WordPress Interview Questions and Answers All Beginners Have to Know

I'll cover WordPress interview questions and answers today

This is kind of long post but these are top questions all WordPress beginners have to know

WordPress interview questions
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So let us begin

1. What is WordPress?

This is one of the top WordPress interview questions

WordPress is CMS (Content Management System)

I know you heard it a lot and you don't want it to hear it from me again as anyone who knows me

I hate saying terms without breaking it into simple English words.

WordPress is a website where from certain back-link (called Back Office)

You can log on and create your website by selecting your design (Theme)

Then add functionality (Plugins) , create your pages and add new posts (blog news)

I can not keep it simple than that.

2. How WordPress actually started?

WordPress started on 2003 by Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg to read more go to About WordPress

3. How much does WordPress cost me?

WordPress is completely free

You may need web hosting and domain name

If you decide to download it (WordPress.org) and host it using your own web hosting

Or use it on WordPress.com with limited features and sub domain

e.g. YourName.WordPress.com

4. How WordPress makes money?

You will never be asked this question during WordPress interview

WordPress makes money by showing ads on their website

Selling their web hosting if you decide to pay for their hosting plans or pay for additional upgrades like hiding their ads.

5. Is WordPress going to stay free?

Yes, it is

6. Do I need any technical or coding skills to build my WordPress site?


This is not a WordPress interview questions – it is for you

No you don't need any technical skills

Everything can be done within the back office area through the dashboard

7. What is a domain?

Domain is the name you give it to your website to be easy to remember

e.g. www.Google.com or Google.com

8. Why there are different domain names?

This is one of WordPress interview questions

Domains are used to differentiate where the internet is going to take you

Remember without domain names people have to type something like 172.18.68.29 to go to domain like facebook.com

That is very hard to remember and that's why we have different domain names

9. What is hosting?

Hosting is also known as Web hosting

It is the space which you rent on a special computer called Web Server to put your website on.

10. How does hosting like Siteground, HostGator or BlueHost work with WordPress?

WordPress works on both Windows and Linux (preferably Linux) server

Which had PHP and MySQL installed

Siteground, HostGator and BlueHost provide these requirements for WordPress to run smoothly.

11. I have an existing hosting (not Siteground, HostGator or BlueHost) can I still use WordPress?

This is one of WordPress interview questions

Yes you can, make sure your web hosting has cPanel and One Click WordPress Installation feature

You don't need to download and extract WordPress from WordPress.org

But with just a click of a button you can install WordPress instantly

You can revise my steps on Process on how to install WordPress

12. Can I use any web hosting company?

Similar to the previous question, you can use any web hosting but since all web hosting prices are very close to each other, make sure you get a web hosting with cPanel and One Click WordPress Installation feature.

13. How do I install WordPress?

Installing WordPress is a long process

It requires a web hosting and a domain name

I suggest you read this post about installing WordPress Process

14. Can I install WordPress on my local computer?

This is one of WordPress interview questions

Yes you can and it is highly recommended to do it

You can get familiar with WordPress without affecting your original WordPress website which is hosted on the web

15. Does WordPress work on Mac OS and Microsoft?

It does not matter if you use Mac OS or Microsoft as you access some websites built by WordPress on a browser like Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, FireFox and Opera.

16. What is the difference between a Post and a Page?

This is one of WordPress interview questions

There are few differences but to mention a significant one

Pages are designed for static changes like About us, Contact us..etc

While posts are designed for blog news or new information for web visitors

You can read more details on difference between posts and pages

17. What is sticky post and how to make a post sticky?

WordPress by default displays all posts on the front page (home page) in descending order for latest post at the top

If you edit a post and click on Stick this post to the front page as shown below

It will always stay on top

WordPress how to make a post sticky

18. Are the WordPress posts and pages easy to edit?

Very easy to edit

Just select All Posts from under Posts menu or All Pages from under Pages menu both are to the left hand side

It will open all posts or pages, if you click on specific post or page

It will be opened in Edit mode.

