Now that you have dealt with the technical setup of your blog and chosen your colour scheme and font combinations, its time to move on to Part 3 of our ‘How to Start a Blog’ series and start adding your pages and content.
Posts in this series:
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Adding Pages to Your Blog
You can choose to include whatever pages you like but at the very minimum, you need to have the following pages:
- Blog page (this is the page where your blog posts will publish to)
- About page (this will tell readers all about your blog and who you are).
If you choose a simple layout like this then you need to set your front page to be your blog page. The other option is to have a custom static front page and have your posts publish to a separate Blog page.
You can switch between the two layouts in the Customise tab (see below).
How to Add Pages
In your WordPress dashboard, click “Pages – Add New”.
That will bring you to a page where you input your page name and content. Your ability to customise your pages will depend on whichever theme you have chosen.
If your theme only allows limited customisation options, you can still break up your pages using headers and images. If you are new to this, the easiest way to add content is using the Visual Editor.
You can specify whether your text is Paragraph or Header text using the drop down menu and add images using the Add Media button.
Adding Widgets to Your Blog
Once you have added your pages, you need to start adding widgets to your blog. Your widgets are the elements in the footer and sidebar of your blog.
To add widgets, click on “Appearance – Widgets”.
You are taken to a page where you choose which widgets to add and how to customise them. On the left are all the widget areas and on the right are the different widget options.
If you added the Jetpack plugin mentioned in the technical setup post you will have loads of options for different widgets. You can add social icons, images, text and social media integration.
For example, we always like to include a picture of the blog owner at the top of the sidebar followed by social icons, a search bar and links to categories and popular posts. Our footers always contain a second menu to enable people to navigate the website easily.
Choose which widgets you want, drag them into the appropriate widget area and then customise using the options in each.
Adding Blog Posts
Now that your blog is all set up, its time to start adding some content. To add new blog posts, click on Posts – Add New.
You customise the headers and images of your post in the same way as you customised the pages of your blog (above).
The right hand menu provides numerous options to schedule posts, assign categories and tags and add a featured image.
And if you installed the Yoast plugin recommended in the first post in the series, you will find the options to optimise for SEO below the blog post.
Once you’ve written your post, added images and assigned a category to it, it its time to publish, or schedule it to publish at a later date. And there you have it – your very first post. Grab a glass of wine, relax and bask in the glory of your beautiful new blog.