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Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Database Management with phpMyAdmin


WordPress is written using PHP as its scripting language and MySQL as its database management system. In order to use WordPress, you don’t really need to learn either of them.

However, a very basic understanding of the two could help you troubleshoot problems as well as increase your understanding of how WordPress works (behind the scenes).

In this article, we will explain how WordPress uses the database including an intro to default WordPress database tables.

We will also show you how to manage a WordPress database using phpMyAdmin which will include creating database backups, optimizing the WordPress database, and more.

How to manage WordPress database using phpMyAdmin

This is a comprehensive guide on WordPress database management, so we have added a table of contents for easier navigation:

  • What is a database and how WordPress uses it?
  • What is phpMyAdmin?
  • How to access phpMyAdmin
  • Understanding WordPress database tables
  • Managing WordPress database via phpMyAdmin
  • Creating a WordPress database backup using phpMyAdmin
  • Creating a WordPress backup using a plugin
  • Importing WordPress database using phpMyAdmin
  • Optimizing your WordPress database using phpMyAdmin
  • Fixing WordPress issues using phpMyAdmin
  • Reset WordPress password using phpMyAdmin
  • Adding a new WordPress admin user via phpMyAdmin
  • Changing a WordPress username using phpMyAdmin
  • Other useful phpMyAdmin tricks
  • Securing your WordPress database

What is a Database and How WordPress Uses it?

A database is a system of storing and fetching data in an organized way. Database allows software to manage data in a programmable way.

For example: WordPress uses PHP (programming language) to store and retrieve data from the database.

The information stored in a WordPress database includes posts, pages, comments, categories, tags, custom fields, users, and other WordPress settings. We will elaborate on this later in the tutorial when we cover all WordPress database tables.

When you first install WordPress, it asks you to provide a database name, host, username, and password. This information is stored in the configuration file called wp-config.php.

WordPress database information

During the installation, WordPress uses the information you provide about the database to create tables and store default installation data inside those tables.

After the installation, WordPress runs queries to this database to dynamically generate HTML pages for your website or blog.

This is what makes WordPress extremely powerful because you don’t have to create a new .html file for each page that you want to create. WordPress handles everything dynamically.

Where is my WordPress database stored?

WordPress uses MySQL as its database management system, which is a software installed on your WordPress hosting server. Your WordPress database is also stored on the same server.

This location however is not accessible on most shared hosting environments. However, if you are on a VPS hosting plan or a dedicated server, then you can use command line tools to locate the database.

Most often it is located at the following path:

/var/lib/mysql/your_database_name

However, this could differ from one hosting provider to another.

It is important to keep in mind that you don’t really need to access the database file itself. You can use other tools like phpMyAdmin to manage your database.

What is phpMyAdmin?

PhpMyAdmin is a web-based software that allows you to manage MySQL databases using your web browser. It offers an easy to use interface that allows you to run MySQL commands and database operations.

You can also use it to browse and edit database tables, rows, and fields. It also allows you to import, export, or delete all data inside a database.

How to Access PhpMyAdmin?

PhpMyAdmin comes pre-installed with all top WordPress hosting companies. You can find it under the Databases section of your hosting account’s cPanel dashboard. Below is an example screenshot from Bluehost control panel:

phpMyAdmin in cPanel

Depending on your hosting provider, your cPanel interface may look different than the above screenshot. You would still be able to find phpMyAdmin icon under the databases section.

Clicking on it will open the phpMyAdmin interface where you can select your WordPress database from the left column. After, that phpMyAdmin will display all tables in your WordPress database.

PhpMyAdmin dashboard

Let’s take a look at the WordPress database tables.

Understanding WordPress Database Tables

Each WordPress installation has 12 default tables in the database. Each database table contains data for different sections, features, and functionality of WordPress.

Looking at the structure of these tables, you can easily understand where different parts of your website are stored. Currently, a default WordPress installation creates the following tables:

Note: wp_ before each table name is the database prefix you choose during the installation. It can be different if you changed it at the time of installation.

wp_commentmeta : This table contains meta information about comments posted on a WordPress website. The table has four fields meta_id, comment_id, meta_key, and meta_value. Each meta_id is related to a comment_id. One example of comment meta information stored is the status of comment (approved, pending, trash, etc).

wp_comments : As the name suggests this table contains your WordPress comments. It contains comment author name, url, email, comment, etc.

wp_links : To manage blogrolls create by earlier versions of WordPress or the Link Manager plugin.

wp_options : This table contains most of your WordPress site-wide settings such as: site url, admin email, default category, posts per page, time format, and much much more. The options table is also used by numerous WordPress plugins to store plugin settings.

wp_postmeta : This table contains meta information about your WordPress posts, pages, and custom post types. Example of post meta information would be which template to use to display a page, custom fields, etc. Some plugins would also use this table to store plugin data such as WordPress SEO information.

wp_posts : The name says posts but actually this table contains all post types or should we say content types. This table contains all your posts, pages, revisions, and custom post types.

wp_termmeta : This table allows developers to store custom metadata for terms under their custom taxonomies. For example, WooCommerce uses it to store metadata for product attributes and categories.

wp_terms : WordPress has a powerful taxonomy system that allows you to organize your content. Individual taxonomy items are called terms, and they are stored in this table. For example, your WordPress categories and tags are taxonomies, and each category / tag inside them is a term.

wp_term_relationships : This table manages relationship of WordPress post types with terms in wp_terms table. For example this is the table that helps WordPress determine post X is in Y category.

wp_term_taxonomy : This table defines taxonomies for terms defined in wp_terms table. For example, if you have a term “WordPress Tutorials“, then this table contains the data that says it is associated with a taxonomy called category. In short, this table has the data that helps WordPress differentiate between which term is a category, which is a tag, etc.

wp_usermeta : Contains meta information about registered users on your website.

wp_users : Contains user information like username, password, user email, etc.

Managing WordPress Database using phpMyAdmin

Your WordPress database contains important WordPress settings, all your blog posts, pages, comments, and more. You need to be extremely careful when using phpMyAdmin, or you may end up accidentally deleting important data.

As a precaution, you should always create a complete database backup. This would allow you to restore your database the way it was before.

Let’s take a look at how to easily create a WordPress database backup.

Creating a WordPress Database Backup using phpMyAdmin

To create a backup of your WordPress database from phpMyAdmin, click on your WordPress Database. On the top menu, click on the Export tab.

Export WordPress database

In newer versions of phpMyAdmin, it will ask you for an export method. The quick method will export your database in a .sql file. In the custom method, it will provide you with more options and ability to download backup in compressed zip or gzip archive.

We recommend using the custom method and choosing zip as the compression method. The custom method also allows you to exclude tables from the database.

Let’s say if you used a plugin that created a database table, and you are no longer using that plugin, then you can choose to exclude that table from the backup if you want.

Compression method

Your exported database file can be imported back into a different or the same database using phpMyAdmin’s import tab.

Creating a WordPress Backup using a Plugin

Keeping regular backups of your WordPress site is the best thing you can do for your WordPress security. While the WordPress database contains the majority of your site information, it still lacks several fairly important elements such as template files, images, uploads, etc.

All your images are stored in the uploads folder in your /wp-content/ directory. Even though the database has the information which image is attached to a post, it is useless if the image folder doesn’t have those files.

Often beginners think that the database backup is all that they need. It is NOT true. You need to have a full site backup that includes your themes, plugins, and images.

While most hosting companies claim they have daily backups, we recommend that you keep backups yourself just in case.

Note: If you are on a managed WordPress hosting solution like WPEngine, then they do create daily backups.

For the majority of us who are not on WPEngine, you should use a WordPress backup plugin to set up automated WordPress backups on your site.

Importing a WordPress Database Backup via phpMyAdmin

PhpMyAdmin also allows you to easily import your WordPress database. Simply launch phpMyAdmin and then select your WordPress database.

Next, you need to click on the ‘Import’ link from the top menu.

Import database via phpMyAdmin

On the next screen, click on the Choose file button and then select your database backup file you downloaded earlier.

PhpMyAdmin will now process your backup file upload and import it into your WordPress database. Once finished, you will see a success message.

Database imported successfully

Optimizing your WordPress Database in phpMyAdmin

After using WordPress for a while, your database becomes fragmented. There are memory overheads which increase your overall database size and query execution time.

MySQL comes with a simple command that allows you to optimize your database. Simply go to phpMyAdmin and click on your WordPress database. This will show you a list of your WordPress tables.

Click on the check All link below the tables. Next to it, there is a “With Selected” drop down, you need to click on it and choose Optimize table.

Optimize WordPress database tables

This will optimize your WordPress database by defragmenting selected tables. It will make your WordPress queries run a little faster and slightly reduce the size of your database.

Fixing WordPress Issues using PhpMyAdmin

As we mentioned earlier, phpMyAdmin is a handy tool for troubleshooting and fixing some common WordPress errors and issues.

Let’s check out some common WordPress issues that can be easily fixed using phpMyAdmin.

Reset WordPress Password Using PhpMyAdmin

If you forgot your WordPress admin password and cannot recover it via lost password email, then this method allows you to quickly reset WordPress password.

First, launch the phpMyAdmin and select your WordPress database. This will display your WordPress database tables where you need to browse next to wp_users table.

Browse user table

Note: Table names in your WordPress database may have a different table prefix than the one we are showing in our screenshot.

You will now see the rows in your WordPress users table. Go ahead and click on the edit button next to the username where you want to change the password.

Edit user

PhpMyAdmin will show you a form with all the user information fields.

You will need to delete the value in the user_pass field and replace it with your new password. Under the function column, select MD5 from the drop-down menu and click on the Go button.

Change user password

Your password will be encrypted using the MD5 hash and then it will be stored in the database.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your WordPress password using phpMyAdmin.

Now some of you may be wondering why did we select the MD5 hash to encrypt the password.

In the older version, WordPress used MD5 hash to encrypt passwords. Since WordPress 2.5, it started using stronger encryption technologies. However, WordPress still recognizes MD5 to provide backward compatibility.

As soon as you log in using a password string stored as an MD5 hash, WordPress recognizes it and changes it using the newer encryption algorithms.

Adding a New Admin User to WordPress using PhpMyAdmin

Let’s suppose you have access to the WordPress database but not the WordPress admin area. While you can change the admin user password, it will prevent the other admin user from using their account.

An easier solution would be to add a new admin user via phpMyAdmin.

First, you need to launch the phpMyAdmin and then select your WordPress database. This will show your WordPress database tables where you need to click on the ‘Browse’ link next to wp_users table.

Browse user table

phpMyAdmin will now show you the rows inside the wp_users table. Go ahead and click on the ‘Insert’ link from the menu on the top.

Insert new row in WordPress users table

This will bring up a form that you need to fill up to add a new user to your WordPress site.

Fill user form

Here is how you need to fill each field in this form.

  • ID – You can ignore this one as this is automatically generated.
  • user_login – This will be your WordPress username that you’ll use to login.
  • user_pass – This is your WordPress password you need to enter the password and select MD5 in the function column.
  • user_nicename – This is the URL friendly username you can use the as your login.
  • user_email – Enter a valid email address as you may need it to recieve password reset and WordPress notification emails.
  • user_url – Add your website URL or you can leave it blank.
  • user_registered – You need to select the CURRENT_TIME in the function column to automatically insert current time here.
  • user_activation_key – You can leave this field blank as well it is used to approve user registeration.
  • user_status – You can leave this field blank as well.
  • display_name – You can enter the user’s full name as you want to be displayed on the articles. You can also leave it blank.

After filling in the form, click on the Go button to insert it into your WordPress database. PhpMyAdmin will now run the MySQL query to insert the data.

We have added the user, but that user does not have an administrator user role on your WordPress site. This value is saved in another table called wp_usermeta.

Before we can make this user an administrator, we will need to find the user ID. Simply click on the ‘Browse’ link next to wp_users table and you will see a row containing your newly added user with their user ID.

Find user ID

Note down the user ID as you’ll need it in the next step.

Now, let’s open the wp_usermeta table by clicking on the Browse link next to it.

Browsing wp_usermeta table

Next, you need to click on the Insert link at the top to add a new row to the table.

Insert new row to usermeta table

You’ll now see a form to enter a new row. This is where you’ll tell WordPress that the user you created earlier has the administrator user role.

Adding administrator user role via usermeta

Here is how you’ll fill in this form.

  • umeta_id – You need to leave it blank as it is automatically filled in.
  • user_id – Enter the user ID you copied earlier.
  • meta_key – You need to enter wp_capabilities in this field. However, you may need to replace wp_ if your WordPress table names use a different prefix.
  • meta_value – You need to enter the following serialized value:
    a:1:s:13:"administrator";s:1:"1";

Finally, click on the Go button to save your changes.

