To Add a New Blog Entry

Last updated 28/08/23

Firstly, blog entries are called ‘Posts’ not ‘Pages’!

  • Log into your WordPress Admin
  • From the ‘Dashboard’, click the ‘Posts’ tab in the left navigation
  • (It will help to look at an existing post first so go to ‘All Posts’ then click on one of the blog items available)
  • Once you are ready to start, click the ‘Add New’ sub-tab which will bring up a new blank ‘post’ page
  • Start filling in the blanks:
    • ‘Add title’ – this will be the main title for your blog post so keep it fairly short
    • Enter your main story/text into the large editing box below the title section
    • Select the ‘Blog’ category or categories on the right hand side under ‘Categories’ (this is very important – if this is not selected, it will not show up on the main Blog page)
  • Ignore all other sections – you can add tags which are similar to keywords but sometimes this can be detrimental to the search engines rather than improving it – I would suggest leaving these as WordPress will add it’s own ‘tags’
  • Click the ‘Save Draft’ button the right to save your work so far
  • Adding Images
    • Go back to the large text box and at the end of the body of text, place the cursor and then press the space bar to move to the next line
    • Click the ‘Add Media’ button above the box
    • Click the ‘Upload files’ tab under ‘Add Media’ then the ‘Select files’ button
    • Locate the image file on your computer and click the button
    • This will then bring it up in the media library – just click the ‘Insert into Post’ button bottom right
    • To align or resize the image to suit, click on the image in the main text box and then click the ‘Edit’ (pencil icon) link which appears
    • Set the alignment which is generally best suited to centred
    • Choose from the size options – full size is generally best unless it is a huge image! WordPress will resize it to fit the screen
    • Enter the ‘Alternative text’ in the first box – this is a short description of the image that the search engines will pick up (e.g ‘Our decision’)
    • Click the ‘Update’ button to save any changes
  • When you are ready, click the ‘Publish’ button on the right – this will make your blog post live on the website
  • Go to your ‘Blog’ page on the live website (I always open up a separate window to view both at the same time) and you should see the new entry in the first position – click on this to view the full article
  • If you need to make any changes, just go back to the page in edit mode, update the page and click the ‘Update’ button each time

If you need any further help, just let me know or you can also visit the official WordPress link which has further details.