Contemplating the Structure of Your WordPress Website

In this digital age, it’s become increasingly important to have an online presence. You also have to be able to distinguish yourself from everybody else by showing off your own brand’s unique personality and engaging your audience with interesting content. How do you accomplish all that? One great way that can help is creating your personal blog website. In the old days, you would need to know how to code, which would mean learning programming languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, to do that. Or you would have to hire someone else to design and develop the website for you. Luckily for those of us who didn’t major in computer science, you don’t need to do either of those things nowadays.

Thanks to the introduction of Internet hosting services and website builders, creating a website has become as simple as choosing a template and filling it with your own content. Maybe the most popular of these web hosting services is WordPress, which is a free and open-source platform you can utilize to host a blog website. But before you go about creating your blog on WordPress, you might want to think about how a WordPress blog is typically structured. It’s always better to go into a process knowing what to expect, right? That’s why this article is here to provide you with some insight into the essential components that make up a WordPress blog and some of the things you’ll need to get started on putting together your own.

Structure of WordPress website

In its most basic form, a WordPress blog contains four main areas. WordPress offers a free version to registered users, as well as three different paid plans: Personal for personal use, Premium for entrepreneurs & freelancers, and Business for those looking for a website for their small business. Each plan offers a variety of WordPress themes to choose from for your blog website, but the following four areas are in the default theme no matter what version of WordPress you’re using:

  • Header: This area is typically the first that visitors to your blog will see. It is located at the top of the web page, and it will usually contain the name of the site, as well as a tagline or slogan for the site. The header section will also sometimes include some type of graphic or image. All of these are things that you’ll be able to fill in when putting together your blog site.
  • Body: The body is where your main content will appear. What that content is, depends on what content you want to provide for your audience. Your blog posts will be displayed in chronological order. Those blog posts can include images, as well as embedded video and embedded audio.
  • Sidebar: This area of the website is where you will find a list of different blog-related elements that are not a part of the main content. The usage of the sidebar depends on which of the many WordPress themes you selected for your blog. One common element of the sidebar area is “the blogroll,” which is a list of link that you set. Those links could be some friends´ blogs, your favorite posts, or other websites. A list of recent blog posts you’ve made and the archives, an index of all your archived posts, are a couple of other common elements within the sidebar.
  • Footer: The footer is an area at the bottom of the page that often contains links to further website information, such as credits to the person who design the site, the company that provides hosting services for it, copyright notices, and privacy policy. In some themes, the footer may also contain a multi-column area that you can use to add WordPress widgets.

While these are the four areas that make up a basic blog template on WordPress, you are able to add them freely, as well as create new sections with even more content within them.

As mentioned before, there are many themes to choose from WordPress. The free default theme is called “Twenty Seventeen,” and it offers a perfectly fine starting point, especially for anyone without a background in web design or web publishing. Like Twenty Seventeen, many themes developed for WordPress are free to use. All you have to do is search through them and download the one you like. You’ll find it much easier to use one of these free themes as a place to begin from rather than starting one entirely from scratch. When you use one of the themes developed for WordPress, most of the work has already been done for you. One excellent resource is the official WordPress Theme Directory, where you can go to search through and preview its collection of themes, as well as download them.

Each free theme available for download has its own unique look, layout, display options, format, and more. You can experiment with a few themes to get a feel for how WordPress themes work.

In order to build a WordPress theme that covers the four basic areas previously mentioned, you’ll need the following five templates:

  • header.php
  • index.php
  • sidebar.php
  • footer.php
  • style.css

The style.css template is a CSS stylesheet that comes with every WordPress theme. Stylesheets are responsible for the look and layout of your blog template. While a stylesheet would not be used to add actual content on your site, stylesheets are used to add style to the content already there, such as what font is used on the page, where content is positioned on the page, and what color the page is.

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