Next, we need to add another row to define the user level. Click on the Insert link on the top menu to add another row to the usermeta table.

Adding the user level meta field

Here is how you’ll fill in this form.

  • umeta_id – You need to leave it blank as it is automatically filled in.
  • user_id – Enter the user ID for your newly added user.
  • meta_key – You need to enter wp_user_level in this field. However, you may need to replace wp_ if your WordPress table names use a different prefix.
  • meta_value – Here you need to enter 10 as the user level value.

Don’t forget to click on the Go button to insert the data.

That’s all, you can now visit the WordPress admin area and log in with your newly added admin user.

Change a WordPress Username via PhpMyAdmin

You may have noticed that while WordPress allow you to change user’s full name or nickname, it does not allow you to change the username.

Now a lot of users end up choosing usernames during the installation that they may later want to change. Here is how you can do this via phpMyAdmin.

Note: there is an easier way to change WordPress username using a plugin.

First, you need to launch the phpMyAdmin from your hosting account’s cPanel dashboard. After that, you need to select your WordPress database.

PhpMyAdmin will show your WordPress database tables. You need to click on the ‘Browse’ link next to wp_users table.

Browse user table

This table will now list all the registered users on your website. Click on the edit link next to the username that you want to change.

Edit user data via phpMyadmin

PhpMyAdmin will now show you the user data. You need to locate the user_login field and change the value to the username you want to use.

Change WordPress username in phpMyAdmin

Don’t forget to click on the Go button to save your changes. You can now visit your website and login with your new username.

Other Useful PhpMyAdmin Tricks

Your WordPress database is the engine behind your website. With phpMyAdmin you can tweak settings to improve performance, fix issues, or simply change things that cannot be changed from inside WordPress admin area.

Following are just a few more tricks you can use with phpMyAdmin.

  • Deactivate all WordPress plugins
  • Change WordPress theme via phpMyAdmin
  • Duplicate WordPress database via phpMyAdmin
  • Find and replace text in WordPress database

Securing your WordPress Database

Before we get into this, we want to emphasize that every site can be hacked. However, there are certain measures you can take to make it a little harder.

First thing that you can do to is to change WordPress database prefix. This can significantly reduce the chances of SQL injection attacks on your WordPress database because often hackers target sites in masses where they are targeting the default wp_ table prefix.

You should always choose a strong username and password for your MySQL user. This will make it difficult for someone to get access to your WordPress database.

For WordPress security, we strongly recommend that you use Sucuri. It is the best WordPress security plugin that would catch any attempts at MySQL injection even before it reaches your website.

We hope that this guide helped you learn WordPress database management and how to use phpMyAdmin.

If you are the sort of person who likes to learn how things work behind the scenes, then you would love our guides on how WordPress actually works and how WordPress plugins work.

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How to Add a Shortcode in WordPress? (Beginner’s Guide)


Shortcodes are an easy way to add dynamic content into your WordPress posts, pages, and sidebars.

Many WordPress plugins and themes use shortcodes to add specialized content like contact forms, image galleries, sliders, and more.

In this article, we will show you how to easily add a shortcode in WordPress. We will also show you how to create your own custom shortcodes in WordPress.

Adding a shortcode in WordPress

What are Shortcodes?

Shortcodes in WordPress are code shortcuts that help you add dynamic content in WordPress posts, pages, and sidebar widgets. They are displayed inside square brackets like this:

[myshortcode]

To better understand shortcodes, lets take a look at the background of why they were added in the first place.

WordPress filters all content to make sure that no one uses posts and page content to insert malicious code in the database. This means that you can write basic HTML in your posts, but you cannot write PHP code.

But what if you wanted to run some custom code inside your posts to display related posts, banner ads, contact forms, galleries, etc?

This is where Shortcode API comes in.

Basically, it allows developers to add their code inside a function and then register that function with WordPress as a shortcode, so users can easily use it without having any coding knowledge.

When WordPress finds the shortcode it will automatically run the code associated with it.

Let’s see how to easily add shortcodes in your WordPress posts and pages.

Adding a Shortcode in WordPress Posts and Pages

First, you need to edit the post and page where you want to add the shortcode. After that, you need to click on the add block button to insert a shortcode block.

Adding shortcode block in WordPress

After adding the shortcode block, you can simply enter your shortcode in the block settings. The shortcode will be provided by various WordPress plugins that you might be using such as WPForms for contact forms, OptinMonster for email marketing forms, WP Call button for inserting a click to call button, etc.

Insert shortcode in the block editor

To learn more about using blocks, see our Gutenberg tutorial for more details.

You can now save your post or page and preview your changes to see the shortcode in action.

Adding a Shortcode in WordPress Sidebar Widgets

You can also use shortcodes in WordPress sidebar widgets. Simply visit the Appearance » Widgets page and add the ‘Text’ widget to a sidebar.

Now you can paste your shortcode inside the text area of the widget.

Adding shortcode in sidebar widget

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save’ button to store your widget settings.

After that, you can visit your WordPress website to see the live preview of the shortcode in the sidebar widget.

Adding a Shortcode in Old WordPress Classic Editor

If you are still using the old classic editor in WordPress, then here is how you can add shortcodes to your WordPress posts and pages.

Simply edit the post and page where you want to add the shortcode. You can paste the shortcode anywhere inside the content editor where you want it to be displayed. Just make sure the shortcode is in its own line.

Shortcode classic editor

Don’t forget to save your changes. After that you can preview your post and page to see the shortcode in action.

How to Add a Shortcode in WordPress Theme Files

Shortcodes are meant to be used inside WordPress posts, pages, and widgets. However, sometimes you may want to use a shortcode inside a WordPress theme file.

WordPress makes it easy to do that, but you will need to edit your WordPress theme files. If you haven’t done this before, then see our guide on how to copy and paste code in WordPress.

Basically, you can add a shortcode to any WordPress theme template by simply adding the following code.

<?php echo do_shortcode("[your_shortcode]"); ?>

WordPress will now look for the shortcode and display its output in your theme template.

How to Create Your Own Custom Shortcode in WordPress

Shortcodes can be really useful when you want to add dynamic content or custom code inside the WordPress post and pages. However, if you want to create a custom shortcode, then it requires some coding experience.

If you are comfortable with writing PHP code, then here is a sample code that you can use as a template.

// function that runs when shortcode is called
function wpb_demo_shortcode()  

// Things that you want to do. 
$message = 'Hello world!'; 

// Output needs to be return
return $message;
 
// register shortcode
add_shortcode('greeting', 'wpb_demo_shortcode'); 

In this code, we first created a function that runs some code and returns the output. After that, we created a new shortcode called ‘greeting’ and told WordPress to run the function we created.

You can now use add this shortcode to your posts, pages, and widgets using the following code:

[greeting]

It will run the function you created and show the desired output.

Now let’s take a look at a more practical usage of a shortcode. In this example, we will display a Google AdSense banner inside a shortcode.


// The shortcode function
function wpb_demo_shortcode_2()  

// Advertisement code pasted inside a variable
$string .= '<script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script>
<ins class="adsbygoogle"
     style="display:block; text-align:center;"
     data-ad-format="fluid"
     data-ad-layout="in-article"
     data-ad-client="ca-pub-0123456789101112"
     data-ad-slot="9876543210"></ins>
<script>
     
</script>';

// Ad code returned
return $string; 


// Register shortcode
add_shortcode('my_ad_code', 'wpb_demo_shortcode_2'); 

Don’t forget to replace the ad code with your own advertisement code.

You can now use the [my_ad_code] shortcode inside your WordPress posts, pages, and sidebar widgets. WordPress will automatically run the function associated with the shortcode and display the advertisement code.

Shortcodes vs Gutenberg Blocks

We’re often asked by users about the differences between shortcode vs the new Gutenberg blocks.

Basically if you find shortcodes useful, then you’ll love WordPress editor blocks. Blocks allow you to do the same thing but in a more user-friendly way.

Instead of requiring users to add a shortcode for displaying dynamic content, blocks allow users to add dynamic content inside posts / pages with a more intuitive user interface. A lot of popular WordPress plugins are switching to using Gutenberg blocks instead of shortcodes because they’re more beginner friendly.

We have put together a list of the most useful Gutenberg block plugins for WordPress that you may want to try.

If you want to create your own custom Gutenberg blocks, you can follow our step by step tutorial on how to create custom Gutenberg blocks in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add a shortcode in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on the best drag & drop WordPress page builder plugins, and how to create a custom WordPress theme without writing any code.

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WooCommerce Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide [+ Resources]


Do you want to start an eCommerce business using WooCommerce? Need a WooCommerce tutorial that’s easy to follow for non-techy users? If so, you’re in the right place.

WooCommerce is the world’s most popular eCommerce platform. It is super-flexible, cost-effective, and easy to manage even for beginners.

However, many beginners feel a bit intimidated by the idea of setting up WooCommerce themselves. Most users struggle to find out how to get started with WooCommerce and what’s the proper way to setup WooCommerce.

In this ultimate WooCommerce tutorial, we will guide you through how to set up WooCommerce with step by step instructions. We will also share WooCommerce resources like best WooCommerce themes, WooCommerce SEO tips, and other useful resources to help you grow your store.

Step by step WooCommerce guide for beginners

WooCommerce Tutorial (Overview)

Here is an overview of all the topics we’ll cover in this ultimate WooCommerce guide.

  • What is WooCommerce?
  • WooCommerce review + comparison with other eCommerce platforms
  • What do you need to make a WooCommerce store?
  • Step 1. Getting started with WooCommerce
  • Step 2. Setting up WordPress
  • Step 3. How to Properly Install and Setup WooCommerce
  • Step 4. Adding products in WooCommerce
  • Step 5. Choosing a WooCommerce template & theme
  • Step 6. Installing WooCommerce plugins and extensions
  • Step 7. WooCommerce Resources to grow your online store
  • WooCommerce Frequently Asked Questions

Ready? Let’s get started.

What is WooCommerce?

WooCommerce is a free eCommerce software that makes it easy for selling products and services online. Over the years, it has become the most popular eCommerce platform in the world used by millions of small and large businesses (online stores).

WooCommerce is developed as an extension of WordPress which is the most popular website builder on the market. This allows users to build an eCommerce website from scratch or add shopping cart functionality to an existing website.

As an open-source software, WooCommerce is free to download and use. However, while the WooCommerce software is free, you still need a domain name and web hosting service to setup a website, which costs money. We will talk more about WooCommerce pricing later in this article.

WooCommerce Review + Pros and Cons Comparison

WooCommerce has become the most popular eCommerce software in the world because it’s easy to use for beginners, and it comes with extremely powerful features.

Since WooCommerce is open source, not only is it 100% free, you also get complete freedom and control over your eCommerce website.

Unlike other proprietary eCommerce platforms, WooCommerce pricing does not include licensing fees. This means you can use it to create as many online stores and eCommerce websites as you like.

WooCommerce is plugin built on top of WordPress, which means you get to benefit from all the powerful features of WordPress as well. See our complete WordPress review to learn more about WordPress.

There are thousands of beautiful WooCommerce designs and templates that you can choose from to start your online store. Each of them comes with easy to use customization options and many of them are available for free.

One of the main reasons why business owners love WooCommerce is it’s flexibility. You can add additional features to WooCommerce by using various WooCommerce plugins (also known as add-ons). There are literally thousands of WooCommerce specific plugins that you can use to extend its functionality to add features like booking, subscriptions, shipping platform integrations, sales tax collection, etc.

Apart from addons made specifically for WooCommerce, you can also use thousands of WordPress plugins on your website to add features like contact forms, call now buttons, galleries, data backup, security firewall, etc.

Another advantage of using WooCommerce is that it puts no restrictions on how you run your business.

You can add unlimited products, make unlimited sales, import and export product data, add unlimited product images, videos, categories, and more.

Accepting payments online is a major hurdle for many users. For those users, the most important benefit of using WooCommerce is that it integrates seamlessly with dozens of payment services and gateways.

By default, it supports PayPal and Stripe out of the box. You can use dozens of other payment gateways through add-ons. There are even integrations available for some lesser-known and regional payment gateways.

Want to see how WooCommerce compares against other popular eCommerce platforms? See the following comparisons to check out how it stacks up against the competition.

  • WooCommerce vs Shopify
  • WooCommerce vs BigCommerce
  • WooCommerce vs Magento

That being said, now let’s take a look at what do you need to make a WooCommerce powered online store.

What Do You Need to Make a WooCommerce Store?

You will need the following three items to make a WooCommerce website from scratch.

  • A WordPress hosting account. This is where all your website files will be stored.
  • A domain name. This is your website’s address on the internet e.g. wpbeginner.com
  • A SSL Certificate to securely accept online payments

The above items are not free and cost money. Often beginners ask, if WooCommerce is free, then why do I need to pay for these things.

