You’ve uploaded your image to WordPress, now you want to use it in a post. Log in to your wp-admin site as you would normally. When you click on Posts on the left hand side of your dashboard you have four options; you can view all posts, add a new one, or consider Categories or Tags. This article focuses on creating WordPress posts, therefore you should select Add New.
The title of your post should explain succinctly what the article is about. Don’t try and be clever here, use keywords where you can. The title you choose will be displayed in blue on search engine results pages (which will link to your article) and is the most important element of your post for search. Choose a title that arouses interest, and forces the browser to stop in their tracks, a bit like I did when I saw this shop fascia recently! (and more what??!)
The copy for your post should be dropped into the main text area of the screen. It’s recommended that you use the following structure – say what you’re going to say, say it, then say what you’ve said. Here’s an article I wrote with some tips on how to format your post. All the formatting functions are available above the text area. You can also add links to other articles by highlighting the text you want to add the link to, and clicking on the link button. Here’s a piece I wrote about how to use anchor text in your links.
Viewing your work
You have two alternative viewing options on this page, these are the two tabs which you’ll see to the left of the Add Media button, namely Visual and Text. I would recommend you stick with the Text view. I tend to have two windows open at the same time when working with WordPress, one with the Dashboard view, the other with the Site view.
Saving your work
On the right hand side you have options for saving your post whilst you work on it. There are also options here to schedule when your posts are published.
Categories and Tags
Categories are the folders into which you file your posts. It’s recommended that you don’t use more than six main Categories, but you can have sub-Categories of each. To create a sub-Category, you simply need to specify what the Parent Category is.
You can create additional ones by clicking on the Add new Category link, typing the name of the Category into the field that appears, then decide if it’s going to be a sub-Category or not by clicking on the Parent Category drop down as necessary, and then clicking on Add New Category.
You can have multiple Categories for individual posts. You can also show the Categories on the side bar of your website should you wish to.
You can Tag your posts with words or phrases that are relevant to the posts. If someone clicks on a Tag at the end of a post it will take them to a page that shows all the other posts you have written with the same Tag.
The next section is where you choose your Featured Image. Click on the Set featured image link, select the image you uploaded into your Media Library and click on the Set featured image button.
Alternatively you can use the Add Media button if you want to place the image in a particular position within your the post. Be aware you need to use the Featured Image function with some WordPress themes. To add an image within the main copy area simply click where you want the image to appear and hit the Add Media button. If you use the Add Media button you can stipulate which size of the image you want to upload (WordPress automatically creates different sizes) and whether you want to link to a page from the image or remove the link completely. These options all appear on the right hand side of the screen.
Once you have completed all these fields, and run a spell check, you can click on the blue Publish button and you’re done.