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WordPress tutorial for beginner

What is WordPress

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a dynamic content management system (CMS). It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is currently the most popular CMS in use on the Internet.

It was first released on May 27, 2003, by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.  As of December 2011, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 65 million times.

WordPress software allows anyone to create and edit new web pages and blog “posts” using only a web browser. No knowledge of HTML or other code is required. The WordPress editing interface is very easy to use. It works a lot like simple word-processing software. And, the site administrator can grant various levels of access to others, allowing them to contribute to the website/blog. Because the interface is web-based, creating and editing pages can be done from anywhere with an Internet connection.


The blogging features in WordPress allow you to update your website/blog frequently, to receive and respond to comments from your readers, and to allow others to subscribe to your site content using RSS.

Features of blogging software

Archives

A blog is also a good way to keep track of articles on a site. A lot of blogs feature an archive based on dates (like a monthly or yearly archive). The front page of a blog may feature a calendar of dates linked to daily archives. Archives can also be based on categories featuring all the articles related to a specific category.

Feeds

A Feed is a function of special software that allows “Feedreaders” to access a site automatically looking for new content and then post updates about that new content to another site. This provides a way for users to keep up with the latest and hottest information posted on different blogging sites. Some Feeds include RSS (alternately defined as “Rich Site Summary” or “Really Simple Syndication”), Atom or RDF files.

Blogrolls

A blogroll is a list, sometimes categorized, of links to webpages the author of a blog finds worthwhile or interesting. The links in a blogroll are usually to other blogs with similar interests. The blogroll is often in a “sidebar” on the page or featured as a dedicated separate web page. WordPress has a built-in Link Manager so users do not have to depend on a third party for creating and managing their blogroll.

Comment Moderation

Comment Moderation is a feature which allows the website owner and author to monitor and control the comments on the different article posts, and can help in tackling comment spam. It lets you moderate comments, & you can delete unwanted comments, approve cool comments and make other decisions about the comments.

Getting started blogging

At first  Go to www.your-domain.com/wp-admin. Provide your user name and password to access your admin control panel. After successful sign in, you will be redirected to your dashboard. Here you can create or edit posts and pages, approve or decline visitor’s comments and  manage everything.

Create new page

Pages are static and are not listed by date. Pages do not use tags or categories. An About Us page is the classic example. Commonly pages are displayed as menu item at the top of the blog. Pages can be displayed in the sidebar using the Pages widget. If you have 30 pages and you use the Pages widget, then all pages will be listed all the time. Basically comment kept off for the pages.

To create a new page, simply click on “Pages” from the left of your dashboard then click “Add New” . Enter title and content then click Publish from the right top site of dashboard.

Create a new page

You can choose specific page template while creating page. For example, if you don’t like sidebar in your page, you can choose “Full width without sidebar”  form the Template dropdown list (Depends on theme support).

Creating a post

Posts are what make your blog a blog. Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Recent Posts, and other widgets. Posts are also displayed in the RSS feed of the blog. You can control how many posts are displayed at a time in the Reading Settings.

To create a new post, click post then add new.

You can insert images within the post or you can attach a post thumbnail (Featured image) which will be shown at the top your post in full width.

To attach any image as post thumbnail, click on “Set featured image”, upload image and specify image size that fits the Featured image and click on “Use as featured image” and save. Keep in mind, image will be cropped from original image you uploaded. Cropping refers to the removal of the outer parts of an image to improve framing or change aspect ratio to meet the specific size.

Set featured image

Insert “More” tag

You can truncate your blog entries so that only the first part of certain posts is displayed on the home and archive pages. When you do this, a link will be placed directly after your excerpt, pointing the reader to the full post.

How to insert read more or continue reading

Add category to post

Post can be classified in category. Categories and tags help to organize the content in your blog, and make it easier for people to navigate through to find what they’re looking for. Categories allowed for a broad grouping of post topics, but when you wanted to describe a post in more specific terms, more categories were required.

Generally, bloggers have 5-10 categories for their content. Readers can browse specific categories to see all posts in the category. To add a new category, click the +Add New Category link in this section. You can manage your categories by going to Posts > Categories.

In order to move a post from one category to another, you should click on Edit in the Posts menu, hover over the post you wish to edit and click Quick Edit.

Best Practices

A blog provides an opportunity for people to get to know a conversation or brand. Concerning tone, a blog is like a conversational lecture with room for questions.

  • Take a moment to read what you’ve written before hitting the Publish button. When you are ready, share it with the world.
  • Write as frequently as you can.
  • Consider your readers
  • Using pictures and videos  make the pages colorful and viewers get to see a little of your part of the world.
  • Beyond writing a post, authors should maintain an active presence by monitoring and answering reader comments.
  • Keep writing , don’t stop blogging

About the author

Abdullah Al Shakir

I am a web developer and graphics designer have been working in YPSA as webmaster since 2006. I am expert in XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP programming. I am Wordpress theme and plugin developer. I am a father and husband living in Bangladesh.

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