This guide is made especially for you if this is the first time you're using WordPress CMS and don't know how to create a blog post in WordPress yet.
Plus, this is a third party prepares a great guide, especially for a new blog.
Your blog is ready, and you can’t wait to start writing; make a post.
Here you can see how to:
- How to login to the admin section of your WordPress blog
- Admin view and menu section
- Posts menu and Posts menu option
- How to Create a New Blog Post
- How to put a small title in a post
- How to put a picture in a post
- How to make a list in a post
- How to write Bold, Italic, Underline, and Link
- Other post settings you need to know
- How to Preview, save a draft and Publish a post
- Bonus: What if I don't like Editor's 'block'?
Pictures are also included for reference.
We start with:
1. How to login to the admin section of your WordPress blog
Many years ago, when we are just starting out in the blogging world, we relied on the login button to enter our blog dashboard.
Missing this button made us squirm.
Actually, you don't even need these buttons to log in to the admin section.
You just need to know the login URL only.
The login URL for WordPress admin is as follows:
Change putyourblogname.com with your blog name and URL address typed into the browser space.
For example, if your blog’s name is fitwithsarah.com, it will be fitwithsarah.com/wp-login.php.
Type in the browser URL address field:
And the display for login will come out:
You can type in your username and password to enter the admin panel.
2. Admin view and menu section
The WordPress admin view looks more or less like this:
On the left are the menu options.
And on the right is an overview and quick action display that can be done.
For this post, we will focus on everything related to how to make a post only.
3. Posts menu and Posts menu option
In the menu options, you can see the ' Post ' menu:
If you hover the mouse over the post menu (without clicking), a few more options will appear:
- All Posts - Shows all existing, created, drafted posts.
- Add New - To create a new post
- Categories - To create post categories
- Tags - Same as categories, but smaller in scope.
All Posts show all posts that are already in your blog.
If you have just created a blog, there will be an example post, 'hello, the world,' available inside.
In this section, you can 'Edit' or 'Delete' an existing post.
Add New is an option to create a new post.
We will discuss this topic further in the next section.
Categories allow you to create categories for your posts.
This category is important for structuring your posts.
And it lets you make it a blog menu.
Tags are almost the same as menus.
By creating tags, you can group posts from different categories into one group.
Don't worry about these tags.
For starters, categorization is enough.
We go to the main topic:
4. How to Create a New Blog Post
To create a post, proceed to select the menu:
Posts > Add New
And space for you to make a post will appear:
Space for you to create this post is called the editor.
Not so difficult to use.
It seems we can understand what needs to be done.
To create the first post, we put the title of the post.
The title field is located at the top, in the 'Add title' section.
Click on that section and type in the title of your post.
Next, you can start typing the content of your post at the bottom.
In the room that says 'Start writing or type / to choose block.'
If you want to create a new paragraph, just press 'enter.'
One more concept used in this WordPress is 'Block.'
Each section in the post is called a block.
Block paragraph, block image, and so on…
Also need to know so as not to be mistaken…
5. How to put a small title in a post
This subtitle is called a heading in WordPress.
We always do isolate certain parts of the post.
It makes our post easier to read.
To create a heading, press enter for a new paragraph.
Move your mouse pointer, and the add block ' + ' symbol will appear on the paragraph:
Click on the 'Add block' symbol.
Then select 'Heading':
Next, you can select the type of heading:
Selection of headings from H1-H6.
Which heading do you want to use?
H1 for the most important/main heading.
H1 > H2 > H3 > H4 > H5 > H6
And often, H1 is the biggest size, H2 the smallest, and so on.
We will not use H1 because H1 is special for post titles.
Choose between H2 and the others.
For example, H2 for the title breakdown in the entire post, H3 for the breakdown in each H2.
6. How to put a picture in a post
The method is the same as for heading.
Go to a new paragraph, then click on the ' + Add block' symbol.
Then select the image.
Option to upload, choose an image from library or insert URL will come out:
To upload an image from your computer, click on 'upload.'
If you want to use existing pictures in your blog, select 'Media Library.'
'Insert from URL' if you want to use other people's pictures.
Usually, for new images, we will 'Upload.'
Click on upload, select an image from your computer, then wait for the process to complete.
When ready to upload, the image will be exposed:
For pictures, there are a few things you might want to consider, namely:
- Image position (alignment)
- Alt text (alternative text)
- Image size
- Image caption
Other settings may not be necessary for starters.
