WP Posting Tutorial Part 1

How to Post to WordPress

First you have to log in…

WordPress has a front side – what you are looking at right now- and a back side that appears when you are logged in. Many WordPress sites have a login button in the sidebar, but I usually  remove that from my sites. Inviting the general public to log in makes no sense to me, because they can’t. However, almost all WordPress installations have the same address for their login page:

http://yourdomainhere/wp-login.php

 

Enter that address (replacing ‘yourdomainhere’ with the actual domain) directly in your browser’s address bar and you will get the login page. Then you can bookmark that page. You can try it right now on this site by entering ‘ravensong.us‘ in place of ‘yourdomainhere‘.

Of course you need to know your username and password. They are CaSe-sEnSitiVe. If you forget your password, your WordPress installation will email you a reset, to the email it has on file for you.

Jargon catch! By “your WordPress installation” I mean your copy of the free WordPress software that is installed at your web hosting space to run your web site. Not a company or other third party,  just your own software. There is no “They”.

The Dashboard

After you enter the correct credentials, you will arrive at the  WordPress “Dashboard”

WordPress dashboard

This is the WordPress dashboard. Get to know it.

BTW, you will see above why I am not wild about comments, although I have chosen to leave them turned on for my own site. You will get a bombardment of spam comments from obnoxious jerks all over the planet. Typically, they say something like “Great article! Check out my site at GirlsGirlsGirls.com!
I personally support the death penalty for spammers, but only because I can’t think of a stronger penalty.

Everything you will be using can be found in the left column menu. The rest of the page is just informational, except the upper right corner, where you can log out.

Mouse Overs

Before we move on to Part 2 and get you started posting, there is one more thing you should know. For some odd reason, WordPress is fond of hiding stuff until you mouse over something. Reduces clutter I suppose, but it can leave a novice wondering what the heck they are supposed to do!

The left column menu will expand its items when you mouse over:

If you can't see what you need in WordPress, try hovering over stuff!

If you can’t see what you need, try hovering over stuff!

This is not unusual in a menu – this very page pops up under ‘WordPress Tutorials’ in the main menu. But sometimes it is even less obvious:

 

Okay, it's a list, now what?

Okay, it’s a list, now what?

Now put your cursor over the list:

Mouseover state of WordPress pages list

Peek-A-Boo!

Quick Edit

Finally, while we are standing here, let me point out another little quirk. “Quick Edit” as you might guess, is a quick interface for editing a post, and naturally does not include all of the options you would find on the “unquick” full editor. However, it also has some options that are NOT found in the full editor. Specifically, if you want to set commenting permissions ( see above, Spam) you will find this in the Quick Editor, but NOT in the full editor. 

 

WordPress Quick edit options

Where to squash commenting!

Add New Post

Okay, now we are ready to create a post! Choose “add new” from any of several places in the dashboard:

add new wordpress post

Lots of “add new’s are sprinkled around

Add new WordPress post

Here’s another one…

These all take you to the Post Editor, which is Part 2 of this tutorial.
What could be more fun? Let’s go to Part 2!