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How to Use WordPress

May 7, 2014

After moving from Blogger to WordPress, the new platform threw me for a loop. EVERYTHING felt different and it look me awhile to get my footing. I just moved Angela to WordPress and she too feels a little lost. So, here I am to show you how to use WordPress!

how to use wordpress

Publishing your first post

After accessing your WordPress site, you will be shown a dashboard.

To publish/write a new post click on “Posts” in your dashboard on the left and select “Add New”. This will take you to a new post.

Visual Tab: This is how your post will display visually on the blog

Text Tab: This is how your post looks in HTML format

Post vs Page

After clicking “publish” on a post, this will be displayed on your site and on your feed.

A page is a “static” page that does does not appear in your feed. Examples of pages are: contact, advertise, about me, etc.

What is a plugin?

Basically, a plugin extends what WordPress can do for you. To add a plugin, on the left side dashboard click “Plugins”, and select “Add New”. You can search for a plugin or upload a plugin.

Some of my favorite plugins that help me:

Pinterest Pin-it button

Contact Form 7 (you can see an example of this on my contact page)

Yoast SEO Plugin (Easy way to perfect the seo on your posts)

Akismet (blocks spam comments)


I hope that tutorial helps you get to know WordPress a little better. As always, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments!

About Lauren

Lauren lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Ernie, and their dog Mochi. When she isn't blogging, you can find her at CrossFit or a local happy hour.
  • Angela Livingston

    love you friend! I always come straight to you when I have any questions. I know that if by slim chance you don’t have the answer, you’ll still point me into the right direction. Thanks hon.