Well, you need to pay for these three things to build any type of website (not just WooCommerce).

The overall cost of your online store (WooCommerce pricing) will depend on which services you choose to purchase for your website. You can easily control the costs by only purchasing what you actually need.

Remember, you can add other things later as your business starts making money.

Normally, web hosting would cost you $7.99 / month for a starter site, domain name $14.99 per year, and an SSL certificate around $69.99 per year.

Now, this is a significant investment and every penny counts when you are starting a new business.

Luckily, Bluehost, an official WooCommerce and WordPress recommended hosting provider, has agreed to offer WPBeginner readers an exclusive discount on web hosting with free domain name and SSL. Basically, you’ll be able to start for $2.75 per month.

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Now that we have covered the basic WooCommerce requirements, let’s see how to set up WooCommerce with step by step instructions.

Step 1. Getting Started with WooCommerce

First, you need to visit the Bluehost website and click on the Get started now button.

Get started with Bluehost

Next, you will be asked to select a plan for your hosting account. Basic and Plus plans are popular among many users, and remember you can always upgrade to get more resources later when you need it.

Select a hosting plan

Click to select a plan and continue.

After that, you will be asked to register a new domain name or use an existing domain name that you already own.

Select a domain name

Here are some quick tips on choosing the perfect domain name for your WooCommerce store.

  • Use keywords in your domain name. For example, if you want to sell gardening supplies then use it in your domain name as keyword.
  • Use your brand name in your domain name
  • Stick to .com extension
  • Do not use numbers or hyphens in your domain name. This makes them hard to pronounce and spell

For more tips, see our guide on how to choose the perfect domain name for your business. You can even use a domain name generator to help.

It is important to spend time on choosing the right domain name for your business, but don’t overthink it otherwise you will never get beyond this step.

Once you have chosen a domain name, click on the next button to continue.

Now, you will be asked to provide account information and finalize the plan details. Under package information section, we recommend choosing 36 months plan because that’s the best value.

Select plan duration

Below that you will see optional extras. We recommend unchecking all of them as they will increase your costs. You can always add them later from your hosting dashboard when needed.

Uncheck package extras

After that, fill your credit card information and click on the submit button to complete the purchase.

Once you have made the payment, Bluehost will send you an email with details to login to your web hosting dashboard. The dashboard is where you’ll manage your website.

Step 2. Setting up WooCommerce and WordPress

Most web hosting companies also offer 1-click WordPress installation. If you are using any other hosting company, then see our step by step guide on how to install WordPress.

Bluehost will automatically install WordPress for you when you sign up for a hosting account. You can simply login to your hosting dashboard and click on the ‘Log in to WordPress’ button.

Log in to WordPress

You can always use this shortcut as your WooCommerce login without entering a password.

You will now see the WordPress dashboard.

WordPress dashboard

Now before we install WooCommerce, let’s first set up basic WordPress settings.

Go to Settings page in the WordPress admin area and change your website’s title and optionally provide a tagline (description).

Title and description

Bluehost will automatically install SSL certificate for your domain name. Make sure that your website URL is showing https and not http.

If it is showing http, then you need to see our tutorial on how to enable free SSL in WordPress.

Next, you need to review the website admin email address. This email address is where you will receive WooCommerce notifications and password reset requests so make sure that it is correct.

After that, scroll down a little and select the timezone settings for your website.

Now, you can review all the settings once again and click on the Save changes button to save them.

Once done, you’re now ready to install WooCommerce.

Step 3. How to Properly Install and Setup WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin, so the installation process is similar to any other WordPress plugin. You can follow our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Simply visit Plugins » Add New page in your WordPress admin and search for WooCommerce. WordPress will now show plugin search results. You need to click on the ‘Install now’ button next to WooCommerce.

Install WooCommerce

WordPress will now grab the plugin files and install WooCommerce for you. Once finished, you need to click on the ‘Activate’ button to start using it.

Activate WooCommerce

After activation, WooCommerce will launch the WooCommerce setup wizard.

First, you will need to select your store location, currency, and what type of products you want to sell.

WooCommerce set up wizard

After that, click on the let’s go button to continue.

In the next step, you will be asked to choose a payment method. By default, WooCommerce supports PayPal and Stripe payment gateways.

Select a payment method

You can click the toggle to enable these payment methods and provide your email address to set them up.

Alternately, you can turn them both off and set them later by visiting the WooCommerce » Settings page and switching to the Payments tab.

Next, you will be asked to set up shipping. You can select free shipping or add flat shipping cost for different zones.

Set up shipping costs

Click on the continue button to move along.

Now you will be asked to install recommended services for WooCommerce. We recommend you to uncheck all of them and install them later when you actually need them.

WooCommerce recommended extras

Next, you will be asked to install the JetPack plugin. You can simply scroll down to the bottom and select Skip this step. There are better and more powerful alternatives that we will discuss later.

Skip Jetpack

WooCommerce setup wizard will now save all your settings, and your store is now ready to start selling.

Step 4. Adding Products in WooCommerce

WooCommerce makes it really easy to add products to your store.

Simply go to Products » Add New page to add your first product.

Adding a new product to your WooCommerce store

First, you need to provide a title for your product and then a detailed description.

After that, click on the ‘Add new product category’ link in the right column. You can create a new category for the product you are adding.

Add new product category

Categories allow your customers to easily browse products on your website.

After that, you need to scroll down a little to the ‘Product Data’ box. This is where you will select the product type, add product pricing, shipping, and other information.

Adding product data

Next, you will see a product short description box. This description will be used on different product pages on your website. You need to add a catchy and informative short description that helps you get more clicks.

Add a short description for your product

Nothing makes a product page more useful than product images. WooCommerce makes it super simple to add product images and even product image galleries to go along with each product.

First, you need to add the main product image. This will be the main product image that’s used on the shop pages across your store.

Product images and gallery

Below that you can add multiple images to create a product image gallery.

Now review all the product information that you have added so far. If everything looks alright, then you are ready to make this product live on your store.

Click on the Publish button at the top right box on the screen to publish your product.

Publish your product

You can now repeat the process to add more products to your website.

Step 5. Choosing a WooCommerce Template & Theme

There are thousands of online stores competing to sell similar products. Choosing a professional design for your store makes a big difference in how customers see your brand.

There are thousands of WooCommerce templates and themes available on the market. While you can use WooCommerce with any WordPress theme, we recommend choosing a WooCommerce-ready theme.

These themes are made specifically for WooCommerce websites, and they will help you make more sales on your website.

Since there are thousands of paid and free WooCommerce themes on the market, this abundance of choices can make it difficult for beginners to choose the perfect design.

To make this easier, we have hand-picked the best WooCommerce ready themes that you can use. All of these are mobile-friendly and highly optimized for SEO and performance.

  • Astra – One of the top WooCommerce ready WordPress themes on the market. Astra comes with full WooCommerce support, built-in templates for product and shop pages, and dozens of 1-click ready-made websites.
  • Ocean WP – One of the most easily customizable theme for WooCommerce users.
  • Shoppe – A modern and highly customizable WooCommerce theme. It comes with its own page builder allowing you to easily create landing pages for your products and campaigns.
  • Outfitter Pro – A modern, hip, and clean WooCommerce theme made specifically for clothing brands and stores.

Looking for more options? See our expert pick of the best WooCommerce themes for some excellent choices.

WooCommerce themes

What to look for in a WooCommerce theme?

Looking at all these professionally made WooCommerce themes, you may be wondering how to choose the right theme for your business?

Following are just some basic tips that you can use as a guideline.

  • Strive for simplicity in design. A simple and clean design helps customers focus on what’s important and improves conversions
  • Test your selected theme on mobile. Most users access the internet from mobile devices so make sure that the theme you are choosing looks great on smaller screens.
  • Only download themes from WordPress.org themes directory or reliable commercial theme shops. Themes from unreliable sources may have hidden malware which could ruin your business.
  • Check reviews and ratings to avoid any red flags

For more tips, see our guide on how to select the perfect WordPress theme for your project.

Once you have chosen a WooCommerce theme, see our guide on how to install a WordPress theme to set it up.

Step 5. Installing WooCommerce Extensions and Add-ons

The real power of WooCommerce comes from powerful extensions and add-ons. These add-ons work exactly like a WordPress plugin, and you can install them like you would install any other WordPress plugin.

There are thousands of plugins available for both WooCommerce and WordPress. You can use them to create contact forms, make landing pages, add pricing tables, gift cards, and more.

Here are our top picks for must-have WooCommerce plugins for any eCommerce store.

  • WPForms – Allows you to easily create contact forms, customer surveys, customer login forms, and more.
  • MonsterInsights – Allows you to install Google Analytics and track your top products, categories, and landing pages. See where your customers are coming from and what they do on your website.
  • TrustPulse – Allows you to utilize the power of social proof and fomo to instantly win customer trust and generate more sales
  • BeaverBuilder – It is the best drag and drop page builder plugin for WooCommerce. It allows you to easily create beautiful landing pages to promote products, marketing campaigns, sale events, and more.
  • RafflePress – Helps you run viral giveaway campaigns to promote your WooCommerce store.

For a more comprehensive list, see our expert pick of the best WooCommerce plugins that we recommend.

Step 6. Resources to Grow WooCommerce Store

Now that your WooCommerce store is up and running, it is time to start promoting your WooCommerce store and grow your business.

Here are some resources that will help you learn WooCommerce and grow your online store like an experienced pro.

1. Start an Email List

More than 90% of people visiting your WooCommerce store will leave without making a purchase. Losing these users is like losing money.

This is why building an email list is extremely important for online store owners.

Email list allows you to give customers a chance to stay in touch with you without buying anything. This opens a direct line of communication between you and the customers, so you can then try and convince them to make a purchase.

See our guide on how to properly start an email newsletter for your WooCommerce store for details and step by step instructions.

The good part is that WooCommerce integrates with all major email marketing services in the world including Constant Contact, SendinBlue, Drip, and thousands more.

2. Generate More Leads

Each user who subscribes to your email list is a potential lead / customer. This is why its best practice to offer website visitors multiple options to join your email list. This practice is called lead generation.

Most store owners make the mistake of only adding a basic email signup form to their store which hurts your overall conversion.

This is where OptinMonster can help. It is the best lead generation software in the world that allows you to easily convert abandoning website visitors into email subscribers and then paying customers.

For details, take a look at these tips on how to convert WooCommerce visitors into customers.

3. Track WooCommerce Users

Ecommerce stores need marketing data to make informed decisions. This data includes where your visitors are coming from, which products are popular, which products are not doing so well, and more.

These insights help you make data-driven decisions and adjust your marketing strategy accordingly.

MonsterInsights helps you easily make sense of all this data using Google Analytics. It comes with the enhanced eCommerce tracking which helps you unlock a treasure trove of helpful data with just a few clicks.

For instructions, see our guide on how to track WooCommerce customers in Google Analytics.

4. Learn WooCommerce SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization helps you get more visitors from search engines to your WooCommerce store.

WooCommerce itself is very SEO friendly out of the box, but there is so much more you can do.

Since most beginners find WooCommerce SEO a bit intimidating and technical, we have prepared a complete step by step WooCommerce SEO guide to help you properly utilize SEO without any expert help.

5. Recover Abandoned Cart Sales

Once a customer adds a product to their cart, there is 60-80% chance that they will leave it without completing the purchase. That’s an average from all eCommerce websites, so it could be even higher.

Many eCommerce site owners don’t pay attention to this metric from the beginning and that’s pretty much leaving money on the table.

We have compiled a cheatsheet to easily recover WooCommerce abandoned cart sales. This will give you a good head start and will help improve your overall sales.

Hopefully, these resources will help you improve your WooCommerce store and grow your business.

WooCommerce Frequently Asked Questions

WooCommerce is an incredibly powerful platform, and often business owners have many WooCommerce questions before getting started.

Having helped thousands of beginners start with WooCommerce, we have heard a lot of them. Here are some of the most frequently asked WoooCommerce questions from our users.

1. Where can I see a live WooCommerce demo?

WooCommerce is used by millions of websites. Chances are that you have already visited many WooCommerce powered websites without even noticing it.

It is not just used by small businesses, WooCommerce is actually used by some of the world’s top brands as well.

Here are some of our favorite examples of WooCommerce demo in action.

1. Coffee Bros

Coffee Bros

A clean and simple WooComemrce powered store selling classic and premium coffee blends.

2. Ripley’s Believe it or Not

Ripleys

Ripley’s Believe it or Not uses WooCommerce for their online bookstore.

3. Gilmour

Gilmour

Popular gardening equipment brand Gilmour uses WooCommerce to sell products online. Their website is a balanced combination of functionality and simple design.

