Hello everyone! It’s Jennifer, here, with Web Hosting Billboard, and today I’m going to help you make a post in WordPress.

Getting Started

First log in to your WordPress Admin area. Locate the “Post” section at the left top half of your screen. Click the drop down arrow in the Post section. Next, click add new. This will open up the new entry screen.

First, we’ll enter the title. Click on the title box and enter your title. For this example, we’ve entered “Enter the title here.”

Adding Text

Next, click on the larger box for content (near center of screen). Once you click you’ll be able to start typing. Notice that once you start typing, WordPress will automatically create the name for this page on your site; in terms of the link you’ll have for this page. (Note highlighted URL on screen.)

Recall in the previous entry we set up permalinks, which makes our links search engine friendly, your link is visible in the area highlighted in yellow on your screen. Setting up your permalinks means that now all of your pages and posts to your site will be search engine friendly, and they’ll rank better because they include key words.

This content box is where you can type the body of your post. WordPress features a cool new editor, located at the top of the content box. By depressing the “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink” button, you can maximize or minimize the amount of editing icons visible while you work. In addition to these buttons for editing, there are keyboard shortcuts. For example, I’ve typed in Heading1, by depressing the CTRL with the one, two or three key, you can edit the text size. The same effect can be accomplished by utilizing the Heading dropdown menu visible on the text editor. The drop down menu has preformatted text settings that allow you to format your post.

Adding Images

The editor also allows you to do cool stuff like add images. On the ‘UPLOAD/INSERT’ menu just above the editor, click on the first icon. A popup menu will appear that allows your to select a file from your computer to upload to your post. Remember that your folder permissions must be set to allow automatic upload of content, otherwise your image uploads will fail, as demonstrated in this example. To ensure that your folder permissions are correct, follow these steps:

  1. Open your FTP client.
  2. Log on to your site.
  3. Locate the folder whose permissions you’d like to alter.
  4. Right click on the folder and access the properties menu.
  5. Near the bottom of the popup window, you’ll see a section for permissions.
  6. Alter the permissions so that “Group” and “Other” can write. This is done by clicking the appropriate boxes under the ‘Group’ and ‘Other’ headngs. Changing these settings will allow the WordPress program to change files on the server.

Notice how the image now loads with no trouble, since the permissions have been changed to allow WordPress access to the server folder.

WordPress 3.0 features a great new image uploader feature. Once your image is uploaded you can enter the title and alternate text (scroll over text) for your image, in one simple screen. You can enter a caption and description for the image too on this screen, though neither field is required. Sizing options are also accessible from this screen and include pixel size descriptors, and alignment options can be changed from this screen as well. The brilliance of this feature is that it allows you to completely edit and manipulate your image without using a single bit of HTML.

Once you’re done manipulating your image, click ‘INSERT TO POST.’ This will let you see the image as it will appear in your post. You can continue to edit your post after adding the image. To edit your image after inserting it into your post, simply click on it. Two icons will pop up. The red icon will, if clicked, delete your image. The icon to the left will bring up the ‘edit image’ screen which allows you to further manipulate your image. So if you feel like you messed up and you want to change your settings, you can go into this menu and change it. For this example, I’m changing the image alignment so that it is aligned to the right.

Categories

The categories menus are located at the left bottom half of your screen. Categories allow you to organize your posts into searchable groups. To create a new category, click on the “ADD NEW CATEGORY” link. For this example, I am creating a new category called “Latest News.” After clicking the Add New Category link, type the name of your category into the text box and click the “ADD NEW CATEGORY” button underneath the box.

Excerpt

This optional feature allows you to have a short summary of your post. While excerpts are not required, they can improve readability when you have a list of posts on your homepage.

Publishing

To publish your post, click the PUBLISH button at the left top half of your screen. Once your post is published you will see a yellow bar across the top of your screen notifying you that your entry has been published. There will be a link in this area to view your post. Clicking on that link will take you to your new entry and allow you to view your work as it will appear to visitors of your site.

There you have it! Thanks for watching my tutorial. I feel like we’re all friends here, building our stuff together. I just want to share this information with you guys and help you as much as I can, so thanks for watching and have a great day! Peace.