Posting on WordPress is easy, once you get used to the basics. To get started:
- Hover over the “Posts” button up on the left and from the drop down, select “Add New”
I’ve stripped down as many of the options as I could but there are still a few that you don’t really need. If you click on the little arrows on the boxes down the right and under the main input box, you can minimise them a little more.
So, you should be left with something like this:
All you really have to do now is pick a title, pop it in the top box and then write your post in the bottom box. There are basic options in the menu bar above the main editing box but if you want a few more. click the button to the furthest right in the menu.
The only thing to watch is the length of your title. If you look on the homepage of the site, letting the title drop onto a second line kind of messes it up a bit!
Once you’re done, click “Publish” and your post will appear on the homepage of the website.
The next step is to add images to your post – If you want 😉
Clicking on the “Add Media” button above the menu-bar shows you this screen:
It’s worth taking a bit of care over images. A big picture will lead to a slower page load for your readers. On top of that, if the picture is too big, then it will be reduced to fit on the screen anyway. So it’s often worth cutting the image down to the final size before you upload it to the website. As a guide, the full width of the main column on the RS website is 564 pixels. You can use a bigger image that grows into a “Lightbox”, but more of that in a bit!
Once your image is of a suitable size for the site, you can either drag and drop onto the screen above, or you can click the “Select Files” button and find it in the normal way.
Once uploaded, click “Media Library” and you get this screen:
Your image will appear in the box – top left. If it doesn’t have the tick in the box, click your image and give it a tick! The image details then appear down the right hand size.
- Title – this will be taken from the file name of the image – you can change it
- Caption – any text here will appear under the image on the page
- Alt Text – give the image a name – search engines and screenreaders (for blind folk) can read this text
- Description – can be used but not too important.
- Alignment – positions the image and allows text wrapping
- Link to – what happens when you click on the image – Media File opens the pic in a “Lightbox”. Attachement Page open the pic on in it’s own page on the website – not great! Custom URL will open another web link or None
- Size – This gives you a selection of sizes. If you choose a size smaller than the original pic here and link it to the media file, you’ll get a “Lightbox” that shows the pic at it’s best.
When you’re done, clicking “Insert into Post” does what it says!
By default, your photo will be used as the “Featured Image”. This will show up in the square box next to your post on the homepage. If you want, you can override that setting here.
Clicking “Featured Image” will take you back to the media pages. You can upload a new image or use an existing one. Remember that the featured image will be square and will be cropped to fit. Play with it, you’ll get the idea.
Click “Publish” and you’re done.