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Basic Guide to Maintaining Your WordPress Website

Once you’ve logged into your WordPress Dashboard (normally found at http://www.mydomain.com/wp-admin), there are two things you’ll want to do regularly – add/edit posts and pages.  The guide below tells you how to tell the difference, and how to make changes.

POSTS
Most of the time, you’ll be adding posts to your blog.  These are usually things which change frequently, or things you would include in a newsletter.  Things such as news, events, tips, quotations, etc. would normally be added to your site as posts.

To add a new post:

  • Click ‘Posts’ on the left side of the page
  • You should see a new menu appear, click ‘Add New’.
  • In the empty box at the top of the screen, enter the headline for the post.
  • In the larger box below, enter the body of your posts’ message.
  • If you’d like to add any formatting, use the icons along the top of the message box.
  • To add photos, click the small ‘Add an Image‘ icon next to the words Upload/Insert.
  • Once everything looks good (which you can check using the ‘Preview Changes’ button), click ‘Publish’, and the new post will appear at the top of your blog page.


To change an existing post:

  • Click ‘Posts’ on the left side of the page
  • You’ll be taken to a page which lists all the posts on your site.
  • If you hold you mouse over the name of the post, you’ll see some options appear – click ‘Edit’.
  • Make the changes you wish to the copy, and then press ‘Publish’ on the right-hand side of screen.

PAGES
Pages make up the ‘brochure-ware’ of your site.  These are normally facts about your business which don’t need changing very often.  Things such as About Us, Contact Us, Services, etc. are normally entered as Pages.

Pages work much the same way as Posts, but the options are listed below the ‘Posts’ heading on the left hand side.

If you’d like a more in-depth description, please go here:  http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging

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