Tutorial: How to make a WordPress blog post (and post it to Facebook and Twitter)

I am going to show you how you how to make a WordPress blog post and post it to Facebook and Twitter. I’ll try not to get too technical either – like an idiots guide, but not for idiots!

This tutorial assumes that you have a WordPress web site, hosted on a server and you have logged in as the site admin. It also assumes that you have Facebook and Twitter accounts and you have allowed access from your blog. It also assumes that you have the correct plug-ins installed. It assumes quite a lot really but don’t worry, we can help you with the little details.

Anyway, here’s how you make a blog post from the front of your website using the admin bar. This is the grey bar that shows up on your browser when viewing your site and you are logged in as an admin.

Click the + NEW button, located just after your site title:

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Managed or Self-Managed Website?

Managed or Self-Managed Website? That is the question.

The answer is down to the client, but does your client really understand what ‘Managed or Self-Managed Website’ means? It’s not always clear so let’s try and clear it up for you.

Here’s what we mean:

Self Managed Website (99 Euros):

With a Self Managed website, we’ll set up your domain name and point it to our server. This means that when a user types in your domain name, the browser knows where to go. The space on your server is where your WordPress install resides, waiting to shine for new visitors.

You’ll have a link to the admin area where you login and add pages, text, images and video yourself, using the site control panel. You can preview your content and when you’re happy with how it looks, hit the ‘publish’ button to see it live on your site.

Sunshine Managed Website (450 Euros):

With a Sunshine Managed Website, we do it all for you. We set up the site, select and customise your theme and then populate the site for you. You simply send us your text, images, and other media via email and we’ll place the content on the site for you. Any tweaks required are provided free of charge. We’ll also install any plug-ins you require and can happily advise on the type of plug-in that will work best with your website depending on the genre of site and the functionality that you require. There are almost unlimited options.

All Websites Come With:webdesign

  • Pro hosting account with Cpanel (99.9% uptime)
  • Security software to secure your site.
  • Email set-up (forwarding or mailbox)
  • Daily content back ups (Emailed)
  • WordPress core system and plug-in updates
  • 100% email support
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) software
  • Code compliant system
  • No hidden extras
  • Friendly, helpful advice if you get stuck!

 

What does William Shakespeare know?

Managed or Self-Managed Website? That is the answer.

Already have your own domain name?

If you already have your own domain name registered, it’s no problem, as long as you have access to your domain registrar account you can simply ‘point’ your domain to our servers. If you are not sure, contact us and we’ll help you find out.

Once your domain has been set up, we can manage the web space on your behalf. Alternatively, you can ‘transfer in’ your domain name to our servers and we’ll manage them for you – easy! Either way, we’ll get you up and running in no time!

Why not try GoDaddy if you would rather retain control of your own domain name?

Enter your domain name here to see where it points!

Advantages of a WordPress website

Advantages of a WordPress website

In the past I have used FrontPage (Awful!), Dreamweaver 4, Dreamweaver MX, ColdFusion, raw coding CSS, HTML, PHP, PHPBB forums, Joomla and many other web applications and I have now settled with WordPress and here’s the reason why:

WordPress in my opinion is the easiest to set-up and use and it doesn’t take long to learn the features of it even for the most novice user. If you are able to login and navigate to the admin area, you can pretty much use the entire system with relative ease. From a static ‘brochure’ site to a daily blog, most types are easily catered for and some people even go full ecommerce using shop plugins.

Plugins are easy to install and while they can be a pain to set up (in terms of finding where settings are), they are still only a small learning curve away. There are 18,960 plug-ins available so you’re bound to find something of use.
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WordPress set up from vanilla install

This is how we like to set up a WordPress blog from scratch.

1. Install WordPress using Cpanel’s ‘Fantastico’ auto installer. Note down your admin login details!
2. Login to your ‘Dashboard’ and look for any system updates at the top, install the latest core updates if required.
3. Go to the ‘Appearance’/’Themes’ tab – Choose ‘Install Themes’ if you want to search for a new theme.
4. Go to ‘Settings’/ ‘General’ and edit your site name and description, timezone & date format
5. Edit ‘Reading Settings’ to show static page or latest blog post as your landing page.
6. In ‘Settings’/’Discussion’ un-tick ‘Allow people to post comments on new articles’ and set ‘Before a comment appears’ to ‘An administrator must always approve the comment’, in ‘Avatar Display’, select ‘don’t show’ and in ‘Default Avatar’ select ‘blank’
7. In ‘Permalinks’, change to MONTH AND NAME
8. In ‘Posts/Categories’, set categories to ‘site news’ or your own choice.
9. Visit all existing posts and pages (there should be 2) and un-tick ‘allow comments’ – go to ‘screen options’ at the top and tick ‘discussion’ to show the ‘comments options’ at the bottom.

Page order – For example, set your contact page to ‘9’ and consider the other page orders (this option is found on the right hand side of page when in edit page mode)

That’s the basic stuff covered, now edit the theme, add images, posts, pages, widgets etc. Read on for our suggested plug-ins list… Continue reading “WordPress set up from vanilla install”