September 05, 2016

WordPress beginner’s guide – How to start blogging on WordPress

Rankings in Google are primarily driven by good content now.  So blogging is always a really good way to boost your site's ranking.  There are more than 400 million people viewing more than 19 billion different blog pages each month; it's a pretty solid traffic resource.  With WordPress, you don't need to be very tech savvy to start blogging.  In fact, WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms because it's so easy to use.  In this article, we are going to show you how to create a WordPress blog post.

How to create a blog post on WordPress

add a new post

1. Go to "Posts" in your dashboard

Log in to your WordPress dashboard, and go to "Posts".   

Click the "Add New" button to create a new post.

2. Start writing

In the upper field, give your post a title and write whatever you want to talk about in the editing box below it.

Start blogging on wordpress

Don't forget there is a tool bar toggle here on the WYSIWYG editor to help you change font size, font color, add special characters, decrease or increase indent, etc.  Also on the lower left corner, you can see how many words you have written in your post so far.

3. Add Media

Adding images or charts to your posts is a good way to keep your reader interested and better explain your concept.  Simply click the "Add Media" button and upload the image you want to insert here.  Most recent versions of WordPress support drag and drop so you can drag your images straight from your desktop to your browser to instantly upload them.Add media on your post

Wordpress blog format

 4. Post Format

If you want to create an article with videos, audio or an image gallery, you can change your "Post Format" here on the left side bar.  This feature is dependent on the theme you use and not all themes support post formats.  If they do support them, they are a great way to better engage your visitors with different types of media or posts.  But remember, themes are not required to support every format on the list and more themes seem to be foregoing this feature.  If you have many different types of blog posts, make sure to pick out a theme that supports these.

 5. Categories & Tags

Using categories and tags is a good way to keep your blog organized and help your readers to find what they want they're looking for more easily.  Tags and categories are very similar, but both provide useful information to users and search engines.  While they're both optional, we definitely recommend using both.

Wordpress blog categories and tags

6. Featured Image

On the left sidebar, you can set an image as the featured image for this post.  It is usually also the thumbnail image for the post depending on the theme you're using.

Add featured image

 
 
 
 

7. Inserting the "Read More" tag?

Read more tags are a very easy way to let you tease your visitors and make them want to read your article.  The paragraph before "Read More" tag will be shown as an excerpt for a quick intro to the blog post on your blog index page and the remaining content will be hidden until you visit the actual post page.
To add it simply click the "Insert Read More tag" button on your content editor.  If you wish to delete it, click on it and press "delete" or "backspace" on your keyboard. 
 
How to add read more tags in WordPress
If this doesn't work, your theme may not support this tag or you may be trying to use it somewhere it's not supported, such as from within a shortcode or widget.

8. Publish your awesome work!

After you finish your article, publish it by clicking the blue "Publish" button on the upper right.  You can save it as draft or preview your article here before too if you want to see how it looks before publishing.  

For more advenced setting, click the blue underlined text says "Edit", you will see more options for your post.  You can not only save your post as draft, but also save if as "Pending Review", for administrators to review it before publishing.  You will also see the visibility options here.  You can even set it as "Password protected" and require a password to view the article.  Setting the post as "Private" will hide the post from everyone except administrative users.  If you wish to schedule a time to publish this article instead of publishing it right away, those options are here too.

Publish your awesome articles on WordPress blog website.

WordPress really does do blogging well and comes with many features out of the box to help you get started.  Have other questions about blogging?  Drop us a comment below.