How to use WordPress

1) How to start building a website with WordPress (Requirements)
2) How to install WordPress
3) Setting up WordPress
4) Themes
5) Plugins
6) Widgets
7) How to use WordPress
8) Some general tips

How do I add posts? Categories? Stickies? How do I publish a post with time delay? How can I add more pages? How do I change the order the pages display in the navigation bar? And more...

Here you will find the real basics on using WordPress. More to come with time going by...

Chapter 1: How to login
Chapter 2: Posts
2.1 Categories and Tags
2.2 How to set which part of the post or what shows up on the main blog page
Chapter 3: Pages
3.1 Sub-Pages
3.2 Pages’ order
Chapter 4: Writing and publishing
4.1 Titles/Headings
4.2 Adding Media content to your pages or posts
4.3 Adding HTML Codes to your pages or posts
4.4 Sticky, Password protected, Private
4.5 Publish with time delay
4.6 Edit/Delete a post or page
Chapter 5: Adding users and defining permissions
Chapter 6: More general tips

Chapter 1: How to login

To login to manage your website visit your blog’s URL and add /wp-admin/

If a blog is reached under
http://yourdomain.com/site/
you can login under
http://yourdomain.com/site/wp-admin/

Chapter 2: Posts

To add a new post on your WordPress blog login to your admin area.
On the left side choose Posts How to - 1  and choose "Add new"

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Enter a title for the post and text.
Once you're done hit Publish

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2.1 Categories and Tags

To organize your posts on WordPress you can divide them into Categories (or groups) and Sub-Categories. To do that have a look at this fiels

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To add a new Category hit "Add New Category" and enter the name of it and hit add

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You will now see that the Category appears on the list

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To add a Sub-Category choose again "Add New Category" and under Parent category choose the main category of the new one. In the example here Rock will be a sub-category of Music.

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Hit add and you will see the sub-category appearing in the list

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Another way to organize the posts is by using Tags. Tags are short keywords which tell the visitors and search engines what the post is about. Separate keywords with commas such as “Thea Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Youth” and hit "Add"

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2.2 How to set which part of the post or what shows up on the main blog page

How this is done is described in my WPFAQ.org E-Book (sample)

Chapter 3: Pages

To add a page go to your site administration area hit page and Add new

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Choose a title for it which will display in the menu and write the content. Again you can use headings for sub-titles as in posts.

3.1 Sub-Pages

In WordPress you can add Sub-Pages to the Main-Pages. To achieve this go to the page's Attributes section and choose a Parent page, main page for the new one. In the example I've set Webmaster as the parent page.

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This helps you keeping your website organized for what concerns the URL and the admin area.

3.2 Pages’ order

Under Appearance, Menus you can build your own menu.

Under Pages choose the pages you want to have displaying in the menu then hit Add to Menu
Under Custom Links you can enter a name and a URL to link pages from other websites or blog installations right in the menu.

Once you add the pages and custom links you will see them appearing on your right hand side. Just drag&drop them into the order you want them to display in the menu and don't forget to enter a name for the menu. Then hit Save Menu.

Under Primary Navigation now select your custom menu and hit Save.

Chapter 4: Writing and publishing

4.1 Titles/Headings

On a post you can add several subtitles and several levels of subtitles. To do this use the preset heading styles. This allows you to have them looking the same throughout your blog. To apply a heading style to a title you need to add the title between heading tags

<h1>Your title</h1> for level 1
<h2>Your title</h2> for level 2
<h3>Your title</h3> for level 3
and up until level 6.

The looking of these styles are different for each theme so you will have to try out what they look like.

4.2 Adding Media content to your pages or posts

Adding Media content to your pages or posts is very easy.

1) When typing the content of the page or post at the top you see .
2) Click on the icon and a window will pop up where you can select a file to upload

3) Once you uploaded the image (or anything else) you will be able to define Title (this also displays when people put their mouse pointer over the image), Alt-Tag (since search engines can't look at the pictures like humans do in Alt-Tag you should tell them what the would see on it if they were humans), Alignment, Size.

4) Click Insert Into Post to add the image into your page or post.
5) Unfortunately WordPress has this ugly behaviour that when adding an image to a page or post it adds them as links

<a href="http://wpfaq.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Media3.png"><img src="http://wpfaq.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Media3.png" alt="" title="Media3" width="670" height="689" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-808" /></a>

I may recommend you to delete the link part and leave only the image part

<img src="http://wpfaq.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Media3.png" alt="" title="Media3" width="670" height="689" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-808" />

6) For what concerns adding Music/Audio or adding Movies/Videos I recommend you to read the appropriate FAQs of this website.

4.3 Adding HTML Codes to your pages or posts

A lot of the tutorials on http://wpfaq.org and in the WPFAQ.org E-Book (sample) require you to add HTML Codes and other codes to your pages or posts. How this is done is described here. This is a MUST READ!

4.4 Sticky, Password protected, Private

You can make a post to be a Sticky. Sticky means that this post will stay at the top of the front page. Even if you add more posts afterwards the post will still be at the top and the newer posts will follow after it. This is used for special or important announcements.

To do this go to the section called "Publish", under "Visibility" hit "Edit" and choose "Stick this post to the front of the page".

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You can also password protect it or make it private so only you see it.

4.5 Publish with time delay

If you want to write multiple posts at a time and have them being published one after the other maybe also while you're on vacation and don't have access to a computer then you can set a publishing time delay.

Per default posts are published immediately but if you hit "Edit" you can set a date and time for the post to be published. Once you entered the date and time hit "Ok" and "Publish".

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4.6 Edit/Delete a post or page

Once you're logged in to your blog you will find an "Edit" button on each of your posts in case you want to edit it. Otherwise go to to your admin area and hit "Posts", "Edit" and you will see a list of your posts. When you select the post of interest you will see some links appearing "Edit, Quick Edit, Delete, View".

Chapter 5: Adding users and defining permissions

If you want people to contribute to your blog you can either have them registering themselves or register the users yourself.

To have people registering themselves go to Settings, General and under “Membership” check the Anyone can register box. Under “New User Default Role” you can then choose what permissions these users will have. This will probably get you a lot of spam and nonsense. I personally would avoid that.

To register users yourself (friends, family members, co-workers, ...) go to Users, Add New. Enter a username, a password and an e-mail address. Choose whether you want to send the password by e-mail to the new member or not. Finally choose a role for the member and hit “Add User”.

What do the different roles allow people to do?

Subscribers: read, comment, receive newsletters (since you will have their e-mail addresses), ...
Contributors: write posts, edit only his own posts but not publish them (eg. you will have to approve his or her posts)
Author: write posts, edit only his own posts and also publish them
Editor: write posts, edit all posts (not only his own posts) and also publish them, he can also moderate comments
Administrator: has access to all the administration features as well

Also read "Further important settings" in the "How to install WordPress" chapter and the "Introduction to WordPress" chapter.

Chapter 6: More general tips

I would recommend you to have an extra WordPress blog for testing purposes installed on your server. This way you can try out the stuff without affecting your website’s visitors experience and just move it to your main WordPress installation when everything works as it is supposed to.

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This FAQ is also discussed in my WPFAQ.org E-Book (sample)

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