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When you’ve done it once – and you do it often enough – posting to WordPress is easy…

But what if you’ve never done it before? What if you’ve got a brand new blog and you’re not so hot on a computer? What if your web designer didn’t offer you any instructions about how to post? Nobody should be thrown into the WordPress deep end and be expected to know how to dive for a quarter right away.

I’m a list-maker, an instruction nut, and freakishly organized.  In every job I’ve ever had, I’ve always written out a detailed bible – instructions and how-tos that are not so much for me, but for possibly that next person who comes along, or for my boss who has zero idea of exactly how much I do all day and what it takes to do that seemingly simple task.

That’s a hypothetical boss, by the way. (See Unwritten Rule #1: Do NOT diss your boss in your blog.)

Since I started designing more and more WordPress installations, I found that not only were instructions welcomed as a helpful tool, but absolutely necessary in some cases, so, I decided that customized WP instructions should be SOP for every blog I design.

Are there other instructions out there? Oh yah, you betcha. But you can never have too many sources of instructions.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.  My instructions are tailored to my clients and are therefore geared toward my designs which may include references to a particular plug-in, widget or style – but I’ve removed most of those for this post.  So, in a nutshell, here are step-by-step, basic instructions for posting to your WordPress blog.  Enjoy!

  1. (Previously Unwritten) Do NOT diss your boss (unless yours is a blog about dissing your boss or if you are prepared to live with the consequences.)
  2. A blog should be updated frequently to be effective. 
  3. Update with relevant content.
  4. Write articles that people will find informative and/or entertaining.
  5. Use keywords.
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Familiarize Yourself with the Dashboard 

  1. When you first login, you will find your “Dashboard” – the main administrative page.
    1. You can always get back here by clicking on the Dashboard link up at the top in the left side navigation.
    2. The navigation (menu) running down the left side will always be there.
    3. From here, you will access links to write and edit blog entries, approve, delete or edit comments and generally administer to the blog.
  2. The Dashboard shows your comments, posts, etc.  at a glance when you first log in.
    1. By default, comments do not require your approval before they show up.  If you have received any comments, they will show up in the dashboard.
      1. This can be altered in Settings>>Discussion
    2. To access comments, click on the Comments on the left hand navigation and it will show the full comment.  Hover your mouse over the comment and you see options to approve, mark as spam, delete (if it’s pornographic or a comment that shouldn’t be there) edit, reply, etc.
  3. Clicking Posts on the left hand navigation will show you your current posts.
    1. If you hover your mouse over the title of the post, it brings up a little menu that will allow you to edit, delete, or view/preview what it looks like to the viewer.

To Write a New Post 

  1. From the Dashboard, click on Posts, Add New from the left hand navigation.
  2. This takes you to a page to write the message (Add New Post.)  You can save it as a draft (a working copy – see right hand menu under “Publish”) and change it as much as you like – just select the message again and click edit.
    1. It is sometimes advisable to write your post offline  in a Word document and then simply copy and paste into the Post window.   You can then edit in the post window as you like.
    2. From that “add new post” page, you can write, paste from word, upload images
  3. FIRST, add a title to your post where it says “Enter title here”
    1. Write your post
    2. It will automatically and continually be saved as a draft.
    3. You may click PREVIEW to see what it looks like to the public.
    4. Select (tick the box next to) the category or categories most appropriate for the post.  (Right hand side under the publish sections.)
    5. Add tags, if any
    6. If you don’t select a category, it will go into your default category. You can edit this at any time.
    7. When you are happy with what you’ve written, click Publish in the right hand section.
    8. If you wish to add an image to the post, continue to step.
  4. Uploading Images
    1. On the ADD NEW POST page, just to the right of where it says “Upload/Insert” click the first icon.  This will bring up a window where you can browse and Select Files from your computer for the image you want to use.
      1. Restrict file types to standard jpg, png, gif, etc. Convert and resize before uploading to the blog.
      2. When it finishes uploading, that window will fill with the image info, allow you to caption it, title it, add alternate text for search engines.
      3. In the “Link URL” section, you can click NONE unless you want the inserted image to link to the full size or someplace else.
      4. The Alignment section let’s you pick where in the post it will be inserted.
        • Inserting pictures aligned left or right allows text in the post to wrap around the picture. This is often much more attractive than just inserting above or below text.
      5. The Size section lets you add just a thumbnail size, medium or full size.  If you’ve already cropped it and sized it to be a simple thumbnail on the page, it can remain full size.
        • (It is because of the size and alignment sections that previewing your post comes in handy.)
      6. When done with these first settings, click Insert into Post.
    2. Now back in the Add New Post screen, you will want to preview and adjust as necessary (right hand side of screen under Publish).
    3. If you are satisfied with the look of the post, Publish and you are done.
  5. If you want to adjust the image…
    1. Click on the image in the Add New Post screen.
    2. Click the pencil icon
      1. Adjust the settings as required
        • Click Update at the bottom of this window when you are done.

That covers the basics of getting a post online along. Beyond the basics, WordPress and its contributors offer a multitude of plugins, widgets and templates which have their own sets of rules and how tos.

Up next: How to bone a duck.  😉

One comment on “WordPress Posting How-To

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