4. Flwr

Flwr

Flwr is a small floral design studio based in New Zealand. Their website features a simple and elegant design with a beautiful background and a highly customized shop page.

2. What Kind of Products I can sell with WooCommerce?

You can sell any kind of products with WooCommerce. Whether they are physical goods (products that require shipping), digital downloads (ebooks, software, digital art), or even subscriptions.

WooCommerce has extensions that allow you to use it as a booking platform, auction site, multi vendor marketplace, dropshippping, and so much more.

3. What are some WooCommerce alternatives?

WooCommerce is flexible and easy to use, but it may not always be the right solution. Depending on your needs, you may find some other solutions more suitable. See our list of best WooCommerce alternatives for more examples.

4. Can I use WooCommerce for Dropshipping?

Yes, you can. In fact, WooCommerce is the #1 choice to make a dropshipping website. There are several excellent WooCommerce dropshipping plugins that allow you to easily handle orders, manage vendors, and automate the whole process.

For step by step instructions, see our complete dropshipping guide for beginners.

5. Can I add a blog in WooCommerce?

Yes, you can. Your WooCommerce store runs on top of WordPress which is already the best blogging platform in the world. All you need to do is create a separate blog section and start writing posts.

6. Can I change my WooCommerce store name?

You can change your store name by visiting Settings » General page in WordPress admin area. Simply change the title to whatever you want to call your store.

However, if you want to change the domain name of your WooCommerce store, then that’s a slightly different process. See our tutorial on how to move WordPress to a new domain name without losing SEO.

7. Where is my WooCommerce login information?

You don’t have a separate WooCommerce login for admin area because WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin. To login to your WordPress dashboard, simply use the WordPress login link.

However your customers will have a WooCommerce login, so they can login to their account area to keep track of orders. You can see our step by step guide on how to create custom login forms for WordPress.

8. How can I get WooCommerce support?

Since WooCommerce is a free software, there is limited WooCommerce support available through WordPress community forums as well as the official WooCommerce website.

Majority of WooCommerce support is provided by your WooCommerce hosting provider or the individual WooCommerce theme and extension developers.

For custom WooCommerce development and customization work, you can hire a WordPress developer from a trusted directory like Codeable.

That’s all, we hope this WooCommerce tutorial helped you learn how to set up WooCommerce and make an eCommerce store. You may also want to see our guides on creating a free business email address and the best business phone service.

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Dropshipping has become a popular online business idea because it’s easy to setup, requires very little investment, and the market is huge.

Unlike traditional eCommerce business that requires you to manage product inventory and handle shipping logistics, dropshipping allows you to start an online store without managing inventory or dealing with shipping.

In this beginner’s guide, we will walk you through the entire process of setting up a dropshipping business with WordPress. We will also share tips on how to find the best products for dropshipping and how to grow your dropshipping business.

How to start your dropshipping business with WordPress

Since this is a long and detailed dropshipping guide, we have broken it down into different sections that you can navigate to by using the navigation below:

What is Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is an online business where an eCommerce store doesn’t keep the products in stock, meaning no inventory cost. Instead, when customer purchases a product, the store owner places the order with the original vendor and have them ship the item directly to the customer.

The main difference between a dropshipping business vs traditional eCommerce business is that dropshipping doesn’t require you to stock or own any inventory. You also don’t have to deal with any shipping or handling logistics.

When a product is sold through your online store, you simply forward the purchase order to a wholesaler or manufacturer who fulfills it.

Due to the low operating cost and easier setup, dropshipping has become a global eCommerce trend.

The dropshipping business model has a few pros and cons that you need to keep in mind before getting started.

Pros of starting a dropshipping store

  • Setting up a dropshipping business requires much lower investment than a typical online store
  • You don’t need to purchase products or manage an inventory
  • You don’t need to ship the product by yourself
  • You can sell variety of products from different vendors and manufacturers

Cons of starting a dropshipping store

  • You are not in control of product quality and availability
  • Managing customer expectations can be challenging when you don’t have control over quality or shipping of the products
  • Providing customer support can be challenging
  • You’ll be making less profit because instead of bulk buying products, you’ll be selling one item at a time

With that said, dropshipping is a proven way to make money online. You can use dropshipping to make extra money on the side or build a large profitable online business.

Let’s take a look at how to properly start a dropshipping business.

How to Start a Dropshipping Business

Starting a dropshipping business is not as difficult as you’d think. There are plenty of eCommerce platforms that allow you to easily set up a dropshipping store without any technical skills.

We recommend using WooCommerce because of its low setup costs, ability to use multiple payment gateways, and flexibility to customize your online store.

According to Builtwith, WooCommerce is the #1 software used to build eCommerce stores.

It is also the most popular choice among dropshipping stores mainly because it runs on top of WordPress, the popular website builder. Using WooCommerce gives you access to thousands of WordPress extensions, third-party integrations, and beautiful store designs.

What You’ll Need to Start Dropshipping with WooCommerce

WooCommerce is available as a free plugin for WordPress. You’ll need a self-hosted WordPress.org website to start your dropshipping store. For details, see our guide on the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.

To get started with WordPress and WooCommerce, you’ll need the following items:

  • A domain name (This will be your store’s online address e.g. wpbeginner.com)
  • Web hosting account (This is where your website’s files will be stored)
  • SSL certificate (You’ll need it to accept online payments)

Normally, a domain name costs $14.99 / year, SSL Certificate $69.99 / year, and web hosting starts from $7.99/month.

Now, this is not a small investment if you are just starting out.

Luckily, Bluehost, our hosting partner, has agreed to offer WPBeginner users a discount on hosting with free domain name + SSL certificate. Basically, you’d be able to get started for $2.75 per month.

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Bluehost is one of the largest hosting companies in the world, and they are an officially recommended hosting provider by both WordPress and WooCommerce.

Once you sign up, Bluehost will send your login details to your email address. It will also automatically install WordPress for you, so you can easily login to WordPress dashboard from your hosting control panel.

Login to WordPress

Next, you need to install and activate the WooCommerce plugin. See our guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress for detailed instructions.

Upon activation, you WooCommerce will show you a guided a set up to select currency and other basic settings.

For more detailed instructions, see our tutorial on how to start an online store.

Choosing a Design for Your Dropshipping Store

Choosing templates and design for your online store

The first thing you would want to do is to change the appearance of your dropshipping store. Luckily, one of the best thing about using WordPress is that you can select from thousands of WooCommerce themes.

Here are our top picks for a dropshipping WooCommerce theme.

  • Astra WooCommerce Theme – A powerful WooCommerce theme built specifically to boost sales and increase conversions.
  • Divi – Another highly customizable WooCommerce theme that comes with built-in drag & drop page builder support.
  • OceanWP – OceanWP is a multi-purpose WooCommerce ready theme with flexible customization options.
  • Ultra – A multi-purpose WordPress theme with several ready-made layouts and a built-in drag and drop page builder.

Once you have found a theme you like, follow our guide on how to install a WordPress theme for step by step instructions.

Finding Dropshipping Products to Sell on Your Website

Finding dropshipping products

The next step is to find the products you want to sell on your dropshipping store. Before you start picking products, first you need to decide what kind of products you want to sell.

We recommend choosing a niche for your store. This will make it easier for you to find products as well as customers.

For example: if you want to sell clothing and accessories, then you can narrow it down to by style, theme, or a target audience.

It’s generally a good idea to pick a niche that you are familiar with and passionate about. Making a store about products or topics that you are unfamiliar with will require a lot more effort.

After choosing a niche for your store, you can look for products in that particular category.

In your product research, you want to look for products with low competition and high demand.

To find out which products are trending, you can browse Amazon to collect data and do your own research. Amazon shows best selling, most wished for, and top rated products for many categories.

Product research on Amazon

You can also use keyword research to find which product categories people are actually searching for. See our guide on how to properly do keyword research for detailed instructions.

For more on this topic, see our detailed guide on how to find the best products to sell online.

Where to Find Dropshipping Suppliers and Vendors

Once you have decided what products you are going to sell on your store, the next step is to find dropshipping suppliers offering those products.

There are many online marketplaces where you can find dropshipping suppliers and vendors from all over the world. Here is a quick list of the best dropshipping marketplaces to look for suppliers.

  • AliExpress – It is the largest online marketplace of suppliers offering millions of products. You can easily integrate it into your WordPress site to import products directly from AliExpress website.
  • SaleHoo – A powerful online marketplace for dropshippers, suppliers, and eCommerce stores. It is a paid platform and subscription costs $67 per year.
  • Doba – A large marketplace to find dropshipping suppliers. It allows you to manage lists, find products, and connect with suppliers. Subscription starts from $29 per month
  • Etsy – Etsy is an eCommerce platform for unique and hand-made products. Many of these manufacturers would gladly dropship products directly to your customers.

We recommend starting with AliExpress for multiple reasons. First, there are easy to use WordPress plugins that will make it easy to import products directly from AliExpress to your store (and keep it in sync).

AliExpress also makes order fulfillment quite easy for eCommerce stores. As the largest marketplace for dropshipping suppliers, you can find reliable vendors with great ratings and reviews.

AliExpress

Along with dropshipping products, you can also sell third-party products for affiliate commission on your store. This would allow you to offer a large range of products while diversifying your income stream.

Amazon.com is the best source to find affiliate products. Your affiliate earnings will be lower, and you’ll not be able to set custom pricing. However, you can find unique products and use it to provide more shopping choices on your store.

For details see our guide on how to create an Amazon affiliate store with WooCommerce.

Adding Dropshipping Products to Your WooCommerce Store

By default, WooCommerce does not come with seamless dropshipping functionality. Luckily, there are several excellent WooCommerce dropshipping that allow you to do that.

Using a dropshipping extension, you’d be able to easily add dropshipping products, set custom prices with desired profit margin, collect orders, send them to your supplier, and more.

The functionality of your dropshipping extensions would entirely depend on the supplier or marketplace you choose.

If you are selling products from multiple suppliers from different marketplaces, then you may need multiple dropshipping extensions to automate the checkout process.

Here is our pick of the top dropshipping addons for WordPress.

  • AliDropship – Makes it easy to import from thousands of products on AliExpress, offer seamless checkout experience, and 1-click order fulfillment.
  • WooDropship – Another popular plugin that makes it easy to import products from AliExpress, automatically add product images and sync pricing.
  • WooCommerce Dropshipping – Allows you to add other third-party suppliers or vendors to your WooCommerce store, and send them order details in PDF format for fulfillment.

The way you add products to your WooCommerce store will depend on which extension, marketplace, or supplier you go with. If the extension you choose allows you to automatically import products, then you can just do that (hint: the first two in our list make it super easy to import products from AliExpress).

On the other hand, if you need to manually add products to your store, then here is how you would do it.

Manually Adding Dropshipping Products in WooCommerce

Adding products to your WooCommerce store is quite simple. First, you need to visit Products » Add New page inside your WordPress admin area.

Add new product in WooCommerce

Start by providing a product title and a detailed product description. After that, you need to select product category and start uploading product photo and product gallery images.

Choose product category and images

You can find product images from the supplier’s website. However, you need to ask their permission to use those images. They may also be able to provide you additional product images that you can use.

Next, you need to add product details under the Product data section. From here, you can set product price, attributes, and other options.

Add product data

Below that, you can provide a short description for the product. This short description will appear on the shop front, product category, and product search pages.

Go ahead and publish your product to make it appear live on your store.

Repeat the process to add more products.

Managing Dropshipping Orders in WooCommerce

After you have added products in your store, customers will be able to buy them from your website. You’d be able to review the customer orders by visiting WooCommerce » Orders page.

Managing dropshipping orders

Depending on your dropshipping extension, you may see an option to fulfill orders from here. This would basically send the customer’s order details to the supplier associated with the product.

WooCommerce plugins like AliDropship makes it super easy to send orders to the supplier with a single click.

If your extension does not support that feature, then you’ll need to manually place the order with your supplier by providing them the customer’s order details and shipping information.

You can review each order by clicking on it.

Change order details

On the order detail page, you can view products ordered, customer payment information, and edit the order status. Once the order is shipped by the supplier, you can change its status to completed.

Resources and Tools to Grow Your Dropshipping Business

Resources and tools to grow your dropshipping business

Setting up a dropshipping store with WooCommerce is quite easy. However, the real work starts once your store is up and running.

You would need to promote your business, bring traffic to your website, convert traffic into customers, and keep improving your marketing strategy over time.

Luckily, there are tons of great tools and extensions that you can use to help you achieve these goals. Let’s start with the basics first.

1. Ecommerce SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization helps you to get more traffic from search engines to your store. You can follow the instructions in our complete WooCommerce SEO guide to get more visitors to your website.

