How To Write A Blog Post on WordPress
Website complete, and now you want to start blogging? The WordPress Dashboard (admin screen) can seem a little intimidating at first because there are so many options. But writing your first blog post is super easy and once you get the hang of it, you will officially be a blogger! Well…close enough. 🙂
There are several areas within the Dashboard that you can begin a new post.
- From the main dashboard under “Quick Draft”.
- On the left, click on “Posts > Add New”.
- At the top in the login bar, click “+ New” and select “Post”.
Step 1: Start with a blog title
As you become a more experienced blogger, choose titles that include the keywords that indicate what your article is about. This will help the search engines find your blog more easily and get more traffic to your site.
After writing your title, a new field will appear under the title field showing the permalink (permanent link) for the article. This link will be based on what you type for the title. You can edit this if you like or just accept the version WordPress produces.
Step 2: Make sure you’re in the Visual View
You should always write your post using the Visual tab. This allows you to comfortably be able to add bold, italics, underlines, links, adjust justification and so on. If you’ve ever used any word document editor, then you can use the Visual View. You can experiment with the toolbar to see what all of the editing options do.
Step 3: Write your article
In the Visual View you can write posts in exactly the same way as you use a normal word processing package. Be creative and be comfortable.
Step 4: Links and Images
Add links or images using the buttons in the toolbar.
To add a link follow these steps:
Highlight the text that you want to make into a link
Click the ‘Insert/Edit Link’ button
In the small window that opens type in the URL in the first field
Select which window you want the link to open in from the drop down menu (second field)
Type in a title for the link that will be displaid to readers when they put their mouse over the link
To add an image follow these steps:
Place your cursor where you want the image to appear in the article
Click the “Add Media” buttonIn the next screen you have 3 options: From Computer, From URL and Media Library
You’ll want to choose either ‘From Computer’ or ‘From URL’.
Choosing ‘From Computer’ will allow you to search for the image you already have stored on your computer
Choosing ‘From URL’ will allow you to paste in the direct URL of an image already uploaded online.
Edit the title field (this fills out your title tag) and add other fields if you want – they’re optional.
The default title description is the file name, but you should put a more descriptive title to help the search engines and your readers.
Don’t alter the link URL
Set the alignment based on where you want the image to sit (left, center or right).
Selecting ‘None’ will left-align the image without wrapping the text around it.
Select the size from one of the radio buttons. WordPress will suggest the optimum size based on the dimensions of the image and where you’re inserting it.
Click ‘Save all changes’.
Click ‘Insert into post’.
WordPress will insert the image where your cursor was placed.
Step 5: Categories and Tags
When you’ve finished writing your post content you need to add some tags and a category. Tags and categories are the filing system that helps the search engines and readers find related articles on your blog. They place related articles together. For example, if I have a category on my blog called Cakes. I place every article I write on Cakes into the Cakes category. Some of the articles I write on Cakes are about Birthday Cakes, and some are about Wedding Cakes. So articles that are on Birthday Cakes I put into the Cakes category and tag them as ‘birthday’, and those that are on Wedding Cakes go into the Cakes category tagged as ‘wedding’. Organizing your articles in this way will help readers and search engines find their way around your blog – which is good for building readership.
Step 6: Preview your article
Once you’ve finished writing your article you can click the Preview button. This will display a preview of your post exactly as it will appear when you publish it. It will open in a new window. If you’re happy with everything close the window.
Step 7: Publish your article
If you want to publish your article immediately (make it available for people to read on-line) click the publish button. If you prefer, you can schedule it to be published later. If you want to do this click the ‘edit’ link above the publish button, next to ‘Publish immediately’. From there you can select a date and time, for WordPress to publish your post.
Step 8: Congratulations!
Once you’ve either published your post or set up a time for it to be published you’re done – you’ve written and posted your article!