How to Add or Update Content on Your WordPress Blog?

Do you want to learn how to add new posts and edit content on your WordPress blog without having to run to your website designer each time?

Are you overwhelmed with all the features that appear in the WordPress compose window and want to know how to use them?

For some people, adding and editing posts in WordPress may seem simple and understandable, but for many beginners, the user interface can be overwhelming.

Furthermore, some intermediate WordPress users may be pleasantly surprised when they find useful features they have not yet learned. This guide will show you how to easily add new content to your WordPress blog and update published posts.

Log in to Your WordPress Site

To add or edit the content on a WordPress site, you must log in as an administrator, editor, author or contributor. Each of these user roles gives you the privilege to add, edit, and delete posts.

To log into WordPress, you need to open a web browser and enter the domain name followed by /wp-admin. 

An example would be:

Next, the login screen will appear. Enter the username and password provided. Note that as a website owner, you can change the administrator login credentials. If you host your website with domains4less nz, you’ll have access to phpMyAdmin to reset administrator username and password.

If you logged in successfully, the WordPress dashboard will appear.

Adding New Posts

You can create a new post in several ways:

  1. By clicking the “New post” button in the upper right corner of the admin bar.
  2. Posts -> Add new (you will see this in your site’s dashboard left side menu)

When creating a new blog post in WordPress, the first field in the classic editor is the title at the top. The content of the entry is under the title. This is where the main content goes.

Writing in text editor works very much like a normal word processor. You can apply bold, italic, and underlined text, insert symbols, add hyperlinks, create headers, change text alignment, and run numbered and bulleted lists.

If you have your content in MS Word, you can simply copy and paste it directly into the page. The “Paste” command from Microsoft Word allows you to keep the formatting.

Adding Multimedia to Your Posts

You can add galleries and individual images to your WordPress posts. And you can easily embed videos from sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.

To insert an image into your post, click the insert image icon. 

Click Browse. Click the image to insert. 

Click Open.

Click Submit.

Remember that there’s a limit to the file size you can upload. It’s always a good idea to keep the file size as small as possible to reduce site loading time.

Once the image is uploaded, you can edit the image or add alternative text, caption or description. Alignment and size are also adjustable. 

Inserting Links in Your WordPress Posts

Copy the URL which you want to link.

It should start with http://.

Note: If you enter the URL without “http: //” in the front, WordPress will automatically correct it.

You can copy the URL from your browser’s address bar by highlighting the URL and then clicking Edit – Copy on the browser toolbar or using key combinations such as CTRL-C (PC) or CMD-C (Mac).

After copying the URL, select the text you want to apply the link to in your compose window, click the insert link icon on the toolbar or simply press CTRL + K. 

A small link toolbar will show where to enter the link URL. Paste the URL into the window that appears by pressing CTRL + V and press Enter to save the link.

Setting Your Page Slug

Your page slug is the URL structure of the page. For instance, in this URL, my-blog-post is your slug.

You will see where to set your page slug below the title. The field is called permalink. The URL will be displayed the first time you save your content together with the generated post permalink.

If you click the URL, it will take you to the published post. If the article has not yet been published it will show a preview of the document.

To edit the page slug, simply change the autogenerated slug in the URL slug field. Make it short and descriptive for SEO purposes.

In most cases, you may need to leave the default page slug automatically generated by WordPress using the title of your post.

Editing or Updating a Published Post

To edit an existing post, move your mouse pointer over the post title to view the edit the link. Click Edit to change a specific post. After updating a post, click Update.

Save or Publish Your Posts

After adding your content to a post, you can publish the post or save it as a draft. Click the “Save Draft” link to save the post. This is useful if you are not done with the post and would like to add more content before you publish it.

If you want to see what your post will look like before publishing, click Preview. This will open a preview of the post you’re working on in another ab.

Start Creating Today

It’s very important for you to learn how to add and edit the content on your WordPress blog and teach your staff, too. It will save you a lot of time and money.

Hopefully, this guide has given you all you need to get started. Start creating and publishing content on your WordPress blog today! 

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