or Blog Post Basics
You are here because you want to know how To Write A Blog Post In WordPress.
Congratulations on getting started.
This is the tip of the iceberg, you will pretty soon be hooked on blogging and writing blog posts will become second nature.
Many people do not get as far as writing a post so taking action is a positive step.
Writing Content For The Blog Post
You may have already crafted your content elsewhere and as I explained in another post I like to use Google Docs In Google Drive so my content is prepared there.
However, the content can certainly be written within WordPress and you may prefer to use that method.
You do have the option of viewing your work in Draft mode before publishing so any glitches can be ironed out before the post goes live.
As you will find with other aspects of blogging there are always more than one way to do something on your blog.
Don?t worry too much about all the intricacies at this point, we will just work out how to get the content on your site.
Here are the exact steps that you need to take to write a blog post in wordPress.
How To Write A Blog Post In WordPress Made Easy
Log in to the Dashboard.
In addition to logging into the Dashboard, it is handy to open another link which shows the homepage of your blog.
Why is this a good idea?
It is useful to have both tabs open when you are editing and making changes to a blog post so that you can see the home page and edit mode with just a flick over to a different tab.
Click here for a reminder of how to open another tab.
Scroll Down To Posts
Click on Posts and the Posts menu will appear.
Click on Add New.
From the graphic below it can be seen where the body of text and the title will go.
Above the text there are some editing tools.
Go ahead and create the information in the post area or copy and paste from an editing program.
Once the information is in the post area it will need to be formatted it so that it reads easily for your blog visitors.
It is helpful to look at other blogs to see how the blog content is organized.
Usually you will see that it is in paragraphs with subheadings.
For the subheadings you need to use H2 or Heading 2.
The subheadings in this post are H2.
The title for your post is automatically inserted as H1 or Heading 1.
The title does need to be engaging so that the reader feels compelled to click and read your blog post.
In this post there is information about creating excellent titles and some links to some title generators to help the creative juices flow.
Try to avoid lengthy passages of text.?Long passages of unbroken text can be very difficult to read.
Popular and successful blogs are broken up with graphics, paragraphs and some highlighted text.
If the text looks too overwhelming to read, blog visitors will just click off.
Let?s face it, we all do that.
Now you have a title and some content. We have not yet added any graphics.
Most blogs posts that you read have an image or a graphic at the top of the post. ?This image is called the Featured Image. The theme being used here has a link to set the Featured Image in the sidebar. While still in edit mode look in the right sidebar for the Featured Image box.
Follow the instructions from the graphic below to upload your chosen image.
Graphics or Images
Often you will want to insert a graphic into the body of the post.
This may be to break up large areas of text. It might also be a graphic that is linked to an affiliate product or a link to another website.
When you click on the Add Media link you will be taken to the same screen shown as when setting the Featured Image.
At this point you will probably want to see how your post is looking on the homepage of your site.
Before you do anything else make sure that you click Save Draft and in fact it is advisable to do this regularly when working on your post. ?It is agonizing to lose work that hasn?t been saved.
Click on Preview to see how your post is looking and note any changes that need to be made.
It does take time to get the post looking just right so don?t be dismayed if you have many attempts at getting it just right. ?
It is often helpful at this point to take a break and come back with fresh eyes. ?
It is quite amazing the things that can be missed and even after that Publish button is pressed there are often still mistakes that appear from nowhere.
Continue to edit until you are satisfied with the post. ?
Then you can hit the Publish button and drum roll, your first blog post is online for the world to see.
If you see a glaring error straight away just go back to the Dashboard click on posts, find your newly published post and click edit.
Fix the error and then hit update.
You will notice that there is also an option to schedule your post to be published at a later date.
This can be particularly useful if there is going to be a period of time where it will be difficult to upload new posts (maybe because you?re on holiday on a deserted tropical island with no internet).
Anyway the point it?s that your blog can still be publishing posts even in your absence.
This is the very basics of writing a blog post.
There are more things to be considered but for now you have the nuts and bolts knowledge of how to publish your first blog post In WordPress.