1) Log in to your website.
To add a new blog entry to your website, you must be logged in to the site. To log in, visit yourdomain.com/login and type in your username and password. After you have successfully logged in, you will be directed to the WordPress dashboard.
2) Click on the “Posts” menu option and “Add New.”
WordPress defines your blog entries as posts. Posts are date-categorized content pages, listed in chronological order.
Clicking on the “Posts” menu option will expose a sub-menu with the following options, “All Posts, Add New, Categories, and Tags.” You will want to click on the link labeled, “Add New” in order to create a new post.
3) Enter your post title.
When the “Add New” page loads, a form will display that allows you to enter content for your new post. The first field is labeled “Enter title here.” Whatever title you insert here will be the title of the post and display to readers when the post is published.
3) Enter your content.
Beneath the field to enter your post title is where all of your content will be typed. This field, also known as the content editor is where you can add not only text, but images, links, and videos to create engaging content for your readers.
4) Categorize (and tag) the content for discoverability.
When you continue to blog, your posts will eventually become one long chronological list of your thoughts. What happens when readers want to search for content from you based on a particular topic or idea? This is where post taxonomies are introduced.
WordPress allows you to categorize and tag content for organization and discoverability. So if you’re running a food blog, you might categorize your posts by location, price or cuisine. You could then add tags for attributes such as flavor or ingredients. There are no hard rules as to how you organize your content, it’s just important that you organize it in a way that makes sense to your readers. Keep in mind, that your categories do become a menu in their own right, so you want to keep them as broad as possible.
You will notice that your new post, by default, is categorized as “Uncategorized” which means that it has no category. If you are adding a category, make sure that you uncheck this category so that you’re not miscommunicating to your readers.
5) Set a featured image.
From your own experience, you already know that a picture is worth a thousand words. Generally, the longer your post, the more you need to have a picture to provide a visual summary of what your content is about.
WordPress allows you to set a featured image that will display in designated places on your website such as the recent blog listing on the homepage. To set the featured image, click on the link “Set featured image” and follow the prompts.
After you click on the “Set featured image” link, a modal (or popup) will display allowing you to upload an image from your computer (or mobile device). Once the image has been uploaded, it will be selected. Next, click on the “Set featured image” button in the bottom right-hand corner.
6) Publish your post.
Once you have completed typing the content to your post is now ready to be published. Publish means to make it available for the public to view. It’s always recommended that you preview your post before you publish. To preview the post, click the “Preview” button in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
After you have reviewed your post, click the blue “Publish” button to make your post live.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I just published my blog post, how do I view it?
A: Your post is viewable by clicking on the Permalink (a permanent static hyperlink to a particular web page or entry in a blog). Your post is also viewable in multiple places on the website such as your homepage, recent blog lists or your blog archive usually located at yourdomain.com/blog.