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Basic Wordpress Customization For Beginners Part 1: Posting

a multi-part series of posts that will guide you through basic WordPress blog customization. Here at part 1, I will guide you on how to post on and how to customize your post on your newly installed WordPress blog.


This is a blog post for people who have read and followed the instructions on previous post: " How to make free website(for beginners) - Hosted Wordpress on x10 " or for beginners who have just had installed WordPress but has little idea how to use it.

This will be a multi-part series of posts that will guide you through basic WordPress blog customization. Here at part 1, I will guide you on how to post on and how to customize your post on your newly installed WordPress blog.

Logging in

Click on the  Login link  that you will see in your Wordpress website after you install it

login-on-wordpress-frontpage-2013

You will be taken to WordPress blog login page , login using the username and password you submitted during the softalicious installation.

wordpress-login


After you have successfully logged in, you will be redirected to the Dashboard page.

The WordPress Dashboard

wordpress-dashboard-new

The page you see after logging in is called the dashboard. Dashboard is a general term for a page containing comprehensive significant: data, commands and menus, for an application. Dashboards are usually the first page or the main page of applications.

In your WordPress blog's Dashboard, you can see the general current statistics of your sites like number of posts, comments and pages, and the recent comments for your blog.

Other Sections of the page

On the left side of the page is the menu sidebar, you will see there the links for different administrative pages.

On the top of the page you will also find a dark gray bar called the admin bar.

The Admin Bar

admin-bar

After logging in as admin, you will see the admin bar on the top of the page(where ever you are on your Wordpress blog) . The admin bar contains link to Wordpress(WordPress logo), My Blog(your blog's homepage).

(Homepage  is the main page of a website, for Wordpress, the homepage lists all latests posts of your blog[by default].)

You can also see on the right side of admin bar,  Howdy, admin(or your username) and when you put your mouse over it, you will see the options for your account, specially the Log out link.

(Sometimes the admin bar also contains update and comments notifications.)

The "New" menu beside the "My Blog" link contains the menu for adding new contents on your WordPress website/blog.

New Blog Post

A blog post is an article with a publish date; Usually the date/time a blog post is published is significant, like an article about news, a diary-like log or anything of your interest like photos of your pets or your vacation.

To create a new post on your Wordpress blog, look in the admin bar and click on "New" on the  (this will also show a dropdown selection but ignore it, just click).

You will be redirected to the blog post editor page that looks something like the figure below. Now let's try creating a post:

click on the title input and type "Trying out WordPress" or your own title.

Then on the content box type the following(see figure below):

Hi I'm new here and this is my first blog post.

Then click Save Draft then click Preview.

Try post: title, content, save draft and publish

After clicking preview, the browser will open a new tab or window, and you will see the preview of the page of your post:

Post Preview: Title and Content

Through Preview you will see what the page of your post will look like if you publish it on that moment, but the public won't be able to see it yet unless they are logged in as an admin/user like you.

Category and Tags

Now let's add more information to your post like Categories and Tags.

categories and  tags   are almost synonymous, they are both used in grouping related posts.

But the main difference of categories and tags is that categories are used to group larger group of posts.

While tags can be a label for just a few or just 1 post.

Categories are usually constantly used and permanent, while tags are somehow kinda disposable.

Adding/Changing the Category

To add category to your post, go back to the previous tab where you were editing your post.

On the right side you will see boxes and one of this boxes is for the Categories

(see figure below)

Click on the category and add new category named "tests". Meaning it is a post on category test, and we plan to use this category for future test posts.

Now, you don't want it to be on 2 categories, specially if the other category is "Uncategorized" because that will be not-so-smart looking and it is categorized already so it shouldn't be on "Uncategorized" . So uncheck "Uncategorized" by clicking on it.

Post new category

Adding Tags

To add tags, click on the tag input and type "trying out, introduction" and press enter. (see figure below)

It will then be separated to 2 tags instead of 1, because of the comma. You can also still add new tags after, without overwriting the first tags you've entered.

Post: New Tags

This means we want to group this post with posts with tags "trying out" and "introduction", but there's only gonna be slight chance there are such posts.

For example, we want to be able to find this post when we search for "introduction", but it'll probably be the only one.

if you accidentally added some wrong tags, you can delete tags by clicking the (X) icon beside tag you want to delete.

 

Now add more to your post by adding some text on the post content.

Styling

Post: Formatting

Add more content to the post by adding info about yourself.

Also, try editing the style your post content by using the formatting buttons above the content box. Like the "Bold", "Italize" or make bullets, like what you do on a Microsoft Word document, but make sure you keep it neat and clean so that it is easy to read

Here's some sample formatting (bullet list,:

  • Bullet list, Bold Italize  Strikethrough
  • 2nd item
    1. Numbered list

Here's a block quote:

A sample quote is  easily wrote ¶ Someone

 

After editing click save draft again and click preview so you can review your post for any errors or rooms for improvement.

Publishing your Post

When you are done adding information on your post and you're ready for it to be publicly visible, you can "Publish" your blog post .

(Note: there's a very small chance that someone will visit a new blog from Search Engines, so don't be shy or expect)

To publish your blog post, click Publish

Post: Publish

After the loading you will see a success message box with message:

Post published. View Post

Click View Post so you can see your published blog post.
Post: View Post

Post: Published View
Now you will see the category and the formatted content. Some themes show the tags too.

(WordPress themes are to be discussed in the future)

Viewing your post after publishing will be your chance to review it, and correct last minute errors.

The post will now be recorded by Search Engines like Google, so if someone is searching for something related to a post from your blog, there is a chance for your post to be listed on their search results.

 

Here's an example

Post: Listed On Search Engine Result
In the figure above, my post about a wireless keyboard of Logitech ranks #1 (aside from video results) when a user searches for "MK-250 review". Probably because I'm one of the few that ever reviewed that thing and made a blog post of tje review.

Now, one of the main key to ranking good at search engines such as Google is making good content that contains words, that you want your user to find you with. These words are called keywords.

For example, you made a blog post about your Bike Ride along the Baywalk sunset, and you want your users to find you with "Biking for relaxation" then you have to have the word "Biking" and "Relaxation" at least once on your content, and having it on that exact same sequence ( "Biking for relaxation" ) would help better.

This concept of Optimizing your website for Search Engine ranking is part of a broader topic I will discuss later, which is called "SEO" or Search Engine Optimization.

 

Conclusions

Now that you learned how to create a new draft blog post, edit the category and tags and publish it for the public to see, next week we will continue our discussion on "Basic Wordpress Customization For Beginners" about Settings of your Wordpress blog

If you got any questions or comments just post a comments section below.

 

Next: Basic Wordpress Customization For Beginners Part 2: Settings

 

 

Refs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_page

http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories-vs-tags/

 

 


Comments (4)

  1. Fence:
    Jan 01, 2015 at 04:51 PM

    Few search engine optimization tips for posts. Add at-least one image to each post. Also embedding relevant videos into the post improves the visitor time on your post. Link your posts internally to reduce bounce rate.

  2. Sailapathy:
    Mar 28, 2015 at 01:44 AM

    Do you have any good tutorials for joomla... If so could you please share the links. I really like your style of writing..it is easy and to the point. thanks sailapathy

    1. Albert Diones:
      Mar 29, 2015 at 04:10 PM

      Hi Sailapathy, Sorry I don't have any Joomla tutorials yet! What about Joomla is it you want to know about? General?

    2. Albert Diones:
      Mar 29, 2015 at 04:10 PM

      Thanks for liking my writing style btw ;)


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