We’ve compiled this blog-wiki for you to use, when learning to drive the new WordPress version of your blog.
For the rest of you, if this guide doesn’t help, try the central wordpress help (top right corner), or contact us: Sport@news24.co.za .
Finding your way around admin screens
The Administration Screen provides access to the control features of your WordPress blog.
You’re going to be spending a lot of time in the admin area adding your posts; editing them; uploading images; adding categories, tags etc. so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with it.
Your admin is accessed via the ‘Dashboard’ link in your top navigation bar.
On every admin page, there is a wordpress help link at the top right of the screen… if you get stuck.
On the left side of the screen is the main navigation menu detailing each of the functions you can perform. (Note the nifty collapse button at the bottom!)
The large area in the middle of the screen is known as the work area, showing info relating to your particular navigation choice, such as creating a new post.
The screens accessed via the main navigation menu are presented below. WordPress Screenshots shows examples of all the screens if you need to see them.
Creating a quick post
Clicking on the All Posts tab will list ALL of your posts and allow you to manage them from this single screen. You can edit, delete, unpublish and generally manage your posts from this single page.
Click on the Add New sub tab to create a new post. You can also access this page from the nav bar along the top of your site (note that your visitors will not be able to access these pages from their nav bars).
Here’s a video tutorial for writing and publishing a post using WordPress:
Quick step by step to writing a post:
Log in to your WordPress Admin Panel (Dashboard)
Click the ‘Posts’ tab on the left
Click the ‘Add New’ sub-tab
Start filling in the blanks
As needed, select or add categories, add tags, and make other selections from the sections to the right of the post. Each of these sections is explained below.
Fill in the WordPress SEO by Yoast fields to assist with getting better search engine rankings.
When you are ready, click ‘Publish’ on the right
The Categories box, just below the publish box, allows you to add new categories and choose which categories you want your posts to appear in, so you can organise your content and your readers can see all the posts in one area, should they wish to. You can also manage your categories by going to Posts > Categories.
Video Tutorial: Adding and Managing Categories and Tags in your posts:
By adding tags, you can create “micro-categories”. Add new tags to the post by typing the tag into the box and clicking “Add”… and remembering to click “save”
Adding pics and video to your posts
Media refers to the images, video, recordings, and files you upload and use in your blog. Media is typically uploaded and inserted into the content when writing a Post or Page.
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 use with your posts and pages. A Flash Uploader is also available and a Browser Uploader is supplied if the Flash Uploader does not work for you.
Use the Links feature to add links to your blog roll or link to some of your favourite sites.
Your WordPress Links can be organised by category, have internal references, be automatically associated with images, and can even be rated on a scale from zero to nine.
The All Links Screen allows you to select the Links to edit or delete. Multiple Links can be selected for deletion. Various search and filtering options allow you to find the Links you want to edit or delete.
Add New Link
Yup. Add to your blog roll.
Links, like Posts, can be categorised. The Link Categories Screen allows you to add, edit, and delete Link Categories. Multiple Link Categories can be selected for deletion. A search option allows you to find the Link Categories you want to edit or delete. Link Categories can also be created when adding or editing Links.
Want static content? Use pages
A Page is another tool to add content to your blog 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.
Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and as such, are not displayed with the rest of your Posts, but are displayed individually and most often linked to from within your main menu.
The All Pages Screen provides the necessary tools to edit, delete, and view existing Pages. On this Screen you can select the Page to edit or delete. 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. See the WordPress Pages article if you’d like to read more about creating Pages for your blog.
You’re going to be so much happier with your level of control over your comments!
Comments can now be controlled and regulated through the use of filters for language and content, and can be queued for approval before they are visible on the web site. This is very useful in dealing with comment spam.
In the Comments Screen you can edit and delete as well as mark comments as spam. Comments that are awaiting moderation can be marked as approved or previously approved comments can be unapproved. Multiple comments can be selected and approved, marked as spam, unapproved, or deleted. A section at the top of the Comments Screen displays the number of comments awaiting moderation and the number of approved comments. A search box allows you to find specific comments.
Detailed Comment Settings are discussed in the Settings Menu (further down).
A Theme is the overall design of a site and encompasses colour, graphics, and text. A Theme is sometimes called the skin.
Widgets are cool gadgets or gizmos that you can add to your sidebar content. Widgets, for example, can be used to add Categories, Archives, Blogroll, Recent Posts, and Recent Comments to your sidebar.
And adding widgets to your sidebar is really easy! All you have to do is drag and drop them to the position you’d like them in within your sidebar. You can’t break anything, so play around and find out what each of them can do for you.
Header & Background
The Background feature allows you to manage the look and feel of the background for your theme.
If you don’t like the one we’ve given you, just upload your own background. In fact, I suspect many of you more seasoned bloggers have done that already!
Users – your blogging family
Every blog probably has at least two users: admin (that’s us), and the user account (that’s you). But maybe you want more; perhaps you want several authors for your blog. If you want a person to be able to post to your blog, that person must have access to a user account within your blog.
Via the Users option in the main navigation menu you can set up all of the user accounts you need, as well as change user information, or delete users.
An important administrative feature here is the Roles feature. Depending on their Role, different users have different Capabilities. Briefly, a user can be assigned the following Roles: Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, or Subscriber.
You can also specify your, and others’, personal information, such as name, e-mail, etc. from these User Administration Screens.
You can manage the accounts of all your blog site’s users at the All Users Screen.
Add New User
You can create new users with the Users Add New Screen. (Aargh! Captain Obvious strikes again!)
This screen allows you to change any information related to your user account (avatar, display name etc).