From your WordPress dashboard, you should see a menu on your left with options such as Dashboard, Posts, Media, Links, Pages, and Comments. If these options are not available, you may have accidentally collapsed your WordPress menu. To bring it back out, look for the little triangle button resembling a “play” button at the very bottom and click that to expand the menu.
To write a Post, place your mouse over the “Posts” menu option. A sub-menu will pop up. Select “Add New”. At the top, under the words “Add New Post” will be a blank line for you to type in your headline.
Type in an article title such as: 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony
After you type in a title, a URL will be generated once the draft is initially saved. This is referred to as a “permalink” and it will be the URL of the article once it is published. To change the URL, hit the Edit button and change as desired.
The large box under the article title box is where the article itself will go. Type your text into the box using one of two different modes: Visual or HTML.
The Visual mode will show you precisely how your article will look on a webpage, including font sizes, images, and hyperlinks. HTML mode is for people who have an understanding of HTML coding and would either prefer to write in this manner or who would like to makes changes to the coding, which cannot be done in Visual mode.
Visual mode provides you with what is sometimes referred to as a WYSYWIG editor (what you see is what you get) and you can easily add flair to your article with things such as Bold text (the ‘B’ button), Italics text (the ‘I’ button), lists, bulleted lists, indented quotes, links, text positioning, and article breaks.
Upon your first installation of WordPress, not all the WYSYWIG options may be visible. Look for a little button with lots of tiny, colorful squares in it called the Kitchen Sink button. Click it to toggle open all the available WYSYWIG options available for your WordPress theme.
The ‘Insert More Tag’ button is used to provide a break or a “cut” in your article. If you’ve ever visited a blog and seen an article that stops short of the end with the words “Click here to read more…”, this is what the ‘Insert More Tag’ button does.
After writing your article, you’ll need to write an excerpt for your piece, which is a short summary that people can read to get a general idea about your topic. The ‘Excerpt’ box is typically located near the bottom of the editing page, but if you do not see the box, scroll up to the top of your screen.
On the top right there should be a little button called ‘Screen Options’. Click this button to pull down a menu of options that you can opt to have on your editing page. Check the ‘Except’ box and then click the ‘Screen Options’ button again to close it. Your ‘Excerpt’ box should now be available.
After you have written your article and excerpt, you need to categorize and Tag your article. On the right side is a set of boxes for these options. If your blog is new blog and you have not yet created any categories, not to worry. You can create categories right from the editing page.
Simply click on the ‘Add New Category‘ link, which will then pop up the boxes for adding a category. Type your desired category name into the blank box and then click the ‘Add New Category’ button. If you wish to set a “parent category” for your new category, you can locate it in the drop down menu. It is important to categorize all of your posts to ensure that users can easily navigate through your content.
Tagging your article is very simple and quick. In the ‘Tags’ box, there is a blank box for you to type tags into, separated by commas. For example, you could enter the following for your Olympics article:
2012 Olympics, London, Opening Ceremony
Simply type in the words and hit enter. If you’d like to browse popular tags, hit the “Choose from the most used tags” link to pop up a cloud of popular tags. Tags are important for search engines and for related post plugins and features.
After you’ve categorized, tagged, and proofread your article, it’s time to hit the Publish button. Once the article is published, you can head to your site to check out your finished article.