Setting up a blog – Part 4 – Your First Masterpiece (How to write a post).

I can see it in your eyes

I can see it in your eyes. Your just bursting with ideas about what you want to write about. Ideas like how to cook the perfect roast chicken, how to sew that amazing dress, and Who is Leslie Carter?

Before doing anything else technical, we need to capture a small section of this flowing stream of creativity out and turn into a post on your blog.

What’s a post? A post is similar to an article that you might find in a magazine or newspaper.

How do we create one?

Login to your wordpress administration panel. ( and use the username and password you created when you first installed Word Press back in Part 2 of this series.

In the left hand column there is a menu, toward hover over the item titled “Posts” then select “All Posts” from the menu that pops out.

Now you’ll be presented with a table of all your current posts, here it will list ones that are published (viewable on the internet), and also in drafts (only you can see them). Everyone always gets one called “Hello World” as a default starting post. You can choose to either delete this one (hover over its name, “Hello World” and select “Trash” from the menu that appears below it), or edit it (by clicking on its name).

There are only 2 required fields (and 2 optional) when writing a post. The headline/title and the content.  For a visual overview of getting started view the following graphic (click to enlarge).

All the jargon explained:

Title – This is the Name or Headline for your Post.
WYSIWYG Editor – This is where you type in the main body content of your Post, you can also insert media such as images or video in this space. It’s a lot like using Microsoft Word.

Publish Box – Allows settings such as:

Status(Draft, Pending Review, Published)
Visibility (Public – Anyone can see it, Password Protected – only those with the password can see it, Private – only you can see it (and to other editors or admins within your site) )
Publish Time (you can back date posts to make it appear you are organized, or set a date in the future to schedule the post if you are super organized)

Categories – Just as you would group the same type of files in a folder on your computer, you can group posts together in similar topics. You can choose as many Categories as you like, but its best to stick with under 2.

Tags – Tags allow similar content to be linked together, so that it’s easier to find. For example with this series, it focuses a lot on WordPress, so WordPress is a common tag, it also focuses on blogs rather than websites, so blogs is another tag, etc.

Once you have these basics worked out, you’ll be on your way to becoming  a professional blogger in no time.

Missed a bit? Check Out Part 1 – Buying Domains and Setting up Webhosting. Part 2 – Installing WordPress or Part 3 – Setting up Google Apps.

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