Now for the fun stuff: Writing your posts! I’ll err on the side of keeping it simple. The WordPress interface is relatively easy to figure out; regardless, email or call me if you need help with anything.
To create a new post:
WordPress provides a number of ways to add a new post. Here’s the “standard” way:
- From the Dashboard, click on Posts.
- Click on Add New.
- Enter your post (title, body, etc.). Don’t worry about many of the options you see; I’ll explain them a bit further below.
- When you’re done, click on Submit for Review.
- I (or an editor) will be automatically notified, who will review your post. When approved, it will be “published” (you will receive an email notification).
That’s the basic process.
NOTE: You can also save unfinished work you can return to later. Instead of submitting for review, click on the Save Draft button.
As for the post options and settings, although you technically can add, set and change a lot of them, at this point in time let’s keep it simple and leave it up to me for now, at least until after we get past the awkward “heck if we know what we’re doing yet” stage.
The options/settings I’m talking about are tags, categories, etc., pretty much anything beyond the title and the post itself.
Your AdSense/Affiliate Codes
Special tags are inserted into your posts to indicate where the ads will “automatically” appear when published. At this stage, don’t worry about these; I will insert them myself during the review process. At some point, you’ll no doubt learn how this is technically done too.
For now, I’d like a more traditional “magazine” style bio to appear at the bottom of posts. Basically, a short blurb that states who you are/what you do, and a couple of live links: one to your site/blog/product, and a second one to your more robust “Contributor” page here on Wordpreneur, where you can provide a whole lot more info about “you,” and of course what you may be promoting, if any.
We’re still feeling our way around at this point, so please bear with me as we try to figure out the best way to “package” ourselves on Wordpreneur.
This is also pretty simple:
- From the Dashboard, click on Posts. A table with your posts/drafts will appear
- Click on the title of the post/draft you want to work on.
Write offline, then copy-and-paste. I often write my blog posts online, directly on WordPress. But I know the software. And even then, can’t say that I haven’t “lost” work. Bottom line is that in the majority of cases, I’d recommend writing your stuff offline first, using whatever software you’re comfy with, and then just copy-and-paste to a new WordPress post. Read the next tip for some nifty WordPress built-in tools that help with this.
Check out the Kitchen Sink. When working with the post visual editor for the first time, you’ll only see a single-row toolbar. The ver last button on the right of that toolbar activates what WordPress calls the “Kitchen Sink” — a second row of tools and functions that appear right below the first. Check them out.
Three functions on the Kitchen Sink to take note of:
- Paste as Plain Text — It pastes whatever is in your clipboard as plain text into the post. It’ll strip out any text formatting (bold, itals, etc.), but that’s usually a good thing. This is what I use to copy-and-paste text content from webpages and word processors, both notorious for hiding embedded formatting codes that often wreak havoc if left in.
- Paste from Word — As in Microsoft Word. If that’s the software you use to write with, use Paste from Word to help copy your work to a WordPress post.
- Insert custom character. This button pops up a decent-sized table of special characters. Just click on the character you want to use, and it will appear in your post where your cursor happens to be.
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