Write Your First WordPress Blog Post
Before you start creating and publishing posts to your new site, it would be helpful to first understand how WordPress helps you organize and display information. Here’s a brief overview…
Your are reading a WordPress blog post right now. Posts are pieces of published content that:
- Can contain text, images, videos and audio tracks
- Are usually organized by category
- May be further organized and labeled with with “tags”
- Are accessed via their own permalink URL — for example:http://YourSite.com/category-name/post-title-goes-here
The permalink URL for a page is similar to that of a post, but without a category:
Categories enable you to present similar or related information together, and make it easier for people to find your content. Each post can be assigned to multiple categories, but must be assigned to at least one.
Categories are similar to “tags,” which are more specific labels that help you organize and publish your content. Where and how you display categories depends on your theme and the widgets you are using.
Start posting to your new blog!
Alrighty… this is where the fun starts! It’s time to create, publish and share your content with the world. The best part? WordPress makes it really easy. So let’s get started…
1 Go to “Add New Post” page
In your WordPress left admin panel, click on “Posts” and then “Add New” below it. This will open the “Add New Post” page where you will create your first blog post.
2 Start adding content
This is where you will be creating and publishing your post:
a. Give your post a name
This is what people will see when your page shows up in Google’s search results, so make it catchy, and try to use an important keyword that people might be searching for. Don’t be too fussy, you can always change it later.
b. Add some content in the content box
When you first start crafting your post, you can either create your post in WordPress itself; or, write your content in another program and then copy and paste it into WordPress. Be careful if you choose to copy/paste, as you may unintentionally be copying hidden characters and formatting (e.g., if you use Microsoft Word). To prevent this, use a simple text editor instead of fancy word processing program.
c. Assign a category
If you haven’t yet created any categories, you can do so here. Click on the “Add New Category” link, and a text field will appear below it. Put your category name in the field and press the “Add New Category” button. Your post is now assigned to the new category (again, don’t worry, you can change this later).
d. Save your draft
Once you’re done writing, or at least you have something worth saving, hit the “Save Draft” button. If you’re not yet ready to release your work to the world, you can keep it in a “draft” status. And when you finally think you are ready…
e. Publish (It’s live!)
When you’re ready to go live, hit the blue “Publish” button. At this point, you’ll be able to see your newly published post live on the web. Hit the “View Post” button to see how it looks.
How to add pictures to your blog post
To add pictures or audio tracks to your blog, you simply:
- Press the “Add Media” button
- Select “Upload Files”
- Locate and select the file to upload from your computer
- Press the “Insert into post” button
Once uploaded, you have a few options. For example, you can resize your image, move it around, align to the left or right side, center it, etc. Don’t be afraid to play around and have fun!
A few closing thoughts on creating blog posts
- Create a short summary of your post and put it in the “Excerpt” text box. This is the “teaser” text that will display on along with the post’s title on your home page.
- You can locate and edit existing blog posts by hovering over “Posts” in the left admin panel, and then clicking on the “All Posts” link. You can then choose the post you’d like to edit:
- Don’t panic if you accidentally over-write or delete content. WordPress automatically saves previous versions of your post. Look for “Revisions” towards the bottom of your page, and click on the earlier version and locate your lost content.
- Once you’re starting to get the hang of creating blog posts and you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can publish with precision by editing in the “Text” field instead of the “Visual” field. (Some knowledge of HTML is helpful here.)
- There are free WordPress plugins which can help your post rank well in Google and other search engines. This means more traffic to your site. The most popular and reputable one is the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin.
Congratulations on creating your first post! See how easy that was?