This is a blog post on arguably the most fundamental thing you need to know how to do if you want to update and run your website yourself: how to create and publish your own pages and blog posts, including how to upload images and insert them. (I will be covering tags and categories in my next post, so stay tuned for that!)
While basic HTML sites require that you understand some HTML and paste your text into your website’s code (and edit it there and/or in your style sheet) to update your posts and pages, WordPress erases that requirement, allowing you to update your content through the WordPress Dashboard. Win!
Something else: unfortunately, certain web developers may create your site in such a way that you will not find your content in your posts or pages, meaning that you will need to call them whenever you want to update your content. This actually happened to a dream client of mine. (Which is BS if you ask me!) If this is the case, call up your developer and ask for them to fix the problem so you can take back control (and they can avoid a punch to the nose)! You don’t want them standing in the way of your control, do you? (What’s that? It’s video time! This one’s kinda weird, with rainbows and teeth-brushing. Enjoy!)
How to add a new post or page
First, log into your WordPress admin. You will then be in the “Dashboard.”
When you’re ready to create a new blog post, click on “Add New” under the “Posts” category in the left sidebar (or “All posts” to see all the posts you already have). (This is also how you create a page → on the left sidebar, you will see “Pages” and click on “Add New” to add a new page, or “All pages” to see all the pages you already have.)
After you click on “Add New,” you will happily be allowed to create a new post (or page):
You will see the same thing when creating a page. You can then type or paste your content into the box directly. Score!
How to add images
Now, whether you’re working with a page or a blog post, to add media, click on “Add Media” on the top left corner of the box where you’re entering your content:
Underneath “Insert Media” at the top, you will see “Upload Files.” This is where you want to go if the file you want to use is not already in the Media Library (if it has already been uploaded to the Media Library, just select it from the library by clicking on it, which will make blue borders appear around it, as shown in the top left image). Then, click on “Select Files” and choose the ones you want to add from your computer.
To change the file size and insert a caption, look in the right sidebar. The boxes at the top will let you give the image a title and add a caption. Below those boxes, you will see “Attachment Display Settings” and below that title, the option to align your image so it will appear on the left, the center, or the right within your post or page; and you will get to size it. You will get three sizes to choose from. Unless you want to use a thumbnail (a very small image, as for an icon), choose one of the bigger sizes. Finally, click on the blue button at the bottom right, “Insert into post” (if you’re working on a page instead of on the blog, it will say “Insert into page”).
If the image looks terrible because it’s taking up too much space in your post or page (you can tell if you click on “Preview” in the sidebar to the right of the content box!), go back to your content box and click once on the image. You will see two icons show up on the upper left hand corner: a landscape and a red sign. The red one is to delete the image, so click on the first one (the landscape). There, you can re-size your image using percentages — if you click on 50%, the image will be smaller by 50%, etc. — as well as alter the alignment, caption, and other features:
If you click on “Advanced Settings” at the top left, you can choose to create a black border around the photo and how thick (I like to use 0-2 pixels); and whether you want to modify the margin — the space between the text of your blog post and the photo (I like to use 10 pixels). Manipulating the border and the margin will allow you to adjust your images and text within your post so they look neat and aligned.
Neat! You now know how to create a blog post, create a page, and insert images into them (and come back here anytime for a refresher). I’m excited for you and going to celebrate by eating some chocolate… which I was probably going to do anyway but now it can be a doubly delicious experience! I’m gonna high-five myself because I’m so brilliant!
Now it’s your turn to party: leave a comment below and let me know how it went! Got a question! I welcome those too, as always!