The WordPress How To Guide

This Wordpress How To,How to WP Beginners guide starts with the absolute basics and gets you to the point of how to WP and start a blog! If you are looking for specific How to WP information or topics click on any of these links to go directly to those WordPress How to Categories:

WordPress How To,How to WP Beginners Guide – the basics

  1. ! Bookmark this article location so you can come back to it right now because I am going to give you a lot of valuable links for places to go to get started – and all of them have plenty of FREE information!

What is a Blog? “Blog” stands for weblog. Blogs started out as websites that contained a diary type of commentary usually about a core subject. For example, if you live “Off the Grid” your blog might chronicle the challenges of self sustaining living. It might also give people instruction in how to do some of the things you have done and contain links to suppliers or other interesting sites you have found. Blogs have since evolved into everything you can imagine. Some contain E-commerce stores, some are marketing tools to try to get you to buy a given product, some are political sites to get a political opinion out in the open, and the list goes on and on. A blog can be whatever you want it to be. BUT if you want people to visit your blog, come back, tell other people and maybe buy something that you are selling then your blog should follow these basic rules:

  1. It should contain information that people want or need or find interesting. If you think you can just get an automated tool to copy other peoples writing to your Website and then sell them stuff. You are mistaken. Most will realize that your “Content” (the articles, stories and opinions in your blog) is not original and they will leave and not come back.
  2. It should be updated regularly. Not every day but if you try to “set and forget it” (Write a bunch of content and then ignore the site for a year) People will stop coming and the search engines will stop listing your site and traffic will fall.
  3. It should be well organized, easy to find things and have a Theme that ties it all in together.

WordPress How To,How to WP Beginners Guide  - How do you get started Blogging?

This is the main question most people have and the answer is it really is easy! Thanks to common tools and lots of available videos and instruction guides on how to get started, even someone with limited computer experience can start a blog if they are just willing to follow instructions! So how do I get started? First decide what you want to Blog about! What is your “Theme” (what do you want your blog to be about?)? Do you want to blog about pets? Do you want to tell people your political opinions? Do you want to talk about hiking? Decide. Then make a list of the answers to these questions:

  1. What is my Theme? The Theme is the overall subject of your Website. Note that there are also WordPress Themes which are specific design templates for your Blog.
  2. Who do I hope will read my blog?
  3. How will my blog be unique and interesting?
  4. Do I want to try and make money off my blog?
  5. If so, How (If you don’t know how we’ll discuss that later on).

Second, Decide what kind of Blog you will Have – I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest you make a WordPress Blog. WordPress is software that enables you to set up a blog quickly. It provides a ton of functionality so your blog can look good, be easy to manage and add on cool features. Best of all it is everywhere and easy to get “hosted” (we’ll discuss that in a minute) easy to get help with and best of all its FREE!

I ALSO HIGHLY Recommend that you DO NOT go to WordPress and download the WordPress software like I am about to tell you how to do!  I only included this for those who need it!

What you should do instead you should go to the next section on Web Hosting and get a web host like one of the one of the ones we recommend that have wordpress available as part of the hosting package and that let you install wordpress with one click. That is a heck of a lot easier for Someone new to blogging then to try and download software, FTP it to the right directory with everything else involved.

THAT ADVICE ASIDE – You can go to and get free software Download! And tons of free instructions! As a matter of fact you can go to: and get more advanced “getting started Blogging” instructions for free that tell you more about the features, terminology and functions involved with WordPress blogging!

OK so I know what software to get, how to get it and where to get instructions on how to use it. How do I get a blog up and running on a Website?

WordPress How To,How to WP Beginners Guide  -How to get a blog on the web –

Domains,Web Hosting, etc!     This portion of the WordPress How to, How to WP Guide covers Hosting requirements, free vs paid hosting, pro’s and con’s of each, recommendations and definitions with all needed links. If you are unsure of anything we are talking about in this “How to Host WordPress” guide. See the list of Definitions at the end of this article.

Quick Start How To Host WordPress Advice: Here is our quick advice on How to Host WordPress. more detailed advice is giving after the quick start section if you want to really think about this and get into the details.

With Paid Hosting you use yor own Domain Name -meaning you own your own Website like With free hosting it is on someone else’s Website basically. So your Website location would be something like: or

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you get your own domain and have it hosted unless you can’t afford the $6 or $7 a month for hosting or are a student or someone who just wants to have a Website to reach people and is not interested in it having a commercial value later on.

