Getting Started With WordPress

Signing up for a WordPress account is easy, just as easy as signing up for an email account (which, if you don’t have one, you’ll need one, and if you do have one, Hooray! you’re already on your way.)

Go to the WordPress website, hit the giant Sign Up button, and try to think of something cute to call yourself.  Make sure you sign up for a blog, not just a username.  When all the account verification business is taken care of, you’re ready to start your new life as a webmaster.

The dashboard is the master control center.  It’s like the inside of your Facebook profile that other people don’t see.  Here you can look up stats, which will eventually be very useful, manage your posts (blog entries) and pages.  The two are made in the same way.  Posts show up in order and only on your Blog webpage, whereas the Pages are the pieces of your website, such as a home page, contact page, ect.

As I said, the creation of each of these is very simple.  Go to the Posts or Pages section, click to add a new one, and edit it like you would an email.  You can give it a title, change the text size and color, add pictures… all very fancy, but very simple stuff. (Don’t forget to use Tags and Categories.)  For blogs, it is a good idea to allow comments and pingbacks, but I would recommend unchecking these options for webpages.  You can change the order the pages appear on your site’s menu bar with the Order section (a page with a 2 in that box will appear to the left of a page with a 3).

There are two tabs at the top of the editor, Visual and HTML.  Don’t bother with HTML if you don’t know it.  Very frustrating.  Save that page/post and bam, you are not only a webmaster but a published webwriter.  What a day!  Of course, you can get much more intricate with this stuff, for which you will need to google another blog.  I suggest the WordPress blog.

Now onto one of my favorite parts of the job: designing the layout.  On your dashboard menu, go to Appearance and hit Themes.  There are tons of them, and they are super easy to integrate.  Browse through and give the ones you like a preview.  When you’ve found one, all you have to do is click Activate.  So easy!

So after you’ve built your site, the question is how to get people to come to it.  Later posts.  Browse the ones about Twitter until then, because as far as I’ve seen, it is the best way to promote your blog.

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About inkstainedknuckle

I'm a social media specialist with a fresh outlook and keen sense of diction. The world is my walnut.
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