2. Optimize Conversions

Once you have a steady stream of visitors, you would want them to make a purchase. In marketing terms, this is called a conversion (converting a visitor into performing a desired action).

Conversion optimization helps you boost sales, which makes it incredibly important for your online success.

We recommend using OptinMonster, the #1 conversion optimization toolkit on the web. We have a detailed WooCommerce conversion optimization guide that helps you learn how to do that using the latest techniques.

3. Recover Abandoned Carts

Using conversion and SEO, you would be able to bring visitors to your site and help them discover more products. However, a lot of those visitors may not complete a purchase.

They may leave create an account, add products to the cart, but leave before purchasing. You’ll need to learn how to bring back those customers and recover your abandoned cart sales.

4. Ecommerce Analytics

Obviously, you would want to see how all your efforts are paying off. For this, you’ll need MonsterInsights, which helps you install Google Analytics and comes with enhanced eCommerce tracking feature.

Using MonsterInsights you can track WooCommerce customers, see which products are popular, which product pages are not performing so well, and more.

5. Misc. Plugins

WooCommerce gives you access to more than 55,000+ WordPress plugins and many of them are made specifically for eCommerce websites.

These plugins allow you to add features like contact forms, product comparisons, currency switchers, and more. See our list of the best WooCommerce plugins to find more plugins for your store.

FAQs about Dropshipping with WordPress

You may come across new questions as you start working on your new dropshipping store. Following are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dropshipping with WooCommerce.

1. Why not start my dropshipping business with Shopify?

You can totally start your dropshipping business with Shopify. However, Shopify charges you for each transaction, which affects your profits as a dropshipping store.

Another downside of using Shopify is the limited number of extensions and apps that you can use. As a dropshipping business, WooCommerce gives you more extensions and the flexibility to sell whatever you want on your website.

See our comparison of Shopify vs WooCommerce for more information.

2. Can I start my dropshipping business with BigCommerce?

Yes, you can. BigCommerce is a popular eCommerce platform and it even integrates with WordPress. BigCommerce also offers more payment gateways, and it does not charge transaction fees.

It lacks in extensions and the flexibility of WooCommerce, but it offers better scalability. See our comparison of WooCommerce vs BigCommerce for more details.

3. Which hosting company to choose for my WooCommerce store?

We recommend using Bluehost for a new dropshipping business. Their shared hosting plan is perfect to get started, and they are an officially recommended WooCommerce hosting provider.

If you are looking for an alternative, then we would recommend SiteGround. They are well-known for their heroic support and fast servers.

If you can spend a little more, then you can go WP Engine. They are a managed WordPress hosting provider, which is like a concierge service for your eCommerce store.

4. Can I install WooCommerce on my existing WordPress site?

Yes, you can. WooCommerce is available as a WordPress plugin and you can install it on any WordPress site.

5. How do I make sure that dropshipping suppliers deliver products on time?

Most dropshipping suppliers are located in China. This means slower delivery than choosing a vendors located in your own country. However, many dropshipping suppliers use ePacket for faster deliveries.

ePacket is basically a faster shipping method used by suppliers in China in partnership with USPS and other mail services. Ask your suppliers if they deliver products via ePacket for faster deliveries.

6. What to look for when finding a dropshipping supplier?

AliExpress and other marketplaces allow you to view supplier ratings, reviews, number of products they have delivered, and other useful information. This data tells you how reliable a supplier has been in the past. You can also read reviews to learn more about the quality of products delivered.

Since you don’t have control over the quality and delivery of products, you need to spend time on finding reliable dropshipping partners for your store.

7. Is dropshipping legal?

Because starting a dropshipping business is extremely easy, many beginners wonder if dropshipping is legal. The answer is YES. It is completely legal across the world.

In the simplest terms, dropshipping is just a form of order fulfillment where the supplier or manufacturer handles shipping. Nothing is illegal about that.

Of course like any other business, you have to pay proper business taxes depending on the country you’re based in.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to start dropshipping business with WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to add live chat support to your WooCommerce store.

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WordPress Post Revisions Made Simple: A Step by Step Guide (2019)


Did you know that WordPress comes with a built-in feature that allows you to undo changes and go back to a previous version of a post?

This feature is called Post Revisions or simply Revisions.

Most of us make mistakes when writing. Sometimes you might wish that you hadn’t deleted what you wrote earlier. Revisions allow you to fix that by going back in time and undoing the changes.

In this article, we will show you how to easily undo changes in WordPress with post revisions. We will also show you how to easily manage post revisions in WordPress.

Managing the WordPress post revisions

Here is an overview of the topics we’ll cover in this guide:

  • What is post revisions in WordPress
  • Why you should use post revisions
  • How to use post revisions to undo changes in WordPress
  • Limiting post revisions in WordPress
  • How to delete old post revisions in WordPress
  • How to completely disable post revisions in WordPress

What is Post Revisions?

Post revisions is a WordPress feature that allows you to undo changes and go back to an earlier version of your posts and pages.

For each draft you are working on, WordPress automatically saves a temporary revision. This type of revision is called auto-save.

WordPress stores an auto-save every 60 seconds. It also automatically replaces the older version with the new auto-save.

Autosave revisions in WordPress

The autosave feature helps you restore the content if something goes wrong before you can save it. For example, if your browser crashed or your computer hanged while writing, then you can restore your latest draft from the autosave.

WordPress also saves post revisions each time a user clicks on the save, update, or publish button. Unlike auto-saves, these revisions are permanently stored in the WordPress database.

You can locate, browse, and revert back to any of these revisions from the post edit screen.

Why You Should Use Post Revisions

Almost every WordPress user can benefit from post revisions. Writing great content requires a lot of tweaking and edits. Post revisions allow you to see your process and take a bird’s eye view of how your post has evolved.

You can then switch between different states of your draft, make changes, and make your article perfect for publishing.

For multi-author WordPress sites, post revisions allow editors to easily manage the work of multiple authors. You can see who made changes to an article, what changes they made, and so on.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to use post revisions to improve your WordPress posts and pages.

How to use Post Revisions to Undo Changes in WordPress

WordPress displays the number of revisions under the ‘Document’ panel on the post/page edit screen.

You can find that on the right-hand side of your post editor screen. Clicking on the ‘Revisions’ will take you to post revisions screen.

Post revisions in WordPress

The post revision screen will show you the latest revision of the post with a scrollbar on top. Sliding the button on the scroll bar will take you to earlier revisions of the post.

Switching between post revisions

Changes made in each revision will be highlighted in green and pink colors. On the top, you can see the user who made these changes, time, and other information.

WordPress will also let you know if a revision is an autosave or a draft.

Restore autosaves aswell as revisions

You can use the next and previous buttons to move around revisions.

Plus, you can check the box on top that says ‘Compare any two revisions’. Doing so will split the scrollbar button into two, and you can take each button to a different revision and compare the difference between two distant revisions.

Compare any two revisions

To restore a revision, you can simply click on Restore This Revision or Restore This Autosave button.

WordPress will restore the selected revision as your current post revision, and you can then save it as a draft.

Restore revision point

Keep in my mind that restoring to an earlier revision will not delete the latest version of your post. Instead, WordPress will store it in the database as another revision.

Using post revisions with Classic WordPress editor

In case you haven’t upgraded your WordPress to Gutenberg and still using the Classic Editor, then you’ll find the post revisions in the publish meta box on the right panel of the post/page edit screen.

Browsing post revisions in classic editor

To view the post revisions, you can simply click the ‘Browse’ link next to the number of revisions. Apart from this, the post revisions work similarly in both the Classic Editor and Gutenberg.

Limiting Post Revisions in WordPress

All post revisions are stored in your WordPress database. Due to this, many users worry that too many revisions can slow down their websites.

It is not true.

WordPress skips post revisions when making database calls on the front end. It only looks for revisions on the post edit screen, or when you are actually browsing revisions.

You can still control and limit post revisions in WordPress. We’ll show you two different methods to do that you can choose one that best suits you.

1. Limit post revisions in WordPress using plugin

The easiest way to manage WordPress post revisions is by using a plugin. This allows you to control revisions from the WordPress admin area.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Revisions Control plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Writing page and scroll down to WP Revisions Control section.

WP Revisions Control settings

From here you need to enter the number of revisions you want to store for each post type and then click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

WP Revisions Control will now limit the post revisions stored in your WordPress database.

The plugin also allows you to delete revisions for an individual post. Simply edit the post where you want to delete revisions and scroll down below the editor.

Purge revisions

You can limit the revisions for this post only or delete them by clicking on the ‘Purge these revisions’ button.

2. Limit WordPress post revisions manually

WordPress allows you to control how many revisions you want to keep for an article. To limit post revisions, simply add this code to your WordPress site’s wp-config.php file.

define( 'WP_POST_REVISIONS', 10 );

Don’t forget to replace 10 with the number of revisions you want to keep for each post.

How to Delete Old Post Revisions in WordPress

Old post revisions are perfectly harmless, and you don’t need to delete them in most cases. However, if you have a very large website with thousands of articles, then deleting old post revisions can help you reduce backup sizes.

First, you’ll need to install and activate the WP-Optimize plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to WP-Optimize » Database page and check the box next to ‘Clean all post revisions’ option.

Clean post revisions

Now click on the ‘Run optimization’ button to delete all post revisions. You can uninstall the plugin after you have deleted the revisions.

Once you have cleaned up revisions, feel free to uninstall and delete the plugin.

Deleting WordPress post revisions via phpMyAdmin

Advanced users can also delete WordPress posts revisions via phpMyAdmin.

First, make sure that you have created a complete WordPress database backup.

After that, simply login to your WordPress hosting control panel and click on the phpMyAdmin icon.

Next, you need to select your WordPress database from the left column. PhpMyAdmin will now display tables in your WordPress database.

PhpMyAdmin

After that, you need to click on the SQL tab from the top menu.

This will load phpMyAdmin’s SQL interface. From here you can manually run commands on your WordPress database.

You need to enter the following code.

DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = "revision";

Don’t forget to replace wp_ with your own WordPress database prefix. After that, click on the Go button to run the command.

Deleting revision via MySQL

PhpMyAdmin will now delete all revisions from your WordPress database.

Note: Deleting revisions will not stop WordPress from saving revisions for your future posts.

How to Completely Disable WordPress Post Revisions

We don’t recommend disabling WordPress post revisions. However, some users may want to disable revisions to reduce their WordPress database size.

The easiest way to do this is by installing Disable Post Revision plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to Settings » Writing page and select the post types where you want to disable revisions feature.

Disable revision plugin

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

If you don’t want to use the plugin, then you can also do the same thing manually by adding this code to your wp-config.php file.

define('WP_POST_REVISIONS', false );

This code disables WordPress post revisions feature on your website. It will still allow WordPress to save one autosave and one revision in your browser storage.

We hope this article helped you learn how to use WordPress post revisions to undo changes and how to manage post revisions for larger sites. You may also want to see our beginners guide on managing your editorial workflow in WordPress.

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How to Add Pinterest “Pin It” Button in WordPress (Ultimate Guide)


Do you want to add the Pinterest “Pin It” button in WordPress? Recently, a new traffic source popped up in our blog stats.

It was significant enough for us to take notice. This traffic source was Pinterest.

Pinterest is a popular social networking site that allows you to share visual content and drive a lot of traffic to your website (follow WPBeginner on Pinterest).

In this article, we will show you how to add the Pinterest “Pin It” button to your WordPress blog. We will also explain how to add the Pin It button over the images of your website.

Add Pinterest Pin It button in WordPress

Adding a Pinterest “Pin It” Button Using a Plugin

Pinterest officially changed the “Pin It” button name to Save in 2016.

Although some plugins still use the name “Pin It” instead of Save, they do the same job of pinning your images to Pinterest.

The easiest way to add a Pinterest button to your WordPress site is by using a social sharing plugin.

We recommend using Shared Counts plugin for this purpose. It is the best social media plugin for WordPress because it’s free and allows you to easily add the Pinterest button along with other popular social networks.

To get started, you need to install and activate the Shared Counts plugin. You can follow our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin for detailed instructions.

Upon installation, head over to Settings » Shared Counts page to configure the plugin.

Shared Counts settings page

On the settings page, you need to scroll down to the Display section and then click on the “Share Buttons to Display” textbox.

This will open a dropdown menu where you can select the social media services you want to add. By default, Pinterest will be present in that box, along with Facebook and Twitter.

You can also select the location and post type where you want to display the Pinterest button. It comes with multiple button styles that you can choose from the ‘Share button style’ option.

Once you are done, don’t forget to click on the Save Changes button to store the settings.

You can now visit any post on your website to see the Pinterest button in action.

Pinterest button added to WordPress post

Another neat thing about SharedCounts is the free Custom Pinterest Image addon available on Github. This lets you set a custom Pinterest sharing image and description that’s optimized for Pinterest.

