Given many of my website clients are new to WordPress, following are instructions on adding a blog post, formatting headings, adding a link and quotes. I’ll tackle the issue of adding images, categories and tags in separate posts.
Creating a New Blog Post
In your WordPress dashboard, hover over Posts and click Add New. Once you’ve done that, your screen should look like the one below.
Add your blog post name under Add a New Post and then click into the white box (my very technical term for it!) You can either copy and paste a post you’ve already done in Word or type directly into the box. If you do paste from a Word doc, be aware that you may need to fix some of the formatting. I’ve found that one extra space is often added in between paragraphs which you’ll need to delete.
Paragraph text is the default text used but you may want your headings to be larger or different to the default text. To do this, highlight the heading you’d like changed and click the down arrow next to Paragraph…
…and choose the Heading you wish to use.
To view what it looks like, click the Preview button on the right hand side.
The Headings use the code already pre-determined in your theme. These can be changed but please ask your web designer/developer to do this unless you feel comfortable doing it yourself.
To change the colour of your Heading, click the down arrow next to the A…
…and choose one of the colours or select Custom and pop in the RGB or Hex Colour of your choice in the boxes and click OK. I already know that the Hex colour for the pink I use in my site is #ec068d.
Adding a Link
If you wish to add an external link to your blog post, highlight the word or words you’d like to link e.g. this link leads to Google, and click on the chain icon…
…add or paste in the URL and also tick the box which says ‘open link in new window/tab’ and click on Add Link.
Side note: to grab the URL you want to paste – open up the page in your browser, click on the URL so it’s highlighted, then right click and copy (if using a PC). If you’re on a Mac, click on the URL and click Command + C.
Adding a Quote
To add a quote, click on the quotation marks in the toolbar…
… and type your quote. The formatting to add a quote is also pre-determined by your theme but here’s an example of the Minimum Pro (the theme I’m using) quotes:
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
The formatting can be changed in the css (cascading style sheets!) but again, ask your web designer/developer to change this if you’re not happy with the look.
Time to Publish Your Post!
Once you’re happy with your blog post you can hit Publish. Woo Hoo.
If you would like to schedule your post to Publish at a later date, head to the Edit button next to Publish immediately…
…schedule in the date and click OK.
Next up – adding images and featured images to blog posts.