Before getting started with the process of using WordPress for posting a blog, let me introduce you to WordPress.
WordPress is an open source self-hosted blogging tool which is being used by millions and millions of people every day. WordPress is a web publishing software platform that can be used by anyone to build and maintain a website blog. Now-a-days WordPress is basically used as a Content Management System to manage websites.
WordPress has innumerous advantages which makes it the most popular website publishing platform. Let’s go through the process and teach you how to post a blog in WordPress and steps to maintain it.
A. Action Steps
Bloggers write content to post in their blogs. These are the entries that display in a reverse order on your homepage. There are different types of posts which can be used in a blog such as informational, interviews etc. Every blog post has a comment section under it for visitors to give their valuable input. But this is not the matter of concern for us at present. To start from the scratch, follow the steps to write a post in WordPress.
- Log in to your WordPress Administration Panel (Dashboard). Enter your username and password.
- Click on the Posts Tab.
- Click on the Add New sub tab.
- Fill up the blanks such as title, content etc.
- Select category/categories, add tags and make selections from sections below the post. These sections are explained below.
- When you are ready, click Publish.
B. Description of Post Fields
Different post fields are present in WordPress platform, which are being discussed below.
Write the title of your post in this field. Use your words and phrases to use as title. You can use various characters and typical symbols such as commas, apostrophes, quotes, hyphen/dashes etc. Avoid using the same title twice for two different posts.
ii. Post Editing Area:
This is the place where you write your content, any kind of information that you want to display on your site. Write links, place images, links to images in this area. You can use either the HTML of Visual view to compose your post.
iii. Preview button:
It allows you to preview the post before publishing it. This helps you to rectify the errors, if any, before going live on internet.
iv. Publish Box:
There are three states if a post, Published, Pending Review, and Draft.
- A Published status means that the post has been published on your blog. It is available in internet for anybody.
- Pending Review means that the draft is waiting for review by an editor. In this case, the draft is not published.
- Draft means that the post remains as a draft for you. It needs to verified, edited by a superior editor before publishing.
If you select a specific publish status and click on the update post or Publish button, that status is applied to the post. For example, to save a post in the Pending Review status, select Pending Review from the Publish Status drop-down box, and click Save as Pending Review. You will see all the posts organized by status by going to Posts –>All Posts. To schedule a post to publish in a future time or date, click “Edit” next to the words “Publish Immediately”.
v. Publish box: Visibility:
This determines how your post would appear to the entire world. Three different options are provided; public, password protected and private. Public posts will be visible to the entire internet fraternity, once published. Password protected posts are published to all but users require password to view the content in the post. Private posts are posts that are visible only to you and other editors or admins within your site. The visibility option can be seen in the central part of the above picture.
Permalinks are permanent URL’s to your individual blog posts. After you have saved your post, the Permalink below the title shows the potential URL of that specific post. This is seen only when permalinks option are enabled in your Settings. The generated URL is deprived of characters and symbols. Instead a ‘dash’ is inserted between each word. A permalink is what another blogger will use to link to your article. Basically this is a linking URL to your post.
Allows you to save your work/post as draft or a pending review rather than publishing it. Come back later to make some necessary changes and then publish. Now to return to your drafts later, go to Posts à All Posts. This will display a list of post. Select your draft and click on Edit to make changes.
Publishes your post on the site. You can decide the time of publication of a post by clicking on the Edit link above the Publish button. Specify your time when you want to publish the post.
ix. Post Tags:
It refers to the sub-categories for your blog. It is similar to including index entries for a page. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks on one of the tags. Enable tags with right code in your theme to make them appear on your post. Add new tags to the post by typing the tags in the box and clicking ‘Add’.
Categories are the general topics in which your post can be classified. In general, most of the bloggers contain 8-11 categories for their content. Visitors can browse through specific categories to view all the posts that have been published in those categories.
xi. Post Author:
A list of all blog authors you can select from to attribute as the post author. This section only shows if you have multiple users who can author in a single blog.
xii. Screen Options:
Screen Options allows you to choose which post fields you want to display and which post fields you want to hide. Click on the Screen Options tab to see a list of post fields with a check box beside them. Check the box if you want that field to be displayed and uncheck if you do not want to display that module. Click on the Screen Options tab at the top right hand corner. You will see a list of fields as shown below.
Happy Blogging !!