First Steps with WordPress

Let’s take a step-by-step tour through your WordPress site and see how the different functions work and how to make your new site your own.

Log In

Begin by logging into the “administration area” of your website. Visit your site’s login page by placing “wp-admin” after your site name (e.g. http://mysite.dauntal.com/wp-admin). You can also place “login” after your site name. Now log into WordPress using your username and password.

Dashboard

After logging in you are on the main Administration Screen called the Dashboard. This is the brain behind your website, the place where you can let your creativity explode, writing brilliant prose and designing the best and most lovely website possible. This is where the organization of your site begins – and this is just the start.

Appearance of Your Website

At the top of the screen is the area called the “toolbar.” Click on the link that is your site name. This will take you to a view of your new WordPress site.

Take time to look at the site before you get into the changing of things and figuring out how all of this works; it’s important to see how the WordPress “Twenty Fifteen” theme is laid out and how it works. Consider this the test drive before you start adding on all the special features.

Twenty Fifteen is the DaunTal’s WordPress default theme and looks great on devices of all sizes, from desktop to mobile and everything in between. The theme adapts to any screen without sacrificing usability or design integrity.

Bellow is quick specs of the theme:

  • The main content width is 660px.
  • The sidebar width is 248px.
  • Featured Images are 825px wide by 510px high.

Change Your Profile

Click on the link at the right side of toolbar that is your user name. You can choose “Edit My Profile” menu to change your profile.

Here you can specify your name and how it will be displayed on your site, your e-mail address (for administrative purposes), other personal information, and personal options.

Writing and Managing Posts

Back at the Administration Screen, take a look at the Posts Screen. You can use the tabs under the Posts Menu to write and manage your posts. Let’s start by making your first test post in the Add New tab.

Then simply fill in the blanks, one by one, in the post beginning with the title and then write a little test message in the post window. This is just for a test, so you can write anything you want. When you are done, click the Publish button that is to the right of the post entry window and it is done. You will then see a blank Write a Post screen and you’re ready to write another post. Go ahead. But do only three to four entries. There’s more exciting work ahead!

Now that you’ve gotten a feel for writing posts, you can view your posts by clicking your site name in the toolbar on top of the screen. Now it’s time to get down to the real work.

Categories

Every Post in WordPress is filed under one or more Categories. Categories allow the classification of your Posts into groups and subgroups, thereby aiding viewers in the navigation and use of your site.

Tags

Tags are the keywords you might assign to each post. Not to be confused with Categories, Tags have no hierarchy, meaning there’s no relationship from one Tag to another. But like Categories, Tags provide another means to aid your readers in accessing information on your blog.

Media Library

Media is the images, audio, video, and documents of various types you upload and use in your WordPress site. Media is typically uploaded and inserted into the content when writing a Post or Page.

Library

The Media Library Screen allows you edit, delete or view Media previously uploaded to your blog. Multiple Media objects can be selected for deletion. Search and filtering ability is also provided to allow you to find the desired Media.

Add New Media

The Media Add New Screen allows you to upload new media to later use with posts and pages. A Flash Uploader is provided and the ability to use a Browser Uploader is supplied if the Flash Uploader does not work.

Edit Media

The Edit Media page allows you to edit the information (title, caption, alt text, etc.) of media files uploaded to your site. This page does not appear as a link in the main Dashboard navigation, but is reached by clicking on the Edit link in the Media Library Screen that appears when you hover over each item, or when uploading media for the first time on th Media Add New Screen once your upload has completed.

Inserting Media into Posts and Pages

When creating or editing a WordPress page or post, you can easily embed many different types of media at any time using the WordPress Add Media tool.

In order to embed media in your page or post content, you must first insert your cursor in the place in the text where you want the media to appear. By placing your cursor within your text, you can embed media inline with your content. You can also place your cursor on a blank line if you want the media to appear by itself.

Once you’ve placed your cursor on the line where you want your media to appear, click on the Add Media button to launch the media uploader interface, then select the Insert Media option from the list of actions in the left side of the media uploader window.

The Attachment Details pane displays a small preview or icon as well as important information such as the filename, date uploaded, and dimensions in pixels for image files or length for audio/video files.

Pages - Your Static Content

A Page is another tool to add content to a WordPress site and is often used to present “static” information about the site; Pages are typically “timeless” in nature. A good example of a Page is the information contained in “About” or “Contact” Pages. A Page should not be confused with the time-oriented objects called Posts, nor should a WordPress Page be confused with the word “page” referring to any web page or HTML document on the Web.

All Pages

The All Pages Screen provides the necessary tools to edit, delete or view existing Pages. On this Screen you can select the Page to edit, delete or view. Multiple Pages can be selected for deletion and for editing. As with Posts, a powerful bulk edit tool allows certain fields to be edited for a whole group of Pages. A handy in-line edit tool, called Quick Edit, allows you to update many fields for an individual Page. Various search and filtering options allow you to find the Pages you want to edit or delete.

Add New Page

The Add New Page Screen allows you to create new Pages. Also see the Pages article for an in depth discussion.

Menus & Widgets

The Menus feature allows you to create a navigation menu of pages, posts, categories, custom links, tags, etc. that is presented to your visitors. A custom menu WordPress Widget allows display of a custom menu in the sidebar or other widgetized areas in the Theme. This option will only be present if the Theme author has configured the theme to allow this capability and the site administrator uses them.

You can create and edit navigation menus for visitors use from Appearance -> Menus or Appearance -> Customize -> Menus.

Widgets are gadgets or gizmos that allow you to add various pieces of information to your Theme’s sidebar content. Widgets, for example, can be used to add Categories, Archives, Blogroll, Recent Posts, and Recent Comments to your sidebar. The WordPress Twenty Sixteen theme is an example of a widget compatible theme.

From the Appearance Widgets Screen you can add, delete, and configure, the Widgets use in one or more of your Theme’s sidebar.