Note: We use SharedCount plugin on our website because it’s the best option in the market. It’s very well-coded and it’s free.

Manually Adding a Pinterest Pin It Button in WordPress

Some intermediate users may prefer to add the social sharing buttons manually to their WordPress site instead of using a plugin.

Let’s take a look at how to manually add a Pinterest button in WordPress.

The first thing you need to do is make a complete WordPress backup of your site. This will help you restore your site in case something breaks by accident.

Next, you need to connect to your WordPress hosting using an FTP client and then go to the /wp-content/themes/ folder.

From here, you need to open your current theme folder and then locate the footer.php file.

Download footer php file

Next, simply right-click on that file and then select Download from the menu. This will download the footer.php file to your computer.

Now you need to open the footer.php file using a plain text editor like Notepad and then paste the following script right before the </body> tag.


<script type="text/javascript">
(function() 
    window.PinIt = window.PinIt )();
</script>

Once you have done that, you need to save the file and then upload it back to the current theme folder.

Next, you need to locate and download the single.php file from your theme folder and open it for editing. After that you need to add the following code.

You will need to choose the location where you want it to appear in your post. After post title is the most common placement for social media buttons.


<?php $pinterestimage = wp_get_attachment_image_src( get_post_thumbnail_id( $post->ID ), 'full' ); ?>
<a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>&media=<?php echo $pinterestimage[0]; ?>&description=<?php the_title(); ?>" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="vertical">Pin It</a>

The above code displays the Pinterest button with your featured image, title, description, and post URL in the share URL parameter.

Finally, you need to save the file and upload it back to your theme directory using FTP.

This will add a vertical share button to the posts of your website. If you want to display the horizontal share button, then simply change the count-layout parameter to horizontal.

Creating a Shortcode for Pinterest Button

Recently, one of our users asked us how to create a shortcode for the Pinterest “Pin It” button.

Shortcodes in WordPress allow you to easily add dynamic items to your WordPress posts, pages, and widgets. By creating a shortcode, you’ll be able to manually add Pinterest button in your articles.

First, you’ll need to add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin:



function get_pin($atts) 
$pinterestimage = wp_get_attachment_image_src( get_post_thumbnail_id( $post->ID ), 'full' );
return '<a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=' . urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)) . '&media=' . $pinterestimage[0] . '&description=' . get_the_title() .'" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="vertical">Pin It</a>'; 

add_shortcode('pin', 'get_pin');

After that, you can use the [pin] shortcode in your WordPress posts where you want to display the Pinterest button.

Adding Pinterest Pin It Button Over Your Images

If you are running a fashion, photography, or portfolio site, then you definitely want your images to be shared on Pinterest to increase your website traffic.

Let’s take a look at how to add the Pinterest Pin it button over your images in WordPress. This button will appear only when the user brings their mouse over your images, allowing them to easily share the image on their Pinterest profile.

First, you need to install and activate the Pinterest Pin it Button for Images plugin.

Upon activation, go to Settings » Pinterest Pin It page to configure the plugin.

Pinterest Pin It button for images settings page

On the settings page, you can choose where you want to show the “Pin It” button on your WordPress site. You can display it only on single posts, pages, category pages, or everywhere on your site.

The next option is to choose the default description from the dropdown menu. This will be used as the image description for the pinned image.

Once done, you need to click on the Save button to store the settings. Now you can visit your website and then hover your mouse cursor over any image to see the Pinterest “Pin It” button.

Pinterest Pin It button over images

If you want to exclude some images from showing the Pin It button, then you can add the nopin CSS class to the images you want to exclude.

To do that, you need to select the image block in the post editor and then click on the 3 vertical dots icon from the block toolbar. This will open a menu where you need to click on the Edit as HTML option.

Edit Image as HTML option to add CSS class

You will now see the HTML code of your image. Go ahead to add nopin to the class attribute of the img tag:

<figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/imagename.jpg" alt="image name" class="nopin wp-image-1687"/></figure>

Similarly, you can also use the plugin to disable automatic display of the “Pin It” button, and use the CSS class “pinthis” to selectively display the button on specific images.

To do that, you need to visit the plugin’s settings page and then locate the Advanced section on the right side of the page.

Pinterest Pin It plugin advanced settings

Now you need to check the option that says ‘Show “Pin it” button only on images with class=”pinthis” ‘, and then click on the Save button.

The next time you add an image to a post or page, you need to select the image block and then use the Edit as HTML option to add the pinthis CSS class to the image code. Here is an example:

<figure class="wp-block-image"><img src="https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/imagename.jpg" alt="image name" class="pinthis wp-image-1687"/></figure>

This will show the Pinterest button on that specific image, even if you have disabled the option to automatically show the Pin It button on your site.

That’s all!

We hope this article helped you understand how to add a Pinterest “Pin It” button to your WordPress blog. You may also want to see our guide on how to create an email newsletter and get more subscribers.

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How to Host a Website (Simple Guide for Beginners) in 2019


Do you want to learn how to host a website? Self-hosted website builders like WordPress offer you full freedom to build any kind of website.

The challenge is that most beginners don’t know the best way to host a website. Many even believe that it requires special technical skills to host their own websites.

That’s simply not true.

If you choose the right approach, then you can easily host your own website within just a few minutes. In most cases, it is just as easy as creating a facebook account.

In this beginner’s guide, we’ll show you the exact steps on how to host a website without learning any technical skills.

We will also explain how it all works behind the scenes. This would help you gain a basic understanding of different ways to host a website.

Ready? Let’s get started.

How to host a website

Here is what you’ll learn in this guide.

What Does it Mean to Host a Website?

Hosting a website means that you put your website files on a special computer called server. This computer makes your website files publicly accessible on the internet, so anyone can visit it.

In order for other people around the world to see the website, these special computers have a particular set of software installed. This software is called a web server.

A web server’s basic job is to receive incoming requests and respond by sending the requested page to the user’s browser.

Hosting a website

Now all of this may sound like bunch of technical jargon, and it is.

However, you don’t need to learn how to do all these things in order to host your website. Luckily, there are thousands of companies that offer this as a service (at very low cost).

All websites on the internet use a web hosting company to host their websites. Even tech giants like Netflix (hosted on Amazon) and PayPal (hosted by Google Cloud hosting) use third-party service providers for their hosting.

There are only a handful of companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon that completely host all their services on their own platforms.

They can do this because they have the technical and financial resources to take on such a huge task. All other businesses (including us) use a web hosting company to host their website.

What Do You Need to Host a Website

You will need the following two things to host a website.

  • Web hosting service provider
  • Domain name

Web hosting service providers offer you ready-to-use web servers to host your website. They take care of all the technical stuff and provide website owners with easy to use tools to manage their hosting.

Now, how do users reach your self-hosted website? This is where domain names come in.

A domain name is the address of your website that people type in the browser to visit your website. For example, wpbeginner.com will bring you to this website.

Basically, a domain name is a human-friendly way to connect user’s browsers to the website server associated with that domain name. To learn more, see our guide on what is a domain name and how do domains work.

how domain names work

You can purchase a domain name from one of these top domain registrars. These are companies licensed to sell domain name registrations.

To understand the relationship between hosting and domains, see our guide on the difference between web hosting and domain name.

Note: later in this article, we will show you how to get a domain name for free.

But first, let’s take a look at different types of web hosting plans and evaluate which one would be the right fit to host your website.

Types of Website Hosting Services

Not all websites are the same. Some are smaller and have low traffic while others are larger with more content and visitors.

A smaller website requires fewer resources. On the other hand, a larger and more popular website will need more resources to run efficiently.

Website hosting companies provide different types of hosting offers designed to address specific website needs. Here are some of the most common hosting services.

1. Shared Hosting

A shared hosting service is suitable for small websites, blogs, and small businesses who are just starting out.

They are able to keep their costs down by allowing multiple websites to share the same server resources. This makes hosting your website affordable.

Pricing: Starting from 2.75 per month to $7.99 per month

Suitable for: Starting a new blog, small business website

Our recommended shared hosting provider: Bluehost

To learn more see our guide on the truth about best shared web hosting.

2. VPS Hosting

VPS hosting (Virtual Private Server hosting) is still a shared hosting environment. However, it offers a flexible set of resources to handle large traffic spikes.

You get a partitioned of private server for your website that you can manage from your hosting control panel. This gives you the best of both worlds, the low cost of shared hosting with the flexibility of dedicated resources.

Pricing: Starting from $29.99 / month

Suitable for: Medium-sized businesses, popular blogs, and eCommerce stores.

Our recommended VPS hosting company: HostGator

To learn more, see our article about when you need VPS hosting for your site.

3. Managed WordPress Hosting

Managed WordPress hosting is a specialized hosting service made specifically for WordPress. It is like a concierge service for your WordPress website.

On a managed hosting platform, the hosting company takes care of updates, backups, and caching of your website. This allows you to focus on creating content and growing your business.

Pricing: Starting from $35.00 per month

Suitable for: Popular blogs, business websites, membership websites

Our recommended managed WordPress hosting company: WP Engine

For more details, see our article explaining when do you really need a managed WordPress hosting.

4. Dedicated Hosting

A dedicated server hosting gives you the entire server dedicated to your own website. You get all the resources of the server, advanced tools for server management, ability to install your own software and even your own operating system.

You’ll be managing your own server which may require some technical skills. It is an advanced option for larger websites that need high-performance to tackle higher traffic volume.

Pricing: Starting from $79.99 month

Suitable for: Enterprise level businesses, hugely popular websites, eCommerce stores

Our recommended Dedicated hosting company: SiteGround or HostGator

Note: We use HostGator custom dedicated servers to host the WPBeginner website.

Choosing The Right Plan to Host a Website

As you can see, all different hosting plans come with different server configuration and pricing. You’ll need to choose a plan that suits your needs and budget.

At WPBeginner, we recommend users to start with a low cost shared hosting plan and then upgrade as their business grows. This allows you to save money and only pay for the services that you actually need.

Shared hosting plans start from $7.99 per month (paid annually) and $14.99 for a domain name.

Now if you are just starting out, then this is still a significant investment.

Luckily, Bluehost has agreed to offer our users a discount on hosting and free domain name. Basically, you’ll be able to get started for $2.75 per month.

They are one of the largest hosting companies in the world and an officially recommended WordPress hosting provider.

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For other shared hosting plans, see our comparison of the best hosting companies.

Once you have signed up for a hosting account, the next step is to create your website. For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to make a website.

How Much It Cost to Host a Website

So far we have covered the costs of web hosting companies. However, your costs of hosting a website may vary depending on several factors.

The first thing is the hosting plan you choose. We recommend starting with smaller shared hosting plans and then upgrade as your business and website grows.

Once you start building a website, you may need to spend money on other things as well such as website templates, software extensions, and other services.

Your goal would be to only buy what you actually need and use free tools whenever you can.

We have an excellent guide on the cost of building a WordPress website and how to avoid overspending.

How to Host a Website on Your Computer

We are often asked by our users if they can host a website on their own computer.

Yes, you can.

However, the only reason you should host a website on your computer is when you want to test a site locally before putting it on the internet.

A lot of beginners find it useful to learn web development, WordPress, and coding by installing a local server on their computer.

See our tutorials on how to set up local server on Windows and Mac.

This will allow you to install a local server without making it publicly available.

We don’t recommend using a local server to host a website and make it publicly available. However, we will show you how to do that for users who are feeling adventurous.

Putting Your Local Host Server Online

Once you host a website on your local server, it will only be available to you. You’ll need to change its settings to put your website on the internet.

First, locate your web server software’s configuration file called httpd.conf.

If you are using WAMP on Windows, then you’ll find it under C:wampbinapacheapache[version#]conf] folder.

MAMP users on Mac will find it inside /Applications/MAMP/conf/apache/ folder.

You can open this file using a plain text editor like Notepad or TextEdit. After that, you need to find the line that begins with

Listen 80

You need to replace it with your IP address and port number. You can find your IP address by simply Googling ‘what is my ip address’ it will show you a numeric string separated by dots. Here’s an example of what that code should look like with your IP:

Listen 64.233.160.1:80

Next, you need to find the following line:

ServerName localhost:80

Go ahead and change it by replacing localhost:80 with your IP address.

ServerName 64.233.160.1

Next, you need to find the following line for WAMP:

<Directory "c:/wamp/www/">

If you are using MAMP, then look for the following line:

<Directory "/Applications/MAMP/htdocs">

Below this line you’ll see the access permissions, which you need to replace with the following:

Order Allow,Deny
Allow from all

You can now save your configuration file and restart your local server with the new permissions.

Now anyone can use your IP address to access your website instead of localhost. This is not an ideal situation as it would be hard for your users to remember the IP address.

