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How to Add and Edit Posts on Your WordPress Website…

Filed Under: How to Use Your Wordpress Site

I tell my clients that adding and editing posts and pages on your WordPress website is as easy as using Microsoft Word™. My clients all seem to agree.

  1. First you’re going to need to log into the “backend” of your wordpress website. Type the following url into your browser replacing “yoursite” with the domain name of your website: Type in your user name and password and click “log in”. You may recover your password if you’ve forgot it. If you’re one my wonderful clients I’m here to help you if you have any issues.
  2. Click “Posts” at the top of the left side column on the page and then click “Add New”. 
  3. Give your new WordPress post a “headline” (aka “title”). Your title is the most important thing on the page if you want people to read what you have to say. Make sure it identifies what you’re about to tell your reader and make sure it’s not boring. Your WordPress also defaults as your “HTML Title Tag ” (the most important tag for the Search Engines). Make sure your title includes the “keywords” you’re targeting with your post. If you’re using “Thesis for WordPress” (like all of my wonderful clients) you can customize your title tag separate from WordPress title if you scroll down on your edit post page to “Custom Title Tag”.
  4. Write or paste your content in the content box. Clicking on the “Paragraph Dropdown” will give you options for different headings. Clicking control-b, control-u, and control-i will bold, underline and italicize your text respectively. You can also use the buttons next to the paragraph dropdown. You may also add bulleted and numbered lists and hyperlinks are added by clicking the “link button” (looks like the link in a chain).
  5. Adding images couldn’t be easier! Simply click the “Add Media” button above the “Paragraph Dropdown”. Then click “Upload Files” if your pictures are not already in your “Media Library”. Select the files from your computer and upload them. Then give them a title and alt tag for the Search Engines if you wish (I just use the same for both). Then click “Insert Into Post”.
  6. Add a “Read More Break” if you wish. The “Read More Break” will add a read more button on your “Blog Page” and your visitor will need to “click through” to read the rest of your post.