WordPress Essentials

Creating Your First Blog Post

What is a WordPress Post?

A WordPress Post is the blog feature of your WordPress site.

  • Posts are news, articles, photos, videos or information about a topic or area of specialization
  • Posts are listed in reverse chronological order with the latest post date appearing at the top or first
  • Posts can also be viewed as the news portion of your site. which are dynamic and constantly changing what your visitors/members will see when they visit your si te.

Now that you have signed up for your WordPress.com site, created your domain name and have a theme installed, you are now ready to start adding content to your blog or website.

You may start by writing your first post.

There are two ways to write a post on your WordPress Site.

A. Click on start a post

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B. Click on the pencil icon at the top right-hand corner of the page

WordPress Post


The WordPress.com Admin Page & Dashboard

You will be taken to the WordPress.com Admin Page after selecting “start a Post”.

There are two dimensions to the WordPress.com platform.

  1. The admin page for managing both your WordPress.com and WordPress.org sites
  2. The dashboard for managing your WordPress.com site

WordPress.com multi-site Admin Page

 

 


Creating Your First Blog Post

 To create your first post in the WordPress.com Admin Page.

See instructions on how to edit and format your post in the WordPress Dashboard – Editing and Formatting Your Content lesson below.

1 – Post: Click on Blog Posts “Add

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2 – Write: your post in the text panel provided

3 – The “visual editor”:  use the visual editor panel to format your post just as you would with a word processing application. 

4Enter the title of your post. In the enter title here panel write the title of your post When you have completed writing and editing your post and you are satisfied with it….

5 – Click on “Publish”: your post will be available for the world to read.

To get to the WordPerss.com Dashboard,  select your site by clicking on ← SWITCH SITE if you have more than one site.

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Otherwise, scroll down and click on WP Admin in the left-hand sidebar menu.

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This will direct you to the site’s dashboard.

Please Note: If WP Admin is not displayed in the left-hand panel of your site, you may access your WordPress.com Dashboard by adding /wp-admin at the end of your website address directly into the browser. Your website address should look like this: http://mywebsite.wordpress.com/wp-admin.

WordPress.com Dashboard

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WordPress.org Dashboard

 

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WordPress Posts Screen

WordPress.com Posts Screen

WordPress - Admin page

After clicking on Publish to publish your post you will be taken back to the dashboard’s post screen which will look like the following screenshot:

The post screen e is where you get a global view of all your posts: titles,  the date they were published or modified, the author and their categories and tags.

You may edit your posts from the dashboard screen as well.


Creating A Post In The WordPress.com Dashboard

The WordPress Dashboard is the screen where you will be managing only your WordPress.org Site, including creating new pages and posts, uploading video and pictures and adding widgets.

Let us begin by first creating a post in the dashboard.

There are two ways to create a post in WordPress:

  1. By typing your content directly into the editor
  2. By copying your text from any word processing application

Follow the steps below to start writing your post.

1 Post: Click on Post

2 Write: your post in the text panel provided

3 Edit and format with the “visual editor”:  use the visual editor panel to format your post just as you would with a word processing application. See instructions for working with the visual editor below….

4 Enter the title of your post. In the enter title here panel write the title of your post When you have completed writing and editing your post and you are satisfied with it….

5 Click on “Publish“: your post will be available for the world to read.

Please go to the next lesson for instructions on how to edit and format your content.

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2 comments

  • Rosanna Montoute

    Hi Domenic,

    Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and for commenting.

    WordPress is available in two platforms: wordpress.com and wordpress.org. Let me know what your website will be used for and I will recommend which platform to go with.
    Warmest regards!

  • You’ve broken it down into simple steps. Thank you. My question is do you use a theme like Optimize Press or use one of the wordpress themes? I’ve noticed, when I put mine together, many photos have boxes around them which looks very unprofessional. Can that be helped?