The Beginner's Guide to WordPress 2013 – Part 2
Getting started with WordPress doesn’t have to be a headache. This simple guide was designed to walk you through the steps of getting started with WordPress. Here, you’ll learn everything from the basics of blogging to installing a theme to the new features WordPress offers in 2013. This is the second part of the Beginner’s Guide to WordPress series, and you can find Part 1 here.
Today, we’re going to go over some more basics with WordPress as well as an introduction to the new features of WordPress this year.
Pages in WordPress
Keep in mind a “Page” is a display of static information, not the constantly updating area you typically think of when you look at a blog. Pages, as opposed to posts, are perfect for contact forms, about pages, and additional information. Basically, anything that you won’t have to constantly keep updating.
Adding a New Page
I found this handy dandy image from Danconia that lays out all of the features you need to be aware of when it comes to pages. Below, you can see all of the different budgets and areas when you click the button “Add New – Page”
As you can see above this layout represents the WYSIWYG mode (or visual mode), as opposed to HTML. The HTML will have slightly different buttons and show the HTML code as opposed to text and/or images only. You can use either format to post, but you’ll be able to control how things look more when you edit HTML directly.
When adding a new page, you have to be sure that you’re linking to that new page from somewhere else on your site. This page that you’ve created will not automatically pop up on the homepage like a post.
Editing existing pages
When you want to edit an existing page, simply click on the pages icon on the lefthand dashboard and then click “all pages” from there you can filter through and edit whichever page you please.
Posts in WordPress
A post in WordPress is what you’ll typically think of when you think of a blog. It’s the constantly updating information and content that usually has a date and time associated with it, with the most recent post showing up at the top of the blog.
Adding a New Post
To add a new post, simply hover over the “Posts” section in the left-hand dashboard and click “Add New.” From there you’ll reach the basic post layout where you can do everything from add a title to adding tags to saving drafts and ultimately publishing the post for public viewing.
I highly suggest that you write something outside of WordPress and then either insert the text into the Visual or HTML form and edit from there. It’s easier than writing in WordPress, because then you can make sure you’ve already crafted the awesome content, now you just have to tailor it for posting.
Adding an Image
Adding an image can seem difficult at first. The trick to adding an image correctly, is to have the image file that you want to insert readily on hand and saved onto your desktop. From there, you’re going to click “add media” to insert the image into the main content area. Below, you’ll see a diagram of how to do this from Danconia:
It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it, the main thing to worry about when adding images is their size. You don’t want to add an image that’s too hard to see because it’s small, but you don’t want to add an image so large it doesn’t fit within the confines of your theme. You can practice and adjust image sizes as much as you want, and it’s going to be some trial and error at first.
Steps for Adding a New Post
- Add a Title
- Select a Post Category
- Add relevant tags
- Insert main content into the body
- Upload featured/header images
- Upload any other images into body of content
- Check for Spelling Errors
- Take a look at the HTML, make sure there isn’t anything that looks wrong
- Make sure all links open in a new tab – by click on any link and clicking the little link icon in the top widget bar you’ll see a module pop up that has a check box that says “open link in new tab”.
- Preview – take a look at the blog and see how it will look, then go back and make any adjustments if visual elements are out of line or something doesn’t look right.
- Schedule or Publish: What’s great about WordPress is that you can actually schedule a post to go out at a certain time or publish immediately. Take a look at the “publish” module on the right hand side. To schedule a post click the “edit” button next to “Publish Immediately” and pick a time and date. Finally click the button that says “Schedule”. OR you can simply leave it be and publish immediately.
Users in WordPress
Now that you know how to add posts and pages, you may be wondering how to add team members, guest bloggers, editors, and other writers as users of your WordPress site.
Adding a New User
It’s actually simple, all you have to do is hover over the “Users” section of the left-hand dashboard and click “Add New”. Once you’ve done this the page below will display:
You’ll need to create a username and password for the person you’re adding, as well as provided their email. After you’ve done those three things you’ll need to select what type of role this person has.
User Roles in WordPress
There are a variety of different types of users you can have in WordPress, and and here is the breakdown:
- Subscriber: This is someone who subscribes to the blog, and only has access to his or her profile.
- Administrator: This person can look at, edit, and change all posts and pages. Basically a role that needs total access to the entire site and the ability to change scheduling, posting, and more.
- Editor: Can add and edit user posts and pages.
- Author: Someone who can only publish, edit, and manage their own posts.
- Contributor: Someone who can add posts on the blog, but they must be approve by an administrator before publishing.
Understanding WordPress 3.6
On August 1st, 2013 WordPress officially launched their new version WordPress 3.6, a.k.a. Oscar. This new version of WordPress was designed to make blogging even easier than before, and a better user experience for WP users with multiple admins and collaborators.
– Post locking and Autosave: Now, it’s easier and safer than ever to collaborate on posts! New features allow only one editor into a post at a time, and when you open a post that someone is currently working on a module pops up a allows you to exit or take over edits.
– HTML 5 Media Player: native audio and video embeds.
– Revisions: Now you can go back and look any any revisions, changes, or updates that have been made to posts line by line.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the second installment in the Beginner’s Guide to WordPress series for 2013. If you’re just starting with WordPress don’t forget that you need an awesome theme if you’ve chosen to go with a self-hosted site. Creative Market has a variety of great themes for blogs, online stores, portfolios, and small businesses that are easy to edit and tailor to your needs!