How to Build an Open Source Website

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To build an open source website, use WordPress to find thousands of available themes and templates before entering in the content. Learn to use open source software to build a website with help from a lead developer in this free video on web design.

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Hi, I'm Warren Cardinal with Lucid Crew in Austin Texas. I'm going to show you how to build an open source website. For this tutorial we're going to use a WordPress. WordPress is very easy to install or you can also find a hosting company that will automatically install it for you with hosting and you manage your website remotely through WordPress. Once WordPress is installed on your server, you can use it to create any kind of site that you like. There's a full explanation on how to download and install WordPress at lucidcrew.com/ehow. This is the default template for the WordPress installation and this is your dashboard your admin section. One great thing about WordPress is that there are hundreds of themes available. Here's some themes I have installed right now that you can make your website look very different. We installed this Branford Magazine theme and switch over and it automatically changes the layout of the site. It's kind of difficult to see exactly what the site look like when there not any content. So, what I like to do is import some dumbing content into the site just to check it out and then we can reset it later. So, I'm going to go to import WordPress. I'm going to choose the file that I have that's dumbing content and do upload file and import. So, now if they go over to the site you can see we have a lot more links here. We have sub-links. We can see what recent post looks like. We can see what all these boxes look like. So, now if I go over to another theme and activate that, I can go back and refresh and I can see exactly what that theme would look like. The great thing about WordPress is that you can add new without doing hardly any work at all. I'm just going to do find theme for that without any tags. Here I can see just tons of themes that I can install at my site. Lets try this one here. So, now once the theme is upload to my site, I can do activate and now I see that it's the current theme. So, if I go over here wow. That is quite a theme. When I'm ready to put in my real content, I can go to this WordPress reset the plug-in that I've installed. I can type reset. Once I reset it, it clears out all the content and everything that I did but if I go back to themes, I still have my theme. I can activate it and be ready for real content. For links and resources I used in this tutorial please visit lucidcrew.com/ehow. This is Warren Cardinal with Lucid Crew Media.

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