04 Make It Yours

Make It Yours

Until you begin modifying and adding to your WordPress site, it will be obvious that it was set up for you by someone else. This lesson shows you how to remove and replace that evidence with your own presence and personality.

A new WordPress installation typically comes with an example Post, Comment and Page to get you started. When a new “Blogs 4 Bucks” installation is set up, the standard “Mr. WordPress” post is replaced with a guide to the tutorial lessons and Blogs 4 Bucks Support contact information. It is a good idea to keep this post until your questions begin to wane. Adding a new Post of your own will slide original that down a notch, replacing it at the top of the page with your Post.

The example Page and Comment, on the other hand, have very little value and should be deleted as soon as possible. To delete these:

  1. Log In to your Dashboard.
  2. Click “Comments” in the left column.
  3. Mouse-over the comment to bring up the action links, then click “Trash.”
  4. Repeat with the “Pages” example.

Add Your First Post.

  1. Log In to your dashboard.
  2. Either:
    (a) Mouse-over “+ NEW” in the toolbar above the top of the page and click “Post,” or,
    (b) Mouse-over “Posts” in the left column and click “Add New.
  3. Enter the Title in the box at the top. Keep in mind that this will be the Post menu listing–in it’s entirety. Brevity, but with clarity, is appropriate.
  4. Toolbar Toggle

    Toolbar toggle button

    If the formatting box at the top of the large text box only contains one line of formatting options, click the “Toolbar Toggle” button at the right end of that line to expose the second line of formatting options.

  5. If you prefer to write in code, choose the “Text” tab to the right of the formatting bar. Most people will prefer the “What you See Is What You Get” capabilities of the “Visual” tab.
  6. If you are distracted by all the stuff in the right and left columns, click the “X” under the Text tab to temporarily hide those.
  7. Type or paste the body of your post into the large text box. Use the formatting options to make it look the way you want it to look.
  8. Do not add any media to this post until after you study the Images lesson.
  9. To see what it will look like before you go “live” click the “Preview” button in the left column near the top. To save it without publishing it, choose “Save Draft” to the left of “Preview.”
  10. Decide what Category is appropriate for this post and either select or add it in the right column, near the bottom.
  11. Decide what Tags are appropriate and enter or select them below the Categories box.
  12. Think of what keyword or keyword phrase that you and others are likely to use to find a post that contains your message. Enter that in the “Focus Keyword” box. Be certain that it is also contained in the SEO Title and the Meta Description, and that it appears in your text more than once.
  13. Click “Publish” in the right column.
  14. Click “View Page” near the top and admire your work.
  15. Go to the top level of your site and notice that your new post has pushed the previous post into second position.

Please watch this tutorial video in Full Screen mode.

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