Adding new blog posts to your new WordPress website is one of the easiest things you can do. Here, I’ll take you through the process in just a few easy steps.
1. Login to your WordPress admin area.
If you need a refresh, your admin area can be found by adding the following after your domain name/url – /wp-admin. Simply enter your username and your password when prompted.
2. Add a New Post.
You can do this a couple of ways. First, on the left hand side in the black menu area – select Posts > Add New. Alternatively, in the very top bar go to + NEW > Post.
3. Add a Blog Post Title
Once you have added a new post, you will be prompted to add a title for your blog post. Ensure the blog post is relevant to your content and not overly long.
4. Add your Blog Post Categories
In the righthand side of the screen, you’ll find an area to allocate categories to your blog post. If you are using your blog posts as a portfolio, be sure to make sure your categories are very specifically structured to your portfolio layout. If you are using your blog for general information or personal posts, be sure to create categories that are relevant to the content.
5. Add a Featured Image
This step is important as the featured image will appear as the ‘hero’ image throughout your website where blog posts are displayed. Without a featured image, areas in your website may not display as intended. Simply find the Featured Image section at the bottom right of your screen. Select > Set Featured Image. Here you can choose from your existing image library or upload a new image as shown below.
6. Add the Content (or the Body) or your Blog Post.
TEXT: Simply add your text as you normally would in an email or word document ect. There are text formatting options for add headings, bold, italics etc. You can also add links and change the colour of the font. I encourage all of my clients to make the effort to add written content to their blog posts that is relevant to the post. Even if you are just planning to share images, adding a little about the session will help with your SEO – try to add the basic details as well as things like the physical location of the shoot.
TIP: Try not to use Heading 1 in your blog post – keep your headings to 2 or below as your blog title is the most important Heading 1 on the page.
IMAGES: Add image to your blog post by selecting Add Media (as seen in the screen shot directly above) above the text formatting options. This will use the same process as uploading a feature image. Be sure to select the option for Large or Full Size to ensure the image fills the width of your blog section. Add a description of your image to Alternative Text as seen below. This will also assist with accessibility and SEO.
TIP: The size of your images are very important. Uploading high res images will drastically slow your website down. I recommend resizing your images in Photoshop or batch resizing in Lightroom. Ideally, images that are 72dpi, and 1200 pixels on the longest side is ideal at around 50% quality (or medium in Photoshop). To better compress your image, you can also run it through Tiny Jpg – https://tinyjpg.com/
7. Publish your Blog Post
Once you have finished, select the Publish button on the top right side. Your blog post will now be visible where you have blog posts available on your website.
Other features you might like to use:
Excerpts: You can add an alternative summary or intro to your blog post here.
Tags: Just like hashtags in social media, you can add words that describe or relate to your blog post here.
Find the official blog post documentation here: https://wordpress.org/support/article/writing-posts/
If your blog page section looks different to the above, follow this link for information on the Block Editor: https://wordpress.org/support/article/wordpress-editor/