May 17, 2016

Creating Users in WordPress

1. To add a new user to your WordPress site, log in to your WordPress site and click to expand the Users menu.

2. Click the Add New link located in the Users menu.

3. Enter the username, email address, first name, last name, website, and password for the user.

4. If this user is brand new, it’s a good idea to select to send this password to the new user by email.

5. Next, select the subscriber role for the user.

6. To see a basic overview of WordPress user roles, click the Help tab at the top of the screen. Here you’ll see details for how user roles relate to site privileges, so you’ll be able to decide which level of access to grant to your new user.

May 17, 2016

Scheduling WordPress Posts

This WordPress posts scheduling feature is found in the Publish box on the upper right side of the post editor page.

To schedule a post for publication, click the edit link next to Publish Immediately. You’ll now see a drop-down option to select the month, date and year to publish the post, even the exact hour and minute.

For example, if you’d like to publish this post at 8 a.m. tomorrow, select tomorrow’s date, set the time for 8 a.m., and click Ok. You’ll now see the Schedule button has appeared.

Click the Schedule button and you’ll see the status of this post has changed to scheduled with details for the exact date and time it will be published to your blog.

May 17, 2016

WordPress Categories & Tags

WordPress Categories

WordPress categories are basic ways for you to organize your posts into different categories, such as topics.

For example, when writing a post, think of the wider topic of the post. If you plan to write more posts about this topic in the future, you’ll probably want to group these posts together.

From the post editor page, find the Categories box.

Adding a New Category

If you don’t have any categories yet, click the + Add new category link. Add a new category and click Add new category. You’ll then see your new category has been added to the list of categories.

To assign a category to a post, click the checkbox next to the category.

Another way to manage post categories is through the Posts > Categories link in the WordPress Dashboard navigation menu. Clicking the Categories link will display the Categories page. From here, you can see all your categories on the right, and where to add new ones.

Category Slug

The Category Slug is the URL-friendly version of the category. It is usually all lowercase and contains only letters, numbers and hyphens.

Category Hierarchies

Categories, unlike tags, can be nested into hierarchies. For example, you might have a Jazz category, and under that have children categories for Bebop and big band.

Category Description

The description section is a place for you to add more details about the posts assigned to that category. Some WordPress themes may show this information.

WordPress Categories vs Tags

What’s the difference between categories and tags?  Think of your site like a book. Categories are like the Table of Contents and tags are like the terms in the index.

May 17, 2016

Using the WordPress Media Library

To visit your WordPress Media Library, expand the Media menu from the WordPress Dashboard.  The Media Library page will show all of the media items you currently have in your media library.

To add a new media item to your library, click the Add New link. From here, upload a new image. Once your image has been uploaded, you’ll see it has been added to the library.

May 17, 2016

Formatting WordPress Posts

The majority of your formatting options can be found in the Post Editor Toolbar. If you’ve ever used a word processing software such as Microsoft Word, most of these icons should look familiar.

To get started formatting your WordPress posts, visit Posts > Add New or Post > All Posts and select the post you’d like to edit.

The formatting icons included in the WordPress post editor include:

  • In the first row of the toolbar, we have options to bold, italize or strikethrough text. To bold text, Just select the text you’d like to format and click the bold button. You’ll see this text has been bolded.
  • The next two icons are for bulleted and numbered lists. If you’d like to add a list to a post, just select the text, then click that icon.
  • The quotation mark icon is the block quote feature. By default, this will add an indentation and italicized style to your selected text. (Note: your WordPress theme controls how block quotes are styled on the front end of your site.)
  • Next are alignment options. You can choose to align left, center or align right.
  • The next icon is the insert more tag. This will change how much text your blog page displays with a read more link.
  • If you’d prefer to write your posts in distraction free mode, click this icon. This will take you to full-screen writing mode similar to using a Word processing software. To exit out of this mode, we’ll click “exit fullscreen.”
  • If we click the Show/hide the kitchen sink, another line of formatting options will be revealed. Here you add heading styles to your text, underline text or set a full alignment.
  • If you decide you’d like to change the color of you selected text, just use this icon to select the color.
  • The next two icons are for pasting text — either as plain text or from Microsoft Word.

If you ever get stuck using your formatting icons, you can simply hover over the icon to see the name and function.

May 17, 2016

Using WordPress Widgets

One of the great things about WordPress widgets is that they require no code experience or expertise. Thanks to WordPress, they can simply be added, removed and rearranged.

