How to make your first WordPress post

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Last updated on April 16, 2012 | Print | Bookmark

Here are some quick instructions to introduce you to your WordPress blog. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact our office.

Login

There are two ways to log in:

  1. Go to your website's administrative login page, which will be located at http://www.yourdomain.com/login . The login page for your blog will be linked there.
  2. Alternatively, you can go directly to http://www.yourdomain.com/blog/wp-login.php (replace "www.yourdomain.com" with your website address).

Log in using your username and the password that was emailed to you.

To change your password once you've logged in, click on Users in the main left-hand menu, and then "Your Profile".

Make a New Post

You'll be brought to your WordPress admin page. To make a new post, go to the main left-hand menu, click on Posts, and then "Add New".

A new post page will come up. Enter a title for your post, and start typing it in the main box in the middle. The small icons at the top of the box are for formatting, and work similarly to the ones in Word and Microsoft Office. Play around with them and see what they do. (If you need hints, you can hold your mouse pointer over an icon without clicking. A little box should then appear saying what that icon is.)

To add pictures, video, or music, you have to choose one of the four icons next to "Upload/Insert", right below the title box. The first is for pictures, the second is for video, the third is for music, and the fourth is for all.

The Excerpt box is where you put a short summary of your article. It's used when your WordPress layout lists articles in short form (eg. a short blurb and then a "Read More..." link). If you write an excerpt, that excerpt will be used as the blurb. If you don't write an excerpt, WordPress will automatically use the first few sentences of your post as the blurb. (Note: not all layout types have an Excerpt box.)

If you have Send Trackbacks or Custom Fields boxes, simply leave them alone. You shouldn't need to use them.

The Discussion box is for specifying whether you want to allow people to comment on your post.

If you have your WordPress hooked up to your Twitter account, the WordTwit Management box tells you whether your post has been successfully tweeted. New posts will be marked as "Not Tweeted" until you publish them.

The Post Tags box is for adding keywords to your posts, like "real estate", "news", "victoria", "VREB", "local business", "Canadian politics", etc. etc. Add as many as you like. Tags that are used frequently in your posts will appear largest in the tag cloud on your blog (thereby making them more visible).

The Categories box is for putting your posts into different categories. Most posts only have a few categories, but a lot of tags. For instance, a post might only have "News" for a category, but it might also have the tags "Canadian politics", "Stephen Harper", "G8 Summit", and "Rick Mercer". Any posts that don't have a category will automatically be marked as "Uncategorized".

  • You can also create hierarchies for categories -- that means a (child) category can go inside another (parent) category. For instance, "News" could be a category, and then "Canadian" and "World" could be two more categories inside of "News". You can do this by going to the main left-hand menu and clicking Posts, and then "Categories".

The Publish box is where you set your publishing options:

  • If you want to save your post and finish it later, click Save Draft.
  • If you want to know what your post looks like before you publish it, click Preview.
  • If you wanted to create a post and review it later (or have someone else review it), set the Status from "Draft" to "Pending Review".
  • The Visibility can be set to "Public" (everyone can see it), "Password protected" (only people who know the post's password can see it), or "Private" (only you can see it).
  • You can set the Publish date to publish on its own in the future, or you can turn back the date to make it look like the post was published last month (or whatever you'd like).

To view all of your already published posts, as well as all of your drafts, go to the main left-hand menu, click on Posts, and then "Posts".

Comments

You can manage comments to your posts by going to the main left-hand menu and clicking on Comments. Anybody trying to post a comment must be approved by you at least once before the comments will show up. Currently, if you approve one comment for a user/email address, all future comments from that person will automatically go through. You can change this by going to the left-hand menu and clicking Settings and then "Discussion", and changing the "Before a comment appears" checkboxes. (If neither checkbox is checked, all comments will automatically go through without you having to approve them.)

Comments waiting for your approval will be emailed to you, and will also show up when you first log into WordPress.

That's all!

Those are the basics! There are a few WordPress tutorials here that might also help:

Wordpress Codex: Writing Posts
WordPress Codex: WordPress Lessons

Happy blogging!

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