1. Login to your WP site
The address is usually emailed to you by GeekArtist. Or it’s usually some variation of yourdomain.com/wp-login.php
2. Go to Posts > Add New
You’ll see Posts on the left sidebar
3. Add a Title
4. Change your page name/slug (if you wish; good for SEO purposes)
5. Add Picture (if you wish)
Place your cursor where you want the picture to go, then click the Upload/Insert button
6. Editing Options
For more options to edit your blog (font colors, and so on), click the Show/Hide Kitchen sink button to toggle it of or on. If your 2nd row of editing buttons disappears, look for the Kitchen Sink button and see if it has been toggled to off.
7. Best Practice!
IMPORTANT! Never copy and paste directly from Microsoft Word. The code from Word to website is not friendly for your site. Please use either
- Paste as Plain Text
- Paste from Word
8. Options for publish/Save/Etc.
- Save Draft: Don’t publish, just save
- Save as Pending: For those who have multiple WP users and must submit a page or post for approval to the site owner/moderator
- Visibility: Public? Or add a password? (Most people use public) Note: adding a password does not keep your page out of search engines or out of the site search.
- Publish: Make post live and viewable for all!
10. Give your post a category
Look to the right. If all you see is Uncategorized, then click Add New Category for your post. Tip: plan out your blog categories in advance before you start blogging. You don’t want a long list of categories. Keep them to a minimum. Don’t put your posts in Uncategorized unless you just really feel the need for that category for posts you don’t know what to label. You can always go back to posts and change their category.
11. SEO Juice
Give it each post a Title and Description. Keywords are considered optional. Google and most larger search engines no longer use them. But the feature is there for those who prefer it.
Most GeekArist WordPress sites use WordPress SEO by Yoast. You can click the Generate SEO Title button if you don’t want to type yours out. The plugin will also guide you as to how many characters you can use in your description. It’s OK to go over. Just don’t make a novel out of it or try and cram it with so many keywords that you are spamming search engines. TIP: make sure the description is a sentence or two describing the post and not just a list of keywords.
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