Great Tips For WordPress Beginners
The Empower Network Blogging system is extremely easy to use, even for people new to blogging. Having said that, I thought some tips for WordPress beginners might be useful and save new bloggers some valuable time.
Even though I’ve been using WordPress for a long time, I can still discover useful tips and tricks from seasoned WordPress experts – the potential is endless with this platform, it can be tailored for any purpose. (I simply love WordPress! Did you guess?)
The Empower Network Blogs have some of the native WordPress features turned off. This is really a great idea, as it limits the potential for glitches and bugs, and makes an easy system even easier for beginners.
WordPress Beginners Tip #1: Start your post from the HTML tab
When adding a new post, your screen displays a posting box which has a tool bar at the top, as well as a “Visual” and “HTML” tab. If you are using Word or something similar to construct your post, then try to paste the text into the “Visual” tab, there will be extra code attached which causes your post to display poorly. Unless you have a working knowledge of HTML, you can spend lots of time tearing your hair out trying to fix the problem.
The better strategy is to paste the text in its entirety into the “HTML” tab, then switch to the “Visual” tab to apply any formatting. Here you can do such things as adding Header tags, URL links, images, and text formatting (bold, italics, underline, etc).
NB. In the latest versions of WordPress there is a “Paste from Word” button, which could be used to paste into the “Visual Tab”, but starting from the “HTML” tab is a good strategy for beginners.
WordPress Beginners Tip #2: Show the Kitchen Sink
The tool bar at the top of the “Add a New Post” screen contains an icon (last icon on the right) which displays “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink” when you hover the cursor above the icon. Click this icon to display the second row of formatting tools for using on your post.
Once again, use your cursor to hover over each icon and display the function of that particular icon. All the common text formatting buttons are available, as well as URL links, Header tags etc.
Tip #3: Assign Categories and Tags
Don’t forget to allocate at least one category and one tag for each post, preferably two or three if they apply. Categories are a broad grouping of topics, like the table of contents for your blog. These are usually displayed in the WordPress sidebar, allowing visitors to display all posts for a particular category.
Tags can be more specific, depending on how you arrange them – for example you could have the category “Wordpress” and the tags could be “wordpress seo” “wordpress techniques” etc. These can be displayed as a “tag cloud” in your sidebar, allowing visitors to display all articles relating to a particular tag.
If you forget to assign a category, WordPress will automatically file your post in the “Uncategorized” category. The certainly does not help your visitors to find their way around.
Tip #4: Inserting Images
You can insert an image using the “Upload/Insert” button just above the formatting toolbar. Images can be uploaded from another location on the internet or from your own computer’s hard drive. Make sure you are working in the “Visual” tab.
If you click the image once inserted, you will see a small picture and a red “exit” button on the image itself. To further format your image, click on the small picture and you will find a variety of options for formatting. These include vertical and horizontal space around the image, assigning a title to the image and other options.
There will be more posts in this series of Tips for WordPress Beginners, so don’t forget to watch out. If you are new to the Empower Network System, or are thinking about joining our team, we’d love to welcome you aboard!