The Basics: How To Write A Blog Post
In this blog post I hope to write about a basic methodology for my clients to tell them how to maintain their blog. This is for customers of Andrew Backhouse Design – there will probably be better instructions on the web, but this is the system I teach my clients, should they so wish to Blog. All of the sites I build that have the capability for blogging are in WordPress. This is a tutorial for beginners about how to blog in WordPress. Specifically, WordPress.Org not the self-hosted WordPress.Com – all of the sites I build are WordPress.Org sites and using the Classic Editor.
So, you know you have WordPress site and you are itching to get blogging – so, I will jump right in. I will give you your login details as you requested. Please note that your log in details are case sensitive.
When you log in, you will arrive at your Dashboard. Click on POSTS » ADD NEW. This is in the dark column on the left of your browser window.
You will be presented with this screen – or something that closely resembles it…
Now I will talk you through the numbered items…
- POST TITLE – this is where you will add the title of your blog post – this blog post title will show up in Google and on your blog page on your site. So, make it memorable and sassy.
- CONTENT EDITOR – This area is where you add your post content. You will type the text you want to say and add the images that you want to add. I use the Classic Editor on all of the sites that I build. This means that the site should resemble the image above. You will be making the content for your website much as how a Word Processor works. You will be editing the site as if you were using a word processor much as if you were using Microsoft Word or Pages, Google Docs or any other word processor.
- CATEGORIES – This is where you categorise your blog post. This might seem simple enough but it could mean where your blog post appears on your site – if in doubt, email me at [email protected] and I will recommend where to categorise your post.
- TAGS – Tags are a chatty, informal way of grouping posts together – so, if you were blogging and clicked on a post with the Tag “Cheese” you would see all of the blog post tagged Cheese – this works similarly to Hashtags on Twitter and in other Social Media networks.
- FEATURED IMAGE – A well-chosen featured image can make or break a blog – if you wanted to visit a gallery you would go to the gallery with the best paintings in. So, likewise you would probably visit the website with the best images and content.
- SEO – I use Yoast on all of the sites I build. Contact me for training or do one of their intensive courses to learn this. I have set it to make your blog posts as accessible and results-page friendly so this can be left ticking over, automatically.
- PREVIEW / PUBLISH – If you are happy with the post, Save the draft and then preview it by pressing the preview button – this in turn will pop out and you’ll be able to preview the post. If all things look rosy then please press publish. This will make the post live and people will be able to visit the blog post/ You can schedule the blog post in the future if you need to do so.
This blog post should have got rid of some of your fears about Blogging. If you do get stuck or you need me to talk you through it in further detail then get in contact by email (in the footer) or on the Contact Page. I am really writing this to pass the time in a sleepless night, but I am trying to make the process fo web design more accessible for my clients and help people get blogging.