I have tried many webhosts and here are my two favorite free and paid places to host your Website:

1) FREE WordPress Webhosting (With free wordpress hosting you do not have your own domain): Do it at wordpress! They make it simple, fast and free. Only a few clicks and a little info and you are up and running. Click on this link for FREE wordpress hosting at

2) PAID WordPress Hosting NameCheap or GoDaddy- because they are fast and have everything you need and reasonably priced and have GREAT SUPPORT. I had my first Website hosted with Namecheap (I have 8 of my websites hosted at NameCheap Now But at this point I prefer GoDaddy as they have better support) and there help desk walked me thru every question imaginable (I could find no site like this to help me back then). If you want to know anything about how to host wordpress, they can help! They are also cost competitive, Web Hosting Highlights

  • Low Prices w/ FREE Setup
  • Namecheap uses the cpanel and Fantastico which is easier for newbies to learn
  • Godaddy has better support in my opinion
  • Free Spam Protection
  • GREAT PHONE AND LIVE WEB SUPPORT!! A must and what makes most others lousy by comparison
  • WordPress installs automatically with a few clicks
  • They have The FTP client you need
  • and the database software installed
  • and everything else pre-installed
  • You get email accounts with NameCheap as part of the price (some hosts (Like GoDaddy) charge you for this. You will want an email account like “” so people can contact you about your blog.
  • Web Based Control Panel (cPanel)
  • CGI, PHP, Perl Support
  • Anytime Tech Support
  • 24/7 Network Monitoring

They both also offer many plans. I recommend the “pro” hosting. at less then $6 a month it is a steal and gives you everything you will need for a long time. You DO NOT need their premium hosting.

3) Get your own domain name: I use Godaddy for this as well.When it comes how to host wordpress domains,  they have great tools to make this quick and painless.They are way better then anyone else for this!

How to Host WordPress – Domain Name Advice:Try to get a domain name that is relevant. meaning that it has to do with your blog theme and market niche. Meaning if you want to blog about the environment  “ would not make much sense. try to pick a name that is easy to remember.

Also remember that the suffix “.com” or “.net” or “.info” is not really all that important anymore as most of the good “.com” are taken. I DO NOT recommend paying a lot of money for a catchy domain name.

If you are seeking advice on how to host domains chances are you are new to wordpress and the cost of a high end domain would not be needed yet. The domain name value is over hyped (unless you are a company and it is the name of your company.

The search engines pay more attention to the Title of your page and its contents and keywords. People that search Google for a subject will pay more attention to the top ones on the list that is why you must do keyword research and Search Engine Optimization – SEO) and they will pay the most attention to your Website and web page description!!!

So if your site comes up #5 on google but your description talks about something else other then the search term, people won’t key on the link and they will never go to your site.

How to host WordPress definitions all about Domains, domane names and IP addresses: Domain -in simple terms it is the name of your Website like Technically its A name that identifies one or more IP addresses.

IP Addresses are locations of a computer on the world wide web. They are a numeric address like But that does not make sense to humans so they came up with Domain Names to represent them. For example, the domain name represents about a dozen IP addresses.

Domain names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. For example, in the URL, the domain name is

Domain Tip – The suffix (.com or .net or .gov, etc) is less important then it used to be. I think the domain name is more important then the suffix. If you can get the .com name you want fine. If not .info, .net etc are all fine. Obviously don’t use .gov if you are not government etc.

  • gov – Government agencies
  • edu – Educational institutions
  • net – Network organizations
  • ca – Canada

IP addresses. IP Addresses are locations of a computer on the world wide web www). They are a numeric address like Web Host – a company that has computers (servers) that they rent space on for you to have your domain and all its wordpress software run on.A good Web Host has all the software you need pre-loaded and has a high availability back up and  internet circuit so that your site does not “go down” or be unavailable at times when there are problems. In this How to Install Wordpress guide we will walk you thru a step by step tutorial on how to install wordpress. we also include links to other articles and software that might help you.

How to Install wordpress

PART 1) How to install wordpress on a webhost that is WordPress ready If you used any of the popular webhosts like or Hostgator they are wordpress ready and how to install wordpress is simple.

1) log in to the ‘CPANEL” of your domain. For example if your Website is you would enter the following into your web browser: And then enter

2) This will pop up a login screen. You must enter the name and password that you selected when setting up your web hosting account. If you don’t know it call or email your web hosting company to get it.

