August 1st, 2019
WordPress is undoubtedly one of the top blogging platforms on the internet for many different reasons. One of the reasons is its ease of use.
It is easy to buy basic hosting, throw a few WordPress blogs, put a theme and a couple of plugins, and you’ll be good to go. You will have a full technical and functional blog up and running within a few hours.
However, the depth of customization is a different matter altogether. WordPress is a flexible and variable framework.
It is amazing how much can be done with it. Different organizations and businesses can all function using the same platform.
So, are you looking to create a WordPress blog?
Congratulations! You have chosen an excellent solution as you can easily start a blog and publish it.
It is surprisingly easy to create WordPress blogs as it can be done in less than 15 minutes.
However, as simple as it is to get started with WordPress, you should know what you have to do and how you have to do it.
Otherwise, you will end up wasting time unnecessarily.Here is a guide contains the steps on how to write a blogpost in WordPress and it will surely help you every step of the way.
How to write a blogpost in WordPress?
There are a number of ways for you to get your draft into WordPress and publish it. The first and the easiest way is to write it directly in WordPress. Just log in to the website and add a new post.
This can be done in one of the three ways:
- In the header, click the plus sign icon.
- In the WP Admin dashboard, go to the Posts in the sidebar menu and just click on the “Add New” option.
- From the WP Admin Dashboard, make use of the Quick Draft Widget (extremely helpful when you want to create a short post quickly)
Choose one of the three options and then click into the text editor box and start typing. If you don’t have to publish it right away or if you want to revise it later, click on the Save Draft button. This will save the draft so that you can access the draft again, even if you have logged out.
Don’t forget to optimize the post title. Always choose a catchy title that you think people would like to click at. You can even add in some keywords so that your draft will show up in the search results.
The second way for you to add a draft to WordPress would be to write the post in a word processing program and copy-pasting it into the text editor of WordPress.
This can sometimes be tricky because the formatting might change or cause problems once you copy and paste the content.
If you still wish to go this route, it is recommended that you use a basic text editor like TextEdit or Notepad.
If you wish to make use of Word or Pages, make sure that you paste your content in the “text” tab when you’re creating your WordPress post.
In case you forget and paste the content in the “visual” tab, you should use the “clear formatting” button and remove the text formats i.e. bold, underlined, italic, strikethrough, etc.
You will also have to click over to the text tab for looking for any tags or spans.
How to format your post
Once you have come up with the content, you will have to make it look better by making use of formatting.
WordPress has a lot of great options inbuilt into the editor for making the content more readable, for both the search engine bots and human readers.
Starting from WordPress version 5.0, the old editor has been replaced by the block editor. Blocks are content elements that you add to the edit screen to create content layouts.
Each item you add to your post or page is a block.You can add blocks for each paragraph, images, videos, galleries, audio, lists, and more.
This editor makes life much easier. You can create tables providing the number of columns and rows, you can move blocks up and down and so on and so forth.
It’s much easier to use than the classic editor which is an advantage especially for WordPress newbies.
The basic formatting options
Some of the most important formatting options that you will like use should be bold, underline, italics, and bulleted and ordered lists.
These basic options are important to increase the readability of the blog posts and to emphasize the keywords to search engines.
Add links to the posts
When drafting a post, you will need to add in links that are related to the content. Linking will make your content more valuable to the readers while search engines will also appreciate if you link with reputable sources.
Simply highlight the text that you want to add links to (known as the anchor text), and click on the chain symbol.
You will need to make sure that you check the box to open the link in a new tab or window when inserting links. This will help the readers stay on your website.
You can do this by clicking on the arrow symbol on the right of the link box and tick the “button” close to Open in new Tab (when blue, the property is active).
Add headings and subheadings
Always remember to add headings to pretty much any post that you publish. They can even be the exact same headings that you have used when originally outlined your post.
Headings are useful as they help the readers navigate your content and follow the flow of thoughts.
Talking about SEO, the heading structure will tell search engines which content is important, so don’t miss out on the potential keywords.
How to publish the post?
WordPress has included many options for when you are getting ready to publish the post. There are options to choose between wanting the post to be password protected or public.
Similarly, you can also choose whether you wish to schedule your post to be automatically published at a future time and date or if you want to publish it immediately.
There is a button for previewing the post so that you will be able to see what it will look like once it is published.
WordPress Categories and Tags
You get options of adding tags and categories to the post and it is highly recommended before you decide to publish.
Categories are broader and consist of general topics that the blog covers. For example – you can decide that your blog categories will include Reviews, WordPress Themes, Giveaways, Tips, and a few others.
Tags, on the other hand, are more specific and need to be focused. If tags are added to this post, they can be blogging, beginner, writing, blog SEO, or any similar tags.
On the right of the screen you can click categories and the categories you have already created will drop down. If you click on add a new category, you will be able to create a new one on the go.
As you will notice, tags and categories are essential for your website’s SEO, and once you have a few posts, it is recommended that you add one or more tags and categories to each one.
This will keep your posts more organized for future reference and it will even help your readers as they browse through your posts.
WordPress Feature Image
Another option that it is recommended is that you add a featured image. Featured images are great tools as they appear in image search results.
If you upload a new image, make sure that you give your image a decent SEO-ready title and alt text.
Image title improves the accessibility and is useful for the screen readers while the alt text is the text that search engines see.
What if you need to make any changes?
If you feel that you need to go back and change something, or if you realize that you have made any mistake, you can easily head back to edit the published posts at any time.
This can be done from the “All Posts” screen. Just move the move over the post you want to edit.
And there we go!!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. I plan to write many more on many other aspects of WordPress. So stay tuned!