WordPress, in all of its glory, is an open-source blogging and content management system (CMS) with infinite possibilities. That’s right, infinite. From themes, to client portals, and an impressive plugin architecture with over 37,000 plugins available, WordPress is without a doubt, one of the most powerful CMS platforms around. And, it continues to get better.
But what’s most impressive about WordPress is its user-friendly interface, especially for beginners! With that in mind, lets take a closer look at the basics of WordPress and how you can better utilize it to your advantage. Soon, you’ll be cruisin’ through WordPress like a pro!
Tip # 1: Visual vs. Text Editor
Since you’re a beginner, and thus, probably don’t know any code, it will be easiest for you to edit and modify content with the visual editor. The visual editor allows you to write, create and manage content visually, rather than coding it directly. By default, the visual editor is automatically active when you are creating a new page. But, if you enter a page and it is not enabled, simple click “visual” to view page with visual editor.
Tip # 2: Adding Text
After you’ve fired up a new page or post its time to input some content! To add text, simply start writing your content in the visual editor window.
But if you have content that you are copying from an external source, like Microsoft Word, it’s important that you, “paste as text.” This will ensure the formatting of your post doesn’t get out of whack. But generally speaking, Word Press does a good job of resolving any formatting issues automatically. Once you’ve pasted in the content you can further edit the formatting as you feel necessary with the editors tool bar functions, located above the visual display window.
Tip # 3: Text Type & Section Headings
As with any content elsewhere, you have varying text types to differentiate between headings and paragraphs. The same is true here. Modifying your text type is easy, simply highlight the text portion you want to modify and click on the drop-down menu on the left that says, “paragraph” in the editors toolbar. Select the text type you want and you’re highlighted text will adjust accordingly.
Without going into too much detail about SEO, it is important that you pay attention to the headings in your pages and posts. You have 6 headings (h1,h2,h3..etc) to choose from. Make sure that you are consistent and labeling text correctly.
Tip # 4: Adding and Removing Links
Hyperlinks can be very helpful to users viewing your webpage, so it’s important that you do them correctly. A good rule of thumb, try not to hyperlink more three words for a single link. To insert links, simply highlight the text you want to make a link and click the hyperlink button (see image). (Keyboard shortcut: command and letter “K”). The bottom on the left will add a link to your text, while the button adjacently to the right will remove links.
Tip # 5: Adding Media to Page
Adding images and videos can be a great way to boost user interaction and improve interest on your page. To add media move the curser to the paragraph you want you add the image. Then, click the “add media” button, here you can either upload new images or choose images from your media library. Choose an image and select, “insert into post.” Your photo should automatically be added to your page. At this point, you can resize and reposition the image, as you feel necessary.
Move the image by clicking and dragging the image to the preferred destination. To resize the image, select one of the corners and skew the image to your preferred size. Alternatively, you can click the image and select the icon that looks like a pencil to edit the image size and alignment.
By now, you should be a near pro! Alright, maybe not a pro, but close! For further explanation, guidance or tips, feel free to contact TM, we’d be happy to help!