Wordpress - The Basics

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Last updated: 25 Nov, 2011

This article will show you the basic areas of Wordpress that you will likely need to access in updating your blog.

When you first go to log into your blog, you will see the following log in screen:

Log in here with your username and password.

You will then be taken to the dashboard screen. This is what the dashbord looks like.


The main thing you will likely want to do with your blog is create posts. Posts will appear on the blog in reverse chronological order, with the most recent blog appearing at the top of the page. The posts menu on the left allows you to add new posts, edit existing posts, tag posts as a method of searching, and also create categories and subcategories in which to organise your posts.


Media are any images, video or files you use in your blog. It is most likely that you will upload each of these individually on a per post basis, but this area is useful to sort or delete media that you have used in other posts without having to go through old posts to locate it.


Wordpress allows you to create links to external sites. These usually appear on the blog sidebar on either the left or right. You can use the links area to create new links and also modify the title of the links panel. The default title for this area is 'blogroll'.


Pages differ from posts in that they are not linked to a chronological time and do not appear in the main feed of your blog. Pages instead are permanent and could be thought of more like text pages on your website. Creating pages is useful for permanent information, such as an about us or contact us page, and will generally display on the blog sidebar or if your blog has one, the top navigation bar.


This area will let you monitor, approve, delete or reply to any comments that are received through your blog.

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