Step 3 – How to Use WordPress
With your web hosting and blog all set up, it’s now time to show you how to use WordPress. If you haven’t already setup your web hosting and installed WordPress, please click here to go back to our main page or click here to set up your web hosting.
Logging into WordPress for the First Time
Once your WordPress software has been installed on your hosting account, you can log in and start using the platform right away. To access the WordPress dashboard and login area, the URL is usually http://domainname.com/wp-admin (replace domainname.com with your actual site name).
If for any reason you can’t remember your password or login details, simply click on the “Lost your password?” text below the login area.
Changing the Title of Your Blog
The first thing you will want to do when logging into WordPress for the first time, is to change the Title and Tagline for your site. By default, these will just be set at “My Blog”, so you will need to edit them to match the actual site or topic for your site.
You can access this area of WordPress by clicking on SETTINGS in the dashboard area, then clicking on General.
With the title of your blog now in place, let’s walk through the easy process of writing your first blog post!
Writing Your First Blog Post in WordPress
The most exciting part about blogging is the content you are going to create. With WordPress, writing, editing, and publishing content to your site is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
To get started, click on the “Posts” tab in the left side menu area, then click on “Add New”.
To add images to your content, all you need to do is click on the “Add Media” button found right below the Title field.
For full text content customization, be sure to utilize the Toolbar features. If you don’t see the toolbar when logged into your WordPress area, simply click on the last icon in the row, which is labeled as the “Toolbar Toggle”.
You can start posting content to your site right away. You will also have the ability to edit, remove and update any and all of your blog content at any time as well.
Changing Your WordPress Theme
To change the look of your site, you would want to change your WordPress theme. Each WordPress installation is setup with the default Theme, but this can easily be changed with a few clicks from within your dashboard area.
To access the themes area of WordPress, simply click on “Appearance” in the left-hand menu, then “Themes”.
From here you can see all of the “Active” themes within your account and any inactive themes as well. To add a new theme you can click “Add New” on the top or as seen on the bottom right corner.
When adding a new theme, you can search through the WordPress theme directory within your dashboard area, or you upload a WordPress theme if you had previously downloaded it from another location.
For a more detailed guide on how to write blog content, install WordPress themes and customize the look and feel of your site, you can click here.