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How Do You Blog on WordPress?

Posted by Heather on March 21, 2017
How do You Blog on WordPress

WordPress is the most popular writing platform.  If you’re looking to start blogging and have your site on the web, it’s the way to go.  You’ve already picked out a domain name and chosen a hosting service to operate your WordPress blog site, we’re assuming.

You’re ready to start writing and get some blog posts out there.  That’s great.  Since you’re new to WordPress where do you begin?  We’re going to tell you how to find your way around your WordPress dashboard.

Then, you can start writing blog posts and post them to your WordPress site.  Let’s get started.

Admin Page

The admin page is where you log into your WordPress site.  You’ll enter your username and password and then, you’ll be on the main screen called the dashboard.WP admin

The dashboard is where you’ll see an overview of WordPress news, your activity within your site, what updates are needed, settings and everything you need to run your WordPress Blog.

WordPress Dashboard

When you log into your WordPress admin page you then, end up in your WordPress dashboard page.  This dashboard is where you’ll start from every time your login to your WordPress site.  Here’s what mine looks like for my personal writer website. WordPress Dashboard

As you may or may not be able to tell, I’ve customized my dashboard’s profile setting.  You can do it too.  Click on your name in the upper right-hand side of your WordPress screen.  Then, you’ll have the option of changing your color scheme as well as if you’d like the toolbar shown while you’re viewing your site while previewing a page or post.  Also, disable or enable the visual editor while you write.  WP profile setting

There are other things you can do on this profile page like add your social media profiles, write up your writer bio and even add a photo you’d like to display with your profile.  So, it’s completely customizable to suit you.

Let’s move back to the Dashboard.  Do that by clicking on Dashboard in the upper left-hand side right below the name of your WordPress site.  On the left side, you’ll see a list of options included with your initial installation of WordPress.  They are;

  • Posts
  • Media
  • Pages
  • Comments
  • Appearance
  • Plugins
  • Users
  • Tools
  • Settings

Posts

The Posts section is where you’ll write your blog articles.  If you hover your mouse or pointer over Posts, you’ll see a sub-menu appear.  In the submenu, you’ll see; all posts, add new, categories and tags.  To create a new blog post, you’re going to either hover over posts and then, click Add new or Click on Posts and choose the add new button on the next page that appears.  add new post

add new button

So, once you’ve chosen one of the above ways to start a new post, you’ll then be on your new post page.  It’s a blank canvas waiting for you to give it a title and fill it with words. At the top of the page under Add New Post is where you’ll enter the title for your blog post.  Then, you’ll do your blog writing in the large box below it.

Blog Post

After you’ve finished writing your blog post, click on the Save Drafts button under Publish.  Save draft

Make sure you proofread and check your writing for spelling and grammar errors before hitting the publish button.  You don’t want the grammar police coming after you.  You’re able to preview your blog post and how it’ll appear to your readers by clicking on the Preview button to the right of where you saved your draft.                        Post Preview

Then, another page opens in your browser and you’ll see the preview page of the blog post you’ve written. The blog post looks like this in preview mode.

Preview mode

Depending on your theme and font choice it’ll most likely look different than mine.  However, this gives you an idea of WordPress preview mode and how you can do it on your WordPress blog site.

Once your satisfied with the post you’ve written click the publish button for it to go live.  If you’d like to add images, audio or video to your blog you can do that with media.

Media

There are a few ways you can upload media to your WordPress blog.  First, you can hover your pointer or mouse over Media in the left side panel and choose to add new.  The next way is to just click on media and you’ll be taken to the page to upload your items.                                                                                                                                                 Add New Media

As you’re writing, a post or have just completed one you may want to add an image, audio, or video.  Do it right from the post page.  Just click on the add media button right above your writing area.                          Add media from post

Then in the media box that opens, select Upload in the upper-left.  You’ll have the option to drag and drop your file(s) or upload them from your computer.                                                                                                              Upload files

Drag or select files

Now if you want to add a featured image to be on display with your written post you can also do that.

Click Add Media at the top of your post page.  Then, you’ll see featured image in the left panel.  Click on it and drag and drop or select the picture file from your computer.                                                                               Featured image

The second way to set a featured image for a blog post in in the lower part of your posts page.  Scroll down the page until you see Featured image on the right side of your page.  Next, click on the set featured image link.  featured image link

You’ll get taken to the featured image pop up and select or drag your chosen photo.  There you can also choose a picture you’ve already uploaded to your media library.                                                                                    Featured image select

So, at this point, you have the skills needed to navigate around your WordPress site know how to write a blog post and add media files to it.  These are the two most important things required for you to start blogging on the WordPress platform.

Comments

This section on your WordPress blog allows you to interact with your readers.  They can let you know feedback on what you’ve written about and hold a conversation through the comment feature.  You don’t have to enable comments but, if your looking to gain a dedicated group of readers and followers interacting with them is a good idea.

Appearance

Once you’ve selected a theme for your WordPress blog appearance is where you’ll customize the look and feel of everything.  Appearance could very well be a topic to cover more in depth in another article.  So, we won’t get to carried away here. You can also add widgets and personalized menus.

Plugins

Plugins can add even more functionality to your WordPress site.  You can use Plugins to monitor the statistics of your Blog, keep track of SEO (search engine optimization) of your posts and get an analytic overview of your WordPress Blogs performance.

Other plugins let you add social media sharing icons to your blog posts and customize which networks readers can share your content.  Add a contact form for your blog followers to get in touch with you.  There are tons of different plugins for whatever you need.  You can do a search to find what you’re looking for to enhance your WordPress site and blog traffic.

Users

It’s pretty self-explanatory.  Users are the people you’ve allowed to publish posts and content on your WordPress Blog.  It can be just you or you can add others that are authorized to publish if, you expand your blog and gain new writers to work with you.  You’ll have a list of All Users, Add new and ability to view your profile or others should you add them.

Tools

The WordPress tools you have available to use are by default Press This which allows you to grab pieces of content from the web to create blog posts relating to that topic.  Grab some text, photos or video to use in your blog posts that relate to what you’re writing.

Other tools you may have are things like a categories and tags converter or Website verification services depend on how you have your WordPress site set up for your blogging needs.

Settings

The Settings page is where you have the general information about your WordPress site contained.  Your site title, your tag line to complement your title and give an actionable meaning for your site as a whole.  It’ll also display your WordPress address and site address.  That’s the URL such as http://techjunkie.com for example.

You’ll see that your email address also shows.  That’s where you’ll receive admin notifications.  This can include letting you know when a new user has joined your site or left a comment.  It also allows you to set the time, date, when you want the week to start and your language preference.

Wrapping Up

Blogging on WordPress is quite easy once you get the hang of finding your way around the platform.  It may seem a little overwhelming if you’re new to the blogosphere, but hopefully, we’ve made it clear and less frightening for you.

Just get your WordPress site up and running then, you can start writing away to your heart’s content almost immediately.  You’ll learn the ins and outs of tweaking your blog to represent what you want as you progress.

The most important thing about blogging with WordPress is learning how to come up with topics and posts that are relevant and resonate with your readers.  Your writing improves and comes more naturally the more you do it.

WordPress is made to be intuitive for the most part and learning it isn’t hard.  So, if you’ve wanted to start up a blog then, WordPress is one of the best options out there.  Go for it!

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