So you’ve got your bright and shiny new WordPress website created by Banter (or another website company) and you’ve made sure to emphasize that you wanted the capability to update your own blog.
Now what? You’ve got all this great content just waiting to go live on your website, you know how to write the perfect blog post, but you’re not sure how to actually create a blog post. Well you’ve come to the right place! Read below to find out how to update or create your blog in WordPress, and watch our video for a helpful visual aid.
Step 1: Create a new Blog Post
First of all, don’t be scared, you’re not going to break your website! Log in with the username and password provided to you by Banter or the person that created your website. The first thing you see is your Dashboard. To create a new blog post simply navigate to the left sidebar, mouse over Posts and click on Add New.
Step 2: Add Text
The next thing you see is the newly created blog post. Here is where you can add your blog text and images. Firstly add a Title by typing in the Enter Title Here box. Then navigate to the next text box, called the Visual Editor and add your text. You can either type out your text directly into the box or copy and paste from another document. But make sure to copy pure text only, no styling will copy over from your Word or PowerPoint documents. Editing in the Visual Editor is easy, it’s a simple word processor much like Word or an email client. You can style text, align it and add lists. But note that this is not the place where you can change fonts, that is done in the main website styling.WordPress is a very powerful platform, with a simplistic UI for 'non-dev' type folks! Click To Tweet
Step 3: Add Images
Add a Featured Image to your blog post; this will be the image that appears on top or beside the blog post when you publish it. Scroll down and on the right sidebar there is an option called Featured Image, click below it on Set Featured Image. Now you will see your Media Library, which is a collection of all the images on your website. Select an image here or upload a new image by choosing Upload Files. Select your image once it loads and add some alt text for extra SEO benefits. You can also add a title, description and caption. When you’re ready click on Set Featured Image.
To add an image within your blog text, place your cursor where you want the image to be and click on the Add Media button above the Visual Editor. You will see your Media Library again. Select or upload an image, add alt text and click on Insert Into Post.
If the image is too big, or you would like to have it align differently, hover over the image until a menu appears above it. Here you can change how the image appears, to change the size of the image click on the Pencil Icon. In this window you can select the size you would like and see a preview of the image on the right. When you’re ready click on Update.
Step 4: Add Links
For good SEO, you should add links to other webpages within your blog post where appropriate. These could be to other relevant pages on your website or other blog posts or even external sites. Select the text you want to make into a link and locate the Chain Icon in the toolbar of the Visual Editor. A small box will appear under your linked text, type or paste the URL of the page you want to link into the box and click on the Apply arrow. While this box is still visible you can click on the Pencil Icon to quickly edit your link and then on the Gear Icon to open a window with more link options.
Step 5: Create Categories, Tags and SEO
This step is super easy, all you’re going to do now is add some more information to the blog so that it’s easy for people to find it.
Simply navigate to the right side bar, and locate the Categories palette. Here you can either select an existing Category, or create a new one by clicking on the +Add New Category link at the bottom of the palette. You can categorise your blog posts any way you want, depending on your business and the topics that you blog about.
Add Tags by typing key words into the Tags text box. Separate your words by a comma (eg. Trees, Gardens, Flowers) and click on Add.
For simple SEO, scroll down to the bottom of your blog post until you see the Yoast SEO palette. If your website was not created by Banter you might see a different SEO palette, or you might not have one at all. To learn more about SEO and how to use it for your blog, check out our blog posts. To start off with basic SEO, add a Focus Keyword into the middle text box. This can be a single word or a phrase.
Step 6: Publish or Schedule
Pat yourself on the back because you just created a blog post! Woot woot! Now it’s time to publish it. Before you publish you can Save your blog post as a draft and then Preview it to make sure everything looks right before you go live. You can either publish right away by navigating to the right side bar and clicking on the Publish button, or you can schedule your post. This feature is great if you want to write and set up ten blog posts for the next few weeks and then have them publish automatically at the right date and time.
To do this simply find the Calendar Icon that says Publish Immediately, and click on the Edit link next to it. Now select the date and time you want your post to publish and click on OK.
Easy as pie!
As you can see it’s quite simple to start blogging on your WordPress website. What we’ve shown here is the basic way to blog effectively, but there are many more advanced techniques and settings you can use to really take your blog to the next level. And when you’re ready to do just that we at Banter are here to help!
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