Today I’m posting the first part of our Learn to Use WordPress series here at PDCD. A lot of the reason people choose not to start a blog or website is the unknown, or feeling overwhelmed. WordPress is incredibly user friendly and a piece of cake to operate once you learn the basics. My goal is to help you understand how everything works so you are no longer inhibited by the unknown. Before starting this series, I highly recommend reading “WordPress, Genesis & Hosting Explained”. That link will open in a new tab so you can hop right back to this article once you’re finished.
How To Create A Blog Post
Today we’re going to walk through the basics of creating a blog post. First, you’re going to log into your website. Your login screen is likely YourWebsite.com/wp-login.php, with the exception of subdomains. On that screen you enter your username and password and login.
Once logged in you will see what is called your “Dashboard”. From here click on “Posts” on the left side of the screen, and select “Add New”.
From here you just want to create your post. You might start with a title, then write your blog post. Select a category for the blog post, or create a new one from this screen. The screenshot below shows you what goes where.
If you would like to add images to your blog post just click on the “Add Media” button and follow the on screen instructions. There is an option to “Set Featured Image” on the right side of your screen under Categories and Tags. This is the image that appears in your post excerpts or slideshow if you have one set to display featured images. If you are using the Genesis Featured Posts widget, this image will be the one to appear there as well. Want to password protect a blog post? Just click the “Edit” link next to Visibility: Public in your Publish menu to the right on your screen.
There you have it, the basics of creating a WordPress blog post. This is very basic, and all you really need to know to get started. Your feedback on this post will help me in tailoring these lessons to my audience, so let me know if you have any questions, or specific things you would like to learn about WordPress and/or the Genesis Framework.