This is Part 2 of our series WordPress ABCs, which is aimed at helping WordPress CMS starters feel at home with their platform as soon as possible. We compile our useful resources in one place for your reference. So… here you go!
Like with any innovation or change you bring into your life, starting over with a website or getting used to seeing your website on the new platform (possibly after the recent switch to WordPress) may be not so bright as you might have expected. Lots of things to learn, still more to comprehend and become accustomed to.
Your head might go spinning and you lose grip of the plans and don’t know what to do next (although you have carefully planned everything before). Don’t worry, here’s the list of things to do when starting your own home on the web with WordPress. You’ll get a short overview of steps to take, starting from the topic of your blog and keyword research (you will want your site to rank high on Google, won’t you) to choosing a theme and content strategy.
After you’ve got your first post ready to go (in your head or in the text file – doesn’t matter) it’s time to get it online. WordPress dashboard is designed and really is very intuitive, but still, there are certain secrets that will make it much easier to use.
With the essential WordPress tips (with screenshots and detailed explanations), you’ll quickly get the hang of WP and get to know:
- where to find a kitchen sink with the useful tools for text editing,
- how to publish your posts while being away from the computer using WordPress scheduling feature
- where to include your keywords to get the most out of your images for SEO
- what is the most common security breach in WP websites
- with scree.
WordPress Management Basics
After you get more than one post on your website, there arises an issue of structuring the information. Categories and tags options come to the rescue here.
Basically, categories are more general and tags are more personal. You can use tags to structure content more specifically within categories. However, you may be confused at first by these notions. It is important to feel the difference between WordPress categories and tags to get the most out of them.
As your blog grows, so does your audience. Why don’t you involve readers and visitors into your blog life? They can contribute their own pieces of writing or join the discussion in the comments, you can also have a co-admin of your site.
The trick is, thanks to 6 types of WordPress users and permissions (not only the admin) you can ascribe to them, you are always in control over what each user can or cannot do on your site. This leaves you the king of your web castle and is a good measure to avoid hacks or other security threats.
Hopefully you’ll find this post helpful. If you’d like anything to be added or have any recommendations for co-WordPress’ers, you are welcome to share them in comments below.