19. What is a Plugin?

Again I will do my best to break it down to English words

Plugins are components to add extra features missing from WordPress e.g. to highlight words with yellow in posts or pages

I had to install a plugin called Text Highlighter as WordPress editor does not have this feature

20. How can I install a plugin?

Also this is one of WordPress interview questions

Well, if you go to Plugins menu to the left and click on Add New

The Add Plugins screen will show up

You can select your plugins by typing its name or part of it under Keyword text field

For example to search for Yoast SEO

You can type Yoast, SEO or both Yoast SEO

Also you can review post under section installing Yoast SEO

21. What are the essentials plugins to install?

You will not this question in any WordPress interview

You have to keep in mind that there are several types of WordPress plugins that you need to install one

Or may be more in few cases) for each type like Security plugins (Wordfence, Sucuri and many more), Performance Plugins like W3 Total Cache, SEO plugins like Yoast SEO, Backup and Restore pluginslike UpdraftPlus, Analytical plugins like Google analytics, Anti-spam plugins like Akismet Anti-Spam, Social Media Integration

Plugins like Social Warfare, optional plugins depending on your WordPress website needs like eCommerce plugin like WooCommerce and Subscription plugins like Email Subscribers & Newsletters.

For more details on this topic

I recommend you read the essential plugins to install on WordPress starting from point 6 to 13

22. Is there any limitations to the number of plugins on my WordPress?

Again this is WordPress interview questions

No limitiations

But be reasonable

One of each type mentioned above is enough

If you try different plugins to choose the best suitable

Make sure to deactivate unused plugins and it is better to delete the deactivated plugins.

23. What is a Theme?

You may be asked this question during WordPress interview

Theme is a skin for your website

In other words it is the design of how your WordPress site will look like

For example some themes have long header with large logo and one side column to the left/right of your page or you can have both left and right

It all depends on the theme which you choose

Some themes can be customized to choose how you can control your layout (like the column example mentioned earlier.

Anyway choosing your WordPress theme is not the end of the world as you can switch between themes without losing your data (posts/pages).

I have a nice post that helps you on how to choose your theme.

24. How can I install a theme?

The simplest answer to this question is to go to Appearance menu to the left as shown below

wordpress step 1 selecting appearance themes

This will display all the installed themes and you can switch between them

Or if you want to install a new theme

Click on the Upload bottom as shown below and this will display a list of themes to choose from

WordPress click upload to look for new wordpress theme

25. How to choose between free or premium WordPress theme?

I created a long post for this question on how to choose suitable theme for your WordPress website 

Read it and this will answer your question

26. Where to find WordPress themes?

This is not WordPress interview questions but it is for you to know

There are so many places to find suitable theme to buy or use free of charge

I covered them on previous question but to go for free

You can try WordPress.org free themes

27. What is WordPress child theme?

Child themes are special type of themes that only work under parents themes

Not all themes designers websites create this type of theme.

28. When to use WordPress child theme?

This is not a WordPress interview questions

But it is good to know it for your own knowledge

If you plan to customize your theme

Go ahead and update your child theme so any updates that occur to your parent theme will not remove your changes.

29. Can I use 2 or more themes for my WordPress site?

Only one active WordPress theme can be used but you can switch easily between themes

30. Will I lose contents if I switch my WordPress theme to another one?

This is one of the trickiest WordPress interview questions

Simple answer is No

Who told you that

The best thing about WordPress is that the switch of themes can happen with a click of a button.

31. How can I get the WordPress theme which is used on another WordPress site?

There is a website called https://whatwpthemeisthat.com 

It tells you the WordPress theme name and the designer company

32. Is there any limitation in designing your WordPress site?

Currently there are no limitations with WordPress websites

You can create a magazine type, forum, eCommerce site

And whatever you can think of

33. What are categories in WordPress?

This can be one of WordPress interview questions

They are also called Taxonomies (ignore this term for now)

Categories are only used for WordPress posts

It helps a lot in grouping your posts especially if your WordPress site contains hundreds of posts

Your user will not be able to navigate into your WordPress website

But grouping posts by categories will help to see any post under particular category

You can assign posts to one or many category

But there should be one primary category for every post.

34. Are categories available in WordPress posts and pages?

Only in posts, you can read here the complete list of difference between posts and pages.

35. How to add a category to WordPress post?

Open your post

Go to the right hand side under Publish area

You will see Categories area as shown below

Just select your category from the list of categories or add a new category if it is not listed there.

WordPress how to add category to post

Remember you can assign many categories to single post

But you have to select only one category as primary.

Also you can make a category child for another parent category

It all depends on how you structure your WordPress site.

e.g. Parent category is Home Renovations and child category is Kitchen Renovations

36. What are tags in WordPress?

Again tags can only be assigned to posts and not pages

Think about it this way, Category is broader in scope while tags covers narrow scopes, e.g. from our previous example

If Kitchen Renovations is a category and you write a new post under this category then tags can be Counter Tops, Fridges, Ovens..etc

Assuming your new post addresses these topics.

37. Are tags available in WordPress posts and pages?

Tags are only available under posts

You can read more about difference between posts and pages.

