Introducing The WordPress Media Library

The more traditional way of uploading media files (MP3, ZIP, PDF, etc.) to your website is by uploading them on the go (i.e., inserting them as you type your post as explained here). However, there is another way you can upload media files to your site and that is through the Media Library screen:

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Others might find this method more convenient and easier as it lets them upload all the media that will be used in a future post all at once without having to use them right away and worry where they should go in your post. The Media Library screen gives you access to all the files you’ve uploaded to your website which you can use in your (future) posts or pages and lets you remove files you no longer need. It also acts as a searchable repository of all the files you’ve uploaded to your site. You can do this by typing a keyword or part of a file name in the search box:

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How To Write A Blog Post In WordPress

Your posts, or the individual articles that you write and publish, are the heart of your website. They initiate a two-way conversation between you and your readers who can then interact with you and other readers via comments on your posts. In virtually all cases, your posts are published in a reverse chronological order and are available through your archives. You can add keyword tags that serve multiple purposes or add categories so your readers can find your posts easily.

In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to organize media, write content, and publish that content on your site. I’ll discuss how to write a blog post, how to add links, images, videos, tags, categories, and what all the boxes, links, and buttons that you see when you create a new post actually mean. Unlike other Content Management Systems (CMS), publishing on WordPress is a pretty straightforward process and takes only a few minutes once you get the hang of it. If you can write and send an email or use a traditional word processing program like Microsoft Word, you will have no trouble publishing posts in WordPress!

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Creating Content In WordPress: Posts Versus Pages

Before I show you how to publish content on your site and organize media using WordPress, let’s talk first about some of the differences between a post and a page so that you know which one to use in different situations. This appears to be one of the biggest areas of confusion for people who have used a different CMS before (like Drupal or Joomla) or are new to WordPress.

Part of the confusion is because terminology on the Internet can sometimes be so specific. In spoken English, we can freely substitute the terms article, feature, page, post, story, etc. with one another and happily mean the exact same thing. On the Internet, however, these five terms can cover a number of other usages and words in other contexts.

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Exploring The WordPress Dashboard

The Dashboard is the heart of your WordPress site:

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You will always see this screen whenever you login to your site. At first, you only have four widgets available but some themes and plugins will add their own widget into the Dashboard for quick access and management. To get started, let’s get rid of that Welcome to WordPress banner by clicking Dismiss (don’t worry, you won’t miss out on anything because we will go through each and every option in WordPress):

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