WordPress: Quick Start Guide

July 20, 2009 / Updated: July 20, 2009 / Lena Shore

So, you have a WordPress site and you need to get some basics down to get you started quickly.

Login:

Only your webmaster knows for sure, but most of the time, your login area is going to be something like this:

  • www.domain.com/wp-login

Sometimes your website may be in a subdirectory like this:

  • www.domain.com/folder/wp-login

You can usually go to your website and look at the URL to see which way yours is set up or ask your webmaster.

Posts and Pages

Posts are articles that show up on the front page and are dynamic. Meaning your site will show the most recent posts. So, as you post newer articles, your older articles move down the list. This is great for news items and letting people what is going on currently with you or your business.

Pages are static. They usually show up in the navigation area. They would be things like your contact page, a product page, or about page. Any page that will stay just as relevant today, as it will in a month.

Add a new post

  1. Login
  2. Click on “Posts” in the left-hand navigation area.
  3. Select the post from the list you would like to edit.
  4. Edit your post/page as needed.
  5. Under the “Publish” section on the left, you’ll see some options. You can post immediately, or you can select a date to make your new post go “live”. Choose one and select the blue “Publish” button.

Add a new page

  1. Login
  2. Click on “Page” in the left-hand navigation area.
  3. Select “Add New”
  4. Give your page a title and write your page.
  5. Under the “Publish” section on the left, you’ll see some options. You can post immediately, or you can select a date to make your new page go “live”. Choose one and select the blue “Publish” button.

Editing an existing post/page

  1. Login
  2. Click on “Posts” or “Pages” in the left-hand navigation area.
  3. Choose one of the existing posts/pages from the list.
  4. Edit as needed.
  5. Select the “Update Post/Page” button under the “Publish” area on the right.

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Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

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