WordPress is a content management system and blogging platform that is used by millions. One of its main features and uses is publishing content on the internet. As a publishing tool, it is easy to use and has several built-in features, as well as add-ons that can be obtained by the user. How to access the publishing tool will depend on the publishing dashboard of the author and their administration rights on the specific site for which the user is publishing. However, once in the publishing tool, it is essentially the same for every user.
Once inside of the administration panel there is a menu on the left hand side of the screen. The menu is comprised of several different sub menus. At the top of the second sub menu labeled “Posts,” there is an “Add Post” button. Click this button. It will take you directly to the publishing tool. The menu on the left hand side will stay the same for easy navigation out of the publishing tool.
In the center and right of the screen, there will be several input fields. These fields will differ depending on how the tool has been customized. This tutorial will describe the most common fields and tools within the publishing tool and those that are ever-present. The first of these is the “Title” field. This is where users place the title of their posts. It will appear at the top of the post, once published.
The next field in the center of the screen is the body. Users can type directly into the box or they can copy and paste from word processing software. Once the body is finished, there are several options. The buttons for bolding, italics and underlining are on the top left of the box. Users can highlight the words they want to change and then click the appropriate button. Alternatively, hit the button before typing the words and then click it again once finished.
The next two buttons at the top of the body input field are for lists. Click the appropriate list button before typing in the list and then hit it again when the list is complete. The next button is for blockquotes. It inputs the HTML for blockquotes and uses the same principle as the other buttons. Either highlight the quote and hit the blockquote button or hit it before and after typing the quote. The next three buttons from the left are for structure. They will align the text however the user wants it. Push this button at any time during the process and it will chance the text alignment.
The buttons for adding links appear after the text alignment buttons. Users should highlight the words they want hyperlinked and then push the linked chain button. Input the URL for the link in the pop up box. To break the link, highlight the text again and then press the broken chain button. The insert more tag button comes next. Press it where you want it to cut off and it will leave a link to the rest of the content at that point. The last essential button and next in line is the spellchecker. Press this button to toggle the spellchecker on and check the post. Other buttons include page break (press where you would like the content to end and start a new page) and insert poll (use to place a poll on your content).
To the right of the body on the top, there are the “Save Draft” “Preview” and “Publish” buttons. Once you have input as much as you want into the body, hit the button of your choice. If you have not finished or want to publish later, hit “Save Draft.” If you want to see what it looks like live before you publish, hit “Preview.” If you are ready to publish, click “Publish.” Before you publish, choose tags and a category (if applicable) just below the save, preview and publish options. Tags are keywords that will be used to find your content.
Some of the advanced tools in the editing area of WordPress include metatitles and metadescriptions. Leave a brief description of your content in the metadescription field and a title, if you wish, in the metatitle field. This will be the snippet used for search engines and links to your content. This concludes the basic and slightly advanced editorial tools for WordPress. Once all of this information is in and the piece is published, go to the top of the page and click “View Post.” You will now be able to see your content live on your blog or website.