Okay, so you have signed up for a blog of your own, received the email with your login details, logged in and now what? Here is an admin page with too many options. It’s all good.. you ride an adventure bike, you can deal with this! If you ride a BMW then you are probably used to having too many options and you will probably start asking where all the bells and whistles are but thats okay.
Note that at the top right of the admin area there is a Help button. Clicking this will explain the particular area you are in at the time.
Lets play a little and make this sucker your own:
Open your blog admin (http://yourblogname.adventureriders.com.au/wp-admin/) in one browser page and this one in another so you can look at both.
This is what WordPress calls the design. Click Appearance on the menu. The theme at the top is the default one you have been given. There are lots more below it to choose from. Some of the themes can have the images changed, some can’t. Here is a list of them and a short explanation of each one. This link opens in a new window so you can come back: Themes.
To choose a theme click the Activate link. To preview a theme click on the screenshot of the theme.
If you can change the header image there will be a link below your current theme saying Header. Click that and either upload an image or if there is some to choose from then select one and click save.
To add things to your sidebar (that menu that is on the left or right of your blog) go to Appearance > Widgets. Widgets are like menus but also have many other features. You can see some on this page to the right: Get your own blog, Latest Tribe Posts etc. Drag the widgets you want over to right and place them on the sections you would like. In this screenshot you can see I have added Categories and Links to the sidebar that will show on all of my pages. There are many more and you can test them to see what you like.
Each widget has options like a title and how it should display. Edit each one, click save and the close link.
The options for where you can place widgets differ between themes so you will need to play around with it if it is different to this screenshot.
These are different to posts in that they are always in the same place. Example of pages are the links in the top right menu of this page. There is About, Contact and Blog Help. Your blog will have a sample page when you start so click on Pages in the admin menu and then on Sample Page. You could edit this to make it an About page.
Don’t forget to click Update on the right when you are done! However if you do WordPress saves drafts as you go.
Click on Posts and you can see a post called Hello World. Click on that to edit it. I think most of that is self-explanatory and don’t forget there is the help button. The text editor is quite simple, have a play with it. You can add images to your post by clicking beside the Upload / Insert heading.
More to come later..