Many of you may be new to blogging. Hopefully you will find some useful information below to help you get started. Please let us know if you are having difficulties and we will be happy to help. You can email me, the web administrator, at webadmin or use the Edgemoor Neighborhood website, go to the ‘Contact Us’ form, choose WebAdmin, let me know where you’re having trouble and we’ll have you up and running in no time.
Blogging can serve a multitude of purposes, it’s an easy way communicate with a large community, such as our Edgemoor Neighborhood, it’s a place to share your thoughts, questions, neighborhood events and a whole host of other topics, the sky’s the limit. We hope that the Blog will become the heart-beat of our community and that many of you will participate. Additional pages will be added shortly such as Edgemoor Events where you can post a garage sale or other event, Got Stuff? that perhaps you’re wanting to create a bit of space in your garage or third bedroom and maybe there’s someone in the neighborhood that may find your no longer useful stuff useful, there may be a Book Club or Computer Corner where your technical questions and musings can be shared and maybe even get some of your technical problems resolved. We’re open to your suggestions for additional pages and we look forward to hearing from you.
Why should I Register? Well, if you want to create your own post’s registering will give you the capability to do so. No groaning, registration is easy, you only have to do it once and no personal information is required. It’s merely a method of creating a user log-in so you have access to the WordPress ‘Dashboard’ where you can create and edit your own posts. Everyone who register’s is given automatic ‘Author’ status. But, if you just want to hang-out on the sidelines and maybe post a comment or two here and there to other people’s postings no registration is required. We hope you’ll take advantage of authorship privileges. So let’s get started!
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3. Go to the ‘Blog’ page. Once there you will see on the right-hand side of the page the top section labeled ‘Meta’, there are links there labeled ‘Register’ and ‘Log-In’, registration is a one time event, after that you will use the log-in link from then on. Registration will ask for a user name and email address. Once you Register, the WordPress system will send you an email notification with a temporary log-in password, which will be sent to the email address you specified. Don’t forget to change your password after you sign-in with your temporary one. After you sign-in, you will see on the left side of the Dashboard, ‘Profile’ and under that, ‘Your Profile’, select it, scroll down to where you see ‘New Password’ and create your new password.
4. Refresher: you do not need to register or log-in to post comments.
5. Now what? Once you have your new password you will go to the Log-In link on Blog page. Once you have signed-in you will be whisked away directly to the WordPress ‘Dashboard’ which is where all the action is, as well as your individual settings and of course the most often used section ‘Post’. You will find the ‘Post’ area very similiar to writing email with perhaps a few more bells and whistles. Just click Add New and you’re off to the races. If you can create an email you can post on WordPress! Just roll your mouse around on the little icons for explanations of what each icon is, you can even embed YouTube video’s and graphics into your posts or just use links to other sites if you wish. Upload/Insert icons – Add an Image, Add Video, Add Audio, Add Media. These particular icons can be a bit tricky at first, if you’re having trouble, shoot us an email.
6. There is also a link at the bottom left side under BlogRoll called WordPress Codex, this is the manual for using WordPress. It can get quite complex and daunting, just stick to WordPress Lessons, WordPress for Beginners and topics of that nature till you get the hang of it. You might want to creat a desk-top bookmark on your computer for the Codex, for future reference or when you’re having trouble sleeping – you’ll be back to bed in no time flat!
7. Spend some time getting familiar with the Dashboard. The left side-bar of the Dashboard is where all your settings are, and they are unique to just you, they’re your settings. Click around some of the links, don’t worry, you won’t break anything, get familiar with some of the options available to you and then do some customizing, if you wish, though it’s not mandatory, it all comes with default settings in place for your convenience.
8. A note on Post. When you are in the Post window and whistling away writing your post, before you click Update – to publish your Post, if you glance to your lower right there is a field called ‘Post Tag’. You always want to use the Tag field which helps us populate the ‘Tag Cloud’ and better enables the ‘Search’ box feature of our blog. The ‘Tag’ can be one word or several descriptive/informational words separated by commas, whichever you think best describes the content of your post. This way when other neighbors are wondering what topics are most popular or they use the Search box, your post may be relevant to just what they’re looking for. Click ‘Add Tag’ after you have entered your tag words. Then, when you’re finished with your Post, just click Update and viola’ you’ve been published! There is also a ‘Preview’ button if you want to see what your post is going to look like before you click the ‘Update’ button. Your Post can be edited even after it’s published so don’t worry if you made a mistake or don’t like the way it looks, you can always fix it, anytime you wish.
WordPress nomenclature is a bit confusing at times, don’t be discouraged, anything new is always challenging until you get the hang of it, WordPress is worth the effort – it’s a very powerful content management system – one that is being utilized more and more on other types of websites. Why not learn it now or be confused forever more.
WordPress has the highest regard for your privacy, it does not use any of your information for the purpose of spam. WordPress is not a social network, it is merely a blogging tool meant to promote your blog only.
The best way to learn is to experiment. If you get stuck or wish to get into more advanced forms of posting, why not create a ‘Post’ about it and get the ball rolling, this helps other’s learn as well and it’s what blogging is all about!
We hope you find enjoyment playing in the WordPress sandbox.
Cheers and happy blogging,
P.S. You can right click anywhere over this page, choose Print and you can have a hard-copy of these instructions.