WordPress starter guidebook

This post is an introduction to using wordpress, called WP often. It is not a detailed how-to, it is an overvuew with pointers to getting started.
It is for those who are adding content and are working with a system administrator to manage the site.

What am I: This is a level of access, which means what you are allowed to do. For most people reading this, you will be an Author, you will be writing content to be read by Subscribers.

  • Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
  • Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
  • Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
  • Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile.
  1. Getting site going
  2. The system admin will setup the site, which includes a number of levels of technology ending in a standard WordPress install.

    The final stage before contents is installing a WP theme that structures how the content is displayed and is tailored to the purpose of the site. There are 100s of WP theme available, and a few included in the install, which are usually selected initially.

  3. Getting on to site
  4. To add content, you need to login to the backend of the WP. This done using a URL like https:/MY-web-site.com/wp-admin
    If the web site has extra security added, that URL will be custom one provided to you with login name. The password will usually be set to you by the system.

    Once you are logged in, you will be present with a dashboard: Author Editor

    The menu on the left side provides a number of tasks: of primary interest are Posts and Pages. Editors can create or edit both,
    Authors can only do so for Posts.

  5. Adding Content
  6. Once logged in, you are able to add one of the two major forms of content for a WP site, A post or a page.

    Posts: are date oriented text pages often called Blog entries, and show up in the post listing by date, with an optional category. Often this is on the home (front) page of the web site.

    Pages: are independent text pages that are date independent and are only listed on the page index or specifically linked to menus.

    You create a new entry of either type by clicking on the related left menu and clicking ‘Add new’ at the top of the screen.
    To edit an existing entry, hover over the ‘All Entries’ and the related entry to edit.

    When editing there are two editor options, the simple (Classic editor) or Block Editor.
    For more information on block editor, see Tutorial on Block editor

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