This is a basic WordPress tutorial to serve as a helpful resource when you are working in your CMS. Best Rank offers CMS training services, but it’s common to forget how to do some things after your training session. If you are working in your CMS and forget how to add a new page to the navigation, or how to save the blog post you spent hours writing, feel free to bookmark this page to save yourself from feeling any grief.

Below we have compiled a guide of the most common elements you will use in your CMS.

Logging in to Your WordPress CMS

Add the extension  /wp-admin to the end of your website URL.

(Example: http://www.your-website.com/wp-admin)

Creating a New Blog Post

In the navigation on the left side of the page click on Posts > Add New.

Creating a New Blog Post

Checklist for creating a new post:

  • Add a post title.
  • Add the body content for the post in the large content editing box (It works like typical word processing software).
  •  If pasting content be sure to use the Paste from Word button. Paste from Word
  • To add media, click the upload/insert button located in the upper left corner of the editor.
  • To add or remove a hyperlink, highlight the appropriate text and use the link buttons. Add/Remove Link
  • An HTML tab option is located in the top right corner of the editor.
  • Add a title and description in the All-in-One SEO Pack.
  • Choose or add a custom category the post would belong in under the Categories section.
  • Tag the post by adding the main keywords in your post to the Tags section.
  • Publish your post using the Publish button in the upper right corner, or you can save it as a draft, or you can schedule the date you would like it to be published.
  • You can revert back to a different version in the Revisions section located below the main editor.

Editing a Website Page

In the navigation on the left side of the page click on Pages > All Pages.

Editing a Webpage

Checklist for editing a page:

  • An action link to edit the page will appear when you hover over a row. Click on the edit option.
  • Edit the page title at the top of the page.
  • Edit the body content for the page in the large content editing box (It works like typical word processing software).
  • If pasting content, be sure to use the Paste from Word button. Paste from Word
  • To add media click the upload/insert button located in the upper left corner of the editor.
  • To add or remove a hyperlink, highlight the appropriate text and use the link buttons. Add/Remove Link
  • An HTML tab option is located in the top right corner of the editor.
  • You are able to edit the title and description in the All-in-One SEO Pack located below the main editor.
  • Publish your page using the Publish button in the upper right corner, or you can save it as a draft, or you can schedule the date you would like it to be published.
  • You can revert back to a different version in the Revisions section located below the main editor.

Approving Blog Comments

In the navigation on the left side of the page, click on Comments.

Approving Comments

  • Comments will not appear on your website until you approve them.
  • Comments will appear in this section, and when you hover over them a menu will appear that will allow you to approve or disapprove the comment.

Adding Pages to the Navigation

In the navigation on the left side of the page click on Appearance > Menus.

Adding Pages

  • Select the page you would like to add in the Pages section and press the Add to Menu button.
  • You can rearrange the order of the navigation by dragging and dropping the buttons in the main navigation area.
  • To save your changes push the blue Save Menu button.

Adding a New User

In the navigation on the left side of the page click on Users > Add New.

Adding a New User

  • Fill out the form fields.
  • Assign a role to the new user in the drop down.
    • Subscriber – Can read comments/comment/receive newsletters, etc. but cannot create regular site content.
    • Administrator – Has access to all the administration features.
    • Editor – Can publish posts, manage posts, as well as manage other people’s posts, etc.
    • Author – Can publish and manage their own posts, and are able to upload files.
    • Contributor – Can write and manage their posts but not publish posts or upload media files.
  • To save your changes push the blue Add New User button.

Soon you will be an expert at using your WordPress CMS and might even feel inclined to give me a few tips! Feel free to leave comments here if you have any questions or concerns regarding your CMS, or if you have a few tips of your own to share.

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