WordPress Explained in 7 Points

WordPress Explained in 7 Points

In this post I will run through the basics of using a Content Management System, in this case WordPress.

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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?

  1. It’s free,
  2. Easy to learn,
  3. Easily updated,
  4. SEO friendly,
  5. Handles your media,
  6. Tonnes of themes,
  7. Lots of plugins!


3. How do I Login?

WordPress Login Details


Administrator (admin – NO!!)
Individual (yourname – YES)

Should be private to you!


4. Adding / Editing Content

4a. Media

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

4b. Pages

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

4c. Posts


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


5. Plugins

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

✔ Do

  1. Write original content.
  2. Update frequently.
  3. Keep it clean/pretty.
  4. Show your personality.
  5. Conversational tone.
  6. Link to resources.

✘ Don’t

  1. Use ‘admin’ to post.
  2. Plagiarise.
  3. Steal protected photos.
  4. Use bad grammar.
  5. Write long essays.
  6. Flood with posts.


7. Final Tip

Use the mobile app!

  • Post on the go
    (take images / draft / publish)
  • Check your stats
    (numbers + what they read)
  • Push notifications
    (so you can reply quickly)


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