WordPress

HOW TO BLOG ON WORDPRESS

Log onto wordpress.com and follow the directions to set up a blog.
To start working on your blog, click on my dashboard at the top. Click on your site name.
You’ll see a dashboard or menu of options on the left side.
1. TO SET UP YOUR PAGES,  Find the PAGES category on the left side of your dashboard and click Add New.When the page template comes up, put GUESTS in the header and then click Publish on the right side of the screen. Then add a new page that says ABOUT in the header and then click Publish. NOTE: PAGES DON’T OPERATE THE SAME AS POSTS. AS YOU ADD NEW GUEST WRITE-UPS TO YOUR GUEST PAGE, YOU MUST PHYSICALLY CUT AND PASTE EACH NEW ENTRY ABOVE THE PREVIOUS ONE.
2. TO POST ARTICLES on the main page of your blog, on the left side under POSTS, scroll to the side sub-menu and click on Add New. Type in your headline and in the body of the post, cut and paste your content. If your content is a Word document, you can also click on the little W icon on the wordpress toolbar and cut and paste your content into the box that appears. This may help alleviate formatting problems.
3. After your article appears in the post box, you’ll want to insert a MORE TAG after the first paragraph. This keeps the front page neat and allows more posts. To do this, put your curser at the end of the first paragraph and then go up to the wordpress tool bar and click the icon that has a double square and says MORE TAG. This will post just the first paragraph on your home page and allow readers to click on the tag to see the whole story on another page. If you’re adding an image or audio, see steps below. If not,  your last step is to click PUBLISH on the right side. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – YOUR POST WON’T PUBLISH WITHOUT THIS STEP!!!!!!!!! That’s it. Then, at the top left hand side of the page you can click on VIEW POST to see your post.
4. TO ADD PHOTO…place your curser where you want the photo in your copy (top right hand corner of the first sentence is best). Then go to the top line of the wordpress tool bar and click on ADD MEDIA.  Then click UPLOAD FILES AND SELECT FILES. Choose a file to upload and click UPLOAD. Your image will load in the right side of the window and you can also pick your alignment and size. You can also add a caption. After doing this, it’s very important to click on INSERT INTO PAGE. Once it’s on the page, click PUBLISH. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – YOUR POST WON’T PUBLISH WITHOUT THIS STEP!!!!!!!!! That’s it. Then, at the top left hand side of the page you can click on VIEW POST to see your post.
5. TO ADD SLIDESHOW…Save your photos on your computer. Open a new post and put your curser where you want the slideshow to go. Then click on Add media. When the window opens, highlight all jpg’s you want to go into your slideshow and click OPEN. You’ll see them upload in your  photo window.After they’ve uploaded fill in the CAPTIONS. When you have filled out the captions for each one, scroll to the bottom of the page and click CREATE A NEW GALLERY on the bottom right. Next to Type, pull down the menu and click the slideshow option. Then click INSERT GALLERY and you’ll see all the photos in your post. Click PUBISH and then view your page and you’ll see the slideshow.
TO ADD VIDEO…You must first upload your video to YouTube. Then, back on your post page, write a little introduction copy and then place your curser where you want the video in your post. Then click on the tool bar icon ADD MEDIA.  A box will open asking you the source of your video. Click on URL . Cut and paste your URL from YouTube along with a title. You must also click  INSERT INTO PAGE. The final step is to click the PUBLISH button on the right side of the page. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – YOUR POST WON’T PUBLISH WITHOUT THIS STEP!!!!!!!!! That’s it. Then, at the top left hand side of the page you can click on VIEW POST to see your video.
TO ADD AUDIO PODCASTS – You must upload your audio to Soundcloud or other free audio storage site. Click on the tool bar icon ADD MEDIA. Choose FROM URL and cut and paste your url into the address window. Add a title in the title window.  Click on INSERT INTO PAGE  then click on PUBLISH. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – YOUR POST WON’T PUBLISH WITHOUT THIS STEP!!!!!!!!! That’s it. Then, at the top left hand side of the page you can click on VIEW POST to see your post.
Make a mistake? Want to add/change something after you’ve posted? You can edit your post by clicking EDIT under POSTS. Put your curser over the post you want to edit and click the words EDIT when they come up underneath. This also gives you the option to DELETE. After you make your changes, click the blue button to your right that says UPDATE.
Custom Header Photo Cropping: Find out the dimensions of your custom header. Download Picasa.com free software. Import your photos. Pick your photo and right click on it. Click VIEW AND EDIT. Click CROP. Pull down menu and click ADD CUSTOM ASPECT RATIO. Then add in your custom header dimensions and click OKAY. Then save your file and upload it into CUSTOM HEADER on wordpress.

 

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