Use WordPress to Create a Website or Blog

WordPress Orientation

First, get familiar with WordPress.

On the Dashboard, you will see a summary of Content and Discussions on your site, as well as links to simplify common actions.

WordPress Dashboard

Open up the Dashboard and look at the navigation on the left-hand side of your screen.

WordPress Dashboard

Play with each menu item one at a time:

Posts: WordPress is set up for blogging. This is where you will add and organize blog posts.

Media: You can upload and edit photos, audio and video here.

Links: If you want to link to other sites, you can add links here.

Pages: This is where you will do most of the work for a standard website. You will add, format and organize your website pages here.

Comments: If you have a blog, you can view, approve, edit and delete comments you’ve received here.

Appearance: This is an important section where you can manage your Themes and Menus, as well as Widgets.

WordPress AppearanceThemes: One of the great things about WordPress is that you can easily change the overall look simply by changing the “Theme”. You can install themes here, preview how they will look, and then activate your choice. Some themes have custom settings which can be adjusted under “Theme Options”. For example, some themes allow you to make adjustments to the background color, header, footer, or sidebars. You can find out more about Themes here.

Menus: This is where you will organize your navigation and pages.

Widgets: WordPress themes come with a variety of “widgets” built in that can add features and content to your sidebars, such as a search form, a calendar or list of recent posts. You simply drag the widgets you want into the sidebar.

Plugins: You can add all sorts of functions to your WordPress site by adding Plugins. For instance, you can add buttons to share your content on various social media outlets, add standard forms or search engine optimization tools. You can learn more about Plugins here.

Users: This is where you manage user profiles and can give other users permission to write, edit, contribute or alter content.

Tools: Import tools allow you to import posts or comments from another system. Export allows you to export and download an xml file you can then use to Import into another WordPress installation.

Settings: Under “General” you will set up your site title and general settings. Under “Writing”, “Reading”, and “Discussion”, you will decide how content will appear.

Now, you’re ready to Set Up WordPress.