This guide is for beginners who just have started their blogging journey in WordPress blogging platform. You can directly write your blog post in WordPress dashboard or you can write your post in somewhere else and then copy and paste the post into WordPress.
In my case, I write my blog post in a notepad and after proof-reading the post, I just copy the post and paste into my WordPress post editor.
So, no matter, where you’ll write or edit your blog post, procedure of adding post in WordPress is same.
Beginner Guide to write post in WordPress
Writing post in WordPress is straightforward.
Writing post in WordPress involves following steps –
Step 1: Login to your WordPress dashboard
For writing post in WordPress you need to login to your WordPress dashboard. Type your WordPress admin URL in your browser’s address bar. Your WordPress dashboard URL should be”www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/“. Replace “Yourdomain.com” with your domain URL.
Now put your login information (username and password) in the respective fields that appears on the WordPress login screen.
Step 2: Go to WordPress post editor
Once you logged in your WordPress dashboard, click on menu and then “Posts“. After clicking on post menu you’ll see 4 sub-menu: All posts, Add new, Categories and Tags.
Let’s have some lights on these sub-menus.
All posts: If you click on these sub-menu, you’ll see all your published posts, scheduled posts and drafts. You’ll also see a “Add new” button on the top of the screen. If you click on this “Add new” button, you’ll be taken to the post editor screen where you can write a new post.
Add new: If you click on this “Add new” sub-menu, you’ll directly be taken to the post editor screen where you can write a new blog post.
Categories: If you click on this sub-menu, you’ll be taken to a page where you can add categories or edit existing categories.
Tags: Like “Categories” sub-menu, clicking on “Tags”, you’ll be taken to tag editing screen where you can add new tag for your blog post or edit existing tags.
You can also add “Categories” and “Tags” in the post editor screen. I’ll discuss these later in this post.
But, for now, we’ll click on the “Add new” sub-menu to go to WordPress post editing screen.
Step 3: Getting familiar with WordPress post editor
Once you clicked on “WordPress dashboard > Posts > Add new“, you will be taken to the WordPress post editing screen as shown in the image below.
Now let’s get familiar with WordPress post editing screen.
1. Post body: This is the main part of the WordPress post editing screen. You can consider this as a page of a document. All the text and media of you blog post will go here.
You can directly write the text of your post here in this field or you can copy the text from somewhere else and paste here.
2. Post title: You’ll write your blog post’s title here in this field.
3. Add media: When you want to add image, video, Audio or document, you need to click on this button.
4. Visual and text editor: For beginner, I will recommend to select “Visual” button. This button is selected by default. If not selected, ensure that the button is selected when you write your post. If the button is selected, you will see the things exactly as you type.
If the “Text” button is selected, you’ll see the html code for your post. For the beginner, I won’t recommend this.
5. Post formatting tools: With these tools you can format your text – bold, italic, etc. And you will find many other post formatting tools here. You will know more about these tools later in this post.
6. Word count: Here you will see the word count for your post.
7. Post saving status: WordPress will automatically save a draft of your post. You can see the status here. As you add more content for post, WordPress will clean up the previous draft and save a draft copy again. In this way, you won’t lose your work if internet connection is interrupted or any unwanted thing is happened.
8. Permalink: WordPress will automatically save a permalink for your post based on the post title. You can edit the permalink by clicking on the “Edit” button. But, once your post is published, don’t change the permalink of the post. Because, it will harm your post SEO.
Okay. You are now familiar with the WordPress post editor screen. Now let’s see how we can write post in WordPress.
Step 4: How to write post in WordPress
As I told at the beginning of this post, you can write your post in WordPress directly or you can write your post in somewhere else and paste that in WordPress post editor. I prefer later method.
I write my blog post in a separate text editing programs. After editing, proofreading and eliminating all possible errors (such as grammatical and spelling mistake), I just copy the post and paste into the WordPress post editor.
If you want to have a distraction free writing experience, you should not use WordPress post editor for writing your blog post.
When you write or paste your blog post in WordPress post editor, make sure “Visual” tab is selected.
Step 5: How to make your text Bold or italic?
If you want to make your text Bold or italic, first select the text which you want to make bold or italic and then click on the bold tool or italic tool from the formatting toolbar.
Step 6: How to add media in your post?
To add image, video or any type of media, place the cursor where you want to display your media and then click on the “Add media” button.
You can show media from your media library or you can upload from your computer.
If you want to upload media from your computer, just click on “Add media > upload” button and then select the media which you want to display in your post.
If you to show existing media from your media library, just click on “Add media > Media library” select the media and click on insert button.
Step 7: How to Create Link In your Post?
Link is created to give readers an opportunity to read more related articles, either from your blog or from another reliable source.
To create a link, first select the text from your post which you want to display as anchor text for the link and then click on the “link” button from the formatting toolbar (“link” button is marked as 9 in the above image). Once you clicked on the link button, a box will appear showing you a field to insert URL of the post you want to link to.
Step 8: How to Add Headings and Subheadings in your Post?
To increase the readability of your post, you need to divide your post in various headings and subheadings. Dividing post with headings and subheadings also make it SEO friendly.
To make a sentence as heading or subheading, just place the cursor on the sentence and click on the heading drop down button.
Once you clicked on the button, a drop Down sub-menu will appear. From there you can select which heading you want for the selected sentence.
Step 9: How to edit permalink
Permalink is the URL for a post. The permalink structure of a post is depended on the WordPress setting. Permalink is automatically created based on a post title. However, you can edit the permalink by clicking on the “Edit” button which is marked as “10″ in the above image.
Step 10: How to select category and Tag for your post?
You can make your posts categorised and add tags to give your readers a nice browsing experience for your posts. Making your posts categorised and adding tags also make the posts SEO friendly.
From the right hand column of WordPress post editor screen, you can select category and Tag for your posts.
Step 11: How to save, schedule or publish your Post?
After editing and formatting your post, you can save your post as a draft or you can publish your post instantly or you can schedule your post to publish on later date.
To save your post as a draft, just click on the save button on the right hand column. You can come back to the post later and publish the post when you want.
If you click on the publish button, your post will be published on your blog instantly.
If you want to publish your post on later date, you can schedule it. To schedule your post just click on the Edit button next to visibility option. Here, you can insert date and time to schedule your post.
I hope this article helped you to learn writing or adding post in WordPress as a beginner. There are some other hidden functions which, I think, you don’t need to worry about much at this stage. As I wrote this guide for extremely beginner, I didn’t want to make them overwhelm by including those hidden functions in this post.
How do you write or add blog post in WordPress? Please share in comments…