Are you building a WordPress blog but aren’t sure where to start?  These instructions will provide everything you need to know about how to create a post in WordPress.  Make sure you have a hosting plan set up, as well as a domain name attached to it.

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Before You Begin:

1. Log into your WordPress dashboard. Your screen should look similar to
the image on the right.

2. Select “Posts” –> Add New in order to create a new post.

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Basic Text Edits:

1. Begin with a title. Your title should be concise, clear and contain target keywords for the post.

2. The WordPress text editor functions similar to text editing programs like Microsoft Word. Use tools (shown on Page 1) to bold, italicize, strike out, underline, or color bodies of text.

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Lists and Alignment:

1. Both bulleted lists and numbered lists can be used in your posts. These are great ways to grab readers’ attention and help them skim your blog post.
2. Use the alignment tools, specified on above, to left align, right align, center or justify your text.

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Adding Links:

1. Highlight the word or phrase that you’d like to use as a link and click the “create link” button as shown on Page One. A new window will appear.
2. Either specify the URL you’d like to link to or choose one of the pre-existing pages of your site.
3. Select “Open link in new window/lab” and click “Add Link.”

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Sizing Text:

1. Under the Paragraph dropdown,choose your text size. Headline sizes range from 1 to 6 with 1 being the largest and 6 being the smallest.

2. Select “Paragraph” to return the text to its default size.

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Adding Images:

1. To add an image directly into your post, select “Insert Media”.
2. Choose from media already in your library, or upload a new file.
3. Set the alignment of the image. If you choose Left or Right alignment, your text will wrap around the image.
4. Set the link. When a site visitor clicks on the image, it can expand or link to a different page.
5. Choose the size. You can choose between Thumnail, Medium, Large and Full Size.
6. Click “Insert Into Post.”

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Set the Featured Image:

A featured image will appear beside your post on Blog and Archive pages and will show up in search results.

1. Select “Set Featured Image” in the post dashboard.
2. Follow the instructions from the “Adding Images” section above.

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Set Up Post Categories:

Categories help site visitors sort through your posts. They also help Search Engines categorize them. So choose your category titles wisely.

1. Go to the Categories section of the post dashboard.
2. Check the box beside already- existing categories if those are set up.

3. Or, select Add New Category to create your own category.

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Preview and Publish Posts:

1. Go to the Publish section of your post dashboard.
2. If you want to finish your post later, choose “Save Draft.”

3. To preview your post before publishing, select “Preview”. It will open in a new window so that you can see how it will look when published.

4. To set a time for it to publish automatically, choose a date and time under “Publish Immediately” and select “OK.”

5. Then, select Publish to make your post live!

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Troubleshooting:

1. If your menu doesn’t appear exactly as the example images show, try clicking on the “Expand Menu” button. This will allow you to see more menu options.

2. Always make sure that you’re working in the Visual tab, located at the top right corner of the text box. Unless you’re an HTML or CSS expert, avoid the Text tab at all costs.
3. For help, use the helpful forums at www.Wordpress.org/Support.

Congratulations on creating your first post!