So far, we’ve looked at the basics of Installing WordPress on your domain and hosting account, and then taken a brief look at the admin interface of your WordPress install and the various settings you need to have in place before you proceed with actually creating your website in WordPress.
The next step of course would be adding pages and blog posts to your WordPress website. If you take a look at the left-hand side menu of your WordPress admin interface, you will see the items where you can simply click the ‘Add New Page’ or ‘Add New Post’ to add a page or a blog post to your website.
While the results of either action will be different, the interface for editing your content will remain the same. So, today we are going to take a brief look at the various elements within the WordPress editing interface.
WordPress Editing Interface: Quick Look
Starting from the top, the things you will notice in the editing interface include:
- Title: Here’s where you will put the title of your page or blog post.
- Editing Box: Here’s where you will put in your content. You can either type it in, or you can copy-paste your content from a text based app or from MS Word. The various options present in the editing menu include the ability to make your text bold or italics, change text color, change the alignment, adding links to other websites or to pages / posts within your website, adding media such as images and video to your content etc. If you are familiar with MS Word, then you shouldn’t have much trouble deciphering this box.
- Publish Box: Clicking the blue ‘Publish’ button will publish your page or post on your website. However, this box also offers a way to save the page / post as a draft or to set up a date and time when you would prefer your page / post to go live. The ‘Preview’ button allows you to see how your page or post will look like after it goes live. This can be very useful because it allows you to format your posts / pages properly before they go live in front of the whole wide world.
- Categories and Tags Box: We’ve looked at Categories and Tags before. Here’s where you can create new ones, or tack existing ones onto your pages / posts.
- Excerpt Box: Sometimes you want a small excerpt of your page / post content to appear in your website’s main pages. If you put in your excerpt in this box, then this is the content that will appear.
- Featured Image Box: Ideally, every blog post or page should have an image or two to make the content more interesting. And if you want to have an image be the main or featured image for that blog post or page, then this is where you set it up. This opens the ‘Media’ pop-up and lets you upload your own image, or link to an already uploaded image, or link to an image that already exists on the Internet.
This is the basic overview of the editing interface at large.
Remember all that content you’ve created and polished for your website’s pages and blog posts? Well, feel free to create your website’s pages now. If you are still not sure, you can use the ‘Preview’ function to see how each page will look like. Or you can just save everything as a draft until you feel confident that you’ve added all the pages, and then make all pages go live.
(12 June 2013)
Madhavi spends her time writing web content and helping people make websites. She regularly blogs www.madhavighare.com and shares her thoughts about web writing and WordPress. She also explores her ardent fascination with myths and symbols via the Tarot cards on her blog www.taroticallyspeaking.com