WordPress Basics

Here’s an overview of WordPress basics:

In order to add posts, you will need to create and activate a WordPress account.

Posts are created on what’s called the dashboard.  It’s basically the “back end,” of the site, and only assigned users can see it. The “front end” is what the outside world sees when they visit soc331.wordpress.com. You can access both parts of the blog any time.

Once you have an account, you can use the toolbar at the top of the screen for quick access to your blog’s dashboard while you’re signed in:

Click here for more info on the dashboard.

Posts versus Pages

So what’s the difference between posts and pages?

Posts are what makes a blog a blog — they’re servings of content, similar to journal entries, listed in reverse chronological order.  By default, all posts will appear on the blog’s front page,

Pages, on the other hand, are best suited for more timeless content that you want visitors to be able to easily access, like the Schedule/Content  sections.

Add a Post

Log in to your WordPress.com dashboard, and head to Posts > Add New.

First, write a title for the post in the small box at the top.

Below the title you’ll see the visual editor, which allows you to easily create, edit, and format the content of your post, similar to the way you would with a word processor.  When you’re finished, click Publish.

For more helpful background and tips, go to Learn WordPress.com

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