That’s where domain names come in handy.

Pointing Your Domain Name to a Locally Hosted Website

Pointing your domain name to a website that you are hosting on your own computer will allow users to access it as they would do with any other site.

First, you need to edit your domain name’s DNS settings. We’re using Domain.com in our screenshots below:

Editing DNS settings for your domain name

After that, you need to edit the A name record with @ sign as the Name. If you don’t have one, then click on Add new record button to proceed.

Adding A record for your domain

In the value field, you need to enter your computer’s IP address and click on the Update DNS button to save your changes.

If the computer with your local server is connected to the internet directly, then you are all done.

However, if your computer is connected to the internet via router then you need to forward ports. To do that, you need to login to your router’s admin interface by entering the router’s IP address in your browser address bar.

Depending on the manufacturer, your router interface may look slightly different. You will need to find the option labeled port forwarding, virtual server, or NAT.

Port forwarding

Next, you need to forward web or HTTP traffic to port 80. In the IP address field, you need to enter the IP address of your computer on the local network. This IP address is the internal address that identifies your computer on the local network.

After that, you need to apply the changes and restart your router.

Disadvantages of Hosting a Website by Yourself

Hosting your website on a local computer is a bad idea. This is why even the tech giants with enough resources, skills, and know-how prefer to go with a hosting service provider.

Following are just a few disadvantages of hosting a website on local computer.

  • In order to run a web server, you need to put it on a computer connected to a high-speed internet connection 24 hours a day.
  • You also need to install updates for the web server software, keep backups, plan on a backup server, and more.
  • The computer hosting your website will also be open to hacking attempts, malware injection, and DDOS attacks. This could also affect the security of all other computers on your network.
  • You will need to purchase a static IP address from your internet service provider, which will cost you extra.

Doing all this will require a lot of time, effort, and technical skills. This is why it is a bad idea to host your website on a local computer by yourself.

FAQs about Website Hosting

Having helped thousands of beginners start their own websites, we have heard every possible question. Following are some of the most commonly asked questions from people who want to host a website.

1. Why do I need a hosting provider to host a website?

Hosting service providers specialize in maintaining a platform to serve websites. They have engineers and system administrators in their staff that monitor their servers 24/7.

This allows you to focus on building your website and growing your business instead of managing server software.

2. Can I buy a domain name and hosting from two companies?

Yes, you can. However, buying them from the same company allows you to manage both of them under the same dashboard. Also some providers like Bluehost even offer a free domain as an incentive to use their service.

3. Can I buy a domain name and host my website later?

Yes, you can buy a domain name alone. However, it will not be pointing to your website until you choose a hosting provider.

We recommend Domain.com for registering a domain name. They offer beginner friendly domain management tools, which will make it easy to connect your domain to any hosting provider later.

4. Can I host my website on my local computer and later move it to a hosting provider?

Yes, you can do that. However, if you are serious about making a website, then it is better to start with a hosting provider.

5. Can I host a website with one provider and then change it to another provider?

Yes, you can move your website to any other hosting company at any time. See our article on how to move your website to a new host for detailed instructions.

6. Where do I host my website?

There are so many hosting companies out there, that it becomes difficult for beginners to make the right choice.

Over the years, we have worked with all the top hosting companies on the market. This has given us insights into what makes a good hosting platform.

For starter websites, we recommend Bluehost. They automatically install WordPress, and they offer a beginner friendly dashboard, built-in caching, security, and more. On top of it, they are offering WPBeginner readers discount on hosting + free domain name.

For more recommendations, see our complete list of the best hosting companies with their pros and cons.

There are few companies offering free web hosting, but we recommend that you be very careful about those.

We hope this article helped you learn how to host your website. You may also want to see our guide on how to get a free business email address for your website.

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How to Properly Change a WordPress Theme (Ultimate Guide)


Are you planning to change the WordPress theme of your website? WordPress makes it super easy for users to change and manage themes on their site.

However, you must remember that changing the appearance of your live website is a major event. You need to keep certain things in mind before and after you change a theme, so you don’t lose any data and website traffic.

In this article, we’ll show you the step by step process on how to properly change a WordPress theme with a step by step checklist.

How to Properly Change a WordPress Theme (Ultimate Guide)

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll learn in this article:

Things to Do Before Changing a WordPress Theme

While changing a theme is literally a few clicks away, you must take some precautionary steps before starting the process.

We recommend that you to go through the following checklist to ensure that the process of changing your WordPress theme goes smoothly, and you don’t end up losing important data.

1. Copy Snippets from Your Current Theme

Some intermediate WordPress users like to customize their website by adding code snippets directly to the functions.php file of their theme.

Since these changes were made once, people usually forget about them.

If you or your web developer made these changes, then make sure to go through the files of your current theme and note down all the additional code that you’ve added previously. This will allow you to add them later into your new theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific WordPress plugin.

2. Test Load Time

Before changing your theme, you should check the load time of your website, so you can easily compare the differences in the page load time after you made changes to your website.

Remember, WordPress speed is an important factor in user experience and SEO, so you need to make sure that the new theme is faster than your previous one.

You can check your website speed by using a tool like Pingdom.

Make sure that you test the load time of the homepage and also some of your inner pages.

3. Don’t Lose Any Tracking Code

Some users add their analytics tracking code directly to their theme files. Also, there are WordPress themes that allow you to add Adsense or Analytics code in their settings panel.

One of the most common mistakes beginners make is to overlook these codes.

You need to make sure that you copy all the tracking codes, so you can add them to your new site after changing the theme.

To future proof this, we always recommend users to install Google analytics using a plugin like MonsterInsights, and for other tracking code we recommend using the header and footer plugin.

4. Make a Full Backup

It’s always recommended to back up your posts, images, plugins, and the database before changing your theme.

You can use a WordPress backup plugin to create the backup of your entire site. Make sure that you download this backup to your computer before moving forward.

This step will ensure that you can recover your website easily if anything goes wrong.

5. Sidebar Content

Sidebars are used for adding different widgets including social links, advertisements, subscription forms, or a contact form.

Make a note of these changes. If there is any custom code added into a widget, then make sure you copy and paste this code on your computer, so you can reuse it in your new theme.

6. Keep Your Site on Maintenance Mode

It’s a good practice to put your website on maintenance mode when you’re making changes to it. You don’t want your visitors to see an under construction site, right?

We recommend using the SeedProd plugin for this purpose.

SeedProd plugin

It’s a popular WordPress plugin that allows you to easily create beautiful coming soon and maintenance mode pages for your site.

To keep your site on maintenance mode, you need to install and active the SeedProd plugin.

Next, head over to SeedProd » Settings page to configure plugin settings. Here you need to select the Enable Maintenance mode radio button and click on the Save All Changes button.

SeedProd enable maintenance mode

How to Install a WordPress Theme

After following the above precautions, the next step is to install a theme that you want to use on your site.

There are thousands of free and paid WordPress themes available for you to pick from. The fact that you’re reading this article means you’ve likely found a good theme for your needs.

If you haven’t already selected a theme, then we can highly recommend the following WordPress themes to you:

1. Divi

Divi WordPress theme

Divi is one of the most popular WordPress theme in the market. It’s powered by the drag and drop Divi Builder which allows you to easily build any kind of website.

It comes with 20+ pre-built layouts and 46 different content elements. You can easily customize each element of your site and see the changes in real time.

2. Astra

Astra WordPress theme

Astra is a lightweight and speed-optimized WordPress theme. It’s compatible with various page builder plugins like Beaver Builder, Divi, and Visual Composer.

It’s a translation and RTL-ready theme. This allows you to start your website in any language and even create a multilingual website.

Astra can be easily integrated with the WooCommerce plugin, so you can easily create an online store without much hassle. You can also customize the header, footer, layout, and more using the WordPress Theme Customizer.

Our favorite part about Astra is all the starter website templates it comes with.

3. StudioPress

StudioPress WordPress themes

Genesis is the most popular WordPress theme framework and has been built by the StudioPress team. You can create amazing websites using the Genesis framework and other StudioPress themes.

In case you don’t know, StudioPress is now a part of WP Engine, the most popular managed WordPress hosting company.

The best part is you’ll get 35+ StudioPress themes for free if you sign up for any WP Engine hosting plan.

4. OceanWP

OceanWP WordPress theme

OceanWP is a responsive and multi-purpose WordPress theme. It offers multiple demo templates that have been built with different professions and businesses in mind.

It is compatible with the major page builder plugins. You can also use different extensions to take your site to the next level.

5. Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder plugin

Beaver Builder is one of the best drag and drop page builder plugins that allow you to build stunning pages for your site without any coding skills.

Beaver Builder is compatible with almost every WordPress theme, and you can even use it to create a custom WordPress theme without writing any code.

Anyways, we hope the above recommendations will help you to choose a WordPress theme for your site.

Once you’ve selected a theme, you need to install it on your WordPress site. Y

ou can use any of the following 3 methods to install a WordPress theme:

  • Using the WordPress theme search option
  • Uploading a theme from your WordPress Dashboard
  • Installing a theme using FTP

You can check out our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress theme for help.

How to Change WordPress Theme Without Going Live

Once you’ve installed your new theme, you are ready to switch themes.

However, it’s always recommended to test a theme before switching to it on your live website.

This way you’ll be able to check the compatibility of the new theme with your existing plugins and make sure that everything is working properly as desired.

There are two ways that you can use to change your WordPress theme without going live:

1. Live Preview Option

By default, WordPress allows you to preview a theme on your website without changing it.

To do that, head over to Appearance » Themes from the left sidebar of your admin panel.

On this page, you’ll see all the installed themes on your site. You need to hover your mouse over the theme you want to preview and click on the Live Preview button.

WordPress Theme Live Preview Option

This will open your new theme in the WordPress Theme Customizer. You can now test your new theme and make sure that everything is working properly.

2. Theme Switcha Plugin

Another option is to use the Theme Switcha plugin. It allows you to preview your new theme without activating it.

First, you need to install and activate this free plugin. Next, go to Settings » Theme Switcha from the left sidebar of your admin panel.

Theme Switcha plugin settings page

On the Settings page, you need to select the “Enable theme switching” option and then, scroll to the bottom of the page to click on Save Changes.

This plugin will now display all your installed themes at the bottom of this page. Go ahead and click on your new theme to preview it on a new tab of your web browser.

Theme Switcha available themes section

How to Change WordPress Theme on Live Site

After you have tested your new theme, it’s time to start the process of switching the theme on your WordPress site.

To do that, go to Appearance » Themes from the left sidebar of the WordPress admin panel.

Change WordPress theme on live website

On this page, you need to hover the mouse cursor over the theme you want to use and then click on the Activate button to change the WordPress theme.

Now you can visit the homepage of your website to see the new theme in action.

How to Change WordPress Theme Manually

Sometimes an error can make your WordPress admin area inaccessible. In that case, you won’t be able to change the theme using the above method.

To recover your website, you need to restore it from backup, or you may troubleshoot the WordPress error causing the problem.

However, if you don’t have a backup, then you can change the theme manually with the help of phpMyAdmin.

This method allows you to inform WordPress which theme to use by changing the information in the database.

First, you need to connect to your website using an FTP client and go to the /wp-content/themes/ folder.

FTP WordPress themes folder

Here you’ll be able to see all the themes that are currently installed on your website. You can also install a WordPress theme via FTP if you don’t see it.

Next, you want to write down the folder name of the theme you want to use because you’ll need it later.

After that, you need to go to the cPanel of your WordPress hosting account. On this page, you will have to scroll down to the Databases section and then click on phpMyAdmin.

cPanel open phpMyAdmin

Once you are in phpMyAdmin, you’ll see a list of databases on the left side of the screen. Simply click on the database that you are using for your WordPress site.

phpMyAdmin open database and table

Next, it’ll show you the list of tables in this database. You need to click on the “wp_options” table to open it.

Note: By default, WordPress use wp_ as the prefix for the table names. However, it’s possible to have a different database prefix, as shown in the above image.

Now you need to locate the template and stylesheet rows on the right panel.

Template and stylesheet rows

Next, click on the Edit link present in the “template” row to open the editor.

Here you need to change the value in the option_value field to the theme name that you want to use. It’s usually the same as the folder name in /wp-content/themes/ folder that you copied earlier.

Change template value

Once you’re done, click on the Go button to save the changes. Next, go ahead and repeat the same process for the “stylesheet” row.

After making changes to both the rows, you can go to your website to see the new theme in action.

Things to Do After Changing Your Theme

Once you’ve changed the theme on your website, you need to take care of certain things before turning off the maintenance mode.

You can check out the following checklist of things to do after changing your WordPress theme:

1. Test Your Website

First, you need to make sure that all the functionalities, plugins, and widgets are working properly.