3) After entering your login and password you should be in the cpanel screen. If you scroll down the screen you should see a section that has software services available. It looks like this: how to install wordpress the fantastico main screen Fantastico is a software service that will automatically install wordpress for you. 4) Click on FANTASTICO and you should get the fantastico screen that looks like this how to install wordpress using fantastico 5) Click on wordpress on the left side of the Fantastico Panel.  It will then bring up  some information about WordPress and any installations of WordPress you may already have. Juswt click on “New Installations”. See the screen below: How to instal wordpress- Selecting new installation 6) The next step in How to install wordpress is to select the domain you are going to install wordpress in, login password etc. See the screen below and we will talk about each field How to install wordpress with Fantastico - step 6

7) Select the domain you want to install in . I just typed one in as an example. it should show you domains that you have hosted at your Web Host. Leave the directory blank. it will default to the correct directory.

8) Enter the admin login and password. WRITE THESE DOWN in 2 places ! These are what you will use to login to the admin panel of WordPress to work on your blog later on!!!

9) Fill in the other field (email, description etc and press install.

10) It will come back with a small message verifying that you want to install> Click finish installation. YOU ARE DONE!

PART 2) How to install wordpress by manually downloading it and installing it is next it is a lot harder and longer skip it if you can do the easy install outlined above

1) How to install wordpress- start by Download and unzipping the WordPress package, if you haven’t already.You can download the latest version of WordPress by clicking on this link. The file you are downloading is called you will want to save it in a folder on your PC and then “Unzip” the contents using an unzip utility like winzip.

In case you need it, I have provided a link to a free unzip utility called “Cam Unzip”.

2) For the second step of How to Install WordPress You will need to Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a “mysql user” id  so that you can access and modify the database.

3) Now go to the folder were you unzipped the Latest version of wordpress. In the file you unzipped Rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.

4) Open wp-config.php in an editor like notepad (NOT MICROSOFT WORD) and fill in the required database fileds (highlighted in yellow below as an example they are not in yellow in your wp-config file) These are available from your web host: define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘putyourdbnamehere); /** MySQL database username */ define(‘DB_USER’, ‘usernamehere); /** MySQL database password */ define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘yourpasswordhere); /** MySQL hostname */ define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost); IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH THIS OR THE INSTALL click on the following link to read more technical details on editing the config file at Click on this link

5) Step 5 in How to Install WordPress is to generate and use your secret key password. You will need to install the files onto your server. This is usually done with a programe called “FTP” your web host will come with one. You can also download filezilla to run on your PC if you need to by clicking on this link

Step 6 You have 2 choices of places to install wordpress: If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g., move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (but excluding the directory itself) into the root directory of your web server. If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own sub-directory on your web site (e.g., rename the directory wordpress to the name you’d like the sub-directory to have and move or upload it to your web server. For example if you want the WordPress installation in a sub-directory called “blog”, you should rename the directory called “wordpress” to “blog” and upload it to the root directory of your web server.

7) The final step in How to Install WordPress is to run the wordpress installation script You Run the WordPress installation script by entering the following install command in your web browser. (we will use the Website domain of as an example).

  1. If you installed WordPress in the root directory, enter the following in your browser:
  2. If you installed WordPress in its own sub-directory called blog, for example, you enter:

This will automatically install wordpress! And that is how to install wordpress.

You now should be able to log into your wordpress admin panel and start working on your blog by entering the following into your browser: This will bring up the login screen where you must enter your admin user name and password.

Detailed WordPress How To Login

Once you have WordPress installed on a host computer (If you do not know what this means you need to read our article  “WordPress How to, How to WP – The Basics”) Logging in is easy.

1) Lets assume your blog or Website is called

2) To login to your wordpress software you need to go to the wp-admin panel> so enter this into your web browser where you would normally just enter to bring up your Website: Http:// NOTE: if you are using a free website host your Website “name” may look different. Maybe like: Whatever they told you it was, enter it like that with “/wp-admin” after the .com.

3) After you hit enter you should get the Wp admin login screen that looks like this: how to login wordpress - admin panel login screen

4) If you do not get this screen make sure you typed in your Website domain name correctly, put the forward slash after the “.com” and then the “wp-admin”. Again it should have been entered as: where “mywebsite” is the name of your Website. If it still does not come back with the admin login screen either your web host is down, You did not install wordpress correctly, you got the spelling wrong, etc. GO TO THE HOW TO LOGIN WORDPRESS TROUBLESHOOTING SECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

5) Enter the user name and password you selected for admin when setting up your wordpress installation.

6) Press Enter Your WordPress Admin Panel dashboard for your Website should now be up.

That is How to Login to wordpress!