We see one by one.
#1. Picture position or Alignment
To access these setting options click on the image.
Options in the form of symbols will appear above the image.
The symbol for the alignment set looks like this:
You can set the image to be on the left, center, or right of your post display.
# 2. Alt text (alternative text)
Alt-text is important for search engines (Google, Bing…) to identify your image.
That is, it helps your post ranking.
Therefore, for each picture in the post, it is good if you create alt text.
(unless the picture is for decoration only).
To create alt text, click on the relevant image.
A space for alt text will appear on the right side of the post editor:
Write down the things that explain the picture.
No need for long.
Quite concise and understandable.
#3. Image size
The way to access the image size setting is also the same as above.
Click on the image, the setting for the image size will appear on the right.
(under the settings for alt text).
Choose the right size for your post.
#4. Image caption
Image captions are almost identical to alt text.
The difference is the caption to be read by humans, alt text for search engine robots.
Captions help us explain the purpose for which the image exists.
In order to be more easily understood by our blog visitors/readers.
To place a caption, click on the appropriate image.
Space for captions will appear below the image:
7. How to make a list in a post
The form of a list makes your post easy to read.
Important for blogs.
At least your post doesn't look very scary, full of text.
To create a list, you just need to go to a new paragraph (press enter).
Then click on the 'Add block' icon.
Select a list.
For the list form, you can select either bullet form or number through the toolbar above the list:
8. How to write Bold, Italic, Underline, and Link
Sometimes we want to focus the reader on a certain part of the post-sentence.
We can use Bold, Italic, or Underline style.
And we may also want to include links in words/sentences.
To do so is simple.
Just highlight the relevant section.
The toolbar will appear above that section.
You can create a style by selecting the options displayed here.
To be more sure of the use of each option provided, you can lower the mouse pointer over the symbol without clicking.
The description of the symbol will come out.
To see more options, click on the last symbol (down arrow).
9. Other post settings you need to know
Before you publish a post, there are some post settings that you may need to know, such as:
- Stick post to the top
- Featured image
These settings are important for determining how your post will appear on the blog.
All these settings are located to the right of your post editor display.
If you do not see the same display, click the following two sections:
#1. Stick post to the top
You can access these settings via the 'Status & Visibility option.
This setting will make the post always be at the top of your post list display.
(often, a list of posts will appear on the main page of the site).
It is also called a sticky post.
This is important if you want to highlight a particular post, do not want the post to be piled up by other posts.
For example, you create a promotional post.
This setting makes the promotional post always at the top of all your other posts.
You can access this setting through the 'Categories' option.
If you do not set categories on the post, it will automatically fall into the 'Uncategorized category.
Which doesn't look very 'professional' in the eyes of the reader.
So, please set a category or create a category for your post.
#3. Featured image
You can access this setting through the 'Featured image' option.
This setting is simple, and you just need to set whether the main image for your post.
(We recommend choosing a picture related to your post)
The purpose is to make the display of your post more attractive.
It doesn't start with a text.
10. How to Preview, save the draft, and publish your post
And finally, your post is ready.
You can choose to 'save draft,' 'preview,' or 'publish the post.'
This option is located at the top of your post editor.
'Save draft' to save your post if it's not ready.
If not ready, you can save the draft and continue later.
'Preview' is to see the display of your post, which is the same as what the reader sees.
‘Publish.’ Publish your post.
Always preview your post before publishing.
To avoid any malfunctions that may be unintentional.
If, of course, click on the publish button and you succeed in publishing your first post.
11. Bonus: What if I don't like Editor's 'block'?
Before WordPress introduced block editor, it was known as a visual editor.
And the editor's view looks like this:
So we use and prefer this editor.
For us, it is easier to use.
Those who are used to using software/programs to type, such as Microsoft Words, will definitely prefer this editor.
If you want to use this editor, you can use the ' Classic Editor ' plugin
This plugin is specially made by WordPress users who prefer the old WordPress editor display.
Go to the menu: Plugins> Add New
Then search for 'Classic Editor.'
The plugin's visual is as follows:
This plugin is free only.
Continue to install and activate. Your editor display will change after the plugin is active.
If you know how to make a post, then making a page will not be a problem for you.
The method is almost the same as making a post.
There are many other things that you can learn in WordPress.
But for the first time, to make a post, this guide is definitely enough.
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