Guide: Adding your first WordPress blog post

We build many of our websites on the WordPress platform, so it makes sense that we create a short guide on one of the most used aspects of WordPress, creating a blog post.

First step: How to start

You can start either from the frontend or backend, below you will see images for both aspects. From the frontend simply hover the word “New” in the top bar of your page when logged in, then click the word “Post”. You can also do this from the backend, however you may want to select “Posts” from your side bar and click “Add New”.

Step two: The title

You will need to create a title for your page, enter a compelling and intriguing title into the title space. This will automatically become your website hyperlink e.g. https://www.b3d.co.uk/graphic-design/basic-design-fundamentals/ comes from the title “Basic design fundamentals” within the category “Graphic design”

Step three: Picking your editor
If you use our B3D Builder then you will see two options, we recommend using the standard editor as our templates will reorganise the data to look the same across all of your pages. This is also the most simple and convenient way to add your posts.

Step four: Adding extra items

In many cases you won’t want to just add text only, you will need bullet lists, images, extra headlines, tables, buttons and more. To do this you simply need to click the plus (+) symbol in the upper left corner and select the item you wish to use. In this example we will add an image. To place the image go to the content block you wish the image to appear near and select image.

Step five: Placing images and blocks

When it comes to your blocks and images, you may want to reorder them, to the left of each content block when hovered appears a set of arrows, these arrows will move your content up or down in your page layout. Images have further options that allow you to place them in their own block underneath content, or aligned within the content. To align the image to your content simply click your chosen image and select the align symbol to change the flow of your image. This will place the image alongside text instead of on its own.

Step six: Block options

When you have made a content block you may want to add additional options, duplicate it or delete it later, to do this click the block and select the 3 dots that appear above the block to see further options.

Step seven: Document options

There are various options you can change in regards to your page such as the date of the page, the hyperlink, category, keyword tags, main image and whether you want to allow comments. These aspects are important in regards to your SEO and look of the post.

Step eight: The permalink

The permalink is your web pages hyperlink. You want this to be explanatory for the page. E.g. this page uses the URL slug “how-to-easily-add-posts-to-your-website-blog” as this is longer than our title and adds a little more information that can easily be ready by humans and search engines.

Step nine: The category

The category is an important aspect of your websites structure, it helps organise your site pages into sets of information that relate to each other, i.e. we use the category “Guides” for this post, where a design orientated post may use the category of “Graphic design”. This allows users to search by topic but also helps us to understand the overarching theme. Categories are great for adding additional information to help Google etc. to bring visitors to your site.

Step ten: Adding tags

Where you may only want to add a post to one or two categories to create hierarchy within your site, tags give you a chance to add more contextual information to your posts, for instance this post belongs to the “Guides” category, but it is also relevant to “Websites”, “WordPress” and “WordPress guides”. Don’t go crazy with your tags but adding 2-4 will help add more information to your post.

Step eleven: Featured image

The featured image is used in several locations depending on your overall website design. It may appear in post sliders, it may appear above posts in a grid, it can also appear within individual posts themselves. You may have a fall back image depending on your particular design, however it is always a good idea to use a unique image that talks specifically to the page content.

Step twelve: Publishing

You have everything ready to send your post live, all you have to do is look to the top right of the page and hit publish or preview to check how it all looks before actually going live. Happy publishing.

We hope you find this guide helpful but if you need any help with your WordPress blog posts then feel free to contact us, or for further reading we recommend reading the official WordPress documentation regarding posts – https://wordpress.org/support/article/wordpress-editor/

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