Participants of our latest Blog School classes have been keen to get started and publish their first blog post. I thought it would be helpful if I explained how to get started and publish your first blog post using WordPress.

There are 4 basic steps to writing and publishing a blog post.

  1. Log into your site’s Administration Panel.
  2. Click on the Write tab.
  3. Enter your post’s title and type your post in the edit box:Enter Your Post’s Title
    The Title text field is where you enter the title of your blog post.
    Try to keep the title short (4 – 8 words), whilst at the same time making it eye catching enough to make your audience want to read it.

    Enter Your Post’s Content
    The Post text field is where you enter the content of your blog post. You can enter as much or as little as you want here. A few tips:

    • Write in Small Paragraphs
      Having your content in small (several sentence) paragraphs makes it much easier for your visitors to digest.
      To use paragraphs, finish your sentence and then press the enter key twice. You can then start typing again.
    • Use Pictures
      A picture is worth 1,000 words, provided it is relevant to what you’re posting about. Pictures also make your posts more interesting. We won’t be using any pictures in your first blog post, however we will later on.
    • Save Your Post Regularly
      The last thing you want is to lose your post if your computer crashes or your internet connection has problems. Your post is automatically saved every few minutes, however we also recommend clicking the Save and Continue Editing button every now and then too.
  4. Click Publish.

So come on, don’t be scared. Give it a try!

How Did You Go?

Did you find it difficult, or was it just as easy as using a pen and paper?

What’s to Come?

In the near future, I will be blogging about the more advanced aspects of writing blog posts. In the mean time, I recommend checking out the OM4 Client Resources section, which contains an ever expanding list of topics.