HOW TO LOGIN WORDPRESS TROUBLE SHOOTINGCLICK ON THIS LINK to go to the WordPress Installation troubleshooting Forum. That is THE place to go to get help with your wordpress installation!!! If the problem was not with your installation of wordpress they will be able to help you figure it out (there are to many possible issues for me to cover all of them here without you telling me what exactly you have done and what you are seeing.

WordPress How To, How to WP – How to Actually set up your blog in WordPress!

How to Set Up WordPress will cover the following topics:

  1. The WordPress Main Navigation Menu  overview
  2. How to Set up users (including yourself!)
  3. Selecting and installing a WordPress Theme
  4. Setting up information about your site
  5. Setting up basic info about writing (posts etc)
  6. Setting up basic information about reading
  7. What plugins you should start out with
  8. What are WordPress categories and why you need them
  9. Adding new posts (Writing articles – BLOGGING – FINALLY!
  10. Adding pictures to your posts

OK lets get Started:

1) How to Set Up WordPress -The WordPress Admin Dashboard overview When you log into your Website (see the beginners guide if you don’t know how to) you are in the WordPress Main Navigation Menu. Some people call it the admin panel but in reality it is the Main Navigation menu. It is the control center for your Blog! If you look down the left side of your wordpress blog you will see “Tabs” that let you control the basic settings of your site. These include the following:

The WordPress Dashboard- this has a page of basic statistics about your Website like number of posts, most recent posts, most recent comments etc.

Posts Tab – This is where you actually add new posts, edit existing posts, search your posts etc

Media Tab – this is the library of pictures, charts, graphs – a library of anything that you have uploaded to include in your posts.

Links Tab – This are links to other sites or places of interest. you often will here people talk about exchanging links (so that your site points to a page of their site and a page of their site points to yours. his is often done to help each others site (or specific page) get noticed by the search engines. This is where you add such links.

Pages Tab – In WordPress you can have static pages that don’t change. This is where you set up those pages. Examples of these might include an “about” page where you tell about yourself and your blog. Or a “Splash” Page where you advertise something for sale or deliver an important message.

Comments Tab – This is like the Posts tab except it is where you monitor comments that people have made about articles on your blog. You can approve them, trash them, mark them as spma, comment on them yourself etc.

Appearance Tab- This has 2 MAJOR wordpress Functions:

  • 1) It  is where you actually Select and install wordpress Themes or edit them. Don’t try to edit a wordpress Theme if you are just starting out. But feel free to go to the Add themes and search for Themes for your blog. We will talk more about this later.
  • 2) This is also where you select and use the “widgets” (WordPress widgets are what lets you manipulate what appears in the side panels and sometimes headers and footersof your blog.). Different Themes may have more or less widgets and different widgets. We will discuss them later.

Plugins Tab – This is another MAJOR wordpress Feature (See our How to WordPress Plugins article for more information on this). Basically Plugins are functions that automatically Plug IN to your wordpress blog and lets your blog do new things.  This is where you can add, install, activate, deactivate and delete plugins for your wordpress Theme.Like adding the “Google XML Sitemaps” plugin to automatically create an XML sitemap for your blog, update it every time you make a change AND notify Google, Bing and Yahoo so they know about it! All of that from a few keystrokes to install the right plugin!

Users Tab – Allows you to set up users and your own user profile

Tools Tab-  this contains  5 major WordPress sub functions:

  • Tools – which has 2 main tools. A wordpress speed up tool and a “Press This” Tool that is real handy and lets you grab pieces of web pages for inclusion on your Website.
  • Import – Whew – this is a complex one.  For people just starting out we are not going to go over this one. you can click on the Import link and read all the different funtions it has (like importing parts of other blogs, rss feeds, etc).
  • Export – This is an amazingly powerful wordpress tool that will basically let you save your blog to your PC and then import it to another blog!
  • Upgrade – This is where you can go to upgrade your version of wordpress to the latest version AND upgrade plugins that you are using to the latest version
  • Others – Other tools may exist if you have added plugins that are tools – like cloaked links (to hide your links).

