Pages and Posts

Pages and Posts

Newbies often wonder what the heck are pages and posts? Pages are the main, relatively non-changing (static) pieces of your website. Welcome, WordPress How to Blog, and Lindy Flynn are the Pages of this website. Posts are the articles that are ‘posted’ on the Blog page, newest on top, organized by categories and tags. Posts can be even longer than pages; they can go on and on, but can be shortened on the Blog Page with a “Continue Reading” link to the full article. The article “Pages and Posts” is a post.

Pages are the menu items on your website with links on the menu bar. Posts are listed under Recent Posts.

Click on the pictures to make instructions bigger

I wanted to try visuals for the How To part of adding Pages and Posts to your WordPress website. So if you click on the pictures to make them bigger you should easily be able to read the instructions.

Please let me know what you think! Thanks.

WordPress Settings

SettingsThere are a few basic WordPress settings that I like to change as I get started working on a new website. So login to your dashboard (yourwebsitename.wp-login.php). Settings is on the left near the bottom.
1. First link is General
a) You will notice WordPress Address and Site Address don’t have the www.
If you want to use that add it in. With the www. Or without is fine.
b) If you want a different email address for notifications you can change that.
c) Timezone – I finally realized that using a city with same time, that changed with daylight savings works the best, rather than the old UTC-8 that I used at first.
d) Be sure to Save Changes at bottom.
2. Writing and Reading links are fine for now.
3. Next is Discussion – uncheck the “Allow people to post comments on new articles” gives you the article by article control on comments.
4. I haven’t gotten into Avatars yet but they are on this page… Save changes
5. Media is fine as is.
6. Permalink Settings – very important to change from the default to Post Name, rather than identifying your pages and posts by a name this make the url the page/post name. Save Changes.

Okay now you have the basic settings on your new website set. The next blog will be on Appearance – What’s a Theme?

Login and Dashboard

WP DashboardSo you’ve loaded WordPress on your host server. Now What? If you got a free domain name with your hosting package you are all set to login to your WordPress Dashboard. If you purchased your domain name somewhere else, your registration company needs to point the domain name servers to the servers where your website is hosted. I’ll probably do a quick blog on this later – but for now a phone call to your hosting company will get you going.

OK – your website is “hot” and you want to login and start figuring out WordPress.

  1. Open an internet browser window, and in the address bar put your website name, forward slash /, wp-login.php   example http://yourwebsitename/wp-login.php    and hit enter
  2. Hopefully you wrote down your user name and password. It was also mailed to you when you put in the email to mail the Installation info to.
  3. When you hit Enter you will be on the latest WordPress Dashboard. If you had an older version at one time you may be delighted with how user friendly the new dashboard is. Lots of hover over lists.
  4. At the top left is “View website” – you can click on that to see what website looks like now.
  5. It is OK to look through all of these. In my next blog I will give you my suggested next step of changing a few Settings.


 

 

Install WordPress on Host Server

Loading WordPressWell Folks, this blog to show you how easy it is to get WordPress loaded on your host ended up being a wonderful learning curve. Always a new opportunity for learning. I decided to make you a screen capture video. Because it Really Is easy to install WP on your host – the hosting companies that I recommend have a one button (they say) install of the software. The biggest thing you have to remember is to take out the wp in the directory location and put your email down at the bottom so you get the installation instructions. They have the login info and I’ve found it vitally important to keep track of that!

 

Check out the video below. Created with opensource VLC media player as the screen capture and Windows Movie Maker, Windows 8.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Login to hosting account (with GreenGeeks this is a two step process)
  2. Login to your Cpanel – interface with the “backend” of your website
  3. Look for the Software installer – GG’s is Softaculous and it is at the bottom of the Cpanel
  4. Click on the WP icon – that takes you to installation panel
  5. Click on Install
  6. Choose Protocol – http:// is fine for now, for small non-commercial websites. You can still have a shopping cart and let PayPal or another free service worry about the security certificate. That is another level of complexity.
  7. Choose Domain – Your new domain will likely be the only one listed in the domain area (unless you have more than one domain on the account – then use drop down to pick correct one).
  8. In directory – This is an important space – where the wp install will go. There are even instructions on the left to “leave this space blank”. There is a “wp” in the space – delete the wp so that space is blank. Otherwise browsers won’t find your website.
  9. Site Name – Next place to change is the website name. Site Title
  10. Site Description – This correlates to the “Tagline” in many themes.
  11. It is advisable to change the admin to something else – Write it Down!
  12. Also you need a Strong password – Write it Down!
  13. Last but not least be sure to put an email where you want the installation instructions to go down at the bottom, before you click Install.
  14. If you have that email address in at the bottom then go ahead and click Install.
  15. Very quickly it will tell you everything was installed properly – or what the problem was. Usually it is Easy Peasy. And the login location for your website is right there. It was also mailed to the email you listed.

Just found this video from GreenGeeks on easy installation of WordPress.