It’s Easy!

There are so many people out there saying those exact words. The fact it is that starting a WordPress website is only easy if you have the required knowledge, just like most things.

My first encounter with WordPress was using the WordPress hosted version ‘wordpress.com’ as opposed to ‘wordpress.org’ which you host yourself. I was helping others to set up and manage their Community websites with varying degrees of success. I found that the most stumbling blocks that people had were quite common and tied in with my first attempts.
The common beginner questions revolve around:

  1. How to log in
  2. What is the difference between a page and a post?
  3. Adding a new page
  4. Amending an existing page (text and images)
  5. Adding a new post (and setting a category)
  6. Amending a post (text and images)

I will be adding instructions soon – please come back to check for updates

How to log in?
This depends upon how your site has been set up, but with basic installations you simply add /wp-admin to the end of your website’s address in the browser address bar. This takes you to a screen where you can enter: a) your user name, and b) your password.
Correct submission of your username and password opens up the WordPress dashboard.

What is the difference between a page and a post?
Pages and posts can both contain text and photos but work in different ways.
Pages are just like pages in a book, but on screen. Posts can be seen as individual articles that can be ‘set’ to pop up anywhere – on pages, in the footer area, in any side bar etcetera.

Adding a new page.
To add a new page go to your Dashboard and in the menu down the left side you will see an item called Pages, move your mouse cursor over this and a sub menu appears with the item Add Page click on it and the Add New Page edit window appears where you can

  • Name the new page
  • Add text and photo content