Let’s Discuss How To Add A Blog Post To A WordPress Website.
We’re starting a new series of blog posts helping WordPress users by providing detailed tutorials with screenshots. These tutorials will be guides into performing everyday WordPress tasks that website admins perform on a regular basis. In this first tutorial, we’ll focus on adding a blog post to a WordPress website. The tutorial is specific to self-hosted WordPress websites. You may be able to use the advice we presented for WordPress.com. Let’s begin on how to add a blog post onto the back end of the website.
WordPress Admin Login
Before you publish any content, you’ll need to log into the back end of the WordPress website. To do so, simply type in the website’s domain name, followed by /wp-admin/. The /wp-admin/ will work for most WordPress websites. If the website does not redirect you’ll have to contact your web developer for the login page. The web browser will work its magic and place you on the WordPress login page.
Once you have successfully logged in, you’ll be in the WordPress Dashboard. From here click on the Posts link located in the left hand side menu. We highlighted the area in a blue box for visual reference.
WordPress Post – Add New
Here’s where you click on Add New button. Located in the top area of the web page next to the title Posts.
WordPress Post Page Editor
Tada! You have landed on the WordPress Post editor. From here you’ll need to add a title, a custom permalink, the text content for the blog, and many other aspects to complete a blog post. We’ll provide details about each number on the screenshot to better equip you for a blog post.
Filling In A WordPress Blog Post
Each number correlates with a field in the screenshot above. See below explanation for each number in the screenshot.
- Post Title is the headline the user will see on search engines and the website. Make sure to add a relevant title that represents the blog’s post.
- When editing a WordPress post permalink, keep the URL concise with the title for the blog post. Good for search engine optimization purposes.
- When creating or editing a WordPress blog post, you can easily add images at any time using the WordPress Media Uploader tool. Simply upload the image by clicking on the Add Media button.
- The large white space area is for the blog post. As a publisher, you will need to add images, text, and incorporate headers to break up the post. A Microsoft Word document has the same tools as the WordPress editor.
- Posts are entries that display the content written by the author. The author can save a draft as the blog post is being written or publish a blog post when the blog is completed.
- A Post Format is used by a WordPress theme to customize the presentation of a blog post. Each theme will have it’s own interpretation of a Post Format.
- Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about.
- Tags are similar to categories, but are generally used to describe your post in more detail.
- The Featured Image is up to the theme’s discretion. However, most themes add the image to the header of the blog post.