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Building a WordPress Blog || WP-Admin Help

Hey Guys,

I hope you’re doing well? With New Years resolutions just around the corner I know that many people will start up new blogs – I was the same myself THREE years ago (wow can’t believe Charliestarblogs is that old!). Starting a new blog is EASY especially with WordPress as your host site, but there are a few “niggly” bits that I feel everyone needs to do behind the scenes to set yourself up nicely. P.S. These are things that you would notice as ‘incomplete’ or just messy on a new site. So how can you make your site looks complete inside and out? Let’s get into it!

First, I’ve made a list of all my pet peeves that I see on incomplete blogs:

  1. When the author hasn’t created categories so the post becomes uncategorised
  2. The sidebar or footer are not customised at all
  3. Clicking onto an ‘about’ or ‘contact’ page and seeing sample text or no pages at all
  4. Posts are unorganised or have no where to be

Obviously, I am in no way saying my blog is perfect and should be followed as an example – in fact I’m simply trying to help. You might have the perfect blog that has one of my pet peeves embedded in to it- but if you have done that as a conscious choice then please take no offence.

So, how can you resolve these problems?

  • When the author hasn’t created categories so the post becomes uncategorised

When you first start working on your WordPress site you might not even know about the wp-admin site from which you can manage everything that goes on behind the scenes of your blog. To get here just type in you sites IP (the address) and put /wp-admin/ after it and then press enter – I recommend booking this tab on your home PC/Laptop so it is easy to access in the future.

Once you are in this section, hover over the ‘posts’ button over the side and another side bar with the option of ‘categorises’ should come up. Click through to this and from here you can decide on what type or ‘genre’ of posts you want to have on your blog. Change uncategorised to your most generic content (mines ‘Lifestyle) and then create new categories for your other styles of post (I’ve got Beauty, Travel and Relationships). Most stanard preset themes will have your categories in the side bar but if it doesn’t, we’re just about to discuss side bars so keep reading.

  • The sidebar or footer are not customised at all

In the admin of you site (access by putting wp-admin after your site address) you can locate the section for ‘appearance’ within that select ‘widgets’. Widgets are little devices that sit on your blog and can carry out hundreds of different tasks.

From the list you are presented (which can vary depending on your theme and the type of membership you have with WordPress) select the different widgets you want to have on you blog (and delete the ones you don’t). The key ones I would recommend is a follow button and search bar. The layout you decide to have on your blog will cause considerable variation for what widgets you want to use, just make it functional! I have social media buttons too but they are a separate menu within my theme.

  • Clicking onto an ‘about’ or ‘contact’ page and seeing sample text or no pages at all

Sample text is a huge pet peeve of mine, it says ‘I just wanted to upload something but put no effort into the platform I’m creating’ – which probably isn’t true. One of the reasons many new blogs find themselves with sample text is that they have been created on Mobile, typically this makes it more difficult to see everything that is going on on your site so for that reason I’d always recommend starting your blog from a PC or Laptop. Before you upload your first post click through everything on your site and make sure you have customised everything that you can. Similarly if you don’t have pages you should add some. I’d recommend having an ‘about’ and ‘contact’ page so that your readers can know a little about you as well as reach out to you if they want to! I think these can be added from the standard blue editing menu you are usually presented with but I’d still go through to your admin site and add them from there. (Remember to add any pages you create to your menu so they can be found!)

Onto the last one for now!

  • Posts are unorganised or have no where to be

I mentioned earlier a little bit about having a functional menu, one of the main reasons it’s important is that it will help to organise your posts. Your menu can be made up of ‘Pages’ and ‘Categories’ – mine uses a mixture of both. If you have created unique categorises for your blog posts then giving them each their own section within your menu is the perfect way to organise them

Similarly to the way you add widgets to your side bar, you add items to your menu from selecting them on the left had side and adding them into the menu structure on the right. Once you’ve added everything you want you can change the order and even have sub sections by dragging the item an item onto the one you want it to nest under, just hoover until you see a dotted outline box slightly indented from the left and then drop.

I hope this post helps someone! If there is anything else you would like to know how to do within WordPress leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to help you out!

12 thoughts on “Building a WordPress Blog || WP-Admin Help

    1. I’ve not had that specifically, initial thoughts are that a. They aren’t on the first layer so something else is blocking them or b. Your theme doesn’t allow for drop down menus (unlikely). If you email me directly I’d be happy to help you out!

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  1. I cannot find the Admin page for my WP account.
    Although I have made no posts yet, this should still show up.
    Any help/assistance is appreciated, thank you.

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          1. I did as you instructed, and the admin is not coming up. Shall I do a ‘ScreenCast’ to show you what happens.?? Sorry to bother you further

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  2. Honestly, it took me a few weeks to find wp-admin when I first started, I was so confused, thank you for mentioning that! Your blog looks so clean, I was wondering if you could tell me what you used to get your CharlieStar banner, thank you 🙂

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