Share a walkthrough of setting up a WordPress site

A really powerful way to share your experiences using WordPress, is to actually show us how you use it to build sites. As the Editor and Customizer teams start working on researching and designing better experiences for core, now is a great time to share examples of how you use them in your day-to-day work.

So, what does that mean?

Please walk us through your process of setting up a new WordPress site. I’d suggest is to pick a subject — for example, today I’m going to redesign my blog, or I’m going to build a website for a local restaurant — and then walk through the setup process, from installing WordPress, to picking a theme, to setting up some pages and writing some blog posts, to completing something you’d feel comfortable launching.

As you do your walkthrough, be sure to take notes about your experience and keep a list of any bugs you encounter.

Once you’ve reported back from your own experience, asking someone else such as a friend, family member, a coworker, and even a client would also be helpful. For some useful pointers as to how to run user tests, you can check out this handbook link.

What format is useful?

How you report your walkthrough is truly up to you.The important thing is to feel comfortable with what you share. Here are some suggestions:

  • Video (with or without audio)
    • If you do a video with audio, please also create a transcript. If you do a video without audio, feel free to just highlight the biggest pain points, “gotcha!” moments, and bugs. You can post your video to Youtube, or upload it somewhere like Cloudup or CloudApp to share.
  • Screenshots
    • You can do a series of screenshots. With each screenshot, add a caption or comment about what you’re doing, along with any highlights or observations.
  • Text
    • If you’re not comfortable or capable of doing video or screenshots, it’s also okay to just post your observations via text. Lots of times when I’m casually testing a feature, I’ll write some freeform, stream-of-conscious style notes. These are good for capturing your state of mind while you’re working and revealing particularly frustrating moments.

However you decide to do your walkthrough, please post your results here as a comment. If you’re comfortable submitting bugs you find to Trac, add those tickets to your comments. Otherwise, describe the bug you encountered and we’ll create a ticket for you.

Thanks!

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(Thanks to @karmatosed for getting the draft for this started!)