How to Work WordPress

This tutorial is for my clients if they forget how to use WordPress when trying to update their site. Now this is going off MY WordPress so not all components will look the same on the side bar – BUT it runs the EXACT same way as yours.

First when you want to log into your site the address will always be this:

http://youraddress.com/wp-admin

and the login screen will look like this (minus my logo)

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After you log in, you will be on your dash board and see a side bar that looks like this:

(minus the tabs Portfolio, Slides, and Theme Options)

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The four things you will want to know about are:

1) Posts (if you have a blog) 

2) Pages

3) Media

4) Widgets 

 

1) POSTS

If your website is run as a blog, meaning you update it numerous times a week, some times more than once a day like journal or a diary – then you will work mainly in posts. (for everyone else scroll down to pages).

To add a post, just hover over posts and a tiny sub menu will pop up to your right that says “All Posts”, “Add New”, “Categories” and “Tags” . To make a new post click “new post” and this window will appear:

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I numbered the important parts of the page for you so you can find what you want quickly!

1) Subject/Title – This is the title of your blog post. Example “15 ways to use WordPress” or “New Products Up!”

2) Body – This is where ALL of your content goes: images, links, text, etc.

3) Publish B0x – This is where you can decide if you want to publish it now (make it public) or save it as a draft and come back later.

4) Category Box – If you’re blog is huge than you are going to want an organizational tool, this is one of them. Use this to put your blog posts into certain categories.

5) Tag Box – If you have too many categories or terms you want people to search by then use tags.

Once you are finished writing your blog post, you can go where #3 is and publish your blog post and it will appear where ever I was asked to call the blog in.

2) PAGES

Pages are what people normally use when they have a regular website. Each page has different information and is linked on the main site when you go to your web URL.

To add a new page hover over the Pages (or click) link on the side bar. You can either view “All Pages” or “Add New”.

To edit a page click All Pages and hover over the page you want to edit and click “edit”.

To add a new page click “Add New” and this window will appear:

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I numbered the main things to know to make a simple page on the images.

1) Title. This is where you write the name of the page. Example “About Me” “Contact Me”

2) Body. This is where you put ALL of your content: images, text, links, etc

3) Publish Box – This is just like the posts publish box. Here you can decide whether you wish to publish or save and edit later.

4) Page Attributes – This is where you can say whether this page is the “child” of another page. Example: The page is about your company and how to get a job with you..so it’s called “Careers” but you want it to be listed under “About The Company” ..so in the Parent drop down you would choose “About the Company”. Most of the time we would just leave this blank unless I’ve taught you other wise. Most Small Sites will NOT be using this box. 

5) Featured Image – Some big sites will have a feature where you can search for their page on their site and when the pages appear you will see a image that associates with that page. Most Small Sites will NOT be using this feature.