Settings Tab – This is where you set up the basic information about your blog and how your blog will operate. The “Stock” out of the box settings usually include the following:

  • General _- Your blog title, description, URl, date
  • Writing – Set up the size of your post editing box here (Make it at least 20 lines) as well as allowing you to define how to do posts by email, and Update services – these are services to update when you post something and then they automatically update other directories or services on the web. You should include the following wordpress update services:

  • Reading – is where you define how many posts per page and if you want to have a static page for your main page or blog page.
  • Discussion – is where you set up how comments and discussions occur on your blog. These settings include things like if a comment is automatically posted or if you have to moderate it (review it) before it is posted live on the web site.
  • Media – is where you define default sizes for media (pictures) Not important for the beginner as you can do this on the fly when you insert pictures into your media library or posts.
  • Privacy – Not important to most people just defines if you want search engines to not be able to see your blog.
  • Permalinks – is where you define the “structure” of your post URLs. Click on the tab to see what I mean.
  • Miscellaneous – Not important for most people. Mostly defines where your file uploads are stored on your server.

And there may be many more setting options for different plugins that you may have installed. here are a list of a few from one of my websites to give you an idea:

  • WP-CopyProtect
  • WP-PreventCopyBlogs
  • Caffeinated Content
  • All in One Webmaster
  • Keyword Statistics
  • Link Cloaking
  • SEO Smart Links
  • Smart Youtube
  • Sociable
  • Ultimate GA
  • PostViews
  • XML-Sitemap

2) How to Set up users (including yourself!)

  1. When you first set up your blog the only user will be the Admin (You!).
  2. click on the Users tab and you will see the users. To change your settings just move the mouse over the Admin name and the edit word will appear below it.
  3. Click on the edit word to edit the Admin User Setting.
  4. You can fill out as much or as little as you want including your Profile and Personal information (I advise against this especially addresses or any other key info).
  5. To add a new User click on “Add New” in the Users tab or the Users edit screen.
  6. You can add as much or as little information as you want (just like you did for the Admin user).
  7. You can use this to give other people access to the site or even to post comments as someone other then the Admin.

3) Selecting and installing a WordPress Theme

1) Over 1000  free WP Themes are all available for download from within your WordPress main navigation menu by following the steps outlined below. If you want to buy a professionally designed theme for better looks and flexibility You can click on this link to go to our How to Themes category and see many professional and free theme reviews! .

2) Click on the  Appearance tab (about 6 tabs down the left column) and  then Click on Themes.

3) This brings up the Themes management console within your admin panel.

4) now just click on the round “Add” button.

5) This will bring up a search screen that you can enter the Theme name, or search by selecting attributes like colors or by selecting a tag (a term that identifies the Theme like “Magazine Theme” or “SEO Optimized”  and then click on the “Search”  button.

6) This will pull up any Themes with the name  or that meets the criteria you entered.

7) You can then just click on “Install” to install the Theme!

8) Don’t worry, you can always go back to your old Theme by installing it and trying again!

Getting Started: Setting up information about your site in your new wordpress software

1) click on the Settings Tab – This is where you set up the basic information about your blog and how your blog will operate.

2) click on the General  Tab within the settings tab.

3) Enter Your blog title, description, URl, date. NOTE: that if you have not done any keyword research for your Blogs Niche then now is the time to do it. The Blog Title and description (and the Title and description of each blog article that you write) are important Search Engine Optimization fields that should have the primary keywords that you want your blog, and its individual article pages, to rank well for.

4) DON’T FORGET to click Save Changes! If you do not know what I am talking about Click on this link and read this article on Keyword research. If you do understand the importance of this and want to have an edge on your competitors and to rank highly in the SERPS (The search engine result pages – the results that come up when people type something in the search box for Google (for example) and hit enter) then click on this link to See all of our Keyword How To Articles!

Setting up basic info about writing (posts etc)

1) click on the Settings Tab

2) click on the writing tab from under the setting tab:

3) Set up the size of your post editing box here (Make it at least 20 lines)

4) Decide on a default post category and enter it. See the “Adding Posts” section below for how to add post categories and what they are used for. They are important!

5) Skip the posts by email stuff unless you really think you will use it.

6)   Update services – these are services to update when you post something and then they automatically update other direcories or services on the web. Cut and paste the ones I listed above into the box for update services. DON’T FORGET to click Save Changes!

Setting up basic information about reading and comments

  1. Click on the Settings Tab
  2. Click on the Reading Tab - is where you define how many posts per page and if you want to have a static page for your main page or blog page. A static page for your main page is really a good idea If you want to make sure everybody who comes to your site see’s whats on that one page. for example if your blog is a political blog that might be where you place your main political agenda. But how to do that is beyond this beginners intro. We will put a article in the “WordPress How To ” category for setting up a splash page (thats what a lot of people call it) for your main page.
  3. Discussion – is where you set up how comments and discussions occur on your blog. These settings include things like if a comment is automatically posted or if you have to moderate it (review it) before it is posted live on the web site.

