The easiest way to learn is to try things out. Get in there and have a go. It’s no harder than something like Microsoft Word and in fact it is very similar. Actually, it is quite a bit easier in places.
You can even write your text in Word if you prefer and then paste it into a Post in WordPress later. You will need to add your images separately though.
If you get stuck you can always ask and if you go wrong, just delete the post and start again.
OK, so let’s get started. The first thing you need to do is to log on to your WordPress Admin area. To do this go to your favourite web browser, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or whatever and enter your website address suffixed by “/wp-admin”.
So, type in for example your-site-name.co.uk/wp-admin into your address bar. You may then want to set up a desktop shortcut or add it to favourites ready for next time.
You will see the following screen appear.
Enter the username and password you were given and you should be logged into your dashboard screen below.
The menu in the left hand side bar will possibly look a bit different on your dash board depending on the user options you have been given. The only thing we are interested in for now is the Posts option, the second down on the left in the above example.
There are several areas on your dashboard and there are a few more optional ones which you may access by clicking on the “Screen Options” tab, top right.
This option appears on most WordPress pages so just remember it is there if ever you feel that something is missing. It enables you to display or omit areas in which you may or may not be interested. Give it a try.
OK, so now, hover over Posts in the left sidebar and you will see options to see all posts or add a post. If you click see all posts, it will display every post you have added to date and give you options to edit or delete them.
Go ahead and show all posts. You will see a screen similar to the one below. Again you have Screen Options at the top right. There will also be a button to Add New as shown by the yellow arrow. Also in the left side bar, there are options to Add New, Categories and tags.
Categories enable you to add post categories or manage existing ones. If you were to add a new one, it won’t be available in the web site menu and so will never be seen. We can get on to this later when your site has been running for a while and I can explain how we can use more.
OK, so let’s click on “Add New Post” as shown above. This will take you to a new screen which is just like a word processor such as Word. The screen below shows what you should be seeing.
The first thing to notice is that there is a tool bar indicated by the yellow arrow. This only shows you half of the options available but click on the last icon at which the arrow points and you will get two rows of toolbar options.
Now, that’s better. What you now see is pretty much just a word processor. You can go ahead and type a post title and start adding text to the post body as in the screen shot below.
Type your heading and then the body text. If you want to know what the icons do, hovering over them will usually give you enough of a clue. Some are more obvious than others such as bold and italic text, bullet lists, numbered lists, left, right and centre justifying etc. There is a built in spell checker (which I have set to English UK … phew!).
On the top row, you can select paragraph, header 1, 2 3 formats etc. It is all very much like using Word.
Once you have entered your text, the next thing you may want to do is to add a picture. Place your cursor where you would like it to go and then click on the Add Media button above the 2 rows of icons as in the following image.
This will present you with the following media library screen popup.
You will notice 2 tabs, one for Media library showing all pictures already added to the WordPress library and the other for Upload Files.
Clicking the latter will present you with a screen through which you can add pictures from your PC to the library.
Click select files and you can navigate to pictures on your PC as shown below.
Once selected, the picture will be added to the WordPress media library ready to be inserted into your post where your cursor was positioned. Click the “Insert Into Post” button.
Now, that looks rubbish. That’s because the picture has been positioned to the right and above the text. Single click on the picture and you will see, as above, that you can select how to position the picture within the text, left justified or however you prefer. Click the left hand button as shown above by the yellow arrow.
You can then carry on and complete your post. I will add some dummy text to the above to make it look better.
The next thing is to add your post to a category. You will see on the right a box labelled “Categories”. In the screen shot below, you may choose SEO or Web Design. Your web site will have different categories assigned and you can add more as discussed briefly earlier should you wish. Depending on what category you list it under, it will appear under that menu item in your web site’s menu.
Avoid uncategorised if it is present, it won’t ever show up. You could of course practise your WordPress skills using that category, view it using the Preview button top right and never publish it.
When you think you are done, you have three options; Save as draft, Preview or Publish as shown below.
You can then return to the Left Sidebar and show all posts at any time. It shows under each post name if a post is in draft and you can then edit it to your hearts content until you are ready to post it.
One other thing you may want to do is to add a link to wording or a picture in a post. Simply select the image or highlight the words to contain the link and then click the chain link icon and then the settings cog icon on the right of the bar which appears.
This will give you the following popup screen.
Just type the url (either from this site or another) or select a page or post to link to in the dropdown list. Now when that image or text is clicked on by a reader, they will be taken to the page stated.
Ok, so that was all quite a lot to take in. The only way to learn is to try it out. Set up a dummy post, edit it, add a picture, save as draft, go back to the list, edit it again, add a link, post it, look at it on the site, delete it if you want, just keep trying things.
Most importantly, ask me if you are stuck. If you break something (very unlikely) the site should be backed up regularly; no problem.
If you are an existing client and want to meet up I can give you a lesson, sometimes it’s easier face to face.
Finally, if I have missed anything then do shout. If you want to know more, shout louder.