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.
Click on the Login link that you will see in your Wordpress website after you install it
You will be taken to WordPress blog login page , login using the username and password you submitted during the softalicious installation.
After you have successfully logged in, you will be redirected to the Dashboard page.
The WordPress Dashboard
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
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.
After clicking preview, the browser will open a new tab or window, and you will see the preview of the page of your post:
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.
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.
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.
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
- 2nd item
- 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
After the loading you will see a success message box with message:
Post published. View Post
(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
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.
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