38. How to add a tag to WordPress post?

If you open your post

You will find Tags as shown below under Categories and both are on the right hand side.

You can type whatever single word or words that defines the topics that cover your post

There is no limit to the number of tags that can be added to a single post

WordPress how to add tag to post

39. What is parent feature in WordPress?

Parent feature is when you nest a child item under a parent one

You can assign a page under another parent page.

e,g, You can create two pages called Who We Are and Meet Our Team under parent page called About Us

40. Is Parent feature available in WordPress posts and pages?


Parent feature is available under Categories for your WordPress posts or under WordPress pages

Where for the latter you can create a page and assign a parent page to it.

41. How can I add parent feature in WordPress page?

Once you open a page

You can select the parent one if you want to do so

But selecting a page from the drop down page under Parent list as shown below

WordPress how to add page to parent page

42. How can I add navigational menu to my WordPress?

With WordPress menu you can add pages, posts and categories

But it is highly recommended to add only pages as that's why the menu is designed for

Again it is up to you to do whatever you want with your WordPress site

I am not here to teach you the proper thing

I am just stating a fact for menus.

To create a new menu, go to Appearance then sub menu will show up

Move the mouse over to click on the Menus as shown below

WordPress-how-to-select-add-menu

If you don't have any menu created yet then click on the create a new menu link as shown below

Now type your menu name

I always call it by location e.g. footer menu or top menu

Then click on Create Menu bottom to the right hand side as shown below

WordPress add navigational menu name

You will go back to the Menus page

Since you have only one menu created

It will be selected by default under Select a menu to edit 

And from the left hand side you can move pages by selecting their check boxes next to them

WordPress move menu around or create sub menu

Next step is to select the menu position

You have 2 locations Top Navigation with Category Navigation

It will be shown right under the Top Menu and Footer Navigation

WordPress interview questions - how to add navigational menu

Note that when you click on the check box next to Footer Navigation as shown above

This is equivalent to clicking on the Manage Locations and selecting your menus

Where you want them to be displayed as shown below

WordPress interview questions - how to assign navigational menu

43. Does your WordPress site have one admin account only?

No

You can create unlimited number of admin accounts if you are have a group of admin users working together on your WordPress website.

44. Does WordPress come with different account privileges?

Yes, WordPress come by default with Super Admin

Same as Admin in cause of single WordPress site

Super Admin or Admin have access to all features

They can add/remove plugins, widgets, users, themes and everything possible under WordPress they can do.

Editor can create posts and manage/publish their own posts and all other posts.

Author can create and manage/publish their own posts only.

Contributor can create and edit their own posts only but they cannot publish them

Subscriber can only manage their own profile.

45. Can you specify where your newly created post/page goes or will it be added automatically to your blog posts?

When you create a post

It goes by default to the home page at the top as all posts are displayed in chronological order (latest at the top)

And also it gets displayed in the archive when it gets older and new posts push to show on top.

Page scenario is different, pages are not shown unless you display them to users under menu or inside widgets

46. Do you need to have your own images?

Yes you should

Any theme comes by default with its own images

But most of them provide a flexibility to replace few images like for example the header image.

47. Can you decide where to place your images?

Yes in your posts and/or pages

Your images can be left aligned, right aligned or centered

In case of left and right aligned, you can choose to have text next to your images

You can also assign your image to your posts and/or pages as featured image to be shown beside the posts under home page.

48. What Image formats can I use on WordPress?

You can use .JPG, GIF or PNG

49. Is there a limit to the number of inserted images per post or page?

No, you can insert unlimited numbers of images

But be reasonable to the load time for your post or page.

50. Can I change the WordPress Background color and format?

Yes you can

Most of WordPress themes come with a feature to let you do that.

51. How much HTML do I need to know to build my WordPress?

Nothing, you can still work with WordPress with no knowledge at all in HTML

It is highly recommended to know HTML basics as this will help you to fix few things from the Editor tab under posts and/or pages.

52. What is the difference between using HTML and WordPress?

If you are referring to building your website using pure HTML or WordPress then with no single doubt WordPress is super fast when compared to WordPress in terms of the following

These are just few things not the full list

  1. WordPress can add posts/pages online while with HTML you cannot, you have to upload your HTML page using FTP to your web hosting server.
  2. HTML requires lot of testing when creating/adding new pages while with WordPress you just need to write the contents for your posts and/or pages and click on Publish.
  3. Also HTML requires lot of knowledge and effort to design a nice layout while in WordPress you only select a theme to control your website layout.
  4. HTML by itself is not a programming language meaning you cannot design membership site using pure HTML while in WordPress you can design any website you can think of.

