How to Use WordPress for a Website in 2017

how to use wordpress for your website

If you are wondering how to use wordpress for a website then you have come to the right place!  In this post I am going to show you how simple it is to initially create a website in literally seconds with wordpress and the SiteRubix platform.  And I am going to give you a detailed run through of the basics that are on your dashboard in the admin area of your new website.

There is nothing worse when you get a platform or product to use, and you really have no idea how to use it.  WordPress is relatively easy these days to get a website and blog functioning.  Gone are the days when you had to download files onto your computer, go through the installation process, and the need to know complex coding.

Not only is wordpress so much easy to use and navigate these days, so are many other website building platforms like Wix and Weebly.  But for this example, and because I use wordpress and love how my pages get ranked high in Google, I am going to go through WordPress to give you some insight and show you just how easy it can be.

Plus I will leave a link for you to create your own website using the SiteRubix platform. You will see how easy it is and you will also get guided lessons to get your website up and running, and learning how to use wordpress.

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The Important things to do First!

I do think the most important thing to address, is head straight down to Settings > General, Writing, Reading and go through the various options, like date and time formats, how your url slug is going to look, and many other things that should be in place prior to your first post.

When you first enter your wordpress website admin area, these are the basics of the dashboard, (as the image shows below).  However, when you start adding other plugins (that will enable other cool things on your site), then you will have additional options added at the left side and lower end of the dashboard.

But what is listed right now, is generally what a basic, back admin area and dashboard looks like in any WordPress site when it is first installed.

Dashboard – Home

This is just a summary of things on your blog.  Like the activity you have done, or drafts (writing down an idea for a future post).  As you start building out your site, you will have the summarised information of what you think is relevant to you. You can have these little windows of information open, or close them up via the arrow at top right of the box.  It is totally up to you.

how to use wordpress for a websiteUpdates

When there is a number here, that is the amount of updates you have for your website.  It is important to keep your blog and plugins that you have uploaded to your site up to date, so get this out of the way first.  Just click on the updates, and wait for it to load,  Select all to be updated and apply the action.  Simple as that.

Posts

This feature will be the most used area of your dashboard.  This is where you add you new posts and visit and edit older ones should you need too.  You can also make up categories here, and when writing your post select a suitable category for your post to be represented under.

Categories are a great way for your reader to find relevant posts for a topic.  It could be something like Website Images.  And all posts relating to information on (finding/creating/free images for websites, etc)  would be listed in this category.

Media

You can upload all your images to view on your posts in the media area.  I usually do this as I write posts.  There are many free image websites you can use and I have a post dedicated to this.  Images can be edited once uploaded and you will see the many features you can use once you access this.

Pages

Similar to posts, as in writing a title and content, however your pages are static and accessible through a menu on your site.  You can have many pages and have posts connected to individual pages as well.

Comments

If there is a number here, then that will tell you that you have comments waiting for you to approve and reply to.  It is always good to keep these in moderation, meaning they have to be checked by you before you approve and make them live and visible on your website.

By default, WordPress will hold comments in a spam folder if they contain links.  This is usually people self promoting so I do think it is a great feature. You have the ability to approve or trash those comments.

Appearance

There are a number of things that you can do under appearance.  You will go here to change your theme if you are not happy with your original one.

The Customize feature is great.  In this area you can try out different things for your site, a different theme, header, fonts etc and it will update it and give you a preview before you actual change and save for real.  I use this feature a bit to see things changed up, but without actually doing it – unless of course I like the changes.

Widgets are accessed through Appearance as well.  Here you can place these in the side bar or your footer of your page.  There are usually alot of widgets to choose from and it is how you get search bars, categories or sign in forms running down the right side of your blog (or whichever side your sidebar is on).

Menus is where you organise your pages into the order you want them to appear in the menu bar of your site.  You can also add pages or posts under the main pages.

The Editor is really something you do not touch, and only do so if you are confident with code.

Plugins

There are so many plugins available for websites.  Like social media plugins, contact forms, SEO and analytics.  You probably do not want unnecessary plugins on your site as it could possibly slow it down when people are visiting and loading on their pc or mobile.

Users

You will notice that your posts may have ‘admin’ as the author or when you reply to comments it is by the ‘admin’.  It is always good to go and edit your name.  You cannot remove admin, however you can add your own name, then choose it to ‘display publicly’.   I must add, it always looks better when there is a “real name and person” authoring the posts.

Tools

There are just some areas on platforms that you do not need to alter at all.  This is another area (like Editor) that you do not need to concern yourself too much with.

wordpress settingsSettings

Settings and all the options listed, like I said earlier, should be the first place you visit and edit.

In General Settings can change your site title and tagline.  Time zones and date formats should be selected too.

The Writing options can remain as they are.

In Reading settings you can choose whether you have a static page for your main page or your latest posts.  And also how many posts you would like listed on your front page.

Discussion allows you to choose if you want comments to go into moderation and various other things like getting notified via email when you receive comments.

In Media settings you can change the size of thumbnail, medium and large photos should you choose too.  WordPress already has default settings which are generally ideal sizes for your images.

In Permalinks you can choose how your url is going to display in posts.  You can add dates or numbers but ideally your website url, then your post name is the way to go.  For example,  website.com/post-name.

In Summary

So these are really the basics of the back admin area of a WordPress site.  If you want to set up your own site but have the guidance to help you do it then click here to get your free website and step by step help.

I do hope you enjoyed my post how to use wordpress for a website and get creating your own website in your passion or niche.  Get started now, and I will see you on the inside of this wordpress and website building platform.

Do let me know below if you use wordpress and what you think about this platform compared to others.  I look forward to hearing what you have to say!

Cheers, Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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