24 Feb How to add a WordPress blog post a step by step guide (Video)
As Digital Park grows and expands in to new areas, we are pleased to announce our first official tutorial video on how to add a WordPress blog post to your website. We will be looking to expand this series of tutorials to help new and existing clients use WordPress. These tutorials are ideal for beginners or those looking to refresh their memory of how to post to your WordPress blog. You can watch the video in full below, for those who want to read the full transcript of the video you can also do so below.
welcome to a tutorial by Digital Park
In this tutorial I will be showing you how to add, edit and delete a blog post and also how to add a featured image.
Here is an example of a blog post.
A WordPress blog and WordPress website are exactly the same, they both use the WordPress engine as a core back-end system. Which is what you can see here.
This back-end is called the dashboard. On the left hand side you can see a menu, full of options for you to manage our blog or website. In this video we are going to focus on ‘Posts’.
So let’s go ahead and click ‘posts’. You will see a list of blog posts.
This list may be empty if you have no blog posts added yet. In this example I have two blog posts added already.
If I hover over the ‘Hello World’ blog post I will get a list of options of what I can do with this blog post. We want to focus on the first 4 items of this menu list. It goes; ‘Edit’, ‘Quick edit’,
‘Trash’ and ‘View’. The rest of the items you can see in this list are from additional plugins and not relevant to this tutorial. I will discuss plugins and additional features in another video.
Other features on the Posts page are, ‘author’ – so who posted the blog post; ‘categories’ – which category is the post assigned to; ‘tags’ – which are currently blank, I will explain why later,
and finally, the date the blog post was published. Again, the SEO and Readability are additional features not relevant to this tutorial.
Okay, so now we have a brief idea of how the Posts page looks, lets create our new blog post. At the top of the page you will see ‘Add New’. We are going to go ahead an click that.
You will then come to page that looks like this. Don’t worry, every single WordPress website or blog post page looks exactly like this. You have a title input field and a large input box.
These are the key areas we need to focus on for adding our new blog post.
So lets go ahead and add in our title. And now I will add in a block of text I have already created.
Don’t worry, you can type directly in to the box like so – “Hello world”. From the ‘visual’ side of the box you can use common features for adding colour, headings, links and alignment. I would suggest that you keep this box on the visual side for easier editing.
So we have our title, we have our blog content. What we need now is a featured image. So we scroll down to the featured image box and click ‘set featured image’. This will bring up a media
library with some uploaded images already on the website. We can also upload directly from our computer or device. I have already uploaded the image I require so I just need check the Alt text is okay and to check it is selected. Then click ‘set featured image’. It is that simple! To remove the image just click the ‘remove featured image’ like so. You will then need to select a new featured image.
So lets now take a look at some of the publishing options we have.
First we can save this blog post as a draft. We can preview how the blog posts looks on the front-end, that’s what the visitors to your blog will see. We then have a few statuses which tells us the blog posts current state. The most important feature here is the scheduling of when you want the post to go out. That can be changed by editing the date next to the calendar icon. It is currently set to publish immediately. By changing the date and time here we can post this blog to our website at a future point in time.
This is ideal for busy people who want to publish a blog post at a popular time for increased traffic. You can specify the month, day and time.
Or alternative you can just click publish and it will go live straight away.
It is as simple as that to add a blog to your wordpress website.
Now, there are three features on this post page that I need to mention. Firstly is the ‘author’, you can assign the blog to another member of your team if they have an account set up in wordpress.
As you can see, I am currently the only user on this demo website.
‘Categories’ is the next area. Categories are useful if you want to separate out your content to different areas of your business. Say you have a tutorial series you would tick ‘tutorial’, this means anyone viewing the blog can see you have a place for all your tutorials and can find them by clicking ‘tutorial’ in the category list. You can also add new categories directly from this section, like so.
Tags have become a little useless these days, they used to be great for website SEO and tag clouds as they would help users find certain blogs based on keywords. However, since they no longer serve any use for promoting your website in search engines, people just stopped using them. Opting for the categories is a better way of categorising blog posts.
So lets go back to our ‘Posts’. If we hover over our new blog post, we can now edit it. So lets remove “hello World” and update it. Editing is that simple. Lets say we want to change our category for
our new blog post, well we can do that quickly without having to visit the blog page. Just click ‘quick edit’. Here we can quickly update some simple information, we can change the title, the date and the time and we could also make the post private – but that’s not ideal in this case. But we can change the category or select more categories to assign it to. You can also unpublish the post by changing its status.
Once you are happy just click “update”.
‘Trash’ is exactly what it says it does. It will remove your blog post from the website and add it to your trash.
It will not permanently delete your blog post so don’t worry if you click it by mistake. You can navigate to your trash and find your blog post. You can ‘restore’ your post so it will go back on the website and to the published list, or you can click ‘permanently delete’. Which will remove it completely. There is no going back from clicking that one.
The last thing to do is ‘view’ your blog post.
So in this tutorial you have learnt how to post, edit and delete a blog post; change a posts status using the quick edit button; how to add and remove a featured image;
set a category for your blog post and select a different author.
Thanks for watching.