53. Can I add a table to posts and/or pages in WordPress?

Yes you can by using any of these 2 options

First option is to code the table directly into the Editor tab under posts and/or pages

The other option is to install a table plugin

You can visit this post to read about tables inside posts and pages

54. Can I add a graphs/charts to posts and/or pages in WordPress?

Yes you can by installing a plugin

Visit this post to read about inserting graphs/charts inside posts and pages

55. How can you add buttons to your WordPress posts and pages?

You can either install a plugin to do that

Or you can insert a button image into your posts and/or pages and treat it like a hyperlink

56. How can I add Blockquote to WordPress posts and pages?

By clicking on the Blockquote icon shown below, this will create a Blockquote like this line.

WordPress interview questions - click on blockquote to create quotes

If you press Enter or Return key in Mac

You will see the Blockquote button still pressed, to stop the Blockquote just click on it again.

There are so many SEO plugins but I am using in my WordPress websites Yoast SEO plugin

58. What are meta-tags and how to add them to WordPress?

By installing ALL META TAGS plugin or by using Yoast SEO

You have to be a premium member

59. Can I add PowerPoint presentation to my WordPress?

By installing any plugin that can do that

You can search for keyword PowerPoint under the Add Plugins adding Google analytics page

You can refer to this example plugin to show you how to add a plugin

But search for keyword PowerPoint

60. Can I add PDF file to my WordPress?

By installing PDF Embedder plugin as an example

Also refer to the question above to see how you can add a plugin

61. Can I add my videos to my WordPress website?

Yes you can but you have to upload your videos to Youtube or Vimeo first

62. How can you add videos to your WordPress?

Go to Youtube website and go down under the video you want to add to your WordPress site

Then click on the Share link and it will display it for you

63. Is WordPress only a blog Platform?

No, who told you that, WordPress is not only a blog platform

But it can be any type of website you want.

64. Can you build all types of websites using WordPress?

WordPress can build any kind of websites from membership to eCommerce to even forum websites

There is no limitation to what you want to achieve but you have to find the right WordPress theme for your website.

65. Can you build a store site using WordPress?

Yes you can by using a store theme and the most import thing to use a plugin like WooCommerce

You have to use a special plugin to let you do that like  WooCommerce

67. Do I have a limit to the maximum number of posts or pages?

No, you can add any number of posts or pages to your WordPress site

68. Is WordPress itself secure?

The short answer is yes

But it requires some education and some amount of work from the site owner

Choosing reliable web hosting can be also a good factor contributing to the WordPress security.

69. How can I improve the security of WordPress?

Simple solution is to start by installing a reliable security plugin(s)

You can read this about installing security plugin

70. How to protect my WordPress from Hackers?

By choosing a very reliable

Well reputable web hosting as a start then installing good security plugin(s)

71. How to add Google analytics to a WordPress Site?

By installing Google Analytics plugin

I have listed here how to install Google Analytics plugin

72. How to add an email subscription form to a WordPress blog?

You have to use email subscription plugin(s) to be able to do that

73. Can I use contact form in WordPress?

Yes you can with the help of plugins

74. How to add a contact corm to a WordPress site?

You have to use contact form plugin(s) to be able to do that

75. Can I build my newsletter list using contact form?

It is not recommended as you cannot send emails to your visitors who contacted you for questions

Or seeking information without their consents

This is called spamming

Using email subscription plugin is the best option assuming you are a member of email marketing system to automate sending your newsletter or broadcasting messages

76. How to start selling products on a WordPress site?

By choosing the right theme

e.g. store theme and using the right eCommerce plugin like WooCommerce

Nobody will ask you this question during WordPress interview

77. How to integrate social media into a WordPress site?

By installing social media plugin to help visitors share pages and posts on your WordPress site

By using a professional plugin or by using the built in create gallery feature under media.

Under your post or page

Click on Add Media on top of the screen as shown below

WordPress interview questions - click on add media

Then select all your images as this will enable Create a new gallery button

WordPress interview questions on how to create new gallery under media

79. How to speed up WordPress site if it loads slowly?

This question may be asked in WordPress interview

Start with good web hosting company

Then install caching plugin like W3 Total Cache then Cloudflare.com 

The free plan is enough for you then use plugin(s) to optimize database and clean up unused revisions, spam comments,trashed comments ..etc

You can also deactivate and delete unused plugins.

