2. Intermediate Blogging

  1. Working with Posts
    1. Posts are like journal entries. They are time-based and will appear in reverse chronological order on your blog. You can add, delete and modify posts by using the Posts menu.
    2. Posts can contain all sorts of attachments, including images and documents. To incorporate these kinds of documents you can use the “Add media” buttons at the top of the post page. These four buttons (add image, add video, add audio and add media) let you upload files from your computer and incorporate them into your posts.
    3. After you upload a document you will be given the option to ‘save all changes’ or ‘insert into post’. Inserting the item into your post will cause wordpress to link a copy of the document into the body of the current post. Clicking save will save the file that you just uploaded into your “Gallery” and will not be visibile via your post. If you accidentally click the ‘Save’ button you can always click on the ‘Add Media’ button and then on the ‘Gallery’ title. Click ‘show’ next to the item you wish to insert, and then click on ‘Insert into post’ to insert the item into the currently active post.
    4. Note that if you are linking in a file-based resource (i.e. PDF or Word document) you should click the ‘File URL’ before you click the ‘Insert Post’ button.
  2. Creating Hyperlinks
    1. You can link to other sites on the Internet or other areas of your blog by inserting a hyperlink. To do this, open up a post and highlight the text that you want to turn into a link.
    2. Next, click the ‘add link ‘button (looks like a small chain link) – type or copy/paste the URL of the page you wish to link to in the box that appears.
  3. Working with Pages
    1. WordPress Pages are like traditional webpages. Unlike posts, they are not time based and they will always appear in a fixed location on your blog. The location is dependent on the theme that you selected. Pages are best used for “static” content that will not change very often.
    2. Pages can be added, deleted and modified by visiting the Pages menu.
    3. Pages can contain images and documents just like a post.
    4. You can create sub-pages by setting the “parent” page field when editing a page.  This field, located to the right of the editing window, will allow you to tell WordPress to file the page under another page.  This will cause your blog to place this page under the parent page in your site navigation along the top of your blog.
  4. Widgets
    1. Widgets are used to control the layout of the sidebars of your page.
    2. The sidebars are static and will not change no matter which page you visit in your site. They provide a constant frame of reference.
    3. The widget panel can be accessed by visiting the Appearance menu and clicking on the ‘Widget’ menu.
    4. There are many widgets to choose from and they are listed along the left hand side of the widget menu.
    5. Depending on the theme that you chose you may have more than one sidebar in which you can place widgets.
    6. You can select the sidebar you wish to work with by using the drop down menu on the right side o the screen.
    7. You can add a widget to the sidebar by dragging the desired widget into the corresponding sidebar.
    8. You can reorder widgets by dragging and dropping them.
  5. Blog Settings
    1. The Settings menu in WordPress lets you change a number of aspects of your blogs, including your blog title, tagline, and a host of other options.
    2. You can set up your blog so that your posts don’t immediately show up on your “home page” when your blog loads.  To do this click on Settings -> Reading and set the first option on the page to “display a static page” – then use the drop down menus to select which page you want to show when your page loads.  You should also set up which page you want your posts to show up on – to do this simply create a new page (call it “Blog”) and then assign all of your posts to show up here.