[Starting a Successful Blog] Lesson 11
Awesome job with creating your blog!
You’ve gotten the most technical part of this entire course out of the way, and created a home for your content to live in.
As we're racing towards the end of this course, you'd have noticed by now, the lessons are getting longer.
Brace yourself for another lengthy lesson today, but rest assured, the most difficult lesson (the last one) is over.
So today’s lesson, you’re gonna furnish that website you’ve just created with your first blog post you created in the last few lessons.
Let’s not waste time and get down to it!
1. Uploading Your First Blog Post
Head over to the left column in your dashboard, and click on "Posts" and "Add New" either on the left black navigation column or where the huge arrow that says: 1. Add a new blog post here.
As you can see, I have a series of blog posts, which means all your blog posts will also show up in that space in the future.
Usually, when you have a fresh blog, there's a sample blog post which you can edit for your next blog post. You won't see it here obviously because this is not a new blog. But don't worry, it's really easy to edit. All you've got to do is just hover your clicker over it and a row of buttons will appear. Simply click on "Edit".
Now that I've gotten your attention from the big black arrows, let's move to the next part.
Step 1: Enter your blog title in that space
Step 2: You will see an empty white space, but do click on "Visual" because it's easier for beginners to use that. Ignore "Text" and "Page Builder" for now.
Step 3: As you can see in Visual editor box, I have written some random stuff with different formatting. You can change the font formatting in the dropbox selection that currently says, "Paragraph".
The formatting for "For simplicity, you can writer here using the "Visual" editor is using "Heading 3" instead of "Paragraph".
Step 4: If you want to add a quote, simply click on the open inverted commas icon.
Step 5: If you want to insert photos in between the chunks of text, click on "Add Media".
After you've entered your blog post title, you will notice that below it, "Permalink" with a URL will appear.
This will be the URL for this particular blog post. So if you change your blog title subsequently after you've entered it for the first time, remember to change the URL by clicking on the edit button behind it!
You don't have to have a mismatch of your blog title and the URL! That would totally confuse your readers and the search engines!
2. Adding Categories
Step 1: Head over to the left column in your dashboard, and click on "Posts" and "Categories" either on the left black navigation column.
Step 2: Add a new category name.
Step 3: Remember to click "Add New Category" at the bottom to save it.
Your created categories will appear on the right side of the page.
To edit an existing category is really easy. Do it often and you'll get the hang of it.
Step 1: Hover over an existing category.
Step 2: Click on "Quick Edit"
You'll be able to edit the category name. But also edit the "slug"! Then click on "Update Category".
Lastly, you may be wondering what's "Parent Category". Using this example:
- Subcategory #1
- Subcategory #2
- Subcategory #3
Basically then, when you create a new category, if it's a subcategory, you have to park it under a "Parent Category"!
That's all for your first blog post and for today!
It wasn't that bad, was it?
Chill out for a bit, before you head over for your next lesson.