How to use the WordPress blog

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How to use the WordPress blog

  1. 1. Basics of using the WordPress blog www.jonathanstrong.co.uk
  2. 2. 1. Log in to WordPressTIP: Parts of this tutorial may look slightly different to whatyou have, however the processes should be the same.
  3. 3. 2. Click on posts
  4. 4. 3. Add, edit and view postsThis is your ‘Posts’ dashboard. Here, you can see a list of your blog posts.Read on to learn how to add, edit and view posts.TIP: Hovering over a blog post will bring up more options under the title.These are specific to that blog post and also allow you to ‘quick edit’ (4.)
  5. 5. 3.1. Adding a new postOn WordPress, there are sometimes two ways to things. You can eitheruse the sidebar to the left of the page or click ‘Add New’ next to Posts.TIP: I would recommend using the sidebar, as it’s also where you can findmost other options such as categories and comments.
  6. 6. 3.2. Editing a post Publishing options Post options Categories TagsThis window appears when you edit a post, whether it is anew post or an existing post.TIP: Post options may look different depending on whattheme you have.
  7. 7. 3.3. Viewing a postWhen you are ready to post your blog, use the rightsidebar options to save a draft, preview or publish.TIP: Don’t forget to select a category or click add anew category. This helps readers find blog posts fora particular topic.TIP: It is useful, but not essential, to get in the habitof using tags for your blog posts. This helps readersfind the blog post they’re looking for, as well ashelping search engines find your post.
  8. 8. 4. Quick EditQuick edit is a useful way of making a change to a blog post quicklywithout having to go into the edit blog post window. Below are a few keyterms/features which you may find useful.Permalink –A permalink, or permanent link, is a URL that points to aspecific blog post or page after it has passed from the front page.E.g. www.jonathanstrong.co.uk/this-is-a-permalink-to-a-page-or-postSticky post – If you have an important blog post, you can make it a stickypost and it will appear at the top of your blog.Allow pings – Pinging notifies a website about any updates to your blog.
  9. 9. I hope you found this basic tutorial on how to use the WordPress blog useful! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch www.jonathanstrong.co.uk

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