Want to learn how to make your first WordPress blog post? Here Mark will walk you through your first post step by step starting with giving your post a title, adding content and pictures, adding a featured image, and even how to schedule your post to appear later (like when you’re on vacation and you want to make it look like you’re still working). Here are the timestamps for each part in case you need to jump directly to them.
- 2:49 Starting a new post (post page overview)
- 5:54 Entering a post title
- 6:21 Adding content to your post
- 7:19 Adding pictures to your post
- 14:00 Adding a featured image
- 15:36 Scheduling your post to publish at a later date
- 17:08 Changing your permalinks
1. HOVER OVER “POSTS” IN THE MENU ON THE LEFT AND CLICK “ADD NEW”. (2:49)
You can also click on the word “Posts”. That will take you to a page that lists all of the posts you have so far. Since this is your first post, there will likely be a sample post there called, “Hello World!” There you can click the button at the top that says “Add New”. Either approach gets you to the same place.
2. TYPE IN THE TITLE OF YOUR NEW POST IN THE FIELD UNDER “ADD NEW POST.” (5:54)
Be sure that your title is simple and direct. You want a reader to be able to understand what the post is about from simply seeing your title. You will also want your title to be listed in the content if at all possible. This also helps significantly with SEO (Search Engine Optimization). If you can’t use your title in the body of the post and connect the content to it logically, your title is too creative and/or complicated.
3. TYPE YOUR POST. (6:21)
WordPress has a basic set of style options similar to Word or Pages including bold, italics, bullets, justification, font colors, etc that you’ll find familiar. Be careful when copy/pasting content from elsewhere because you are often unknowingly bringing over formatting that will not translate well in your new post. In these cases, either use the “paste as text” option (the icon of a clipboard with a T on it) or paste the content in your operating system’s text editor and use it’s “Make Plain Text” option. That will remove all formatting so that you can paste it safely. If you don’t see the second row of options in your toolbar, click the “toolbar toggle” button and the second row will appear.
4. ADD A PICTURE INSIDE YOUR POST. (7:19)
Want to include pictures like I have in this post? No problem! Click in your content wherever you’d like a picture. Then click “Add Media” from the style menu (above the “bold” icon). Choose or upload the picture you’d like to use and click “Insert Into Post”. If you’d like the picture to be right justified, click on the picture once and then click the right justification icon in the style menu. If you’d like to resize the picture, click once on the pic and then resize using the handles that appear on each of the four corners of the picture.
5. ADD A FEATURED IMAGE. (14:00)
A featured image is the large image at the top of your post. Featured images add visual interest and context to your posts and they are usually the image that will display when you post links to social media, so be sure to choose great pictures.
* Make sure that your pics are either ones you’ve taken yourself or pics you’ve downloaded or purchased for this use, because you can’t just grab one from Google Images or elsewhere without having the rights to use it. If you’re not sure about a particular pic, I recommend finding another one. Stay classy. Stay legal.
6. PUBLISH, SAVE AS DRAFT, OR SCHEDULE YOUR POST TO PUBLISH AT A LATER DATE. (15:36)
If you’re ready for your post to show publicly, click the blue “publish” or “update” button in the right sidebar. If you’re not ready to show your post publicly, you can click, “Save As Draft,” Your post will be saved so that you can continue to edit it until you’re ready to publish. If you’d like to schedule your post to automatically show at a specific date and time in the future, click the word “edit” under “published on” in the right sidebar. Choose the date and time you’d like it to appear and click “schedule.”
7. UPDATING YOUR PERMALINKS. (17:08)
If you look at the address of your new post in the address bar at the top, you’ll likely see something relatively cryptic like, “…/?p=20”. If you would like it to say, “…/my-first-blog-post” instead, it’s a simple fix. Just go to the menu in the left sidebar and scroll down to “Settings” and then to “Permalinks.” You will likely see the “Default” setting chosen. Change it to “Post Name” and click, “Save Changes” at the bottom. Now when you reload your page, your post’s name will show up in the address bar.