In my previous post we talked about 6 easy steps to get started on blogging. One of those steps included finding a platform to blog on. In this post, I’ll show you just how easy it is to write a blog using WordPress. This is going to assume you’ve already loaded up WordPress and picked out a template.
When you’re in WordPress, you’ll use “Posts” as your method for creating your blogs. Within your posts, you can assign categories and tags to what you write. A category let’s you group your posts together in a broader range. Tags however, allow you to get more specific and detailed. So let’s go back to using food as our blog topic. Let’s say you had a great recipe for pepperoni pizza you wanted to share. Your category might then be “recipes” because that would be the high-level, broad category. Then within that recipe you might tag it with some detailed descriptors like “pepperoni”, “glutten-free” and so on.
Categories and tags come in very handy because it guides the user to where they want to go from a high level. You don’t have to include tags but there has to be at least one category so plan them out. WordPress comes with a default category of “Uncategorized” that everything is put under unless you specify categories. It is advisable to at least change this to something like “General”. Your posts can also be listed under multiple categories as well. And this is useful when maybe your post covers several categories.
Now that you understand categories and tags, you’re ready to create your post. So on the left hand side, under post, you’ll also see the option to “add new”. Clicking on that gives you a blank slate to start with. Here are each of the fields and options in detail:
When you’re finished creating your post you can instantly publish it live on your site.
Another great feature is the scheduling option WordPress offers (see the screenshot on the right). Let’s say you get on a roll with your writing. You have about 3 topics you’ve written on but you don’t want to post them all at once. WordPress gives you the option to schedule your post. So instead of clicking “publish” you can simply edit the schedule of the post. On the image to the right, you’ll see the notation “Publish immeditately” with an edit button. If you click on edit, it will give you the option to select a date and time. When you’ve picked the day and time you want it displayed, you can publish it. It will hold your post until that day and time and release it to your blog.
WordPress gives you the option to put your posts in “Draft” mode. This is just really a placeholder for where you left off. At anytime, you can place the post in draft mode and come back and work on it later. It won’t be visible to the public until you are ready to publish it.
And that is WordPress in a Nutshell as it refers to blogging. My next blog post will cover hosting environments and why it is important to find one that is reliable and secure.