as images and audios by selecting them and click open as shown in the following screenshot.

WordPress Add Media

Step (4) − You can view the list of media files added as shown in the following screenshot.

WordPress Add Media

WordPress Guide; Dashboard and its uses in WordPress

WordPress Guide; Dashboard and its uses in WordPress

The WordPress Dashboard is a first screen which will be seen when you log into the administration area of your blog which will display the overview of the website. It is a collection of gadgets that provide information and provide an overview of what’s happening with your blog. You can customize your needs by using some quick links such as writing quick draft, replying to latest comment, etc.

Dashboard can be categorized as shown in the following snapshot. Each of these categories are discussed in the following sections −

Wordpress Dashboard

Dashboard Menu

The WordPress Dashboard provides navigation menu that contains some menu options such as posts, media library, pages, comments, appearance options, plugins, users, tools and settings on the left side.

Screen Options

The dashboard contains different types of widgets which can be shown or hidden on some screens. It contains check boxes to show or hide screen options and also allows us to customize sections on the admin screen.

Welcome

It includes the Customize Your Site button which allows customizing your WordPress theme. The center column provides some of the useful links such as creating a blog post, creating a page and view the front end of your website. Last column contains links to widgets, menus, settings related to comments and also a link to the First Steps With WordPress page in the WordPress codex.

Quick Draft

The Quick Draft is a mini post editor which allows writing, saving and publishing a post from admin dashboard. It includes the title for the draft, some notes about the draft and save it as a Draft.

WordPress News

The WordPress News widget displays the latest news such as latest software version, updates, alerts, news regarding the software etc. from the official WordPress blog.

Activity

The Activity widget includes latest comments on your blog, recent posts and recently published posts. It allows you to approve, disapprove, reply, edit, or delete a comment. It also allows you to move a comment to spam.

At a Glance

This section gives an overview of your blog’s posts, number of published posts and pages, and number of comments. When you click on these links, you will be taken to the respective screen. It displays the current version of running WordPress along with the currently running theme on the site.

WordPress Site setup guide – Step by Step Guide

WordPress – Overview

WordPress is an open source Content Management System (CMS), which allows the users to build dynamic websites and blogs. WordPress is the most popular blogging system on the web and allows updating, customizing and managing the website from its back-end CMS and components.

What is Content Management System (CMS)?

The Content Management System (CMS) is a software which stores all the data such as text, photos, music, documents, etc. and is made available on your website. It helps in editing, publishing and modifying the content of the website.

WordPress was initially released on 27th May, 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. WordPress was announced as open source in October 2009.

Features

  • User Management − It allows managing the user information such as changing the role of the users to (subscriber, contributor, author, editor or administrator), create or delete the user, change the password and user information. The main role of the user manager is Authentication.
  • Media Management − It is the tool for managing the media files and folder, in which you can easily upload, organize and manage the media files on your website.
  • Theme System − It allows modifying the site view and functionality. It includes images, stylesheet, template files and custom pages.
  • Extend with Plugins − Several plugins are available which provides custom functions and features according to the users need.
  • Search Engine Optimization − It provides several search engine optimization (SEO) tools which makes on-site SEO simple.
  • Multilingual − It allows translating the entire content into the language preferred by the user.
  • Importers − It allows importing data in the form of posts. It imports custom files, comments, post pages and tags.

Advantages

  • It is an open source platform and available for free.
  • CSS files can be modified according to the design as per users need.
  • There are many plugins and templates available for free. Users can customize the various plugins as per their need.
  • It is very easy to edit the content as it uses WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get is a user interface that allows the user to directly manipulate the layout of document without having a layout command).
  • Media files can be uploaded easily and quickly.
  • It offers several SEO tools which makes on-site SEO simple.
  • Customization is easy according to the user’s needs.
  • It allows creating different roles for users for website such as admin, author, editor and contributor.

Disadvantages

  • Using several plugins can make the website heavy to load and run.
  • PHP knowledge is required to make modifications or changes in the WordPress website.
  • Sometimes software needs to be updated to keep the WordPress up-to-date with the current browsers and mobile devices. Updating WordPress version leads to loss of data, so a backup copy of the website is required.
  • Modifying and formatting the graphic images and tables is difficult.

WordPress – Installation

System Requirements for WordPress

  • Database − MySQL 5.0 +
  • Web Server −
    • WAMP (Windows)
    • LAMP (Linux)
    • XAMP (Multi-platform)
    • MAMP (Macintosh)
  • Operating System − Cross-platform
  • Browser Support − IE (Internet Explorer 8+), Firefox, Google chrome, Safari, Opera
  • PHP Compatibility − PHP 5.2+