You should invest some time to test your website and check out different things including the posts, comment section, images, and the contact form.

2. Cross Browser Compatibility

Browsers have a tendency of showing certain things differently.

To make sure that your website looks good in every major browser, you should test your site in different web browsers including Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer.

3. Add Tracking Code

After you’ve tested the features and the cross-browser compatibility, you should add your analytics and Adsense tracking code to your site.

You can use the MonsterInsights plugin to add the Google Analytics tracking code. This will allow you to properly setup analytics and view detailed website stats right inside your WordPress dashboard.

4. Turn Off Maintenance Mode

You can disable the maintenance mode on your site to make it go live.

If you’re using the SeedProd plugin, simply go to SeedProd » Settings from the left sidebar. On the settings page, select “Disabled” and click on Save All Changes to turn off the maintenance mode.

SeedProd disable maintenance mode

5. Test Loading Time

You need to go to the Pingdom website again to test the loading time of your homepage after changing the theme.

Next, compare it to the load time when your old theme was installed. If you see any major differences, you can follow our guide to improve WordPress speed.

6. Monitor Bounce Rate

After switching themes, you should monitor the bounce rate of your site.

If your new theme is not user-friendly and difficult to navigate, it may increase the bounce rate of your site.

You can add related posts, popular posts widget, and breadcrumbs to reduce the bounce rate and increase page views.

7. Ask for Feedback

You can also ask your users for feedback and suggestions on how to improve your site design. You can use survey forms or online poll to gather user input.

You can share the new design with your subscribers using an email marketing service and ask them for their suggestions. This will help you to get ideas on what they would like to see improved.

We hope this step by step guide helped you easily change your WordPress theme. You may want to see our list of the must-have WordPress plugins for business websites.

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How to Change Your Password in WordPress (Beginner’s Guide)


Do you want to learn how to change your WordPress password? Sometimes you might forget your password or need to change it for security reasons.

While there is a lost password link on the login page that lets you reset your password, sometimes the WordPress password reset email never makes it to your inbox because your WordPress hosting company does not have it configured properly.

Other times, you might want to force change the WordPress password for every user on your website due to security reasons.

In this beginners guide, we will show you four different ways to change the WordPress password to cover every possible scenario.

How to Change Your Password in WordPress

Before You Change Your WordPress Password

We can’t emphasize enough that passwords are your first line of defense against hacking attempts.

A lot of times users end up using a weak password because it’s easy to remember. Please don’t do that. You can use one of the many free and secure password managers.

Sometimes it might be tempting to share your WordPress passwords with team members or even contract developers. You should never do that.

Instead, we recommend creating a new user account with the right user role, so you can manage permissions.

This way you can easily delete their account when they’re no longer part of your team without having to change your main password.

That being said, let’s take a look at different ways to change your WordPress password.

How to Change Your WordPress Password in 2 Minutes

This is the easiest way to change your WordPress password.

First thing you need to do is login to your WordPress website. You can do this by entering your WordPress login URL (for example, https://example.com/login/) in your browser.

Once you are logged in, go to Users » Your Profile from your WordPress menu.

Your Profile Page in WordPress

On the WordPress profile, you need to scroll down to the Account Management section where you will see New Password option. Go ahead and click on the ‘Generate Password’ to add a new password.

Generate Password in WordPress

WordPress will automatically create a strong password for you.

Auto Password in WordPress

You can continue with this strong password or change it with a new password of your own.

After that, click the ‘Update Profile’ button to save your new password.

Create a Strong WordPress Password and Save it

Once done, you will see a Profile Updated notification on the top. WordPress will also send you a password change notification in your email inbox.

WordPress Profile Updated with New Password

How to Reset Your WordPress Password When Locked Out

The above method lets you change your password when you have access to your WordPress dashboard.

But what if you lost your password and cannot login?

Don’t panic, there is a super easy way to recover your lost password in WordPress.

You can simply go to the WordPress login page (https://example.com/wp-login.php) and click on the ‘Lost your password?’ link.

Recovering lost password in WordPress

After clicking on that, it will take you to the password reset page. You need to either enter your username or email address to reset the password on your account.

WordPress password recovery screen

Once done, WordPress will send a password reset link to the email address associated with your user account.

For more details, see our guide on how to recover a lost password in WordPress.

How to Change the WordPress Password from Database

The ‘Lost Password’ method above is beginner friendly, but sometimes you won’t be able to use that method if you don’t have access to the email address associated with the account or if your WordPress site fails to send an email.

If such a situation arises, then you will need to reset your WordPress password directly in the database. The easiest way to do that is by using phpMyAdmin.

First, you need to login to your WordPress hosting account’s control panel. After that, click on the phpMyAdmin option under the Databases section.

phpMyAdmin in cPanel

Note: your screen might look different because each hosting provider have their own control panel. If you are having a hard time locating the phpMyadmin link, then contact your hosting support.

After you launch the phpMyAdmin app, you will see a list of all your databases. You need to select the database associated with your WordPress site.

Select your WordPress database

After that, you will see the list of tables in your WordPress database. You need to look for the wp_users table in this list and click on the ‘Browse’ link next to it.

Browse user table

This will show you a list of all users in your WordPress site. On this page, you need to click on the edit link next to your user account.

Edit user account in phpMyAdmin

PhpMyAdmin will show you a form with all the user information fields.

You will need to delete the value in the user_pass field and replace it with your new password. Under the function column, select MD5 from the drop-down menu and click on the Go button.

Change password

That’s all you have successfully changed your WordPress password.

For more details, see our guide on how to reset a WordPress password from phpMyAdmin.

How to Force Change WordPress Password for all Users

If your website was hacked, or your industry has certain data compliance regulation, then you might need to force change the WordPress password for all users.

This can be easily done using a Password Expiration plugin.

We have a step by step guide on how to force change passwords in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you to learn how to change your password in WordPress. You may also want to see our step by step guide on WordPress security for beginners.

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How to use WordPress App on your iPhone, iPad, and Android (Guide)


Did you know that nearly half of all global website traffic originates from mobile devices? People are not just browsing the web on mobile, they are also creating content using mobile apps from platforms like WordPress, Facebook, and other media sites.

Over the years, the WordPress mobile apps have seen significant improvements to help you easily publish content and manage your website using a mobile device. WordPress app is already available for both Android and iOS devices.

In this article, we will show you how to use the WordPress app on your iPhone, iPad, Android, and other mobile devices.

How to use the WordPress app on mobile devices

Why Use WordPress App on iPhone or iPad?

The WordPress app allows you to create content and manage your website from anywhere in the world specially when you’re traveling.

You can capture and upload photos, record and upload a video, write quick blog posts while riding the train or bus, walking around, or hanging out with friends. You can take your WordPress site with you in your pocket.

By default, the WordPress admin area is fully responsive and works well on mobile browsers.

WordPress admin area on mobile browser

However, this user interface is not optimal for mobile usage.

On the other, the WordPress app is designed to be touch-friendly, mobile optimized, and easy to use. It has an intuitive user interface which makes using the WordPress app a pleasure.

Writing without a physical keyboard had been an issue for many bloggers. The app combines your device’s native touch keyboard with WordPress formatting buttons, making it simple and easy to write posts on touch devices.

What Do You Need to Use the WordPress Mobile App?

Unlike other mobile apps, you actually need to have a WordPress website or a WordPress blog before you can start using the WordPress app.

The WordPress app works for both the popular free self-hosted WordPress.org platform as well as the WordPress.com blog hosting service.

For details, see our side-by-side comparison of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.

Setting up Your Website for WordPress Mobile Apps

You’ll need the following two things to connect your website to the WordPress app:

  • JetPack plugin on your website
  • A free WordPress.com account

Let’s get started.

First, you need to install and activate the JetPack plugin on your website. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you’ll need to click on the setup button to continue.

Next, you will be asked to sign in with a WordPress.com account. If you already have one, then you can go ahead and sign in. Otherwise, you can continue to signup for a free account.

Sign up with WordPress.com

During this process your self-hosted WordPress.org website will be connected to JetPack servers via your free WordPress.com account.

Once that’s done, you are now ready to start using the WordPress app on your mobile device(s).

Setting up the WordPress App on Your Mobile Device

First, you need to install the WordPress app on your device. It is available for Android, iOS (iPhones and iPads), Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

WordPress Apps

Next, you need to open the app and sign in to your WordPress.com account.

Login to your WordPress.com account

After that, the app will connect and fetch your website information.

Logged in to the WordPress app

You can now click on the continue button to move forward and view the app dashboard. This is where you will manage your WordPress site using the mobile app.

WordPress App dashboard

Editing Blog Posts with WordPress App

The WordPress app comes with an intuitive user interface to make it easy for you to create / edit blog posts and pages on your website.

You can view all your posts by clicking on the Blog Posts menu from the app dashboard. This will show you a list of your recent blog posts.

Adding new blog post using the WordPress app

You can edit any blog post or tap the add new button to create a new blog post.

This will launch the WordPress app’s content editor. From here, you can write a new post using your phone’s native keyboard which will have a formatting toolbar at the bottom.

Editing posts in the WordPress app

You can click on the ‘Add’ button to add images to your blog post. The app will allow you to upload images from your device, using your phone’s camera, or from the WordPress media library.

Upload images to your blog posts

The app also allows you to change other post options. To access those options, tap on the three-dot menu on the top right corner of the edit screen and then select ‘Post settings’.

Editing post settings

This will bring up the post settings menu. From here, you can add category and tags, featured image, change post status, and other options.

Post options

The WordPress app comes with built-in autosave feature which saves your posts locally on your device. Once you are done editing the blog post, simply click on the publish or update button at the top right corner.

The app will now upload the post to your website. You can visit your website in a browser to see it in action.

Switching to The New Block Editor in WordPress App

The app also includes the new WordPress block editor, but it is not turned on by default. In order to use the new editor with the app, you need to tap on your profile icon at the bottom and then select App Settings.

App settings

This will bring up the app settings menu where you can turn on the block editor.

Enable block editor in the WordPress app

You can now create WordPress posts in the app using the same block editor that you use on Desktop. However, the number of blocks available on the app is very limited at the moment.

Editing with the block editor in WordPress app

Upload and Manage Media Files Using WordPress App

The WordPress app allows you to easily manage and upload photos / videos from your phone.

You can upload media while writing posts, or you can directly launch the Media library from the app dashboard.

Media menu in WordPress app

This will launch the WordPress media library, and you’ll be able to see all media files in your library. You can edit media files, delete them, and even upload new photos and videos from your phone using the Add button.

Upload media

Managing Comments on The Go Using The WordPress App

Comments help boost user engagement and build a community around your WordPress blog. The WordPress app makes it easy to moderate comments on the go.

Managing comments via WordPress app

You can view all comments on your site by visiting the Comments tab from the app dashboard. You’ll see comments awaiting moderation and approved comments.

Comments list

You can click on any comment to view more options. This will allow you to edit the comment, approve or disapprove it, mark it as spam, or add a reply.

Replying a comment via WordPress app

Performing Admin Tasks via WordPress App

The WordPress app comes with limited options to manage administrative tasks on your WordPress site via the app. Let’s take a look at these options and what you can do with them.

First, the WordPress app allows you to modify some of the site settings from the ‘Settings’ tab.

Settings menu

These settings are similar to the settings you see in your WordPress admin area. You can change site title, tagline, default category, timezone, and other options.

Site settings in WordPress app

However, you will not see settings pages created by your WordPress plugins.

Speaking of plugins, the WordPress app does allow you to manage and even install plugins from the WordPress.org plugin directory.

Managing plugins via WordPress app

However, you cannot use any of the plugins inside the app or access their settings. This feature is mainly useful when you need to activate or deactivate a plugin while away from your computer.

Same goes for WordPress themes. The app allows you to switch between installed themes on your WordPress site, but you cannot install new themes from the app or customize them.

Managing WordPress themes via the app

Is it Possible to Run WordPress Entirely from The App?

No. Currently, it is not possible to efficiently run a WordPress site using only the WordPress app.

For example, you cannot manage plugins using the app. Plugins are an essential part of a WordPress website and you need them to extend your website’s functionality.

You also cannot access custom post types, SEO options, use cover images, use blocks created by plugins, and more.

Why and When to Use The WordPress App?

While the WordPress app is not enough to efficiently run the entire website, it does an excellent job of providing you an easy to use interface to write content, upload photos, and manage comments while away from your computer.

It can also be used when traveling to places with low connectivity. You can use some of the app features offline which allows you to save content as local drafts.

It can be used as a companion app to create content on the go and manage routine tasks like moderating comments.

We hope this article helped you learn how to use the WordPress app on your mobile devices. You may also want to see our list of the best mobile apps to manage your WordPress site.

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