Now that we have you convinced that WordPress is for you (check out this post if you are still on the fence), I think it is time to give you a quick WordPress tour. There can be a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to WordPress, but it has such powerful capabilities that it is worth learning. So, let’s get to the WordPress tour.
You will login to wordpress on a screen that looks like this.
Once you login, you will be taken to your WordPress dashboard. I like to think that it is a big work book. Your table of contents is the sidebar to the left and your work space is in the middle. The middle screen will change depending on what you are working on. The sidebar allows you to navigate around to the different parts of your site that you will work on.
The most important parts of your sidebar are your pages and posts. Pages are permanent pages you have on your site like your “About Me” page. Posts are blog posts that you create. They are posted in chronological order so that the most recent post will show up first. In this post, I will walk you through how to create a post.
To create a new post:
- Hover over “posts”
- Click on “add new”
You will be taken to your post page. Notice that the side bar stays where it is, but your workspace changes to your post page.
3. Enter the blog post title in the “title” bar. Whatever you write in your title will automatically be used in your web address for that specific blog post. You will see the permalink automatically generate after you write your title.
4. Write your blog post content.
You can add links to your text by highlighting the text you want to link and click on the link icon.
You can bold or italicize your writing, cross out text and add bullet points.
You can change the size by clicking the “paragraph” drop down, or underline or change text color.
If you want to see less of the text options, click this button, or if you don’t see all of the above options, click this button.
You can adjust alignment.
And spell check.
5. Add media. All blog posts need media (pictures, videos, graphics, etc…) Click on add media, then upload files to find a file on your computer to use.
6. Once your file is uploaded, you can change the file name, orientation on the page (left, center, right), the size of the picture, alt text (I’ll explain that one in a later tutorial) and you can link your picture to another page or website if you want. Once you have made all of those adjustments, insert media file into post by clicking the blue button.
Now your picture will be seen in your post. You can always edit how your picture is seen by clicking on the picture and choosing the pencil icon to edit.
Repeat these steps with all of the pictures that you want to use for your post. Once you are ready to post, you will need to do a few more steps.
7. Choosing your categories and tags. What are categories and tags?
Categories are meant for broad grouping of your posts. Think of these as general topics or the table of contents for your site.
Tags are meant to describe specific details of your posts. Think of these as your site’s index words.
So let’s say you are a food blogger and you post a recipe for chocolate cake. Your category would be “desserts” and “baking” but your tags would be “chocolate”, “cake”, “icing”.
Another difference is that you are required to choose a category, but you are not required to add any tags.
8. Set a featured image. Setting a featured image allows you to choose which image in your post you will want to have featured when you or others share your post.
9. Next, post. You can schedule your post to publish immediately, sometime in the future or you can post date it to have it show that it was posted in the past.
10. Click publish.
You did it! You have created your first post. You are well on your way to getting this wordpress site figured out. We are cheering you on!