Before you create or manage any content on your CMS, the first thing you will do is sign in via the login screen. These login details are sent to you when you first sign up for a Managed Web Content service plan and can be changed at any time. Once you are logged in you can add, remove and change pages and content. When you’re done, simply log out and the session will close.
When you log in you will greeted with the content system’s administration dashboard. WordPress has an intuitive dashboard that allows quick access to all the basic functions. Keep an eye on how many posts and comments the CMS has and whether any messages need moderating.
Write a blog
The term “blog” can be used to refer to an entire Web site, or “Weblog”, but it is also used to describe a single post, or “blog post”. Once you’re logged into the WordPress administration dashboard, click “Add New” under “Posts” and write your first blog entry. You can publish it immediately or at any time in the future. Each blog entry can be categorised and tagged for grouping of common themes. WordPress also has a “QuickPress” feature for rapid blog posting.
In addition to blog posts, WordPress also supports regular static pages under “Pages”, “Add New”. A static page is like a blog post but you can choose the template style and the inheritance and order of the page. Use static pages for content that doesn’t change very frequently like “About” the blog and special interest pages. As with all content, static pages can be edited and modified at any time.
Keeping track of photos and other forms of media with WordPress’s media library. When you upload a photo you can add comments and other properties to it (metadata) which can be searched making it easier to find. Having a central media library is a better way to manage non-text content than on a post-by-post basis and when you need to add media to a post it’s just a click away.
Look and theme
WordPress comes with a multitude of free themes to change its look and feel, and swapping a theme is just a few clicks away. And if you would like to create you own unique design, the built-in template editor allows you to replace the standard text with your own. Anyone can publish their own design with Linuxpeak’s Managed Web Content service and if you need help with themes, contact us.
Extensions and plug-ins
Another great thing about WordPress is the ecosystem of extensions and plug-ins that can be used to enhance your blogging experience. There are plug-ins available for everything from social media integration (Facebook, Twitter, etc) to comment hosting systems like Disqus. Linuxpeak’s Managed Web Content also supports custom-developed extensions and plug-ins so contact us if you have an special requirements.