Getting started with creating blogs on WordPress can be a daunting task for some. Businesses are encouraged to write upwards of 500 words to help their blogging content perform better. You can find more about that here. But what’s important for now is that you just start writing. Why? Because despite the rise of visual content, blogs still remain a powerful form of marketing to attract new website visitors, keep existing ones coming back, and help you become an online authority in your industry. If you use WordPress for your website, you might find yourself limited to the default editor, which is perfectly fine. You can still harness the power of blogging on WordPress by following the steps below to create one.
1. Login to WordPress
First, log into your WordPress dashboard. This is usually your website’s URL followed by /wp-admin. [www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin ]. ‘/wp-admin’ can sometimes be changed for security purposes, in which case, the person responsible for maintaining or hosting your website will be able to give you the correct address to access your dashboard.
2. Add new blog post
Once logged in, simply hover over ‘Posts’ on the left sidebar and then click ‘Add New’.
3. Start editing your blog
You’re now at the starting point of creating your WordPress blog. Add a title and proceed to edit below. Note: our website development customers will have access to premium alternatives with advanced customisation options such as Divi Builder or Elementor.
Learn how to create a Divi blog.
If you have the WordPress 5.2.3 core update you will have the following visual builder:
4. Add text blocks
You can begin adding content to your WordPress blog with ‘blocks’ (sometimes referred to as ‘modules’), which consist of individual elements such as text, images, videos, audio etc.
To access these blocks click the (+) icon in the top left of the editor and several options will appear.
Select the paragraph block and start placing pen to paper…or fingers to keyboard (it just doesn’t sound right).
To make your blog more search engine and reader-friendly, select a heading first. H1 is your title. H2 defines different segments of your blog topic. Sometimes your H2 will need to be broken into listed sub-headings. These are H3’s. For example, if the article was about ‘ideas for your blog’ (H1), you might then talk about ‘types of blog articles’ (H2) and write a paragraph on the various types such as ‘How-to guides’ (H3 and ‘Interviews’ (H3).
5. Add image blocks
To add images to your text, add a new block (+) and this time select the image option.
You can upload directly from your files, a URL, or through the media library (recommended). Once in the media library, you can upload your image into the library where you will be able to edit and reuse the image at any point.
Embed a video or Twitter post using the ’embed’ block and selecting YouTube or Twitter followed by a URL you want to link to.
If you want to make any changes to your blocks, click on a block and view the right sidebar on the page.
With images, you can add hyperlinks to different pages and adjust the size dimensions.
6. Moving content and block settings
In the process of creating a WordPress blog you may make decisions you later want to change. That’s where navigation comes in handy. You can switch blocks, for example, swapping an image below text to above it. To the left of each block are arrow icons like this, which can be used to move blocks around:
You also have vertical eclipse icon which show the settings of a block. Here you can duplicate, add, or remove blocks.
7. Adding a Sidebar
Most blogs have the main content and a right sidebar to display other content such as related or latest posts. Before anything, ‘save draft’ in the top right corner of your blog. Next, on the left sidebar of the page and go to Appearance < Widgets and create a sidebar in there.
Just drag and drop what you want into the sidebar.
Go back into ‘posts’ (left sidebar), open your draft article and on the right sidebar you will notice there is a ‘document’ tab. The ‘block tab was previously used for editing within your blog, but the document tab mainly focuses on elements that relate to the blog. Depending on your theme, there should be sidebar settings in here.
Once you have added all the main ingredients to your WordPress blog, you’ll want a feature image as the cherry on top. Go to the right sidebar and click on the featured image tab. ‘set featured image’ will take you to the media library where you can upload your image file.
Creating a blog using the WordPress default editor is fairly intuitive as it functions at a basic level. This is great for beginners to get going with blogging. We understand that blogging can be quite time-consuming, which is why many businesses will pay marketing professionals to assist boosting their online presence this way. If you would like research into relevant questions people are looking for you to answer within your industry, or want a blog to you help get started, get in touch to see how we can help.