It’s an exciting day when you are ready to write your first post on your new website! Every great journey starts with the first step. I’m going to walk you through how to add new content to your blog on your WordPress website.
There’s a difference between posts and pages as I’ve pointed out previously yet the process of adding content to posts and pages is very similar. To keep things simple, let’s start with a post.
Some still get confused thinking a blog and a website are two different entities. They were in the days before WordPress became so popular and easy to use… when websites were created using complicated software, languages or code. Nowadays your blog is an integrated part of your WordPress website.
Your pages have your evergreen (or static or seldom changed) content and your blog is where your fresh content is organized via your posts and categories.
Your posts appear on your site in chronological order so your readers will find your most recent one first.
Your categories organize your posts so your readers can find what they are looking for easily and, I’ve read, also help the search engines. As you write more and more posts, you’ll see the importance and value of organizing your posts into their relevant categories.
Think of your blog like a library: all the books on dolphins will be on the one shelf and all the books on sharks will be on another shelf. The same principle works on your website: all your posts on leadership will be placed in one category and all your posts on public speaking in another. Unlike a library though, your post can be placed in more than one category. For example, if your post was about public speaking for leaders… you get the idea.
Some like to write their posts directly in the WordPress dashboard of their website and others prefer to write their post in a word processor and copy and paste into WordPress.
To create your post, go to Posts (in the left column of your Dashboard) and Add New and you’ll get to WordPress Visual Editor. You can start writing or, if you’ve written your post elsewhere, just copy and paste.
Tip: If you are copy and pasting from a Microsoft program, use the Paste Text from Word button.
If you mouse over the buttons in the Visual Editor, you see a description of what each button does. Or take a look at the graphic of the WordPress Visual Editor below:
You can format your post using the Visual Editor. A few pointers:
1. The button known as the Kitchen Sink, when clicked, will reveal or hide the row below.
2. The Text Style window has a drop down and this is where you’ll find the H tags or Heading tags. It’s a good idea to decide on a style for your posts and keep it consist through out your website. Heading 1 through to Heading 6 – in most themes headings within a post or page will start at Heading 2 or 3 (H2 or H3 tags), going down to H6. The higher the value, the more important a search engine will consider it, but remember that H1 is usually reserved for the site title at the top of the page, and H2 for the post or page’s title. I usually use the H3 tag for sub headings.
3. Use Bold and Italic in moderation. (Unless, like I’m using in this post, their use makes your content clearer.) Your most important consideration always – keep asking yourself – am I expressing myself clearly?
4. Save your work as you go using Save Draft in the top right column. When you are ready to post click on the Publish button. Once you have published you can always go back and edit to make changes.
5. Read your post back to yourself out loud. Are you writing as you speak? Have you found all the typos?
Don’t want to overwhelm you as your get started with your first post. So will leave you to dive in and start sharing your knowledge and expertise with your readers. More tips and tactics on posting coming up in future posts. Keep focused on the value of the content you are giving to your community. You will master these steps quickly the more you do them. Happy blogging!