In this post I will run through the basics of using a Content Management System, in this case WordPress.
If you’re in a rush then check out the flip book for slides.
With that let’s get to it…
1. What is a Content Management System?
A content management system, or CMS, is a web application designed to make it easy for non-technical users to add, edit and manage a website.
Not only do content management systems help website users with content editing, they also take care of a lot of “behind the scenes” work such as:
- Automatically generate navigation elements
- Making content searchable and indexable
- Keeping track of users, their permissions and security settings
- And much, much more.
2. Why use WordPress?
- It’s free,
- Easy to learn,
- Easily updated,
- SEO friendly,
- Handles your media,
- Tonnes of themes,
- Lots of plugins!
3. How do I Login?
Administrator (admin – NO!!)
Individual (yourname – YES)
Should be private to you!
4. Adding / Editing Content
Library: View and edit all media uploaded
Add New: Upload an image/video/pdf/doc
- Media is stored in folders by month
- Stored centrally then used when needed
- Edit images from media library (rotate/crop)
- Drag-and-drop to upload
- Generates small/medium/large versions
All Pages: View and edit all pages – published and drafts
Add New: New blank page – part of main site, added to your main menu
- Appear in menus, not in categories or tags
- Shouldn’t change often, but keep up to date
- Should be previewed before publishing
- Easily add media from library or upload new
- Use shortcodes to include plugins
All Posts: View and edit all blog posts – published and drafts
Add New: Create a new blog post – appears in blog page, category page
Categories: Used to group post types
Tags: Used to help find relevant posts
- Reverse chronologically ordered
- Publish to add to to blog / RSS feeds
- Should include SEO / meta information
- Found in; blog homepage; archives; tags;
categories; recent posts and other widgets
Installed Plugins: (De)activate, delete, update, and access settings
Add New: Search WordPress plugin repository and one-click-install
Editor: Leave this to your developer or they will get angry!
- Scripts you install to extend functionality
- Plugins can be Free, Paid, or Premium
- Some themes include/require certain plugins
- Can cause bugs, so be careful and test
- Ensure good rating, and regularly updated
6. Some Advice from BlueChief Social
- Write original content.
- Update frequently.
- Keep it clean/pretty.
- Show your personality.
- Conversational tone.
- Link to resources.
- Use ‘admin’ to post.
- Steal protected photos.
- Use bad grammar.
- Write long essays.
- Flood with posts.
7. Final Tip
- Post on the go
(take images / draft / publish)
- Check your stats
(numbers + what they read)
- Push notifications
(so you can reply quickly)