Using WordPress is a great way to create and maintain a blog. Not only does it work for amateurs, but many prominent websites use WordPress as their back end (meaning the technical parts of a website that you don’t see when you go to them). However, it can be a little tricky to get the hang of using the WordPress dashboard if you’re starting a blog for the first time. That’s why I’d like to take you through the basic steps of posting something onto a WordPress blog
When you first log in, this is what you usually see.
If you want to create a post from here, it’s easy. Just click “New Post” on the right and you’ll be taken here:
We tend to stick to text posts and embed the photos and videos we’d like you to see, but if you just want to post a photo, link, or video without much commentary, you might want to try one of those formats as well. If you click “text,” however, you’ll be taken here.
Now, this is a very, very basic text post editor. For example, there’s no way for you to switch to HTML and embed videos, and you can’t schedule your posts for specific times from here. If you want to just bang out an easy post and push it live immediately, though, then this is pretty handy
If you’re looking for a text post editor that has more tools for you to use, then here’s where you go. Click “My Blogs” on the top toolbar, and you’ll be taken here:
This is a list of the blogs I work on – my personal one and BookWorks. Note that you can see how many posts, comments, and pages you have for each blog, as well as an easy way to check statistics or change your blog’s appearance. To get to that text post editor I mentioned, click on “Blog Admin.” You’ll be taken to the “dashboard” of the site, which has all the tools you could possibly need.
You’ll want to go to the Posts part of the toolbar here:
That will take you here:
Much more complicated than the last editor, right? But there are also places here where you can edit categories, schedule posts so that they publish automatically at a particular time, add polls or contact forms. categories, and all kinds of great tools. I usually always write my posts here because it’s easy to save drafts as well.
Now that you know how to add a post on WordPress, maybe you’ll want to create your own personal writing blog, or a blog filled with news of your latest book!