What plugins you should start out with

1) If you don’t know anything about plugins Click on this link to read our article on WP Plugins

2) Here is a list of the essential plugins that you should search for and consider installing Click on this link to read our top 20 wordpress plugins article

Akismet Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put <?php akismet_counter(); ?> in your template. See also: WP Stats plugin.

All in One Webmaster 1) Sitemap Submission option to Google, Yahoo, Bing and 2) Options to add Google, Bing, Yahoo, Alexa, Blog catalog Webmaster Meta Tag. 3) Options to add Google, Quantcast, Clicky, 103Bees Analytics scripts for your blogs. Please go to Settings -> All in One Webmaster for more and detailed options.

Google XML Sitemaps This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and to better index your blog.

Keyword Statistics The Keyword-Statistics-Plugin checks the content of a post or a page for keyword-density (single words and optionally 2- and 3-word phrases; for each the 1-10 most commonly used can be displayed). It can update its information automatically while the author is writing his content in a variable interval (every 1-10 seconds) or manually by clicking on a button. The script comes with English and German stop words, which optionally can be filtered out before calculating the keyword-densities. Moreover the commonest keywords are extracted in a list as a meta-keyword suggestion. Based on this list a description can be created and automatically set.

Link Cloaking Plugin Automatically cloaks outgoing links in your posts and pages. You can also add static cloaked links manually.

Platinum SEO Pack Complete SEO solution for your WordPress blog.

SEO Image Galleries Create and edit stylish image galleries with keyword rich ALT tags and URLs – using HTML, CSS & Javascript rather than Flash.

SEO Smart Links SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more. (Brian Edition)

Sociable Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.

Ultimate Google Analytics Enable Google Analytics on your blog. Has options to also track external links, mailto links and links to downloads on your own site. Check for version updates WP-

CopyProtect [Protect your posts] This plug-in will protect your blog content [posts] from being copied

8) What are WordPress categories and why you need them

1) Categories are a way of grouping related blog posts together. If you look at the heading of this Website you will see that there are tabs going from left to right across the page. These are groups of blog subjects that people can click on to read articles about that subject.

2) Short but keyword rich categories are good because it helps the search engines help you.

3) To set up a category click on the Posts tab

4) Then click on the categories tab under the Posts tab

5) Fill out the self explanetory fields for the Category Name, Description etc of the category that you want to add.

6) Click Add Category to save the category.

7) You can always go back and add, modify or delete categories later on.

9) Adding new posts (Writing articles – BLOGGING – FINALLY!)

1) Click on the Posts Tab to see all the posts on your blog in the order they were entered in

2) Click on the “Add New” tab under the posts tab to add a new posts.

3) Enter a heading for the post A Title. It should be descriptive, 60-80 characters and contain the main key words for your article towards the front of the title. DO NOT try to stuff the title full of a hundred key words in an attempt to fool or attract the search engines. It won’t fool them and no one will bother to click on the article if the title that comes up in Google search results makes no sense.

4) Now click in the Main text box and start typing your blog article! The text box is like a word processing package like notepad or Microsoft word. You Website to the Plugins and search for Deans  CK Editor if you  want more editing features (like color highlighting text etc) BUT WARNING I find most of the advanced editors to be VERY slow!

5) Your article should be written for humans to read easily but with enough keywords to make sure that the search engines notice it for your key words. How many is enough or too many? That is a subject of some debate but if it sounds difficult or unnatural to read or overly repetitive then it has too many of the same keywords, If it has way to many the search engines will consider it trash and ignore it. On the other hand if it has so few that it has no central subject then you have either written an article about nothing or not taken the time to research what keywords people search on when they want to read an article like yours!

6) Once you have written the article go to the right hand panel and select a category for it to be grouped under,.

7) if you have included the keyword statistics plugin (if you haven’t you will want too)  then you will want to check the keywords, title and description that it is using for your article. If you want to change them you have to un-check the automatic box below each one in the Keyword Statistics section.

8) At any time you can click on save draft in the upper right hand side of the page to save where you are.

9) Clicking Update will update what you have done to the web.

10) Clicking on Preview will pop open a window and show what your post looks like so far.

11) If you forget to save it WordPress does a pretty good job of saving the latest version. When you go to posts and click edit you should see your post. Clicking on it will open it to edit. If there was a saved version it will say so in the heading area above the post

OK thats it for this WordPress How To,How to WP Beginners Guide