Blogging Tips: WordPress Basics

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I used to do personalized tutorials on blogging and social media, but I was on the phone so many hours I almost pulled my hair out. in the interest of saving time and helping more moms with their blogs, I’ve decided to publish tips.

 

Here’s how to get started with WordPress.

Assuming you already have WordPress installed, here are the basics.

1. WHERE TO LOG IN? After your domain name, type /wp-login.  This is the WordPress login page for the administrator, which is you. It looks like this:  http://yourwebsite.com/wp-login

2. DASHBOARD When you log in, you will be on the “Dashboard.” This is your administration page where you set up your blog, modify features, customize the design, and of course write everything!

 

3. PAGES and POSTS

Pages” are for information that doesn’t change much. The page is always there and there is a link to it on the menu.

“Posts” are like articles or blogs – there’s always a new one coming and pushing the previous article down the list.

You will find both on the left toolbar in the Dashboard.

Jetpack – click on it to see all the cool features in there. You don’t have to use anything in there if you don’t want to.

Posts – click to see your posts or add a new post.

Links - add links here. WordPress calls it a Blogroll. You can change the name of Blogroll to something else like Links, My Favorite Sites, or whatever.

Pages – click to see or modify pages here.

Comments - if someone has commented you will see it here. You can delete them here too.

Plugins – you can search for new plugins to add lots more features and functions to your site. Click “add new” and then click on the tags underneath that to see what I mean. This is the main reason I love WordPress now.

Users - if people sign up to your site they are Users.

Tools – Here is where you can Export the contents of your blog. It’ll download to your desktop. You can then use the Import tool to upload that file of all your postings to another WordPress site.

Settings - This is where you can change the name of your blog, your tagline, your user permissions and lots of other things. If you add a new plugin, you will usually see it under Settings where you can manage it.

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3. PAGES

To add a new page, go to Pages in the side toolbar. Click Add New. The top line is for the title of the page – best to keep it short. The big text box is for the content obviously.

If you want to change content on a page, click on Pages and you will see a list of pages. Mouse over the name of the page and underneath you will see “Edit.”  Click edit and you can write in the big box there. Save it by clicking the blue UPDATE button on the right.

4. ADDING PHOTOS

See the words Upload/Insert  ?  When you see that in your dashboard, you can mouse over the icons to the right of that to see what they are. The first box is for pictures.  Click it.  It’ll give you a browse button so you can upload something from your computer.  After you upload it, you will have to choose “Insert in Post.”  Be sure to update your page afterward.

Editing Bar: The row of boxes below Upload/Insert that are the standard buttons you need to edit your articles. B = Bold (highlight the text and click B).  I is for italicize, etc. The blue quotation mark – ” – in the editing toolbar is the button you need to make a small section of text into a quote. For example, I am going to highlight this whole section that I wrote here, then I will click the Quotation button on my page right now, and it will turn all of this into a quote so you can see what it looks like. Here goes:

Editing Bar: The row of boxes below Upload/Insert that are the standard buttons you need to edit your articles. B = Bold (highlight the text and click B).  I is for italicize, etc. The blue quotation mark – ” – in the editing toolbar is the button you need to make a small section of text into a quote. For example, I am going to highlight this whole section that I wrote here, then I will click the Quotation button on my page right now, and it will turn all of this into a quote so you can see what it looks like. Here goes:

5. LINKS

There is a button that looks link a link in a chain. It’s grayed out and does nothing.  However, when you highlight text, that button will become active. Click on it to make your words go to a link. The text in the page will then become an active link and look like this. If you click the active link, you will see where I linked it to. It’s the same as saying – To visit my web site, CLICK HERE.

 

6. Last button in the editing bar – Kitchen Sink

The far right in the editing toolbar is called the Kitchen Sink. If you click on that, it will show you extra features you can use to format your articles.

 

Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually really fun. Start with that and when you hit a glitch ask me questions, and I will go into more detail as we go along.


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