A How to Guide for 5 basic WordPress elements…

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This post is about WordPress.com although some things mentioned may be relevant to WordPress.org users not all of the things discussed here are available to .org users.

I am by no means an expert in WordPress, and WordPress themselves do have some tutorials on how to do certain things with your WordPress blog which you can find by clicking here but as I get asked so often about different things I thought I would just share a brief post about the 5  most common ones I am asked about…

1. How do I add a link within my post?

This is very simple, whether you want to add a link to a previous post or another web page the basic method is the same…

  • Copy the URL of the page you want to link to
  • In your ‘Add new post’ page for the post you want the link in highlight the text where you want to place the link
  • If you are in ‘visual mode’ there are buttons across the top of the writing area one of these looks like a chain-link, click it (In HTML mode there is a ‘link‘ button which does the same thing.
  • a box will open where you can ‘paste’ the URl you have copied
  • Click ‘OK’ and your link is added!
  • links will look different depending on the wordpress theme you are using, in mine links appear as red text – so don’t expect to see the old blue underlined links you might be used to seeing around the internet!

In addition, when you are in visual mode on the right hand side there is a ‘Recommendations’ box which will show images and related articles (powered by Zemanta) which will automatically suggest things you can add to your blog to enhance it. All you need to do to include any of these that you like is click on them and they will be added to your post.

2. How do I add pages to my blog?

Again very simple, the location and style of the ‘tab’ for your additional pages will vary depending on which wordpress theme you are using but (so long as your theme allows pages) the method for doing this is as follows…

  • from your ‘Dashboard’ on the left hand side there is a menu of links/tools etc, one of these says ‘Pages’
  • When you click on it, it takes you to your ‘pages’ dashboard and opens your ‘pages’ menu.
  • From here you can either click ‘add new’ in the left hand menu or at the top left of the screen.
  • You will then be presented with a page that looks the same as when you are writing a post
  • Add the information you want on your page as you would for a post
  • On the right of this page you will see a box called ‘age attributes’ here you can choose what position you want the ‘tab’ for your page to appear in amongst your page tabs, or if you want it to be beneath a ‘parent’ tab (this means it will be reached via another tab, useful if you are having many pages)
  •  When you are done click ‘publish’

3. How do I schedule a post?

I thought I would share this awesome video link for this one Michelle Schaffer has produced this cool little guide to scheduling your posts…

4. How do I know if people are reading my posts?

This is one of the cool things about WordPress, you can find out how popular each post is, where people are finding links to your site from and much more without having to use complicated analytic tools yourself in ‘Site Stats’

To access site stats –

  • From your dashboard click the ‘dashboard’ menu button to open the dropdown list within it
  • A button will be shown that says ‘Site Stats’, click it
  • You can now see a page that looks like this:
  • Here you can see which posts are being visited in the ‘Top posts & pages’ section, which sites are sending traffic to yours in the ‘referrers’ section and which search engine terms are bringing people to your site, amongst other things. Have a good look around this page as it will provide you with useful information about what works well, what doesn’t and hopefully you can get ideas about how to improve your hit rate based on what people like!

5.  What about guest bloggers?

There are a few ways you can include other people’s posts on your site, generally I just get people to send me the content and add it myself then include a bit about them in my ‘Guest Bloggers‘ page. But you can also give people access to add content to your site, either as a guest or regular contributor by doing the following…

  • From the Dashboard, find the ‘users’ tab, click it
  • Here you will see who is able to do what on your site – if no-one else is a user you should just see your own details here.
  • Now you can add users in the ‘add user from the community section’
  • You can amend what level of access they have in the dropdown menu – administrator (full access- should be retained for you unless you want someone else to manage your blog for you) editor, contributor or author.

I don’t actually use this option myself at the moment but you can find out more about this by clicking here and if ever you want to know how to do something with your WordPress blog you can always search for topics on the WordPress Support Site here

If all this is a bit much for you because you haven’t even written your first post yet then why not click here to read Leigh Quantrill’s guide to writing your first WordPress Post! 🙂

Thank you for reading!  If you have enjoyed reading this post please share it with others who may be interested and I always enjoy receiving feedback and comments 🙂


6 comments on “A How to Guide for 5 basic WordPress elements…

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  2. i usually add guest posts also myself
    but i have created a special account for it, which works like another user.

    and any article that is posted underneath that account ha to be approved by admin and pictures can only be added by admin 🙂

    nice stuff

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