This is the first in our beginner series of WordPress tutorials, so it only seems right and proper to start at the beginning. Posts are at the very heart of WordPress and if you’re new to all this then the ability to add a new post in WordPress and understand the edit screen is a fundamental step in the journey to WordPress greatness.
The image on the left shows the main dashboard area of a WordPress site. More often than not this will be the first screen you see having logged into the site and all your available options are listed on the left hand side. If you hover over any of these menu items you’ll be presented with a number of options, in this instance, see below;
Click on the ‘Add New’ option and you’ll navigate to the ‘Add New Post’ screen. Take some time to familiarise yourself with what is in front of you, hover over each option above the edit window and find out what these icons are. Once you are comfortable enough in your surroundings then, go ahead, write something, better still write lots of things about the same thing, really really interesting things about the same thing.
Once finished move your eyes over to the right hand side of the screen where you will see a blue button marked publish, click it and you are done, you’ve written your first post, you are an online publisher, a blogger and most importantly a WordPresser.
Much of what you see in this area we will be going over in forthcoming tutorials and if you are new enough to WordPress to be finding this post useful, then that might be enough for now. If you are keen to have an explore, it’s our belief all posts need a featured image, a category and if you have any interest in SEO (you really should have) a ‘focus keyword’ or overall topic for what you are writing. This is based on the assumption that you are writing a post in the hope that somebody somewhere will read it, maybe you have specific people, clients/peers etc that you want to read it? In order for either of these things to happen people will have to ‘find’ the site in someway, but lets not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet…