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Learn how to create posts on WordPress, an easy-to-use content management system.

Step 1: Creating an account

If you haven’t used worpdress before, you’ll need to create a new account. Find the email invitation from wordpress and follow its instructions. Because this blog is public to the world, decide if you’d like to use a pseudonym as your user name. When you create your account, wordpress will suggest you create your own blog. Follow the steps to do so.

Step 2: Logging in

Once you have an account, log in by going to www.wordpress.com and entering your username and password.

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Step 3: Getting to the administrative interface (dashboard)

Once you are logged in, navigate to “my blogs” and click on “Blog Admin” under your blog. You’ll see a dark grey menu that runs across the top of the page. It is easy to use the dashboard so that you can categorize and tag your post and so you become more familiar with wordpress as an author. (Add new post is sometimes glitchy and doesn’t let you categorize.)

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Step 4: Composing a post

Write your content in the box. The default box is “visual” which means you can use a rich text editor (bold, italics, bullets buttons) and what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG). If you’d like to practice your html, switch tabs at the top of the window to “text.” [e.g., <strong>this would be bold</strong>]

Step 5: Creating a title

Choose a title that will help a wide range of readers understand what the post is about and how it is different from other posts on the same topic. That is to say, try to avoid leaving the post untitled, titling it as the name of the question or prompt, or titling it with a number. Titling is not always easy, but practicing the creation of a good title will help you focus your ideas and your writing.

Step 6: Tagging your post

What keywords (search terms) could someone use to find this post later? Type those in the tags box and click ‘”add.” The tags box is just below the categories box.

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Step 7: Publish!

Click the blue button. If you’d like a particular post to remain private to readers you choose, you can change its visibility and password protect it.

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For help with writing the best blog posts, click here.