An introduction to WordPress

screenshot showing wordpress administrative sidebarPellissippi State uses WordPress for a blogging platform and for some websites. If you are added as a site owner or editor, you can log into WordPress and access the Dashboard and editing functions.

Along the left side of the administrative view is a sidebar with different functions available, depending on your role.

The main options are divided into two sections. The top section is about creating content for the blog/site. The lower section is for admininstration and site configuration.

  • Posts – to create new posts and edit/manage existing posts
  • Media – to upload or use existing images
  • Links– the list of links that appears in the sidebar
  • Pages – add or edit pages, the more permanent chunks of content
  • Comments – managing comments on your blog
  • Appearance – choosing a template for the look of the blog
  • Users – manage additional editors/commenters/administrators
  • Tools and Settings – set your password, change your blog name, change how you want comments handled and other information

Some plugins (small pieces of code that add new functionality to your blog site) may also have additional menu items.

 

 

Anatomy of a blog post

screenshot of wordpress with numbers indicating the sections listed in the paragraphMost blogs are made up of regular writings by the author(s) that are called posts. (1)

These are usually time/date stamped and will appear on the blog in chronological order. Posts can often be viewed by categories (2) or by posting date.

If the author allows for comment, those will appear under the posts (3).

Blogs can also contain links to other sites, permanent pages (such as the About this Blog), ads, RSS feeds and other content. (4) and (5)