The actual location of widgets on your site depends on your WordPress theme. Most WordPress themes offer several different page templates that decide where widget locations are in the page design.

In addition to the default WordPress widgets, WordPress plugins often add their own widgets as well. Some may add additional options for customization features.

To see how widgets work, log in to your WordPress site and visit the Appearance > Widgets panel. On the left side of the page, you’ll see all available widgets. Default widgets will be visible here, plus any additional widgets that have been added by your installed plugins. On the right, you’ll see all of your widget available widget locations.

May 17, 2016

Creating a Custom Menu in WordPress

Custom menus in WordPress may contain links to pages, categories, custom links or other content types. You can also specify a different navigation label for a menu item as well as assign other attributes.

There’s no limit on how many menus you can create, so if your theme includes more than one menu location, you can choose which custom menu to associate with each location. You can also use custom menus in conjunction with the Custom Menus widget.

May 17, 2016

Applying a WordPress Page Template

1. To add a WordPress page template to a page, edit or add a new page from the Pages menu located in the WordPress Dashboard.

2. Find the Page Attributes section. In this section, you’ll see a drop-down list for available page templates.

May 17, 2016

Creating a WordPress Page

1. To get started adding a new page to your WordPress site, find the Pages menu in the WordPress Dashboard Navigation menu. Click Add new.

The WordPress page editor looks nearly identical to the post editor, except for a few different boxes located on the right side of the screen.

2. Add the title of the page, like About. Note: If you have pretty permalinks set up, the title of your page will also be the URL slug.

3. Next, add some content.

4. The Publish section of the page editor is exactly the same as for writing posts. When you’re ready to publish, you can either publish immediately, save this or a draft, or schedule the page to be published later.

May 17, 2016

Adding Images in WordPress

1. Determine where you’d like to insert your image in your post.

2. Above the Post editor toolbar, you’ll see an Add Media button. Click  the Add Media button and you’ll see the Insert Media box.

3. Your WordPress site uses a media library to store all of your media like images and videos. From this box, you can choose to either upload a new file or use an existing file in from the media library. To upload an image, click the Select files button. Find the image you’d like to use and click open.

May 17, 2016

Creating a WordPress Post

The Add New Posts page can also be found from the + New link in the WordPress Admin Bar, also.

Click the Add New link.

Now you’ll see the Add New Post page where you can create your first post.

The first box is where you’ll want to enter the title of your post.

Next is the Post formatting section or post editor. This is where you’ll actually type the content of your post.

May 17, 2016

WordPress Posts vs Pages

A WordPress post is what makes up the blog aspect of your site.

  • These are generally news or informational updates about a certain topic or talking point.
  • Posts are listed in reverse chronological order and can be tagged, categorized and even archived on your site.
  • WordPress posts are what make up the RSS content of your WordPress blog. So, when someone subscribes to your RSS feed, your posts will be the content that’s delivered to them.
  • Think of the posts at the news portion of your site. They’re dynamic and constantly changing the content your end users sees.
May 17, 2016

Exploring WordPress Settings

Exploring WordPress Settings

From the WordPress Dashboard, locate the Settings menu. If we hover over this menu, you’ll see a submenu appear with options for various WordPress settings including:

  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussion
  • Media
  • Permalinks
May 17, 2016

Using the WordPress Admin Bar

The WordPress Admin Bar is the dark grey bar that goes across the very top of the screen once you’re logged in to your WordPress site.

On the far left side of the WordPress Dashboard, you’ll see the WordPress logo. If you hover over this logo, you’ll see links to WordPress-specific information. These are great quick-links if you’re ever needing to take a look at WordPress documentation, visit the support forums or leave feedback.

May 17, 2016

Exploring the WordPress Dashboard

The WordPress Dashboard allows you to control all of the behind-the-scene details of managing your site. Once you find your way around the dashboard, you’ll realize it’s really easy to use and navigate.

First we’ll take a look at the dashboard home screen. After you first log in, you’ll see a top welcome box from WordPress with some quick links to help you get started.

May 17, 2016

Your WordPress Login

Once WordPress has been installed on your web server, you can access your WordPress login page from two different URLs.

http://yoursite.com/wp-login.php
http://yoursite.com/wp-admin

December 22, 2014

WordPress .com or .org?

If you’re relatively new to WordPress, you may have been confused by the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. If so, you’re not alone!

In this video, we’ll take a quick look at the differences between these two related—but distinctively different—versions of the popular WordPress blogging software.