Log into the admin area of your WordPress site. Once there, you will see your dashboard.
There are a couple ways to add a new blog post. One way is to click on +New on the top bar and choose Post. The other way is to navigate to the menu on the left and click Posts, then Add New.
Now you will see a new blank blog post for your WordPress website.
Adding the Title to Your Post
Start by adding the title to your post. Ensure that it is descriptive and as enticing as possible. This will increase the chances of a reader clicking through to view that blog post.
Keep in mind, it would be wise to create a great title because they will also be displayed in search engines, such as Google, when someone is looking for an article on the topic you have written about.
How long should your blog titles be? Generally, they can be any length. However, it’s recommended that you keep them in the 50-60 character range. You want to ensure they display correctly on your blog and in the Google search engine results. This will prevent them from being cut off, or becoming too long.
Creating the Blog Post Content
The process of inputting your content is pretty straightforward. Simply click in the text area and start typing.
The WordPress post editor has two views: Visual and Text. You can switch between these views by clicking on the tabs on the right side of the editor.
The Visual tab is a rough approximation of a ‘what you see is what you get’ (WYSIWYG) view of your content. This includes formatting and presentation choices you make. Think of it like writing in a Word document.
The Text tab on the other hand, displays the underlying HTML that has been used to format your content. If you prefer to enter your content and then style it using HTML, the text tab gives you the ability to do so.
You are free to switch views as needed. This allows you to create your post and style it using the visual editor, before switching the text view to make any more precise changes. Viewing the underlying HTML can give you a better sense of how your content has been formatted by the editor. Of course, it’s not necessary to ever switch to the Text tab if you’re more comfortable with the visual editor.
Previewing Your Work
If you’re curious to see how your post is coming along, you can preview it any time. This allows you to view the post as your readers will see it when it goes live, and is published on your blog.
Clicking the Preview button opens the post in a new browser tab. This allows you to see how your post looks and if you want to make any changes. To resume working on your post, just switch browser tabs and continue adding more content.
Adding Images to Your Post
Click or place the mouse cursor at the position in the post editor area where you’d like to display the image. Then click on the Add Media button.
Clicking that button opens up the Insert Media screen. If there are already images in your site’s Media Library they will be displayed there. If not, you can easily add them by dragging them from your computer, onto the screen.
After you’ve added the image to the Media Library, you can then add some additional information about that image. This could include the image title, caption, alt text, and a description.
These are optional and can be used to display more information about picture. Some of the information is displayed to your readers, while some of it is used by screen readers and search engines to better understand your content.
After you’ve added your image, you can set its display options. Through the display settings, you can choose how you want the image aligned (such as: left, right, center). You can also decide whether the image is a link or not. This gives you the option of taking your readers to another location after they’ve clicked on the image. This could be a custom location of your choice, the image file itself, or a page which contains the image and some other information, which is known as the attachment page.
Finally you can set the size at which the image will be displayed. These are pre-defined options which are dictated by the WordPress theme you are using. However, you can modify them through the Media Setting page, located under the Settings menu on the admin sidebar menu.
Once you are happy with the settings, you can click on the Insert into Post button. If you need to revise the settings, simply click on the image in the post editor, and then click on the pencil icon.
You can then edit or change any of the image settings, before clicking the Update button to save your modifications and re-insert the image with the new details.
Adding a Featured Image to Your Post
Featured images also known as post thumbnails. It’s the photo that appears when you post your blog link to social media.
To add a featured image in a WordPress post, simply click on Set Featured Image link inside the featured image meta box shown in the screenshot below. It is located on the bottom right side of the page.
This will open the WordPress Media Uploader. You can use that to upload an image from your computer or use an existing image from your media library. Once you select the image, simply click on Set Featured Image button.
Publishing Your WordPress Post
Entering your post content, with optional images, and giving it a title, are the three main steps of publishing a WordPress post. Once you are happy with your post after previewing it, you can set it live so that it is accessible on the internet.
To do so, click on the Publish button and your post will be visible to anyone visiting your website. After hitting the publish button, you can view the post by clicking on the View Post button, which is located below the post title area.
The post can still be edited and updated after it’s been published. Any changes that you make will go live as soon as you hit the Update button on the post editor screen.