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Website Sitemaps – what they are and why you need them

A Sitemap is an index of all your pages on your website or blog. Typically a single XML file, the Sitemap includes a list of the URLs of all pages on your website. Irrelevant if you are using WordPress or not, a Sitemap is a must have for every website or blog, especially if you want your website to be crawled properly by search engines and rank well in search engine search results. There are many different types of Sitemaps, each of which having its own use.

WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

If you are thinking of starting your own blog, the first question that comes to mind is if you should have a hosted blog with WordPress.com, or if you should host your own blog by downloading the WordPress software from WordPress.org.

Creating a MySQL Database for WordPress

WordPress blogging platform is a PHP based web application and uses a MySQL database as a backend database. In this article we will explain in easy to follow step by step format how to manually create a MySQL database for your WordPress blog or website. Two options are explained below, either by connecting to MySQL using a web based graphical user interface such as phpMyAdmin, or by using the MySQL command line.

Installing a WordPress Theme

Once you have installed WordPress and chosen your desired WordPress theme, you are set to go. This easy to follow article explains in simple steps how to install the WordPress theme you have selected. If you still haven’t chosen a theme or would like more information on how to find such themes, check out the article Finding a WordPress Theme.

How to change the WordPress front page to a static page

Since WordPress is a blogging platform, a default installation of WordPress shows the most recent blog posts on the front page. But many users use WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS) for their website and want to have a static page, a number of pages, or a splash screen as the front page instead of a listing of their latest blog posts.

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