80. Can you add search terms to my WordPress site for the internet searches?

You will need to add the meta keywords and descriptions to all your posts and pages

Which you want Google to index and these are HTML tags so to be able to do that you have to install a plugin called SEO Yoast

If you think one of some of your posts which you completely composed by yourself are copied to another site

I suggest you read about WordPress copyrights under Prevent Content Theft

82. Can you transfer your already created blog site under Blogger to WordPress?

Nobody will ask you this question during WordPress interview

Yes you can

Assuming you have your WordPress website already installed

Export your Blogger under Settings > Other then import Blogger to WordPress under Tools > Import under WordPress Dashboard.

83. Why WordPress is better than TypePad?

For so many reason

I will mention 2 important reasons, first TypePad is limited to blogging

While with WordPress you can build all types of websites

WordPress is completely free while TypePad has price plans

84. How hard is it to switch your existing website to WordPress while keeping the same domain?

You may get this question in WordPress interview

Not hard if you followed the steps below

  • First start by installing WordPress on your hosting account (read about how to use control panel URLs on Siteground)
  • If you install your WordPress under your desired folder which is named like your domain name, I assume you have to rename your existing website (if hosted on same web hosting) and you have a copy of data offline
  • Copy your existing data from your old website like pages and create posts if you need to
  • Disconnect your domain name from existing old website to your web hosting account (I don't have this step explained enough but you can read the step below and go to Namecheap.com and replace the existing DNS with the new one )
  • Follow the steps to do the linking of your hosting account with your domain name (replace the existing DNS to complete the delinking process)

85. Is maintaining your WordPress site hard for beginners?

Not really – nobody will ask you this question in WordPress interview

With the help of certain plugins like security plugin to protect your WordPress site and performance plugin to boost your WordPress 

Plus also using plugins to backup your WordPress regularly you should be in a good position

86. Should I always upgrade my WordPress site when prompted?


Yes but wait

Don't update before you make sure that you have followed all the required measures of backing up your WordPress and testing your updates on local PC or mirrored website (dummy website for testing – usually not indexed by Google)

I have a detailed 3 series posts on how to update WordPress safely

87. Can I build a non-English WordPress site?

Yes you can with the help of few plugins like a plugin called Polylang

88. How can I translate my WordPress site?

You will not get this question in WordPress interview

There is a plugin called Polylang in case you install it

It will display the list of strings on your WordPress to be translated

It does not do the translation for you

But at least it will list all required fields like site title and description with blank field

Under the foreign language of your choice to be able to write the translated phrase for each one

89. Can I use images from Google search in my WordPress site?

I know that every WordPress website requires images

Especially if you are writing posts regularly

But copying images from Google is against the copyright law

It is called Copyright Infringement

You can use few images in your post if you add a hyperlink text of their sources with the name of their websites

I do it sometimes to show my gratitude to the source website by offering a back link to his/her website

90. Where do I find images for my WordPress site?

This is not WordPress interview questions

This WordPress question for you

There are so many websites offering free images

just search on search engines like Google on “free images” or “free pictures” one of them is called Pexels.com 

just make sure that image you are about to load is free as some images have watermarks

You can not download and you them

91. How can I backup my WordPress site?

There are so many plugins to help you do that

One of them which I currently use is UpdraftPlus 

I have a long post but I will share here only the part of uploading your backup to Google Drive using UpdraftPlus

92. How can I drive traffic to my WordPress site?

This is a big question that can be answered by a complete website

Simple answer is advertise by using social media, drive traffic to your website by writing more posts that can rank on search engines with the help of paying attention to the on page SEO..etc

93. How can I make money from my WordPress site?

This is not WordPress interview questions

But it is good to know it

Well, there are so many ways

One of them is by using Google Adsense or any other pay per click advertisement

You get paid if visitors click on the ads displayed on your website

Also listing affiliate products and get paid commissions

If visitors buy the recommended products from your website

Also selling AD space to others for fixed price..etc

94. How to fix WordPress white screen of death after installing a plugin?

The quickest way is to connect to your WordPress website using the FTP and rename your plugins folder to plugins-old

Then log on to WordPress dashboard to investigate

But again using the FTP and rename your plugins-old folder to plugins

Now all plugins are deactivated, activate one by one and see which plugin(s) is/are causing the white screen issue.

For a detailed steps follow this link on how to fix WordPress white screen of death

95. How can I create a mobile WordPress site?

I believe this question used to be one of the WordPress interview questions

You have to use responsive theme

Responsive theme means that it can be loaded on all different screens without the need to enlarge or scroll right and left to read the text on the web page.

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