This WordPress tutorial will help you login and use your new WordPress blog for the first time. This post is for those that have already had WordPress installed and the software is ready to use. This post is also for WordPress users who have a webmaster to handle the plugins and templates so I will only go over how to post and the necessary actions related to that.
First, begin by going to the login page. If you are not sure where that page is, check with your site host or designer. Usually, WordPress can be accessed through the wp-admin page. Once you are there, login with the password and username given by the person who set up the blog.
WordPress Login page
Once you login you will go to the dashboard. Here is where the heart of your blog resides. In the
dashboard you can
update posts, add links, approve/spam comments and edit settings.
To the left of the dashboard you will see a column of options including “Posts,” “Media,” “Links,” etc…
You will be focused on the top half of this column. Everything from “Appearance” and down you will not need to touch as this is mostly back end stuff.
WordPress Tutorial: How to Make Your First Post
So begin by clicking on the “Posts” link in the far left. A drop down will appear with more options and a “Edit Posts” window will open to the right. They will include “Edit,” “Add New,”
“Post Tags,” and “Categories.”
Click on “Add New” to begin a new post [circled in red to the left].
Here a blank post will appear. I have highlighted in red the important areas.
The post requires a title, at the top, which will become part of the URL for the post so be sure to use strong and simple headline for your post. An example might be “Top 10 Ways to Clip Coupons” which stands out and looks good to someone searching through Google for similar material. Overall, the post may look a little intimidating to first time users but it’s really easy to use and if you have every used Microsoft Word or Outlook you’ll immediately recognize the editing features between the Post Content and Title such as ‘bold,’ ‘italics,’ etc….
For the most part you can hover your mouse over any icon and it will give a quick description of what that
Write the content for you post in the “Post Content” area and if you would like to add images click on the small box icon to the right of the “Upload/Insert” text below the Title. A new window will appear asking where the image is you would like to add. The best way is to find your image for the source, download it to your computer where you can easily find it like the Desktop or My Pictures. Then navigate the WordPress to that image, upload it, and insert it into your post.
Wordpress add image
Begin this by clicking the “Add an Image” icon mentioned [just under the title, to the right of the "Upload/Insert." A window will pop up. It will say "Add media files from your computer. Click "Select Files" and find the image on your computer. Select the image from the pop-up window and select "Open" to let WordPress retrieve the image. It will then load and options will appear next to a thumbnail of the image [see below]
Word Press Add Image
You may fill in the title, caption, and
description as you like. Select the alignment [left, center, right] where you would like the image to appear and select the size you want the image. When you are done, click “Insert into post” and the window will close and the image will appear in the post. If the window does not close, you probably clicked “Save all changes” instead. Simply go to the “Media Library” tab at the top and select the image again and “Insert into Post.”
Once you have your
text and image you may be ready to post. To the right of the area you’ll see the publish options. You can “Save Draft” and work on it later or “Preview” the post you have been working on. This Preview will open in a new window for you to look at.
Before you “Publish” be sure to add the “Post Tags” to the post. These are bullet points that the search engines see. So be sure to add a
few tags to help
the search engines find you. For example, if you wrote a post on “Top 10 Hotels in Knoxville” you could tag this post with terms like Knoxville Hotels or Knoxville Vacations. Try to keep the tags similar to the content of your post so your post doesn’t look like spam to Google.
Select your category if you have multiple categories listed. Your want to keep the categories very simple and try not to have to many. Categories are good if you write about a few different things so visitors can easily access all posts in that category. For example, you may have a few posts about local bands. Put this under a “Music” category. You may have a few posts about the local sports clubs in town. Put those under “Sports.”
This allows for your visitors to easily access posts only about those categories for easy reading.
When you are done with the post, click the “Publish” button and the post is now live. You can always go back and edit the post if you find you have made a mistake.