Guide To Using WordPress – General Over View

Welcome to my guide to using WordPress. WordPress has become one of biggest web building formats being used today (It’s about 1 out of 3 sites  is built on WordPress). Building a WordPress website is so popular because of its simplicity, its open source and free.  There are themes and plug-ins that will allow you to build any kind of site from a simple blog site to a full-blown e-commerce store front.

So lets say you signed up for a WordPress hosting service and just got a new WordPress install. Lets first go over the backend panel so you have a general idea of how it’s organized.

Back-End Overview – Dashboard

WordPress Dashboard Skiltec.caTo access you’re dashboard and back-end panel you are going to have to first log into your WordPress site.  The back-end is the section that lets you change, add and delete elements to your site such as pages, posts, widgets, sliders, themes etc… So to log in to your WordPress Dashboard you type in your site /login like www.example.com/login. Just enter your WordPress admin information and you should be good to go.

When you first log into your WordPress website it will bring you to the dashboard page. This page is the main hub for your site and gives you quick access to your page. It can be customized to show what ever information is important to you using widgets. So you can display information such as recent posts, security, product sales and web traffic.

Pages and Posts

Along the left side of your WordPress back-end you will see your main menu. This is a nice and organized way you can navigate through out your WordPress site. The first section I want to address is the Post and Pages functions and talk a bit about the two. Pages and Posts are probably going to be what you use the most when building your Website. So what’d the difference.

Pages are static on your website. This means they don’t change over time so once you add it to your website it will stay. Pages are used for making things like the about page, contact page portfolio pages etc….

Posts aren’t static. We use posts for posting chronological content like your WordPress blog postings. This content will be in order of posting so the new posts are always on top of the page. This article is done with using a post. Posts are very important because majority of your content will be added with posts not pages and can really help with your SEO.

Working in Pages and Posts with the WordPress editor is basically the same. You have your normal text functions at the top such as bold and italic options as well as spell check. You can also add tags and categories to your posts.

Guide to WordPress Pages and Posts

 

Appearance and Themes

The next step in our guide to using WordPress is the appearance menu. Here we can customize the look and feel of our website.

Lets start with the themes menu under appearances. A WordPress is a pre developed collections of files you can upload that will create a customized look for your site. There are thousands upon thousands of themes out there and majority of them are free. Under themes you can “add new” and browse all the themes right in WordPress or you can upload a themes you previously downloaded.

Widgets under appearances is another useful menu you can use to customize your WordPress website. You can add post listings, calendars…what ever is available with your theme and plug ins.

If you’re looking for more tips check out our 5 awesome wordpress tips to help you plan your website. More blogs to come.