You’ve taken the plunge and have your WordPress.org hosted website. Now you’re ready to get started. Many will tell you that they felt frustrated when learning WordPress, however, it’s not as difficult as you might imagine. Let’s get started creating your first WordPress post.
Once you have logged into your WordPress site, you will be taken to the dashboard. In the dashboard you will find the most used areas of your blog, and this can be customized according to your taste.
To the left of your dashboard you will find posts, media, links, pages, comments, etc. You may see different modules depending on your theme. However, for the most part, you will see these ten modules.
When creating your first post, you will be interested in the post module. Hover your mouse over the post tab and you will see an “add new” sub tab. Select this option.
Write Your Post
At the top of the page you will see Add New Post. The first area for you to fill in is “Enter title here.” Simply, enter your title. Beneath the title you will see Upload/Insert features:
Add media (your pictures)
Add interactive video
Add a custom form
As you learn WordPress, you will get to know these areas. It’s not necessary, at this point, for you to get frustrated with all of the choices. You will quickly become acquainted with these options as you add posts to your WordPress website.
Underneath the Upload/Insert features, you will see your kitchen sink. Using these features, you can choose bold, italics, bullet points, numbered lists, alignment, insert more tag, full screen, and so much more. Again, you will learn more about this as you go on. For now, just concentrate on adding your first post.
After adding the information, add your tags and categories (please be sure to learn at least the basics about tags and categories). You will find detailed descriptions of your post fields on WordPress.org’s website. Please don’t underestimate this link when learning WordPress, as it contains valuable information about your first post including post tags, categories, excerpts, spell checking your post, posting quality content, considering your reader, and thinking before you post.
Finally, you will be interested in the publish module. There you can choose to save as a draft, schedule, or simply publish. If you are happy with your first WordPress, and of course you are, simply click the “Publish” button.
You Did It – You Have Created Your First Post!
There you have it. Creating your first WordPress post is not as difficult as it will seem the first few times that you post. After a while, though, you will be a pro and it will seem like second nature to you. Learning WordPress isn’t a chore; it can be fun. Happy blogging!