4. Using Your Blog

Now that you’ve setup and configured your blog, it’s time to learn how to use your blog. It’s really easy. If you’ve used any social media sites, then you will find using your blog will be just as easy.

How to Login to your Blog

To login to your blog, you have to go to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/
(Remember to switch yourdomain.com to whatever domain that you registered)

You will see the following login screen. Enter the username and password that you created during the wordpress setup process. If you don’t remember, the “Lost Password” link will send you an email reminder.

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There are 4 sections to using your blog:

1. Posts – This is the main part where you write content for your blog. Basically every time you write a post, it will show up at the top of your blog as a new entry. Remember blogs are laid out as an online journal, so new post will show up on top and older post at the bottom.

How to Create a Blog Post

Once logged in, you will see the WordPress dashboard. To create a new post, click on the “Posts” tab of the left menu bar. Then you can click on “Add New” from either the left menu bar or on the top.

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Here you will write your post title and post content. Once you finished writing your post, then on the right hand side, you can publish your post. You can also save a draft and publish later, if you are not finished. You can preview the post before it goes live on your blog and you can delete the post.

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If you want to add pictures or videos to your blog post, you can click on the “Add Media” button.

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This screen will show up where you upload media files, or you can drag and drop the media files to the screen and WordPress will upload automatically.

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Once you publish a post, a list of all your post will show up when you click on the “Posts” tab on the left menu bar. Click on any post title to open it up.

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Here you can update your post. You can edit and delete a post if you want.

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2. Media – You can include pictures, videos, and other media in your posts. Every now and then you will need to manage your media files. Maybe you want to add new pictures, or you want to edit/delete old ones. You can do this in the media management section.

Managing your Media Files

To manage your media files, simply click on the “Media” tab on the left menu navigation.

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Now you will see a list of your media files which is called your media library. You can click on any of the media files.

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Once you click a media file, you can see the details of that media file. Here you can edit your media files information. You can also upload a new file or delete the file if you are no longer using it.

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3. Pages – Pages are similar to posts, except that it doesn’t get placed on top of your blog when you create a new one. Pages are for content that usually gets placed in the header navigation bar and footer area. They are mainly used for static content that is separate from you main blog posts. Example would be and “About Me” page, or a “Contact Me” page.

Creating Pages

Creating pages is almost identical to creating blog post. On the left menu navigation, click on the “Pages” tab, then you can click on “Add New” link from either the sidebar or the top.

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One you finish writing your page title and content, you can click on the “Publish” button on the right, or you can save draft or preview the page first. The same way you can do it with blog posts.

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To manage your pages, you can click the “Pages” tab from the left navigation menu, then you can see a list of your pages. Click on the page title you want to edit.

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Now you can edit your page. Once you finish editing, you can click the “Update” button on the right. You can also preview changes and delete the page if you wish.

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4. Comments – When you publish blog post, you can have readers make comments on it. This section is where you will management your comments. Unlike social media, you own the blog, so you can delete/edit comments written by readers.

Managing Comments

To manage comments, it is basically the same way as managing posts/pages. Click on the “Comments” tab on the left navigation menu. A list of all your comments will show, click on a comment to edit/delete. You can also bulk delete comments by adding a check mark to the left of each comment and using the bulk option on top (Same way you bulk delete emails).

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Ready to Start Blogging? Continue to Step Five

In step five, I will show you how to write blog posts.