wordpress basics

Understanding the basics of WordPress operation and management. This series will walk you through the WordPress administration screens.

WordPress Basics

This series will walk you through the basics of WordPress administration screen by screen so you can begin being comfortable managing your new website.

1) WordPress Admin Layout & Home Screen

An overview of the general layout of the WordPress admin and the home screen.

2) WordPress Updates

How to keep WordPress core, themes and plugins up to date with one click.

3) Pages & Posts

An explanation and overview of the differences between pages and posts.

4) Creating & Managing Posts

How to create, edit and manage your posts using the WordPress editor.

5) Media & Comments

How to upload and manage media uploaded to your site and comments from users. 

6) Creating & Managing Pages

How to create, edit and manage your pages using the WordPress editor.

7) WordPress Themes

Installing and managing WordPress themes and theme options.

8) WordPress Widgets

Managing WordPress widgets and sidebars to display additional information.

9) WordPress Menus

Creating, editing and managing WordPress menus across your site.

10) WordPress Plugins

How to install, activate and manage WordPress plugins for functionality.

11) WordPress Users

How to create, manage and view user accounts registered on your site.

12) WordPress Settings

Configuring the various options that come with your WordPress site.

13) Initial Site Setup

The initial steps to setting up any WordPress website you begin working on.

Creating and Managing Pages in WordPress

Setting up pages is similar to posts, but pages will be mostly static content that make up the structure or containers for content of your website. In this video we discuss creating and managing pages, as well as dictating which page should act as our home page, and which should act as our blog page.

Please watch the video below to learn about building and managing your WordPress pages.

Video Overview

To create a page in WordPress:

  • Hover over “Pages” in your WordPress admin menu and click “Add New”.
  • Enter in a title and page content.
  • If applicable, select a parent for this page. The parent and child relationship between pages helps us create a structure for our site, such as a “Services” page, and then individual pages for each of our services, which would select “Services” as the parent.
  • Click “Publish”.

To determine which page should act as your home page and your blog page:

  • Hover over “Settings” and click on “Reading”.
  • To have your website landing/home page display your latest posts, make sure “Your Homepage displays” is set to “Your Latest Posts”.
  • To have your website landing/home page display a static page called “Home” (or whatever you prefer to call it), change “Your Homepage displays” to “A Static Page”, then select your home page and blog page (posts page) from the respective dropdowns.
  • Click “Save Changes”.

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